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OPNFV Summit 2017 CFP Guide

Thank you for your interest in submitting to the OPNFV Summit 2017 CFP!

Dates to Remember

  • CFP Open: Thursday, February 16, 2017
  • CFP Close: Monday, April 10, 2017, 11:59 PST
  • CFP Notifications: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
  • Schedule Announced: Thursday, April 27, 2017
  • Event Dates: June 12-15, 2017

Session Tracks: 

  • NFV Applications and Orchestration
  • Testing, Infrastructure, and DevOps
  • NFV Strategy and End User Stories
  • NFV Platform Requirements
  • Community and Upstream
  • Futures and Research

First Time Submitting? Don’t Feel Intimidated

OPNFV events are an excellent way to get to know the community and share your ideas and the work that you are doing. You do not need to be chief architect or long time industry pundit to submit a proposal; in fact, we strongly encourage first-time speakers to submit talks for all of our events. 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.

Our events are working conferences intended for professional networking and collaboration in the OPNFV community and we work closely with our attendees, sponsors and speakers to help keep OPNFV events professional, welcoming, and friendly. If you have any questions about participating please don’t hesitate to contact us at

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Before You Submit

In order to process your submission, please have the following prepared:

Submission Type/Format

  • Proof of Concept (POC) Zone:The OPNFV Summit Proof of Concept (PoC) Zone is a dedicated space inside the Technology Showcase to feature in-depth, NFV-related demonstrations led by service providers and and their industry partners using open source technologies. The PoC Zone hours will match the event expo schedule and needs to be staffed by the submitting organizations.
  • Design Summit Session [Breakout Session or *Panel Discussion]: The Design Summit is the largest gathering of the OPNFV technical community each year and will take place June 12-13, just before the main Summit. The Design Summit will continue work on the E-Release and feature plenary sessions, tutorials, project breakouts, and unconference style meetups. Plenary sessions and tutorials targeted at the OPNFV Technical Community should be submitted here. Signups for project breakouts will be scheduled separately through the OPNFV wiki and time for organic meetups will be added to the schedule.
  • OPNFV Summit Session [Breakout Session or *Panel Discussion]

*Panel Discussions: If you are proposing a panel discussion, please make sure that you list all of your potential panelists (4 maximum) in your abstract. We will request full biographies for each if a panel is accepted.

Note: New for 2017 at all Linux Foundation Events: All panels are required to have at least one female speaker.

Session Tracks and Descriptions

  • NFV Applications and Orchestration: Applications delivered in the form of VNFs that meet network operator requirements is at the heart of any NFV solution. These cover a wide range of use cases that must navigation new models of development, testing, integration, and industry partnerships. MANO is required to allow flexible VNF on-boarding, manage the NFVI and VIM, and integrate properly through APIs. This track will highlight industry breakthroughs happening across the ecosystem as we work our way up the NFV software stack.
  • Testing, Infrastructure, and DevOps: In NFV, verification is needed to check network operator requirements, prevent costly NFV configuration errors, and establish interoperability between hardware and software components. This ties directly into the supporting infrastructure—how it’s built, integrated, maintained, and automated through tools such CI/CD and DevOps practices that are quickly breaking down traditional roles and processes in the data center and across networks. This track will illustrate the state of the art in open, integrated, agile, and robust NFV development.
  • NFV Strategy and End User Stories: Despite eye-popping growth forecasts and almost universal interest in NFV across network operators worldwide, the journey to NFV—from testing, to PoCs, to deployment—is a challenging one. Business decision makers and technical decision makers are fleshing out ROI models while plotting a path to NFV across product and service lines and preparing for a software-defined future. This track is for end users of NFV to share key insights on their NFV journey.
  • NFV Platform Requirements: As open source NFV starts to replace fixed-function, proprietary networking functions inside the networks of today— and as system architects configure the networks of tomorrow—strict requirements around elements such as performance, scale, and robustness are table stakes. This track is designed to illustrate how NFV requirements are developed, shared, and met through systems integration, testing, and deployments.
  • Community and Upstream: The OPNFV community has grown significantly since its inception and is enabling progress in multiple areas across the open source networking ecosystem, including collaboration and contributions with upstream communities and standards organizations. This track is designed to highlight key innovations across the community at large.
  • Futures and Research: The software defined future of networks is nearly limitless and fascinating research projects happening across industry groups and academia are redefining what’s possible in open networking. This track is designed to highlight new findings, approaches, methods, tools, and breakthroughs that are charting new paths forward for OPNFV and the industry at large.

Speaker Biography: Include your previous speaking experience (900 characters maximum).

Session Abstract: What you will be presenting at the event (1,500 characters maximum).

Audience Description: What you expect them to gain from your presentation (900 characters maximum).

How the content of your presentation helps advance open source networking and NFV: (900 characters maximum).

Experience Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Any

Technical Requirements: All session rooms will have the standard projector, screen and wireless Internet. Please indicate any additional requirements.

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Proposal Guidelines

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 advance open source networking and NFV?

At the heart of open source is technology. We definitely do not expect every presentation to have code snippets and technical deep-dives but here are are two things that you should avoid when preparing your proposal because they are almost always rejected due to the fact that they take away from the integrity of our events, and are rarely well-received by conference attendees:

1. Sales or Marketing Pitches

2. Unlicensed or Potentially Closed-Source Technologies

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.

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Sample Submissions


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”).

Example: Progress Towards Infra Nirvana ([Speaker Name], [Speaker Company]): This presentation explores our experiences with the Brahmaputra release infrastructure. We compare what was done for Arno and discuss improvements towards scaled and realistic deployments for releases. [First Name] will also discuss the lesson learned, what further improvements are needed and the vision for infrastructure compliance, specifications for deployment environments and on-boarding of developers. [First Name] will conclude with explaining the help and support needed to serve the upcoming needs of the community.

Describe who the audience is and what you expect them to gain from your presentation.

Example: Progress Towards Infra Nirvana ([Speaker Name], [Speaker Company]): The audience is any developer or OPNFV participant involved with OPNFV releases, i.e. production infrastructure. The audience will learn about the production infrastructure used for Brahmaputra and the lessons learned; as well as further progress for Colorado and what is still needed to achieve the infra vision.

Tell us how the content of your presentation will help advance open source networking and NFV.

*Note: We realize that this can be a difficult question to answer, but as with the abstract, the relevance of your presentation is just as important as the content.

Example: Progress Towards Infra Nirvana ([Speaker Name], [Speaker Company]): The OPNFV lab infrastructure is critical to the success of the whole community and needs to be well supported. Educating the community on the current needs and future vision will ensure that the infrastructure grows and serves the urgent needs of the community.

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Speaker Passes

Each session is allowed (1) primary speaker and (1) co-speaker. The primary speaker and (1) co-speaker for a proposal will receive a complimentary conference pass.

For panel discussions, all panelists will receive a complimentary conference pass; maximum 4 panelists and moderator.

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