openSUSE.Asia Summit 2018 Taiwan: Call for proposals is open

17. May 2018 | Douglas DeMaio | No License

openSUSE.Asia Committee calls for proposals of talks for openSUSE.Asia Summit 2018 held at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology on August 11 and 12.  We might have community day on 10th August before the summit.

openSUSE.Asia Summit is one of the great events for openSUSE community (i.e., both contributors, and users)  in Asia. Those who usually communicate online can get together from all over the world, talk face to face, and have fun.  Members of the community will share their most recent knowledge, experiences, and learn FLOSS technologies surrounding openSUSE.

This event at Taipei is the fifth in openSUSE.Asia Summit. Following the first Asia Summit in Beijing 2014. The past Asia Summits have had participants from China, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, and etc.

This time we co-host with COSCUP and GNOME.Asia, COSCUP is an annual conference held by Taiwanese open source community since 2006. It is a major force of free software movement advocacy in Taiwan. The event is often held with talks, sponsor and communities booths, and Birds of a feather. In addition to international speakers, many Taiwanese local open source contributors often give their talks here. The chief organizer, staffs, and speakers are all volunteers.

COSCUP’s aim is providing a platform to connect open source coders, users, and promoters, and promote FLOSS with the annual conference. The conference is free to attend because of the enthusiastic sponsors and donator. In 2017, there are around 1,800 attendees, and we plan to invite more than 2,000 people join COSCUP × openSUSE.Asia Summit × GNOME.Asia Summit this year.

Call for proposals

The speakers are eligible to receive sponsorship from openSUSE Travel Support Program (TSP). Even if you live away from Taipei. please consider applying for the event.


openSUSE.Asia Summit 2018 will invite talks relevant to openSUSE and additionally topics like FLOSS security, LibreOffice and Linux desktop since openSUSE is a collection of various FLOSS products. The examples of the topics (not limited to) are as the following:

  • Open Build Service, OpenQA

  • YaST

  • Linux kernel, File system, …

  • Virtualization and container

  • Embedded and IoT

  • Security (Access/Integrity control, Cryptography, Vulnerability management)

  • Desktop environments and applications

  • LibreOffice

  • Graphics and multimedia

  • Multilingualization support (e.g., Input methods, translation)

  • Other software running on openSUSE

Please note that non-technical talks are also welcome. For example:

  • Explanations of FLOSS technologies

  • System operations

  • Development, Quality Assurance, Translation

  • Tips & Tricks, Experience stories (success or fail), Best practice

  • Marketing and community management

  • Education

Types of sessions

We will invite the three types of sessions as below. If you apply for TSP, long talk or workshop is strongly recommended.

  • Long talk (30 min + Q&A)

  • Short talk (15 min + Q&A)

  • Workshop (120 min)

We do not forget exciting lightning talks at this year’s summit. This year, they will be in Taiwan COSCUP style(3 min), and call for lightning talks is expected to be open later.


  • The deadlines of call for proposals and application for TSP: June 15

  • Notification to speakers:  June 25

  • openSUSE.Asia Summit Community Day: 10 Friday, August

  • openSUSE.Asia Summit 2018: 11 Saturday and 12 Sunday, August

How to submit your proposal

Please submit your proposal to the following website:


  • Your proposal must be written in English and 150–500 words long with an appropriate title.

  • You may do your speech in the local language if your write “Speech in local language” to the Requirements field. Presentation in English is recommended, and your slides must be in English.

  • Please run spell and grammar checkers for your proposal before submission.



  • Your biography on your profile page is also a reviewed document. Please do not forget to write your background.

  • You must obey openSUSE Conference code of conduct:

Please refer to the following URL for how to apply for travel support:

Guide to write your proposal

Please write your proposal so that it is related to one or more topics

For example, if your talk is on security or desktop, it is better that it contains how to install that applications or demo on openSUSE.

Please clarify what the participants will learn from your talk.

  • The introduction of main technology or software in your talk

  • The main topic of your talk

Only workshop: please write how to use your time and what you need.

  • We recommend writing a simple timetable on your proposal

  • Please write necessary equipment (laptops, internet access) to the Requirement field

Do not hesitate to contact the committee or a local community if you are not sure about writing your proposal or preparing your presentation.

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