Call For Papers

DockerCon is where the container community comes to learn, belong, and collaborate. Attendees are a mix of beginner, intermediate, and advanced users and all are looking to level up their skills and go home inspired. Share what you are working on by submitting a CFP today!

From beginners to experts, the Docker and Moby community come to DockerCon to learn, share and contribute. If you have Docker story to share, submit your talk today.

The deadline for submissions is January 18th, 2018 at 11:59 PST.

Is this your first time submitting a talk? Don't stress! DockerCon has featured first-time speakers every year. You don't have to be an in demand speaker or have Sr. in your title. We want to hear your story and the interesting work you are doing.

This year, we are specifically looking for submissions that cover the following:

IT Pros How-tos: (new)

SysAdmins, what is your container story? How did you operationalize Docker in your organization and what changes did it bring about? Tell us about a day or week in your life, and be sure to share your learnings, insights, recommendations and future plans!

Containers in Production - Customer Stories:

Are you a Docker EE customer with production implementation advice and learnings to share? Can you share your technology stack, architecture decisions and trade offs, and your ROI? When attendees leave your session, they should understand how to apply your take-aways to their use case.

Great examples from previous events: Beyond Chicken Nuggets: 1 year and 1,000 Containers Later at ADP by James Ford and Taking Docker from Local to Production at Intuit by JanJaap Lahpor and Harish Jayakumar

Cool Apps:

What are you building with the Docker Platform? We love hearing the interesting and unexpected ways that the community is using the technology to solve real problems.

Great examples from previous events: Take Control of your Maps with Docker by Petr Pridal and Play with Docker (PWD): Inside Out by Marcos Nils and Jonas Leibiusky

Edge Use Cases:

If you have a use case that involves IoT, big data, serverless or any other emerging technology, then share your story!

Great examples from previous events: From Zero to Serverless in 60 Seconds, Anywhere by Alex Ellis and Repainting the Past with Distributed Machine Learning and Docker by Finnian Anderson and Oli Callaghan

Deeply Technical:

One way to achieve deep understanding of a complex system is to isolate the various components of that system, as well as those that interact with it, and examine all of them relentlessly. We are looking for deeply technical talks covering not only container technology, but also related projects.

Great examples from previous events: What Have Syscalls Done for you Lately? By Liz Rice and Deep Dive in Docker Overlay Networks by Laurent Bernaille

Transformational Stories:

Technology is only one part of innovation - people, processes and how we interact on a day-to-day basis must also enable progress. We are looking for talks that focus on the impact of change - both for organizations and ourselves as individuals and communities. Share your inspirational and insightful story and leave the audience energized and equipped to drive innovation.

Great examples from previous events: Rock Stars, Builders and Janitors: You’re Doing it Wrong by Alice Goldfuss and Learn Fast, Fail Fast, Deliver Fast: The ModSquad Way at MetLife by Tim Tyler

Using Docker Technology:

Using Docker sessions are practical talks for Docker users, dev and ops alike. Filled with advice, learnings, and insight, these sessions will help you get started with Docker, understand it better, and bring Docker into your workflow.

Great examples from previous events: Taking Docker to Production, What you Need to Know and Decide by Bret Fisher and Creating Effective Docker Images by Abby Fuller


Do you have a cool Moby use case? Are you using LinuxKit, InfraKit, BuildKit, containerd, notary or other plumbing in your projects? Share the ways you are using Moby’s open source components to build technology that solves real problems.

Great examples from previous events: Looking Under The Hood: containerD by Scott Coulton and BuildKit by Tonis Tiigi

Recommendations for what Not to Do:

No matter what type of proposal you submit, there are things that you should not do. Read on for the surefire ways of not getting past the initial review.

Sales pitches

No, just don’t. It’s acceptable to mention your company’s product during a presentation but it should never be the focus of your talk.

Bulk submissions

If your proposal reads as generic talk that has been submitted to a number of conferences, it will not pass the initial review. Granted that a talk can be a polished version of earlier talk, but the proposal should be tailored for DockerCon 2018.


If the proposal contains jargon, it’s very likely that the presentation will also contain jargon. Although DockerCon 2018 is a technology conference, we value the ability to explain and make your points with clear and easy to follow language.

So, what happens next?

After a proposal is submitted, it will be reviewed initially for content. Once past the initial review, a committee of reviewers will read the proposals and select the best ones. Note that there are a limited number of speaking slots and we work to achieve a balance of presentations that will interest the Docker community.

The deadline for proposal submission is January 18, 2018 at 11:59 PST.

We’re looking forward to reading your proposals!