devopsdays Detroit - propose

Call for proposals opens Wednesday, May 23, 2018.
Call for proposals closes Monday, Aug 6, 2018.
Selected proposals will be announced on Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018.

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DevopsDays Detroit CFP closes August 6th, 2018

What we’re looking this year

Types of Accepted Proposals Ignite Sessions: 5-minute, auto-forwarding talk Presentations: A 30-minute talk on a topic of your choice, with some time for questions. Workshops: A 90-minute hands-on workshop for attendees to learn something new.

The Ignite Talks are 5 minute talks with 20 slides (max.) which auto-advance. If you are not familiar with the Ignite Talk format, good examples can be found at:


  • Tell a story
  • Show don’t tell
  • Multiple entries are welcome
  • Submissions must be made by one of the presenters; we do not accept proposals submitted on behalf of others.
  • All presentations must conform to the code of conduct.


  • What are the most powerful feedback loops in your organization? How do you measure their efficacy? (e.g., developers on call for their own applications)
  • What changed as a result of this feedback loop?
  • What were the unexpected changes?
  • Have you implemented devops practices that radically changed your organization’s productivity? (e.g., we did $X and now we deploy to production 10,000 times per year)
  • What kind of innovation is happening in your delivery pipeline? What have you automated that in prior years no one thought could be automated?
  • Software is eating the world. Data science is eating software. Has data science solved problems in your devops yet? How have you solved security control testing in your organization? How has security influence your organizational culture?
  • Do you run stateful applications that incorporate continuous deployment practices or are deployed in a containerized environment? How do you handle data durability, security, backups, and other aspects? Does your organization practice modern quality assurance methods like chaos or other stress testing methods through continuous integration and deployment processes or other avenues?
  • Has container technology risen above the hype in your organization? Tell us about what happened.


  • Broad appeal: How will your talk play out in a room of people with a variety of backgrounds? Technical deep dives need more levels to provide value for the whole room, some of whom might not use your specific tool.
  • New local presenters: You are the only one who can tell your story. We are very interested in the challenges and successes being experienced in the Detroit area.
  • Underrepresented voices: We want to hear all voices, including those that may speak less frequently at similar events. Whether you’re in a field not typically thought of as a technology field, you’re in a large, traditional organization, or you’re the only person at your organization with your background, we are interested in your unique experience. Original content: We will consider talks that have already been presented elsewhere, but we prefer talks that the local area isn’t likely to have already seen.
  • No third-party submissions: This is a small community-driven event, and speakers need to be directly engaged with the organizers and attendees. If a PR firm or your marketing department is proposing the talk, you’ve already shown that as a speaker you’re distant from the process.
  • No vendor pitches: As much as we value vendors and sponsors, we are not going to accept a talk that appears to be a pitch for your product. You can demo at your table or during Open Spaces. But if you want to share about how your team solved problems to build or host your product at scale, we want to hear about that.
  • Open Space Fodder: Will this talk help generate discussion in the Open Spaces?

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