Dates: February 14-16, 2017 | Request an invitation here
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Location: Lake Tahoe, The United States

Open Source Leadership Summit 2017

The Linux Foundation Open Source Leadership Summit is where the world’s thought leaders in open source software and collaborative development convene to share best practices and learn how to manage the largest shared technology investments of our time.

From open governance to community enablement, Open Source Leadership Summit provides the venue for business leaders to come together with leading technologists to create and advance the open source infrastructure that runs our lives.

More companies than ever before are using open source and collaborative development, or shared R&D, to create the infrastructure on top of which they can take innovative products and services to market faster.

This is creating in most companies a new role dedicated to managing shared R&D through collaboration with industry peers. This requires in-depth knowledge of the hundreds of open source projects available; when it make sense to create a new project and how to do so; what open and technical governance practices should be followed; among many other topics.

The Linux Foundation Open Source Leadership Summit is the annual meeting place for the world’s largest open source projects to come together and explore the latest information on how to start, build or participate in collaborative development. From OpenDaylight to Xen Project, Cloud Foundry, Node.js, Hyperledger and much more, this is where open source business leaders and technologists can advance their company’s open source strategy.

Open Source Leadership Summit is…

An exclusive gathering of the brightest minds in open source shaping strategy and implementation across the Linux and Linux Foundation projects’ ecosystem

A place to grow a community of people who are committed to their organizations to increasing open source adoption, participation, and collaboration.

Where anyone who is anyone in open source business comes to learn and share on topics around governance, and other best practices.

The place to identify overlap between open source projects that may not seem connected, in order to create greater efficiencies and encourage cross-pollination of ideas.

An invitation-only think tank for open source software and collaborative development thought leaders to convene, share best practices and learn how to manage the largest shared technology investments of our time.

Call for papers

To get started, here are three things that you should consider before submitting your proposal:

  • What are you hoping to get from your presentation?
  • What do you expect the audience to gain from your presentation?
  • How will your presentation help better the Linux and open source ecosystem?

Here are two things that you should avoid when preparing your proposal; because they are almost always rejected due to the fact that they take away from the integrity of Linux events, and are rarely well-received by conference attendees:

  • Sales or Marketing Pitches
  • Unlicensed or Potentially Closed-Source Technologies

There are plenty of ways to give a presentation about projects and technologies without focusing on company-specific efforts. Remember the things to consider that we mentioned above when writing your proposal and think of ways to make it interesting for attendees while still letting you share your experiences, educate the community about an issue, or generate interest in a project.



Example: Kernel Weather Report (Jon Corbet, – The Linux kernel is at the core of any Linux system; the performance and capabilities of the kernel will, in the end, place an upper bound on what the system can do as a whole. In this presentation, Jon Corbet will review recent events in the kernel development community, discuss the current state of the kernel, the challenges it faces, and look forward to how the kernel may address those challenges.

Describe who the audience is and what you expect them to gain from your presentation

Example: Kernel Weather Report (Jon Corbet, – The audience is anyone interested in Linux kernel development. Attendees can expect a detailed update on the upcoming kernel release, including recent release history, highlighted features, active employer statistics and much more.

Tell how the content of your presentation will help better the Linux and open source ecosystem

*Note: This can be a difficult question to answer, but as with the abstract, the relevance of your presentation is just as important as the content.

Example: Kernel Weather Report (Jon Corbet, – This presentation will help existing and new kernel developers better understand the state of the Linux kernel and will hopefully encourage them, and the companies that they work for, to participate more in upstream kernel development.

Panel Discussions

If you are proposing a panel discussion, please make sure that you list all of your potential panellists in your abstract. Full biographies will be requested if a panel is accepted.

Submit a speaking proposal here.

Request an Invitation

If you are interested in attending this event, please request an invitation using the registration form. You will be notified by email within 10 business days as to whether your request has been accepted. Upon receipt of that email, you will be given 72 hours to either confirm or reject your invitation. If you do not respond within 72 hours, your invitation will be canceled. Once you confirm your invitation, you are considered a registered participant.

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