CHAOSScon CFP: A conference for project health metrics

Hi Sustainers,

I encourage everyone who is using metrics in their mission for sustainable open source to share their experience and insights at CHAOSScon on August 20 (co-located with the Open Source Summit North America).

The call for participation closing Friday, May 31 (sorry for not sharing sooner).

About CHAOSScon

Learn about open source project health metrics and tools used by open source projects, communities, and engineering teams to track and analyze their community work. This conference will provide a venue for discussing open source project health, CHAOSS updates, use cases, and hands-on workshops for developers, community managers, project managers, and anyone interested in measuring open source project health. We will also share insights from the CHAOSS working groups on Diversity and Inclusion , Evolution , Risk , Value , and Common Metrics .


Hilton San Diego Bayfront 1 Park Boulevard San Diego, California 92101

Co-located with Open Source Summit North America 2019


Tuesday, August 20, 2019 9am - 6pm

Call for Participation

Submit a Proposal

If you are interested in speaking at CHAOSSCon NA on August 20, 2019, please read through the rest of this page to understand the types of talks that are appropriate for this conference, and then submit your proposal.

Dates to Remember:

  • CFP Opens: Monday, May 13, 2019
  • CFP Closes: Friday, May 31, 2019
  • CFP Notifications: Monday, June 10, 2019
  • Schedule Announcement: Monday, June 16, 2019
  • Slide Due Date: Friday, August 16, 2018
  • Event Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2018

Suggested Topics:

  • Software related topics:
    • tutorials
    • walk throughs
    • demos
    • how-to’s
    • new features
  • Metric related topics:
    • metrics strategy
    • deep dive into the use of metrics
    • failure of metrics in practice
    • lessons learned, use cases, and case studies
    • proposals for new metrics
    • new visualizations

Important Notes

  • All speakers are required to adhere to our Code of Conduct.
  • One complimentary pass for the event will be provided per submission.
  • Do not propose sales or marketing pitches. Do not include unlicensed or potentially closed-source technologies when preparing your proposal. These talks will be rejected due to the fact that they take away from the integrity of our events and are rarely well-received by conference attendees.
  • All accepted speakers are required to submit their slides prior to the event.

Preparing To Submit Your Proposal

While it is not our intention to provide you with strict instructions on how to prepare your proposal, we hope you will take a moment to review the following guidelines that we have put together to help you prepare the best submission possible. To get started, here are three things that you should consider before submitting your proposal:

  1. What are you hoping to get from your presentation?
  2. What do you expect the audience to gain from your presentation?
  3. How will your presentation help better the ecosystem?

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, educate the community about an issue, or generate interest in a project.

Session Types

You will need to choose a session type when submitting:

  • Lightning Talk (5 minutes)
  • Regular Session (20 minutes)
  • Hands-On Workshop (approximately 60 minutes)


This is your chance to sell your talk to the program committee, so do your best to highlight the problem/contribution/work that you are addressing in your presentation. The technical details are still important, but the relevance of what you are presenting will help the program committee during the selection process.

This is the abstract that will be posted on the website schedule, so please ensure that it is in complete sentences (and not just bullet points) and that it is written in the third person (use your name instead of I). Your abstract is limited to 1500 characters (~200 words).

Example: The proposed presentation will provide an overview and current status of the Linux Foundation’s CHAOSS project. This will include a discussion of the CHAOSS project workgroups, with a particular focus on the technical advances that are being done with respect to understanding the growth, maturity, and decline of an open source project. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of future work of the CHAOSS project, as well as ways to become involved in the project.


Describe who the audience is and what you expect them to gain from your presentation. Your description is limited to 1500 characters (~200 words).

Example: The audience for this project includes organizational members who are interested in better understand the growth, maturity, and decline of the open source projects with which they are engaged. This could include corporate participants, community managers, and members from supporting foundations.

First Time Submitting? Don’t Feel Intimidated

This is a friendly audience and an excellent way to get to know the community and share your ideas and the work that you are doing, so we strongly encourage first-time speakers to submit talks. In the instance that you aren’t sure about your abstract, reach out to us and we will be more than happy to work with you on your proposal.

How To Give a Great Tech Talk

In the instance that your talk is accepted, we want to make sure that you give the best presentation possible. To do this, we enlisted the help of seasoned conference speaker Josh Berkus who has prepared an in-depth tutorial on “How to Give a Great Tech Talk”: Part 1 and Part 2

Submit proposal

Submit your proposal.


Just wanted to comment that I think this is a great call for presentations. As someone who has put on many events I appreciate it when organizers do a good job at this and hope they know that their time and efforts are appreciated.

Sadly, this conference is too far for me to attend, but I really wish I could.

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