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Overview

KubeSummit 2021 brings together adopters, developers, and practitioners to collaborate virtually. It is also a venue to showcase and learn about what is happening across India with Kubernetes and Containers.

This post explains the submission criteria and process. Be aware of these milestones:

  • February 14 – Call for proposals closes
  • February 18 – Acceptance notifications sent
  • February 21 – Last date to submit session video content

What to expect after submissions

Most sessions will be pre-recorded and presented virtually during the event, other than Keynotes. Please check out the submission process and topics to understand the requirements for your proposal to be considered a successful submission.

  1. Once a submission is accepted, the speaker will be notified via mail and will be expected to share their slides and a 5 minute test video.
  2. Slides samples will be shared with accepted speakers.
  3. Speaker training will be required for accepted speakers.
  4. Details on how-to-record-a-video will be shared, which will have minimal requirements as supported by a speaker’s system. A system with camera(inbuilt for a laptop or external for desktops) is preferred.
  5. Once accepted speakers send in their recordings, it will go through quality checks to make sure it adhreres to the standards and then be uploaded on the platform for the event days.

What’s in it for you?

  1. Benefits of speaking at KubeSummit extends to virtual networking opportunities with executives and employees, potential clients, industry experts, press, and analysts.
  2. Your speaker profile and bio along with your company’s name on the session catalog on the conference website.
  3. Opportunities to leverage Social assets to promote your session and your profile via social media channels.

Topics

Refer to the list of topics or areas to choose from, while submitting your proposal:

  1. Community
  2. Containers 101 Track
  3. CI/CD
  4. Customizing/Extending Kubernetes
  5. Hands-on
  6. ML+ Data+ AI
  7. Maintainer tracks
  8. Security+ Identity+ policy
  9. Serverless
  10. Service Mesh
  11. Storage
  12. OpenShift

How to submit

Check here to submit a proposal. Our proposal review team will use the following acceptance criteria when reviewing proposals:

  1. Submission format: submissions must fall witin one of these four formats:
    • Solo Presentation: 15 minutes, 1 speaker presenting on a topic with 10 minutes of QnA.
    • Solo Presentation: 25 minutes, 1 speaker presenting on a topic.
    • Dual Presentation: 25 minutes, 2 speakers presenting on a topic.
    • Panel Discussion: 25 minutes of discussion amongst 3 to 5 speakers. Note: All submissions with 3–5 speakers are required to have at least one speaker that does not identify as a man.
  2. Session topic: Submissions must clearly relate to at least one of the 12 topics listed in the above section.
  3. Session title: Titles are clear, easy to understand, and compelling. Explain what your session is about and why attendees should come. Most importantly, be authentic.
  4. Session description: Provide a detailed, focused description of what this session will cover, written in the third person, preferably. This text is used as a session summary in the online agenda. maximum 1000 characters
  5. Benefits to the Ecosystem: This is your chance to elaborate. Tell us how the content of your presentation will help better the ecosystem or anything else you wish to share with the review committee. We realize that this can be a difficult question to answer, but as with the description, the relevance of your presentation is just as important as the content. maximum 1000 characters
  6. Speaker(s) biography: Provide a biography for all speakers, including previous speaking experience and other supporting details that illustrate expertise. Provide resources to enhance your proposal. These can be videos of you or your speakers presenting elsewhere, links to personal websites (including LinkedIn), links to your open source projects, or published books.
  7. Special considerations for tutorials: For tutorials, highlight what the audience will learn or walk away with after attending your session. Additionally, please indicate what prerequisites (if any) are needed for the attendee to know prior to attending, and if any materials should be brought with them or downloaded ahead of time (i.e. must install software) prior to attending.
  8. More than one submission: Only one submission will be accepted per speaker except in cases where a tech-talk or a session of 25 minutes is accompanied by a demo of 15 mins or 25 minutes.
  9. Live sessions: Based on the decisions of the review committee, if found suitable you might be asked to present your session live, if you choose to do so.

Tips and Tricks

Best practices and tips to improve your chances of being selected to speak. Consider the following as you write your proposal:

  • What do you expect the audience to gain from your presentation?
  • Why should YOU be the one to give this talk? You have a unique story. Tell it.
  • Be prepared to explain how this fits into the container landscape.
  • How will this presentation translate to an online, virtual session?

While we do not expect every presentation to have code snippets and technical deep-dives, presentations must NOT be one of the following:

  • Sales or marketing pitches.
  • Unlicensed or potentially closed-source technologies.

These types of submissions will be rejected. Our conferences are developer-centric, so your content must be technical. We have found sales pitches or sessions focused on proprietary technologies detract from the integrity of a community conference and are rarely well-received by attendees.

There are plenty of ways to give a presentation about projects and technologies without focusing on company-specific efforts. Remember the things to consider that we mentioned above when writing your proposal and think of ways to make it interesting for attendees. While still letting you share your experiences, our goal is to educate our audience, so infomercials are not well received. Audiences want to learn how to be successful; if that includes a mention of a specific product or service, then great.

  • Show measurable results. There is a big difference between saying “This worked for us” and “We achieved a 35% return on investment.” Measurable results are a great way to communicate your strategies to your audience.
  • Use real-life examples. There is no substitute for firsthand experience. Audiences love to hear directly from people who have implemented winning strategies, including lessons learned. Team with a client to bring your story to life.
  • Be original and timely. Attendees are eager to hear about the latest advancements and appreciate your unique perspective.
  • Speak to your industry. Sometimes your successful strategies will be dependent on circumstances unique to your organization. Develop your presentation content so it appeals to others across your industry or across similar industries.

Submit

Download the doc, fill in the details and mail it to ibmcode@in.ibm.com

Find us on Slack

Join the official Slack workspace here ibm.biz/kubesummit For queries related to CFP find us on #kubesummitcfp and for other queries find us on #kubesummit slack channel.

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