LinuxFest, Lagos

Lagos, Nigeria October 18, 2018

CFP closed at  September 30, 2018 15:09 UTC

LinuxFest, Lagos is the first annual, community-run conference for Linux and open source software users and enthusiasts from around the country but focusing on Lagos now. Whether you use free software and Linux at home, in your place of business, in your school or non-profit, or you are simply curious, LinuxFest, Lagos offers something for you.

LinuxFest, Lagos is a non-profit community based organization that is run by volunteers to organize and provide the LFL conferences. We are co-locating LinuxFest, Lagos with DevOpsDays. The entire event would be running between 18th and 20th, October 2018.

CFP Description

The Call for Proposals is your chance to be a more active part in the conference, and place your mark on the DevOps and Linux community. We encourage a wide range of original material, with a focus on new presenters. We currently are not accepting vendor submissions.

What we are looking for:

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: General Guidelines:

Be concise.
Add as much detail as you can.
Multiple entries are welcome.
Attempt to not give details to who you are, we prefer to judge based on content.
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.
Proposals must be submitted via this web app. If you have questions, please email us at:


This is what we would like to know. Do you have an answer?

DevOps movement has been around for a few years now: Did anyone find out if it really helped your organization? Are there                                                                                  numbers for this?
Did the culture of DevOps spread to other parts of your company? If not, why?
Is DevOps the magic silver bullet which solved all your problems? What are the problems it didn’t solve (although you thought it would)?
Were there unexpected problems during your cultural change into DevOps?
Did the required skill-set of people change after starting to do things DevOps-Style?
Did people leave because you “went DevOps”? Was this good or bad or both?
Have there been technical changes after the culture in your team changed?
Did the change affect the business/sales/marketing side?
And of course: Has DevOps affected you personally? How do you feel about the change it brought to your work?

The “classic” DevOps questions are of course not fully answered, either…

What is the role of QA/Tester in DevOps, how do we integrate QA in the continuous delivery process
The impact DevOps has on traditional security/auditing/change control
The impact of DevOps on HR policies, and the hiring process
Help prove that DevOps can scale beyond the 5-8 person web startups, we love traditional IT enterprise cases
With all the automation, data is still a hard thing to handle, how does it affect DBA’s, backup strategies, …

If you’d like some more specific topic examples…

How about release management.
Integrating security into the DevOps conversation
How to handle budgets for DevOps initiatives
DevOps and Working Remotely
Value Stream Mapping
Having DevOps make #monitoringsucks less

Our main criteria to make it to the top selection are:

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 Lagos. We provide guidance/coaching for new speakers upon request.
Under-represented 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.
Open Space Fodder: Will this talk help generate discussion in the Open Spaces?

Even more tips

We like stories over theory. Examples of what your organization has done are fantastic.
You don’t need to write out the entire talk in your abstract, but please provide sufficient detail for the selection committee to get a feel for what your talk will include. Show, don’t tell.
Remember that this is a single-track conference - getting too deep into the weeds of a specific technology might make the content less accessible to all attendees. However, we will consider talks of this nature if they provide something special.

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