Call for Speakers

The 2020 Call for Speakers is Open

Topics, Tracks, and Technologies - What We're Looking For

Topics we’re looking to highlight this year, tracks to be featured, and technology examples for anyone interested can be found here –

Requested Topics & Content

Now through Friday, April 17

The team at All Things Open is now seeking talks to be featured at the 2020 conference taking place October 18-20 in downtown Raleigh, NC.

We are seeking submissions from established technologists with many years of experience, technologists and community members that may be new to “open”, and everything in between. In addition, we are proudly seeking talks from traditionally underrepresented groups and organizations. In short, we’re seeking a diverse lineup as we firmly believe it delivers the most value to attendees.

Nearly 1,000 submissions were received for consideration in 2019 and just over 250 speakers and talks were featured at the event itself.

What: 2020 All Things Open Call for Papers

When: Tuesday, February 10 – Friday, April 17

Deadline: Friday, April 17, 11:59 pm ET

Talk Formats

  1. 15 minute keynote in front of a plenary audience.
  2. 15 minute “burst” talk designed to highlight a topic/micro-topic. Will be delivered on a traditional track like a 45 minute session, but shorter.
  3. Traditional 45 minute session.
  4. Extended 1.5 – 4.0 workshop session.

Travel Assistance Policy for Speakers

The team at All Things Open considers all travel assistance requests from speakers on a case-by-case basis. We’re a small team / organization and proudly keep registration costs low to maximize accessibility. Because of this, our budget is limited. We do give priority consideration to independent and historically underrepresented individuals as diversity and inclusion remain important goals and have been from the beginning. If you have questions or would like to speak to us about our policy please contact us directly at

Why Speak at All Things Open 2020?

Breakout audiences are large and very enthusiastic

Access to a Large and Sophisticated Audience

All Things Open is the largest open source/tech/web event on the East Coast of the U.S. In 2019 nearly 5,000 attended from 41 U.S. states and 27 countries. Keynote talks are routinely delivered to thousands (3,000+ in 2019) and breakout sessions are often overflowing.

In addition, attendee “type” varies widely and encompasses technologists, decision makers, and those in the education space.

The 2019 Attendee Breakdown:

  • Engineer / Scientist – 25.62%
  • C-level / IT Manager – 11.65%
  • Developer / Programmer / Designer – 36.2%
  • Education (professor, student, university IT staff) – 6.5%
  • Sys admin / Database Admin – 3.8%
  • “Other” (BA, QA, Community, etc) – 16.23%
Day 2 keynote speakers in 2019 included Ashley McNamara (Microsoft), Chris Coyiers (Codepen and CSS Tricks), Jono Bacon (Jono Bacon Consulting), Kohsuke Kawaguchi (Cloudbees and Jenkins), and Kent C. Dodds (

Tremendous Networking Opportunities

We place great importance on networking and meeting new people, and we structure the event with this in mind. Multiple socials will be available before, during and after the conference as well as after hour events hosted by partners designed to promote education, communication and sharing.

Speaker Only Networking Opportunities

We fully understand speakers find tremendous value in meeting other speakers and sharing information, ideas and expertise. We host a stand-alone speaker lounge (entirely optional) as well as a Speaker/Sponsor dinner designed to give you additional face-to-face opportunities. We also frequently facilitate introductions between speakers and generally help ensure ROI in every way possible.

Our Commitment to Diversity

A D&I Best Practices panel discussion was very popular in 2019. Participants included Tracy Lee (ThisDotLabs), Eriol Fox (Ushahidi), and Nithya Ruff (Comcast).

We strongly feel a diverse event bringing together diverse people and backgrounds results in the best possible experience for everyone. In 2019 we partnered with more than 15 historically underrepresented organizations to offer scholarships and ensure attendance and participation.

Rochelle Newton of Duke University delivered a session exploring the topic of "Race in Technology"

In addition to attendees, we consistently feature programming focusing on the topics of diversity and inclusion. Examples include the stand-alone Diversity & Inclusion in Technology and Open Source event (it took place Sunday, October 13 in 2019), a panel discussion on D&I Best Practices, and a session on Race in Technology. Similar programming is planned for 2020 and into the future.

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