LPC 2020 Call for Refereed-Track Proposals

Submissions close: May 7, 2020
Speakers notified: June 9, 2020
Slides due: August 16, 2020

Note: We are still hoping to hold the conference as scheduled, but we are continually monitoring the pandemic situation. For current Covid-19 updates, please see our website
https://www.linuxplumbersconf.org/#covid-19

We are pleased to announce the Call for Refereed-Track Proposals for the 2020 edition of the Linux Plumbers Conference, which will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on August 25-27 in conjunction with the Kernel Summit and Linux Maintainers Summit, which takes place on August 28th.

Refereed track presentations are 50 minutes in length (which includes time for questions and discussion) and should focus on a specific aspect of the “plumbing” in the Linux system. Examples of Linux plumbing include core kernel subsystems, toolchains, container runtimes, core libraries, windowing systems, management tools, device support, media creation/playback, accelerators, hardware interaction, and so on. The best presentations are not about finished work, but rather problems, proposals, or proof-of-concept solutions that require face-to-face discussions and debate.

As was the case in 2019, and because Plumbers is not co-located with Open Source Summit this year, we are scheduling the refereed-track talks across all three days. This allows attendees to choose between microconferences and refereed-track talks in all time-slots and also provides a conflict-free schedule for the refereed-track talks.

Linux Plumbers Conference Program Committee members will be reviewing all submitted sessions. High-quality submission that cannot be accepted due to the limited number of slots will be forwarded to the Microconference leads for further consideration. We also encourage submitters to consider BoF sessions.

To submit a refereed track talk proposal follow the instructions at this website:
https://www.linuxplumbersconf.org/event/7/abstracts/

Submissions are due on or before Wednesday May 7, 2020 at 11:59PM Pacific Time. Each successful submission gets a free registration, but for only one speaker per presentation.

LPC 2020 Call for Microconference Proposals

Note: We are still hoping to hold the conference as scheduled, but we are continually monitoring the pandemic situation. For current Covid-19 updates, please see our website https://www.linuxplumbersconf.org/#covid-19

We are pleased to announce the Call for Microconferences for the 2020 Linux Plumbers Conference, which will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on August 25-27 in conjunction with Kernel Summit and Linux Maintainers Summit, which takes place on August 28th.

A microconference is a collection of collaborative sessions focused on problems in a particular area of Linux plumbing, which includes the kernel, libraries, utilities, services, UI, and so forth, but can also focus on cross-cutting concerns such as security, scaling, energy efficiency, toolchains, container runtimes, or a particular use case. Good microconferences result in solutions to these problems and concerns, while the best microconferences result in patches that implement those solutions.

For more information on submitting a microconference proposal, visit our CfP page.

The first round of accepted microconferences will be announced on April 26, 2020.

There will also be a refereed track for pure presentations. Call for presentations for that will be coming shortly.

What is a microconference?

What makes Linux Plumbers unique is that it is focused on development, solving problems and bringing about the new features of the future. A microconference is about being productive and solving issues of the day. It is not where one discusses what has already been done, or showing off the latest shiny new product or feature. Although it is OK to have a topic on ideas of what to do with a shiny new product or feature, it should not be about the product or feature itself. A microconference is to get people together face to face to discuss issues that are difficult to solve via email and chat alone.

Topics of a microconference

As stated above, an MC topic is about the future, not the past. It should be something that helps provide a solution for a question. How do we solve foo? I want to implement bar, but there’s these issues. How do we get around them? I have feature X but want to use it for Y, is it feasible?

Please avoid presentations as they tend to take time away from discussions. Presentations may be used to help bring the audience up to speed on what is about to be discussed. Keep it focused on the necessary details to allow people to participate and limit it to 5 to 7 minutes. Slides should only be used to complement the discussion and enable wider participation.

Successful microconference proposals

When proposing a microconference, it is important to state what is expected to be accomplished for the microconfence. Remember, the best microconferences are those that solve problems. The abstract of the proposal should describe what the topic is, and then list the various problems that could be discussed at the microconference. Note, what is listed may not be what is actually discussed, but gives the Plumbers planning committee an idea of how productive the microconference will be.

No microconference can be successful if the necessary people who are responsible for the issues are not present. The proposal should list the key contributors who will make sure the results of the discussions are most likely to be implemented. The best proposals will also state that those key contributors have agreed to attend.

Plumbers and Covid-19

This is our current Covid-19 Statement:

Plumbers is currently taking place as planned; however, the LPC program committee is actively monitoring the situation with regard to Covid-19.  The World Health Organization (WHO) is currently making no projections for the situation at that date, but there is hope that the spread of the disease will slow or stop entirely during the northern-hemisphere summer.  Given the uncertainty, we are currently adopting a wait-and-see approach.  Rest assured that we’ll be following precautions advised by both the WHO and the local health authorities in Halifax should they still be in effect by the time the conference starts.

We’ll post updates to the plumbers website as they become available.

Videos for microconferences

The videos for all the talks in microconferences at the 2019 edition of Linux Plumbers are now linked to the schedule. Clicking on the link titled “video” will take you to the right spot in the microconference video. Hopefully, watching all of these talks will get you excited for the 2020 edition which we are busy preparing! Watch out for our call for microconferences and for our refereed track both of which are to be released soon. So now’s the time to start thinking about all the exciting problems you want to discuss and solve.

Welcome to the 2020 Linux Plumbers Conference blog

Planning for the 2020 Linux Plumbers Conference is well underway. The planning committee will be posting various informational blurbs here, including information on hotels, microconference acceptance, evening events, scheduling, and so on. Next up will be a “call for microconferences” that should appear soon.

LPC this year will be held at the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia from 25-27 August.

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