[openstack-dev] Session proposals for the Design Summit now open

Thierry Carrez thierry at openstack.org
Wed Sep 5 12:09:20 UTC 2012

Hi everyone,

TL;DR version:
The session suggestion website for the Design Summit track at the
OpenStack Summit is now open at: http://summit.openstack.org/

Long version:

The "Design Summit" is now a specific track in the overall "OpenStack
Summit" event. It is different from other tracks in a number of ways.

* It happens all 4 days, from Monday 9am to Thursday 5:40pm.

* More importantly, there are *no formal presentations or speakers*. The
sessions at the design summit are open discussions between contributors
on a specific development topic for the upcoming development cycle,
moderated by a session lead. It is possible to prepare a few slides to
introduce the current status and kick-off the discussion, but these
should never be formal speaker-to-audience presentations. If that's what
you're after, the other tracks of the OpenStack Summit are for you. If
you missed the boat of the CFP there, there will be lightning talks and
unconference space at the Summit to let you present your stuff.

* There is no community voting on the content. The Design Summit track
is separated into multiple topics, each with a topic lead (generally the
PTL of the corresponding project) responsible for selecting the content
he deems important for the upcoming cycle. Contributors suggest topics
for discussions, but the topic lead is ultimately responsible for coming
up with the final schedule. If you want to be PTL in place of the PTL,
you can still run for election by throwing your name into the hat before
the end of today :)

This Design Summit is a bit different from previous Design Summits you
may have attended:

* It runs in parallel with the other OpenStack Summit tracks (though no
session runs in parallel with keynote talks).

* All sessions are now 40-min long and aligned with the rest of the event.

* All sessions are now technical open brainstorming sessions to discuss
what will be done in the *next* development cycle of OpenStack.
Technical demos and workshops have their own tracks in the OpenStack
Summit and are off-topic for this track.

* It's strictly focused on *core projects*. Ecosystem projects and
DevOps summit now all have their own tracks in the OpenStack Summit and
are off-topic for this track. For projects that want to become incubated
over the Grizzly cycle, we'll have extra rooms available in the Design
Summit space that can be freely scheduled.

With all this in mind, please fell free to suggest topics of discussion
for this track. The website to do this is open at:


You'll need to go through Launchpad SSO to log on that site (same auth
we use for Gerrit, Jenkins and all our core development infrastructure).
If you're lost, try the Help link at the bottom of the page. If all else
fails, ping me.

Please take extra care when selecting the topic your suggestion belongs
in. You can see the complete list of topics at:


You have until the end of the month to suggest sessions. Proposed
session topics will be reviewed by topic leads in the coming weeks, and
potentially merged with other suggestions before being scheduled (first
weeks of October). The final schedule is not expected before October 10,
though the initial split of topics withing the 4 days is already visible at:


We'll keep updated information about the Design Summit track at:


Thierry Carrez (ttx)
Release Manager, OpenStack

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