Presenting a Session

LFNW attracts a wide audience from Linux beginners to experienced experts. We accept presentations geared to any level of experience. You will be asked to specify your audience--beginner, intermediate or advanced--when you submit your proposal.

Submit a Session!

CFP Due Date: Friday, March 21st 7pm PST.
Initial Presentations will be posted: Feb 1st.

Are you one of the following?

  • Developer or programmer
  • Systems administrator
  • Hacker or geek
  • IT or Engineering manager
  • Open Source entrepreneur
  • Trainer or educator
  • Open source enthusiast or activist

Then you should present at Linuxfest Northwest!

Tracks for 2014

The following are some suggested tracks for 2014:

  • Ensuring Privacy and Security with Open Source Technologies
    How can open source help keep your data safe from unauthorized access, whether that is outsider hackers, or third party services that may share your information without consent.
  • Beginning Linux and Open Source
    Sessions for people who have limited knowledge of Linux or open source applications. Examples would be "Getting started with Ubuntu" or "Libre Office Writer for MS Word users"
  • Mobile Solutions
    Sessions for people who are interested in developing applications for smartphones and tablets—getting started, data integration, incorporating graphics.
  • Open Source Hardware
    Sessions primarily for the education sector to help administrators and teachers understand open source technologies and successfully execute them in their organizations or classrooms.
  • Building Community
    Sessions focused on using open source technologies to enrich any type of community, technical or not.
  • Open Source Web Technologies
    Sessions explaining frameworks, content management systems, and programming languages related to web applications. Can be any skill level
  • F/OSS Legal Issues
    Discuss the current political climate, patents, and how attendees can participate in maintaining freedom on the internet
  • Programming Languages
    In depth developer centric sessions regarding open source languages
  • Databases
    Sessions covering all types of F/OSS databases and tools around them
  • Geek Lifestyle
    From ham radios to geek trivia, talk about what it is to be an open source geek

If you have another topic that you think is relevant, please suggest it!


The following timeslots are available. Please specify which works best for your presentation.

  • 50 Minutes
    These fit within a standard hour, with a 10 minute break between sessions. You should plan a 40 minute talk with 10 minutes for questions.
  • 2 Hours (1:50 minutes)
    Two sessions combined with no break.
  • Birds of a Feather (Variable)
    Informal sessions which can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an entire day. They're also meant for groups of less than 15.
  • Community Sprint Rooms
    These are organized sprint rooms for Open source communties. We have limited space available, so reserve sooner rather than later!

Additional Guidelines:

For quicker response and a greater chance of being accepted, please make sure your proposal includes the following:

  •  Track that fits closest with subject matter
  •  Paragraph or two describing what the session will talk about
  •  Links to bio(s) of the speaker(s)
  •  Short title (under 64 Characters)
  •  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 Presentation Manager.

  1. Follow the guidelines on the present/call-for-papers page
  2. Propose and submit your presentation by the link below.
  3. Your presentation proposal will be reviewed by LinuxFest Northwest staff.
  4. You will receive an email from the Presentation Manager about acceptance of proposal.
  5. In the weeks before the Fest, you will receive emails from the Presentation Manager with reminders and suggestions about presentation preparation process.
  6. Around the 1st week of April, the tentative schedule will be ready. You will be asked to review for any problems or last-minute updates.
  7. In mid-April, the schedule will be firmed up solidified and posted.
  8. There may be additional emails about scheduling and any questions from participants.
  9. During the Fest there are presentations on Saturday and Sunday.
  10. Followup with the Presentation Manager about posting presentation materials, or any other follow up.

It's important to include a summary, detail about your presentation, and a description of your background and experience that qualifies you to present on your topic. Your proposal will not be evaluated without adequate information.

Submit a Session!