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Drone Day / Litmus Day / {unscripted} 2022

event starts

13 Sep 2022

event ends

14 Sep 2022


Bespoke San Francisco, California, United States

{unscripted} The modern software delivery conference for DevOps practitioners, managers & decision-makers.

About Drone Day, Litmus Day & {unscripted} 2022

Drone Day -  Sept 13th - Join us for Keynotes, new feature announcements, and talks from community members who share their experiences, best practices, and innovations 

Litmus Day - Sept 13th - Join us for Keynotes, new feature announcements, and talks from community members who share their experiences, best practices, and innovations 


{unscripted} is a unique 1-day conference held on September 14th at Bespoke in San Francisco. It begins with keynotes, followed by 2 tracks of curated community talks, and ends with breakout sessions (unconference) where we will discuss the latest changes and innovations in GitOps. 

For background on {unscripted}, please refer to sessions from past {unscripted} events:

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Call for Speakers
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01 Jun 2022

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10 Aug 2022

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Drone Day / Litmus Day & {unscripted} 

This is a call to all presenters who wish to share their experiences or tell their stories. We don't care if this is your first time speaking or if you're a rockstar performer, nor do we mind if you're native to San Francisco, or a celestial being from outer space. We're interested in your story and we'll do whatever we can to help you bring it to light. 

Please submit as early as possible even if you're still not 100% sure about the story you want to tell - you can edit your submission until the CfP is closed. 

CfP Deadlines: 

August 10th 

Selection Process

The selection committee is made up of Harness employees. The selection of your talk, however, is not dependent on your talk including Drone, Litmus or Harness products or messaging. It will be based on its own merits and how it furthers the conversation of the track.

Our selection committee is a diverse committee. We strive to include representative voices from underrepresented minority groups. We will achieve this by reaching out to groups that can help us spread the word of our call for papers to a diverse group of people. 


In your submission, you will be asked to specify which event you are applying for. There are 3 events: Drone Day; Litmus Day and {unscripted}.

SPEAKER GUIDELINES AND EXPECTATIONS, (the “Event Organizer”), the event sponsors and our selection committee want to make it as simple and transparent as possible for you to participate in {unscripted}.

What we expect from your talk submission

Naturally, your talk has to fit into one of the above events. Other than that, our talks usually fall into one of these three categories:

  • Use cases - demonstrate how problems are solved with real-world examples
  • Thought leadership - share new ideas that help move the industry forward
  • Open Source - Introduce new, relevant projects. Sharing use cases and best practices.

That said, the topic's selection depends entirely on you. Some additional pointers to keep in mind:

  • Try making it fresh
  • Keep it technical
  • Make it useful
  • Research numbers are the best, lessons from the battlefield are better
  • Format - Standard 

Your Profile: A brief bio is required as part of your submission. We also ask for a large headshot photo if your submission is accepted.

No Sales or Marketing Pitches: We request no presentations be built around a vendor product or service. This includes companies providing technology tools, services and consulting. However, if you think you have something special to share, we will consider it on a case-by-case basis, but it would be a rare exception. 

Travel Arrangements: If you work for a company capable of covering your costs, then we expect your company to pay your way to {unscripted}. But if you require help paying for your travel or hotel accommodations, let us know. We have a budget set aside for hardship cases and other circumstances. We will consider each speaker’s needs on a case-by-case basis.

If your session is selected, here are the ground rules and a few legal considerations.

  • Your outline must be provided for review 4 weeks before the conference
  • Your slides must be provided for review 1 week before the conference
  • All sessions will be recorded in person and published on YouTube at a later date.

Presentation Deck 

If your session is selected, a basic template will be provided, the content is up to you. You’ll need to provide your slides to your track moderator one week prior to the event. This gives both you and the track moderator a chance to work through any questions that come up regarding your presentation.We realize you will likely update your presentation before you go online to deliver it. That’s ok. Send us what you have a week prior so we get a general idea of where your presentation is headed.

It can be difficult to create slides for the first time. If you need help creating or reviewing your presentation, let us know and we’ll be happy to give you tips and pointers. Generally speaking, the content that you present is usually what matters most. So focus on that first and the rest will then come much more easily. 

Agreement to Record and Distribute the Session

If your presentation is selected, you agree we may record your session. (More on this below under “TERMS AND CONDITIONS'') The sessions will be recorded and eventually published via YouTube. We will be promoting your session after the conference through the creation of playlists and various social media promotions.

After your presentation

Your attendees will be invited to our Community Slack Workspace where you can continue to interact with your audience in the {unscripted} Slack channel. 

Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3.

This is a live, in-person conference. Sometime after the event, we will publish the recording of your talk on Youtube, which means it could be seen by many people. So keep that in mind when you are presenting. 

On the day of your presentation, you are expected to check in 1 hour prior to your talk to make sure your laptop is able to connect to the projector and wi-fi., t

Support during Your Presentation

You won’t be left alone to “sink or swim” during your presentation. A Track host will be there to help with any technology glitches and to support you if there are any issues in general.

Live Interaction with Your Audience

With regard to audience involvement and participation, we have an active Harness #slack channel where you can exchange messages with your audience before your session, as well as afterward to answer any questions that might come up.


You should be confident in knowing this is going to be an interactive event. This is our first in-person conference since the beginning of COVID and we intend to make the most of it. 

We look forward to hearing about what you’re working on.

Corryn, Kari, Meg, Dave, and the rest of the {unscripted} team at


By submitting materials and requesting a speaking slot, you:

(a) agree that you have all necessary permissions to participate;

(b) that the Event Organizer will be able to use, re-use, publish and republish your presentation materials and any and all photographic, digital, audio, video, and other images of you with respect to your presentation at the conference, whether in its entirety or as edited or otherwise modified by the Event Organizer, for any other purpose whatsoever, including inclusion in book format; and

(c) authorize the Event Organizer to use your presentation materials, in whole and in part, and your name, voice, actions, appearance, and likeness in connection with any and all promotional, advertising, and marketing activities with respect to the conference and your presentation, all without compensation; and

(d) release and relinquish any right that you may have to examine or approve the completed product or products or the advertising copy or printed matter that may be used or developed in conjunction with such presentation materials, images, or your name, voice, actions, appearance, and likeness, or the use to which such presentation materials, images or your name, voice, actions, appearance, and likeness may be applied.

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free for speakers