The Mechanics of Freedom
LinuxFest Northwest attracts a wide audience ranging from Open Source beginners to experienced experts.
This year we’re looking for presentations around the theme ‘The Mechanics of Freedom’. Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things are becoming even more integrated in the lives of regular citizens. Along with these changes comes concern over the trade-offs between convenience and privacy. We would like to see talks that bring together pieces of this larger puzzle.
Session Submission Due Date: Friday, March 1st, 2017 11:59PM PT
Speakers Contacted: March 10th, 2017
Tracks for 2017
From keeping your personal data and identity private to securing systems from intruders, we're looking for sessions of all skill levels to discuss security.
e.g. Privacy in the age of relentless online tracking
Technical talks about using the latest testing, automation tools, and databases for scaling servers and systems.
e.g. How the Internet of Things took down DNS
Sessions focused on the human component of open source. This includes community building, education, licensing, legal discussions, and talks about open source culture.
e.g. How bots can help you on-board new community members
Sessions explaining frameworks, content management systems, and programming languages.
e.g. Training driverless vehicles
Have a topic not covered by the tracks above? Thats okay! Put your session in this track.
e.g. Beginners guide to the Linux desktop
This year, we're expanding the tutorium to hold in depth, hands on sessions of all topics and difficulties. If you're interested in leading a tutorial, submit here.
Tutorials should be either 90 minutes or 2.5 hours in length.
New for 2017: We've consolidated our tracks from 10 to 5 to allow for expert and newcomer sessions to run simultaneously. We aim to have every timeslot contain at least one topic from each difficulty level.
Aimed at attendees with no prior knowledge of the topic nor any prerequisites
e.g. Introduction to Ubuntu
Aimed at those with a small amount of prior knowledge in the topic area
e.g. Introduction to ZFS
Aimed at attendees with in depth experience around the topic
e.g. Deep dive into MongoDB sharding
The following session lengths are available. Please specify which works best for your presentation.
The majority of our sessions fit within a standard hour. Typically speakers give a 45 minute talk and leave 15 minutes for questions.
There will be a few 90 minute session slots available for more in depth talks.
For quicker response and a greater chance of being accepted, please make sure your proposal includes the following:
- Select the track that fits closest with subject matter
- Write a detailed description of what the session will discuss
- Include what the audience expects to learn from the session
- Include links to bio(s) of the speaker(s)
- Keep the title short and interesting (under 64 Characters)
- Add links, if applicable, to other talks given by the speakers
Presentation Submission Process
Here is additional information and details about the Presentation submission process, including communications with the Presentations team.
- Follow the guidelines on this page.
- Propose and submit your presentation from the link below by March 1st.
- Your presentation proposal will be reviewed by LinuxFest Northwest volunteers by March 10th.
- You will receive an email from the Presentations team about acceptance of proposals on or around March 10th.
- Around the end of March, the tentative schedule will be ready. You will be asked to review for any problems or last-minute updates.
- In the first week of April the schedule will be solidified and posted.
- In the weeks before the Fest, you will receive emails from the Presentation team with reminders and suggestions about the presentation preparation process.
- There may be additional emails about scheduling.
It's important to include a summary of your presentation and a description of your background and experience. The team cannot evaluate your proposal without adequate information.