What We’re Looking for at All Things Open 2024 for Talks

The 2024 All Things Open call-for-papers officially opens on Tuesday, February 13.

Anyone and everyone interested is encouraged to submit a talk title and abstract before the closing date of Friday, March 22.

Talk formats will include 15-minute keynotes delivered from the main stage, 15-minute “burst” talks designed to highlight a topic/micro-topic, traditional 45-minute sessions delivered on tracks, and extended 1.4 – 4.0-hour workshop sessions.

*Note, all sessions will be delivered onsite and in person in 2024 in downtown Raleigh, NC. We will record and possibly live stream a limited number of these talks.

Special Topics We’re Focusing on for 2024 Include:

Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Machine Learning

Open source tools, platforms, and frameworks are enabling and pushing the evolution of AI/ML like never before, and we want attendees to learn more. A few of the topics we’re seeking talks on include:

  • Tools/Libraries/Frameworks/Languages
    • GPUs
    • TPUs
    • Quantum Computing
  • Case studies
    • AR
    • VR
    • Self-driving cars
    • Robotics
  • Methodologies
    • QA
    • Regulation
    • Bias
    • Algorithms
  • Open Source Hardware and IoT


Developer relations, abbreviated as DevRel, has become increasingly important and the subject of heightened interest and scrutiny over the past few years, and our community would like to learn more. 


Cloud environments and related technologies are fundamentally changing the way organizations do business and open source in the process.

Big Data

More data is being collected than ever before, but processing and deriving intelligence from the data using open source tooling and technologies remains a challenge. One thing is for sure – this topic, and the tools and technologies that enable it, will only increase in importance moving forward.


More than ever before, security is a major consideration for anyone working in / with open source. Special topics might include software composition analysis (SCA), tools and processes used to secure and manager OSS, risk assessment processes and methodologies, and more.


Blockchain continues to affect technology and society in a huge way and while opinions vary on the definition and future direction of “Web3”, it is undeniable open source is underpinning and enabling nearly all of both. We remain focused on the “open source” component of it. This includes the technologies people are using and the projects people are joining and contributing to. 

Open Source Projects

We’ve wanted to feature a track, or at the very least several sessions, showcasing favorite and “hidden gem” open source projects to give our audience an opportunity to learn more about the project itself, how to contribute, and the people involved.  If you’re involved with, or perhaps know a person or persons involved in an interesting open source project encourage them to consider submitting a talk.

Licensing, Business Models and Open Source Implementation Case Studies

Business models and how open source is implemented in a business environment remains of great interest to us.  We have found that many models exist and that these models are constantly changing to adapt to today’s evolving business structures and technology environments.  Closely related, open-source licensing remains extremely important yet often overlooked or misunderstood.

Inclusion & Diversity

The stand-alone inclusion & diversity event has been a tremendous success in its first 4 years, and we’re looking to build on that in 2022. As a result, more talk submissions are needed. The stand-alone event will take place Sunday, October 30 and additional inclusion and diversity related talks will be hosted on Tuesday, November 1 and Wednesday, November 2.


A healthy community is vital to any open source project, so we’ll host a variety of sessions on the topic. As a result, talk submissions are needed. We’ll also (again) host the Community Leadership Summit at ATO on Sunday, October 30. All submissions will be considered for this event as well. 

Broad/General Talk Topics We’re Looking to Include:

  • Design/UI/UX
  • Mobile
  • Front-End Development
  • Front-End Engineering
  • Programming languages
  • Back-End Development
  • Databases
  • Networking/Infrastructure
  • Linux
  • DevOps
  • Big Data
  • Cloud
  • Hardware/IoT
  • Open Data/Open Government
  • Business
  • 101 – Introductory
  • Community
  • Start-Up
  • Education
  • Demo/Case Study
  • Gaming
  • Healthcare/Science
  • Security
  • *Open Source Projects

Sample Technology Talks We’re Looking for Include (not intended to be exhaustive, only a guide):

    • Linux, to include
    • Red Hat
    • Ubuntu
    • BSD (Free, Net, OpenBSD)
    • MySQL
    • MariaDB
    • Apache Hive
    • MongoDB
    • PostgreSQL
    • SQLite
    • FoundationDB
    • Neo4j
    • Javascript
    • Java/OpenJDK
    • PHP
    • Python
    • Groovy (Apache)
    • Go
    • Ruby
    • SwiftPerl
    • .NET/ASP.NET
    • Node.JS
    • Grails
    • Django
    • Ruby on Rails
    • Ionic
    • TensorFlow
    • Xamarin
    • React Native
    • Phone Gap
    • Sencha
    • Jenkins
    • GitLab
    • MuleSoft
    • TravisCI
    • Ansible
    • Chef
    • Puppet
    • Juju
    • Kubernetes
    • Docker
    • CoreOS
    • Mesos
    • OpenShift
    • OpenStack
    • Microsoft Azure
    • AWS
    • Cloud Foundry
    • CloudStack
    • WSO2
    • KVM
    • Eucalyptus
    • Selenium
    • Appium
    • Cucumber
    • Robotium
    • JMeter
    • Citrus
    • Cypress
    • Serenity
    • Nagios
    • Prometheus
    • Graphite
    • OpenNMS
    • Zabbix
    • Elastic – Elasticsearch, Kibana, Logstash (ELK)
    • Apache Kafka

Open Source Methodology and Process Talk Topics We’re Looking for Include:

  • Contributing to Open Source Projects (How-to’s, best practices, case studies), to include: 
    • Bug reports
    • Pull requests
    • Code
    • Documentation
    • Design
    • Technical writing
  • Maintaining Open Source projects
    • Serving as a sole or co-core maintainer
    • Open sourcing internal tools and platforms
    • Using GitHub as a platform from which to host/maintain/maintain projects
    • Using /integrating external open source code into an existing product/code base
    • Using open source license – knowledge of and familiarity with
    • Creating/Developing/working in an environment with an open source governance policy