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Call for Participation

The 2015 Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC) will be held August 19-21 in Seattle, WA, USA, 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* from the submission system for refereed track talks, since the refereed track talks are being combined with LinuxCon. Please use the Wiki for microconference submissions, and the LinuxCon 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 three hours in length, each focused on a set of problems in the Linux system’s “plumbing”. Linux’s plumbing includes kernel subsystems, core libraries, windowing systems, media creation/playback, and so on, but microconference proposals focused on a given set of use cases are also welcome. For example, past microconferences included Android, Automotive, LLVM, Power-Efficient Scheduling, and Secure Boot, to name but a few. The list of currently accepted microconferences is on our schedule website.

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 sessions to hold group discussions and aim at achieving resolutions to problems. Each 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 do not lend themselves well to the microconference format, so they should instead be submitted as proposals to the refereed track, or alternatively as a lightning talk. This allows the microconferences to focus on being productive 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 at
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.

New for 2015: Pre-Seeded MCs

This year, we have already seeded some popular and reoccurring themes in the LPC wiki Topics page. If you are interested in a particular topic and the microconference has no leader, sign up for the task!

New for 2015: Wildcard Track

This year, we’re soliciting individual submissions to a Wildcard track.  The idea is to see if there are enough like submissions to group them into a Microconference without having it formally proposed.  Note, however, that by far your better option is to submit a formal Microconference proposal. If you are interested in submitting a discussion topic as part of the Wildcard track, please follow the instructions in the How to Submit Discussion Topics page, and add your topics to the Wildcard Microconference in the scheduling tool. Alternatively you can add your topics to the 2015 topics wiki, on the Wildcard 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. However our goal is to have an initial selection of Microconferences ready in March 2015.

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 read the instructions on this page on how to submit a discussion topic proposal.

BoF Proposals

Please submit BoF proposals following the instructions listed here. We will insert BoFs into the schedule as the conference approaches (and we know how many BoF time slots we have available).

Refereed Track Proposals

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.

Given that last year’s approach of sharing the Linux Plumbers refereed track with LinuxCon was well received, we are going to handle refereed track presentations in a similar fashion this year. Since LPC and LinuxCon North America will take place at the same location and overlap by one day (Wednesday, August 19), we are opening the refereed track talks to attendees at both conferences. As a result, refereed track talk proposals will 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, August 19th. 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, August 17th and Tuesday, August 18th as a part of the 3-day LinuxCon North America 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”
      3. Choose submission type “Presentation”
      4. Choose the “Developer” category for your proposal
      5. Provide a biography including your speaking experience
      6. Prepare an abstract (max 900 words) that briefly summarizes your proposal. It should include a brief summary of your presentation, including key highlights, why it is important, and which pieces of the kernel plumbing it touches.
      7. Describe who your audience is, what can they expect from your presentation.
      8. Select the level of expertise required for understanding your talk.
      9. Describe why your presentation is important to the Linux ecosystem and this event.
      10. 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 May 12, 2015 at 11:59PM CET.
Authors will be notified of acceptance/rejection on May 26, 2015.
Slides are due by August 9, 2015.

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

Complimentary Event Passes For Speakers

Refereed Talks: Authors whose papers are accepted to the Wednesday session combined with LinuxCon 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 multiple presenters, only the primary speaker for a proposal will receive a complimentary pass for the event.
Microconferences: The leaders of each microconference will receive a total of three free passes to LPC that they can use for themselves or their sub-session leaders. The remaining sub-session leaders (if any) will receive the Early Bird discount for LPC. Note: The three free passes policy does not change in the event that a Microconference has more than one leader.

Sponsor Linux Plumbers Conference

Would you like the warm glow of knowing you’ve contributed financially to make Plumbers a success.  Does your organization want to be seen giving back to the community tangibly?  Then sponsoring the conference might be for you.  We have a range of sponsorship opportunities outlined in the Sponsorship Prospectus. If one of them suits you, please contact us or follow the instructions in the prospectus.

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 behaviour.

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 reserve 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 Code of Conduct which applies to all Linux Foundation events.