2020 Call for Papers is Open

Important Information

  • Call for Proposals Opens: 24 June 2019
  • Call for Proposals Closes: 28 July 2019 Extended to 11 August 2019 Anywhere on Earth (AoE)
  • Notifications from the sessions committee: early September 2019
  • Conference Opens: 13 January 2020

About is a conference where people gather to learn about the entire world of Free and Open Source Software, directly from the people who contribute. Many of these contributors give scheduled presentations, but much interaction occurs in-between and after formal sessions between all attendees. Our aim is to create a deeply technical conference where we bring together industry leaders and experts on a wide range of subjects. welcomes submissions from first-time and seasoned speakers, from all free and open technology communities, and all walks of life. We respect and encourage diversity at our conference.

Conference Theme

Our theme for 2020 is “Who’s Watching”, focusing on security, privacy and ethics. As big data and IoT-connected devices become more pervasive, it’s no surprise that we’re more concerned about privacy and security than ever before. We’ve set our sights on how open source could play a role in maximising security and protecting our privacy in times of uncertainty. With the concept of privacy continuing to blur, open source could be the solution to give us ‘2020 vision’.

Please let this inspire you, but not restrict you - we will still have many talks about other interesting things in our community.

Deciding what to speak about at can be a tough challenge, particularly for new speakers. If you would like some ideas on how to write a talk and how to submit a proposal, we recommend watching E. Dunham’s You Should Speak talk from 2018.

Conference Location 2020 will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. For more information, please see our location and venue guide.

Proposal Types

We’re accepting submissions for three different types of proposal:

  • Presentation (45 minutes): These are generally presented in lecture format and form the bulk of the available conference slots.
  • Tutorial (100 minutes): These are generally presented in a classroom format. They should be interactive or hands-on in nature. Tutorials are expected to have a specific learning outcome for attendees.
  • Miniconf (full-day): Single-track mini-conferences that run for the duration of a day on either Monday or Tuesday. We provide the room, and you provide the speakers. Together, you can explore a field in Open Source technologies in depth.

It would be great to see some papers on Nix/NixOS/NixOps being submitted.