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October 13 - 15


Call For Papers

The 2019 Call for Papers Now Open!
Through March 15th

The team at All Things Open is now seeking talks to be featured at the 2019 conference taking place October 13-15 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.

More than 800 submissions were received for consideration in 2018 and just over 200 speakers and talks were featured at the event itself.

What: 2019 All Things Open Call for Papers
When: Tuesday, February 5 – Friday, March 15
Deadline: Friday, March 15, 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.


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 –


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 [email protected].


Why speak at All Things Open?

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 2018 nearly 4,100 attended from 40 U.S. states and 24 countries.  Keynote talks are routinely delivered to thousands and breakout sessions are often overflowing.

Breakout rooms are routinely filled to capacity.


The audience is diverse and the environment is an inclusive one

We strongly feel a diverse event bringing together diverse people and backgrounds results in the best possible experience for everyone.  In 2018 we partnered with more than 15 historically underrepresented organizations to offer scholarships and ensure participation.

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


The 2018 attendee breakdown:

  • Engineer / Scientist – 21.6%
  • C-level / IT Manager – 11%
  • Developer / Programmer / Designer – 39.2%
  • Education (professor, student, university IT staff) – 7.5%
  • Sys admin / Database Admin – 7.0%
  • “Other” (BA, QA, Community, etc) – 13.5%

Multiple historically underrepresented organizations were in attendance and participating.


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.

Speakers often make new connections and form new relationships at the event.


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.


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