CFP for DockerCon LIVE 2021 Now Open!

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Ahoy! You can now submit your talk proposal for DockerCon LIVE 2021!

Taking place May 27, 2021, DockerCon brings together the entire community of Docker developers, contributors and partners to share, teach, and collaborate to grow the understanding and capabilities of modern application developers. The Docker community is growing fast and is incredibly diverse, and our aim is to have a conference that reflects this growth and diversity. To that end, we’re announcing the CFP a bit earlier this year to substantially increase the number of submissions to review.

Share your know-how

Like last year’s edition, DockerCon LIVE will be 100% virtual. To allow for conversation and ensure a stress-free delivery for the speaker, session talks will be pre-recorded and played at a specific time during the conference. Speakers will be able to chat live with their audience while their recorded session is broadcast and be available to answer questions in real-time. We’re really excited about this format and we look forward to introducing a host of new interactive features that’ll ensure that speakers (new and seasoned) and attendees alike have an exceptional experience.

The theme of this year’s DockerCon is developer team collaboration in the new remote-first world.

Before submitting a talk proposal, please make sure that your topic falls under one or several of the following thematic buckets:

  • Team Collaboration
  • Secure Development
  • Best Practices
  • Case Studies / Lessons Learned
  • Contributing to Docker
  • App Modernization and Migration

The Review Process

We’ll be using the Papercall platform this year to manage and review submissions. We will have an awesome team of internal and external reviewers working in lock-step to carefully read through proposals and engaging with applicants along the way to help them refine, polish and improve their submissions. One of the benefits of using Papercall is that speakers can log into the platform to revisit their proposal and update it. 

Practical Information

  • DockerCon LIVE 2021 will take place on Thursday, May 27th from early morning to evening (Pacific Time).
  • All speakers must adhere to the Docker’s Community Code of Conduct Please review this document before submitting your presentation. 
  • Sessions will be between 20-40 minutes, including Q&A but we will also have lightning talks (~5-10 minutes) and workshops/panel discussions (~45-60 minutes).
  • All speakers who have their talks approved will work closely with the DockerCon team for guidance and feedback as they prepare for the talk and level up their presentation for the big day! We will have schedules posted for group sessions and individual time can also be scheduled.   
  • The CFP is open to all. Whether this is your first ever conference or whether you’ve been doing this for decades, we want to encourage EVERYONE to submit. Docker welcomes everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, veteran status, religion, or immigration status.

Important Dates:

  • February 8, 2021 – CFP opens
  • March 15th, 2021 – CFP closes
  • The reviewer team will be working on a rolling basis
  • All speakers notified by April 15th

In the next couple of weeks, we’ll be posting more info about registration, agenda, format, pre-day activities and other great stuff. In the meantime, make sure to join the #dockercon2021 channel in our Docker Community Slack if you have any questions, or shoot us an email at [email protected]

Submit your talk proposal!


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