Packaging Con - Call for presentations to discuss package management with dedicated Nix track

Hey all,

I am helping out to organize Packaging Con, a cross-ecosystem discussion forum for package managers. Several communities such as Anaconda and Julia are already quite strongly represented and it would be nice if we could get a lot of Nix related registrations and submissions as well.

This is a great place to exchange beyond the usual community boundaries! So don’t hesitate to submit a talk.

Here is a summary of important dates and topics from the website:

Important Dates

  • Submissions open: 20 July 2021
  • Submissions close: 31 August 2021
  • Notifications: 13 September 2021
  • Conference date: 9 & 10 November 2021

Submissions are due at 23:59 ``anywhere on Earth’’ on the specified date. Specifically, this is 23:59 IDLW, i.e., UTC–12:00. You can use this converter to figure out the deadline for your time zone.


We encourage submissions in a wide range of areas related to package management, including but not limited to:

  • Deep dives on particular packaging systems.
  • Package management vs dependency management
  • Issues between distro-provided and developer/language-specific package managers
  • Software supply chains, pipelines, and vulnerabilities
  • CI for package managers and how to scale it
  • Modeling software ecosystems in package managers
  • Modeling compatibility (semver, API/ABI analysis, etc.)
  • Versioning
  • Software release methodology: rolling / LTS / others
  • Monorepos and package management
  • Reproducibility in package managers
  • Functional package management, how it relates to other systems
  • Reliability/robustness of software ecosystems
  • Dependency solving: modeling, methods, and scalability

This list is by no means exhaustive – any topic related to package management is welcome to attend.

How to submit

The presentation length is 20 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A right after the talk. All talks will be held live via video chat and are recorded (speakers can opt-out of the recording). We will have lightning talk sessions with lightning of max 2 minutes. There is no deadline for the submission of lightning talks. Submissions are handled by “pretalx” and will be reviewed by volunteers from the community.