Call For Papers

The 2024 Call for Papers (CFP) is now open!

We are now seeking submissions from established technologists with many years of experiencetechnologists 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.

*Please note all sessions will be delivered onsite in downtown Raleigh, NC USA with a limited number of those being recorded and possibly live streamed. Registration / attendance in 2023 was 4,300+ from 41 U.S. states and 32 countries. We hope / expect to grow these numbers in 2024 to ~ 5,000. 

Talk Submission Timeframe / Milestones

Tuesday, February 13 – 2024 CFP Opens
Friday, March 22 – 2024 CFP Closes
Monday, March 25 – Initial communication from the ATO team
Monday, April 15 – Status updates and decision related emails will “be in full swing”
Mid-May Early June – Registration launch and initial speaker announcement 

*Please note we may reach out before and/or after the above dates. We encourage questions and comments to be directed to the ATO team at anytime. We will respond quickly.

Talk Formats

  1. 15-minute keynote in front of a plenary audience.
  2. 15-minute “burst” talk designed to highlight a topic/micro-topic delivered on a traditional track. Much like a 45-minute session, but shorter.
  3. Traditional 45-minute session.
  4. Extended 1.4 – 4.0 workshop session.

Topics, Tracks, and Technologies – What We’re Looking For

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

Talk Topic Guidance

Conference Format

All programming in 2024 will be delivered onsite at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh, NC USA.  There will be no virtual presentations unless circumstances and the current situation changes. If they do, we will notify our community right away. 

In addition, days will be structured in the following way in 2024:

  • Sunday, October 27 – Inclusion & Diversity & Community Leadership Summit co-located events
  • Monday, October 28 – Traditional conference day #1 – 15 minute keynotes, 15, 45 and 90 minute sessions
  • Tuesday, October 29 – Traditional conference day #2 – 15 minute keynotes, 15, 45 and 90 minute sessions

Why Speak at All Things Open 2023?

Since before 2010 we’ve hosted thousands of technologists and thought leaders from all over the world. Follow the link below for all the reasons why you should consider speaking at All Things Open.

Why Speak at All Things Open?

Travel Assistance 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 inclusion and diversity 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

Tips for Getting Your Talk Accepted

We wrote an article on called “13 tips for getting your talk accepted at a tech conference”. We feel it includes a number of best practices that might be helpful. It’s about a 5 minute read and can be found here.

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