Call For Papers

The 2023 Call for Papers (CFP) is now open!

We are now seeking submissions from established technologists with many years of experiencetechnologists and community members that may be new to “open”, and everything in between. In addition, we are proudly seeking talks from traditionally underrepresented groups and organizations. In short, we’re seeking a diverse lineup as we firmly believe it delivers the most value to attendees.

*Please note we are currently taking an in-person first approach in 2023 and plan to host an in-person conference similar to 2019 (the last fully in-person event, see a video summary here). All sessions will be delivered onsite in downtown Raleigh, NC USA with a small number of those sessions live streamed to a world-wide audience. In-person attendance in 2022 was ~3,700 from all over the world. We hope to grow those numbers to 2019 / pre-COVID levels in 2023. 

Talk Submission Timeframe / Milestones

Tuesday, February 28 – 2023 CFP Opens
Friday, March 31 – 2023 CFP Closes
Monday, April 3 – Initial communication from the ATO team
Monday, May 1 – Status updates and decision related emails will “be in full swing”
Mid-May Early June – Registration launch and initial speaker announcement 

*Please note we may reach out before and/or after the above dates. Unexpected events happen and variables often change, as the last couple of years have proven. We also encourage questions and comments to be directed to the ATO team at [email protected] anytime. We will respond quickly.

Talk Formats

  1. 15-minute keynote in front of a plenary audience.
  2. 15-minute “burst” talk designed to highlight a topic/micro-topic delivered on a traditional track. Much like a 45-minute session, but shorter.
  3. Traditional 45-minute session.
  4. Extended 1.4 – 4.0 workshop session.

Topics, Tracks, and Technologies – What We’re Looking For

Topics we’re looking to highlight, this year’s tracks to be featured, and technology examples for anyone interested can be found here.

Talk Topic Guidance

Conference Format

As stated above, we are taking an in-person approach this year and are eager to see our community face-to-face. Protocols will also be in place to ensure the safest environment possible. Also, a (limited) number of in-person sessions will be live streamed to a global audience, but all sessions will need to be delivered onsite in Raleigh, NC. If the situation changes, we will adjust quickly and accordingly. 

In addition, days will be structured in the following way in 2023:

  • Sunday, October 15 – Inclusion & Diversity & Community Leadership Summit co-located events
  • Monday, October 16 – Traditional conference day #1 – 15 minute keynotes, 15, 45 and 90 minute sessions
  • Tuesday, October 17 – Traditional conference day #2 – 15 minute keynotes, 15, 45 and 900 minute sessions

*Please note all sessions will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh, NC

Why Speak at All Things Open 2023?

Since before 2010 we’ve hosted thousands of technologists and thought leaders from all over the world. Follow the link below for all the reasons why you should consider speaking at All Things Open.

Why Speak at All Things Open?

Travel Assistance for Speakers

The team at All Things Open considers all travel assistance requests from speakers on a case-by-case basis. We’re a small team/organization and proudly keep registration costs low to maximize accessibility. Because of this, our budget is limited. We do give priority consideration to independent and historically underrepresented individuals as diversity and inclusion remain important goals and have been from the beginning. If you have questions or would like to speak to us about our policy please contact us directly at [email protected].

Tips for Getting Your Talk Accepted

We wrote an article on last year called “13 tips for getting your talk accepted at a tech conference”. We feel it includes a number of best practices that might be helpful. It’s about a 5 minute read and can be found here.

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