Open Source 101 CFP Now Open – Through February 5

The call-for-papers (CFP) for Open Source 101 2021 is now open!

This will be the 8th OS101 we’ve hosted over the past 5 years, and we’re every bit as excited about this one as we were the first.

*Please note the CFP will only be open through Friday, February 5. As a result, we encourage anyone interested to move quickly and let us know if there are questions. We also understand this is an abbreviated window and we apologize for any rush or inconvenience in advance.

The Details:

What: Open Source 101 2021
When: Tuesday, March 30
Time: 10:00 am EST – 4:00/5:00 pm EST
Submission Deadline: Friday, February 5

Talk formats: 10 minute keynotes, 45 minute and 1.5 hour sessions

Level of Difficulty: All submissions should address topics at an introductory-intermediate level.
Remember: The target audience for OS101 includes newbie/early-career technologists, technology veterans looking to learn something new, as well as university CS/technology/code school students.

Confirmed Speakers:

We have confirmed a few initial speakers. All are world-class thought leaders.


Jeff Atwood, Coding Horror

Ben Ilegbodu, Stitch Fix

VM Vicky Brasseur, award-winning free/open source advocate and corporate strategist, international keynote speaker, and writer


What We’re Looking For:

  1. Talks covering Open Source Processes, such as:
    • Open Source licenses / licensing
    • Open Source governance policies
    • Documentation
    • Starting/launching an open source project (how to/best practices)
    • Choosing a project to contribute to (how to)
    • Contribution best practices
    • Codes of Conduct
    • Communication standards/methodologies/best practices
    • How to open source an internal tool / technology (best practices and examples)
    • Open Source business models and strategies
  2. Talks covering Open Source Technologies, such as:
    • Databases
    • Programming/Scripting Languages
    • Cloud Environments & Cloud Management Tools
    • Operating Systems and Distributions
    • Developer Frameworks
    • Continuous Integration
    • Security
    • Deployment Automation & Configuration Management
    • Monitoring
    • Analytics/Data
    • Testing/Test Automation
  3. Open Source Projects – Active, healthy projects looking for contributors and/or those capable of serving as good case studies.
  4. Community – Topics of importance to the open source community


Why Speak?

Open Source 101 is a wonderful opportunity to help educate a very enthusiastic audience and one that is eager to learn. In addition, the exposure can be excellent as it creates a thought leadership opportunity. Finally, the networking opportunity is tremendous. Speakers are guaranteed to meet other thought leaders from around the globe.



Participation in 2020 was excellent




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