Published on 10 March 2016 by

The PuppetConf 2016 call for papers (CFP) is open, so submit your talk proposal today! We want to hear about how you drive change across your infrastructure, your team, and your organization's culture. Share your ideas and experience by submitting your proposal by Monday, 2 May.

Not sure what to talk about? We are looking for sessions ranging from how-to information for beginners to advanced topics for experts, from people practices to career development, and everything in between. Here are a few examples of what we know PuppetConf attendees will be excited to see on stage this year:

  • Introductory topics for getting started with Puppet, modules, and other Puppet-related technologies (think AWS, Azure, DSC, Kubernetes, OpenStack, VMware ... and whatever else you have Puppet working with).
  • Future infrastructure topics — how you’re helping your organization adopt practices and workflows around technologies like Vault, Consul, etcd, Mesos, Kubernetes, and related technologies.
  • Using Puppet to solve problems around release management, continuous delivery, application release automation, change control and more.
  • DevOps best practices around automation, culture, measurement and sharing.
  • Security and compliance practices for streamlining the audit process, responding to incidents, automating compliance processes, and detecting and responding to threats.
  • Cloud topics, including adoption, management, portable workloads, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and hybrid deployments.
  • Advanced tips and tricks for using Puppet, PuppetDB, Razor, Facter, etc.
  • People-related topics around recruiting, management, team building, career development and collaboration.

If you want to get a feel for the types of talks we expect, visit the PuppetConf 2015 video page, which includes a list of recommended sessions.

We've also had a great variety of talks in the past that don’t fit neatly into the categories above, but were extremely popular, and we’d love to see these sorts of submissions, too. For example:

We want to offer really compelling talks at PuppetConf, and that means paying attention to diversity. To expand the range of speakers and topics, we're offering some travel scholarships for accepted PuppetConf speakers who come from underrepresented backgrounds, and who would find it difficult to participate without financial support. If you're interested, there's a place to note your need for financial support when you fill out the CFP.

PuppetConf 2016 will be held 17-21 October this year in beautiful San Diego, California, at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center. I don't know how it is where you live, but here in Portland I'll be ready for a little warm sunshine by October. Sunshine, and several wonderful days spent talking to other Puppet users about what's been happening in 2016 — and what the future will hold in 2017.

Sunny San Diego

Submissions are due by midnight Pacific time on Monday, 2 May. We can't wait to see what you'll come up with. Don't wait for the last minute — submit your talk proposal now!

PuppetConf 2016 schedule at a glance:

  • Monday, 17 October
    • Hands-on training.
  • Tuesday, 18 October
    • Hands-on training.
  • Wednesday, 19 October
    • Hands-on training, the Puppet Contributor Summit, Puppet Partner Summit, certification testing, welcome reception and exhibitor pavilion.
  • Thursday, 20 October
    • Keynotes, track sessions, exhibitor pavilion and social activities.
  • Friday, 21 October
    • Keynotes, track sessions, exhibitor pavilion and social activities.

Kara Sowles is a senior community manager at Puppet Labs.

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