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DevOpsDays Boston 2020

event date

28 Sep 2020

location

Online


Due to the effects of COVID-19, and the health risks of holding an in-person conference this year, DevOpsDays Boston 2020 will now be a single-track virtual event, taking place on September 28th, 2020.

DevOpsDays Boston is a self-organizing conference for DevOps practitioners, and part of the worldwide community of DevOpsDays events.

It brings together leaders in Software Development, IT Operations, QA, InfoSec, and IT Management to collaborate and learn from each other. It is both a technical conference and a conference focusing on culture, processes, and structure within organizations.

We encourage people with technology and business backgrounds to attend, learn and share experiences.

The 2020 event will be the eighth time we have hosted DevOpsDays in Boston. The format includes a single track of long form and Ignite talks. Participant experience is very important to us, and it goes beyond having quality content. We expect the speakers to attend talks and participate in the day-of activities during the event and will hold virtual “open spaces” and other breakout activities in order to help bring the community together.

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Call for Speakers
CfS opens at 12:00 AM

23 Mar 2020

CfS closes at 11:59 PM

14 Jun 2020

This event is in UTC-05:00 - Eastern Time US & Canada - time zone.
Closing time in your time zone is .

DevOpsDays Boston 2020 is currently accepting long session & short session talk proposals from interested speakers.


Programming Guidelines

In 2020, we are actively soliciting programming that addresses these topics:

- Building a Site Reliability Engineering team

- Serverless

- Health, stress, and burnout

- Management culture

- Privacy/data security

- Large-scale container deployment

- Professional development, teaching, training, and mentorship

- Test design and automated testing

- DevOps in the enterprise


We also welcome submissions on perennially popular technical topics from previous DevOpsDays:

- Continuous integration and continuous delivery

- Automation

- Containerization (incl. Docker/Moby, unikernels)

- Monitoring and alerting

- Microservices

- Infrastructure as code


Our programming is focused on three goals:

Diverse Backgrounds

We’re eager to provide a platform to our speakers, so if the DevOps industry hasn’t included people like you in the past, tell us about it in your proposal. We want to make a space for the perspectives of people that are underrepresented in or excluded from technology: people of color, women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, students, veterans, and many more. In the more specific context of this event, we want to hear about DevOps from a wide set of roles: QA testers, security teams, DBAs, network administrators, compliance experts, UX designers, government employees, scientists, and other technologists who face unique challenges.

New Ideas

Sure, we know that Kubernetes is hot right now - but what’s going to be hot next year? What about in five years? Present the right idea at the right time, and you could help shape that! To help keep our content fresh, preference will also be given to talks that have never been presented at a conference, or even better, to speakers who aren’t regulars on the “conference circuit”.

Healthy Discussion

Most session submissions focus on how to use a specific piece of technology - and most of those are not accepted. The most memorable talks question assumptions, make predictions, or draw conclusions. It’s even okay to (respectfully) tell someone that they’re wrong - we’d much rather have a disagreement than a room full of nodding heads! DevOpsDays are centered around open spaces, and a good session should act like fertilizer for them, giving people something to start talking about.


We’re also very interested in nominations. Did you see an awesome presentation at another conference? Is one of your friends hoping to break into the conference circuit? Let us know who to reach out to, or send an introductory email yourself! You can reach us at boston@devopsdays.org

However, please consider that novelty is heavily encouraged as per our guidelines above. These topics are popular, but every year we receive more submissions about them than we can accept.


Please keep these guidelines in mind:

Absolutely no vendor pitches

Many of our most successful talks are by people who sell products in the same area they’re speaking about. But if your talk is only interesting to someone paying money for your product, it’s a bad fit for DevOpsDays.

Follow the Code of Conduct

For example: no threats, no sexualized language or imagery, no insulting audience members.

Explain why your proposal is interesting to the DevOps community

We’d rather have a lackluster abstract about a very interesting topic than a detailed outline of a topic that isn’t a good fit.

Your talk will go through a blind review process

That means that reviewers will receive a version of your talk edited to obscure all names, companies, and so on. Make sure that your proposal still makes sense without this information.

Avoid purely technical talks

We all love technology, but this isn’t a programming language conference or a Docker conference. Talk about tools in the context in which they’ll be used, and relate them to the business or cultural problems that they solve. (Or tell us about how tools can make those problems worse!) You should especially consider whether the technology you’re talking about impacts diversity, retention, ability to learn, etc.

Multiple proposals won’t all be accepted

If you send in five proposals, we’ll accept the one that is the best fit for the conference. It’s very rare that any speaker will speak more than once, because that would lead to very homogeneous programming.


event fee

free for speakers