Update: 13 July 2013: Please note that we are no longer accepting proposals for Refereed track talks.  You may still submit a Microconference proposal, although the number of remaining slots is small.  The site is now open for discussion proposals for accepted Microconferences


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Call for Participation

The 2013 Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC) will be held September 18-20 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and we hope to see you there!  To that end, we are pleased to announce the call for participation in this year’s conference. There are two ways for individuals to participate in Linux Plumbers Conference: Microconferences and Refereed Track Talks.  Each is explained in more detail in the sections below.

Note: The submission system for microconferences is *different* than the submission system for refereed track talks, since the refereed track talks are being combined with LinuxCon North America. Please use the Wiki for microconference submissions, and the LinuxCon North America submission system at using the instructions below in the Refereed Track section to submit refereed track talks.

Microconference Proposals

Microconferences are working sessions that are roughly 2.5 hours (or more, if you have sufficient material that the program committee believes a longer session is warranted) in length, each focused on a series of sub-topics related to a specific aspect of the “plumbing” in the Linux system.  Linux plumbing includes kernel subsystems, core libraries, windowing systems, media creation/playback, and so on. For reference, last year’s LPC had tracks on Android, Tracing, and LLVM, among many others. The list of currently accepted Microconferences is here

Microconferences are an opportunity to gather key contributors and stakeholders together in one room for working sessions on open issues.  We encourage microconference leaders to use the sub-sessions to hold group discussions and aim at achieving resolutions to problems.   Each sub-session leader should present just enough  background information to facilitate the discussion; this may include a few explanatory slides or an online notes session.  Note that topics that are not open for discussion or which require significant slideware should be submitted as proposals to the refereed track instead of included in microconferences.  This allows us to keep the microconferences as active working sessions.

If you or someone in your development community is willing to coordinate a set of discussions in a specific area, please propose a microconference. Note: finding a good organizer from your community may involve persuasion and cajoling; don’t hesitate to ask those with a proven handle on all the major issues in your area (this may be you!) and see if you can gather several sub-session leaders to act as facilitators for each sub-topic in your microconference.

Leading an LPC microconference can be a fun, exciting, and rewarding activity, but please make sure you read about the responsibilities of a microconference working session leader.  If you have an idea for a good LPC microconference, and especially if you would like to lead a particular microconference, please add it to the LPC wiki Topics page.

Deadline: Microconference proposals are due as soon as possible, however we understand that with dynamic development, issues that need discussion can arise at any time. We will try to accommodate incoming proposals as well as we can, depending on the slots available.

If you have any issues or questions concerning microconferences, please contact us.

Submitting Discussion Topics for approved Microconferences

First, look through the list of accepted Microconferences and decide which one your proposal would best fit. Then use this link to submit your proposal.

Note: we are no longer using Summit. Please see this page for full details of how the new site works.

BoF Proposals

Please submit BoF proposals using this link. We will insert BoFs into the schedule as the conference approaches (and we know how many BoF rooms we have available).

Refereed Track Proposals

NOTE: Refereed track submissions are now CLOSED.

Refereed track presentations are single traditional presentations that are 50 minutes in length and should focus on a specific aspect of the “plumbing” in the Linux system. Examples of Linux “plumbing” include core kernel subsystems, core libraries, windowing systems, management tools, device support, media creation/playback, 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.

This year, we have made a change to the way refereed track presentations are handled. Since LPC and LinuxCon North America will take place at the same location and overlap by one day (Wednesday, September 18), we are making the refereed track talks available for attendees at both conferences. As a result, refereed track talk proposals will now be submitted via LinuxCon North America as Developer presentations.

Linux Plumbers committee members will be reviewing all submitted sessions with The Linux Foundation, with the top plumbing-related talks being accepted for a combined LPC/LinuxCon track on Wednesday, September 18th. Additionally, any speaker who submits a high-quality presentation that will not fit into the combined track due to limited space will be considered for inclusion in the LinuxCon schedule on Monday, September 16th and Tuesday, September 17th as a part of the 3-day Linuxcon Developer track.

To submit a refereed track talk proposal follow the instructions below at this website:

Refereed Track Submission Instructions:

      1. Create an account (unless you already have one)
      2. Select Event “LinuxCon North America 2013″
      3. Choose submission type “Presentation”
      4. Choose the “Developer” category for your proposal
      5. Provide a 150 word biography including your speaking experience
      6. Prepare a 150 word abstract that briefly summarizes your proposal. It should be split into two paragraphs:
        • Paragraph 1 – A brief summary of your presentation, including key highlights, why it is important, and which pieces of the kernel plumbing it touches.
        • Paragraph 2 – Who is your audience, what can they expect, your speaking experience and why your presentation is important to the Linux ecosystem and this event.
      7. List any technical requirements that you have for your presentation (i.e. internet connectivity, whiteboard, etc.)

Key Dates for Refereed Presentation Submissions
Proposals are due by June 20, 2013 at 11:55PM CST.
Authors will be notified of acceptance/rejection on July 1 2013.
Slides are due by September 9 2013.

If you have any issues or questions concerning submissions, please contact us. We look forward to hearing your proposals and to seeing you in New Orleans!

Complimentary Event Passes For Speakers

Authors whose papers are accepted to the combined Wednesday session will receive both LinuxCon and Linux Plumbers conference speaker benefits (free pass to LinuxCon, free pass to Linux Plumbers Conference plus a Speaker Gift). Authors whose papers are accepted for Monday or Tuesday will receive LinuxCon speaker benefits (free pass to LinuxCon plus a Speaker Gift) and Early Bird discount for Linux Plumbers Conference.

Note:  In the event that a refereed track talk has has multiple presenters, only the primary speaker for a proposal will receive a complimentary pass for the event. For microconferences, each MC leader will receive one free pass to LPC, plus two additional free passes (to LPC) that the he/she can allocate among the sub-session leaders as desired.

Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy

The Linux Plumbers conference is a working conferences intended for professional networking and collaboration in the Linux community. Participants are expected to behave according to professional standards and in accordance with their employer’s policies on appropriate workplace behavior.

While at the Linux Plumbers Conference or related social networking opportunities, attendees should not engage in discriminatory or offensive speech or actions regarding gender, sexuality, race, or religion. Speakers should be especially aware of these concerns.

We do not condone any statements by speakers contrary to these standards, and we reserves the right to deny entrance to any individual.

Please bring any concerns to to the immediate attention of a member of the Linux Plumbers Conference planning committee. We thank our attendees for their help in keeping the Linux Plumbers Conference professional, welcoming and friendly.

This policy is derived from the Linux Foundation’s anti-harassment and discrimination policy which applies to all Linux Foundation events.