Call for Presenters

AutomaCon is a vendor-neutral tech conference focused on Infrastructure as Code, Infrastructure Automation (including Configuration Management), Continuous Provisioning, and DevOps. As a single-track event, the primary function of AutomaCon is to facilitate a discussion which includes stories and conversations about emerging trends in our industry. If you have a story or an idea to share, we want to know about it!

Submit a Talk

The AutomaCon 2.0 Call For Presenters (CFP) is now closed (as of July 5, 2016 at Noon Pacific; GMT -0700). We may reopen another CFP for additional 5-10 minute lightning talks as we approach the event (as the schedule allows). Please subscribe to the AutomaCon Newsletter (below) for email updates.


By submitting a talk you are agreeing to abide by the AutomaCon Code of Conduct.

Please note the following recommended presentation topics:

  • What does "Infrastructure as Code" mean?

  • Your organizations's infrastructure as code journey or story

  • Challenges to adopting infrastructure as code

  • Hybrid toolchains & vendor-agnostic patterns

  • Emerging continuous provisioning trends

  • Cultural impacts of infrastructure as code

  • Applying software engineering principles to infrastructure development

Presenter Perks

Preparing and giving presentations is hard work, so we want give our presenters something in return for their efforts. All Presenters at AutomaCon 2.0 (including Lightning Talk Presenters) will receive FREE admission to attend the entire event (or, if presenters have already registered for the event, they will be reimbursed for 100% of their registration fees). In addition to these perks, our main stage Presenters will get an exclusive gift (e.g. an AutomaCon hoodie or backpack), and an invitation to the Presenters Dinner to be held on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

Presentations, Lightning Talks, and Workshops — Oh My!

AutomaCon will feature three opportunities to actively participate beyond simply attending the event: lightning talks, workshops, and main stage presentations. Lightning talks are 5-10 minute presentations given in quick succession (5-6 talks in 60 minutes). Workshops are 60-90 minute training sessions in which audience participation will be strongly encouraged. The main stage presentations will be 20-30 minute talks or panel discussions (45-minutes for Keynote presentations).

Code of Conduct

The tl;dr version

AutomaCon is dedicated to providing a respectful & harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any  conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Please email to contact the organizers with any questions or concerns, or to report any unacceptable behavior.

The long version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material.

Be careful in the words that you choose. Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you. Offensive jokes and excessive swearing are not appropriate for AutomaCon.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff will be visible by their special badges and clothing.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference venues and conference-related social events.

Please email to contact the organizers with any questions or concerns, or to report any unacceptable behavior.