EDIT: The CFP was extended to April 29th. Don’t wait to get your idea or topic in for this year!

Apply now for the Flock to Fedora 2024 Call for Proposals (CfP) at cfp.fedoraproject.org. This year, Flock is using Pretalx as our CfP system. If you submitted a proposal to DevConf CZ this year, it will feel familiar. The submission deadline for the Flock 2024 CfP is Monday, April 29th, 2024.

What are Flock 2024 CfP reviewers looking for?

Flock 2024 will continue to have three tracks like last year, and we are also introducing themes as optional descriptions for proposals. These tracks and themes help the Flock 2024 CfP reviewers select diverse programming for the conference schedule.

Flock 2024 tracks

Main Track
The usual main track of Flock. Everything and anything to do with the Fedora contributor community. Presentations, talks, workshops, and more.

Tip: At Flock, interactive sessions that include attendee participation receive extra preference over traditional lecture-style talks.

CentOS and Friends
A dedicated track for the CentOS community and other downstream friends. This focuses more to an Enterprise Linux audience, including topics about EPEL.

Fedora Mentor Summit
(Saturday, August 10th) Half-day event focused on mentoring best practices. Mentor Summit programming focuses on workshops and sessions to promote mentorship best practices and to connect mentors and mentees across the Fedora community.

Flock 2024 themes

New this year, the Flock reviewer committee is introducing themes for submitters to choose from. These themes tie into focus areas of the Fedora Strategy 2028. The strategy was co-created with the community on Fedora Discussion and we are excited to share an overview and first comprehensive look at the Fedora Strategy 2028 this year.

When submitting, you’ll be asked to associate your proposal with one or more of these themes:

  • Accessibility (a11y): Fedora websites and docs use the current best-practices for a11y. Fedora Linux Editions use the best-available open source a11y tech. Our project tooling follows best a11y practices.
  • Reaching the World: Fedora Linux is available pre-installed on more systems from more vendors. Fedora Linux is widely available in cloud providers and CI services. Fedora maintains a strong network of thriving local communities around the world.
  • Community Sustainability: Everyone in Fedora can have a mentor, and everyone in Fedora can be a mentor. Modernize our communications tooling.
  • Technology Innovation and Leadership: Fedora is a popular source for containers and Flatpaks. Atomic Desktops are the majority of Fedora Linux desktops in daily use. We integrate programming language stack ecosystems.
  • Editions, Spins, and Interests: Each Edition has a story for each release. It’s trivial to create and maintain a new Fedora Spin or Remix. More (active) SIGs, fewer images.
  • Ecosystem Connections: Better collaborative workflow with CentOS Stream. Get people working on downstreams directly involved in Fedora as an upstream. Collaborate on tooling, practices, and offerings with peer distros and upstream projects.

Associating your proposal with these themes will help reviewers understand how your session fits into the broader conference topics. If you do not see your work perfectly represented here, don’t be discouraged.

About the Flock 2024 venue

Flock is the Fedora Project’s annual contributor conference, bringing together our global community. The conference provides a venue for face-to-face meetings and conversations. It is also a place to celebrate our community. This year, Flock will be held from Wednesday, August 7th to Saturday, August 10th at the Hyatt Regency Rochester in Rochester, New York.

See the original Flock 2024 announcement and the Flock 2024 website for more details about the venue and the forthcoming hotel reservation block.

Submitting to the Flock 2024 CfP

We are using a new CfP system called Pretalx this year. Visit the Flock 2024 CfP site to create an account and submit. Choose the Flock to Fedora 2024 event in order to make an account. The first reviewing round begins on Sunday, April 21st, so submit early!

We look forward to seeing your submissions for Flock 2024. Reply with comments to this post if you have any questions about the Flock 2024 CfP. We hope to see you in Rochester this August!