Call for Papers

The Call for Papers has now ended.

On Sept 1 there will be a day of Training from KDAB. The conference runs from Sept 2 - 4. There will be talks, workshops, Birds of a Feather sessions (BoFs) and meetings, contributed to by everyone, as well as the traditional social events. KDE Akademy will then continue with BoFs from Monday 5th to Thursday 8th elsewhere in Berlin.

The conference will be at the bcc, in Berlin, which has the flexibility to run a diverse program of events so participants can attend presentations and meetings with a great variety of focus and interest. If you are a Qt user, you'll get the top quality talks you'd expect from a Qt conference, as well as presentations and meetings across each of the participating communities. If you normally attend the VideoLAN annual event, you will have access to everything you usually expect from that, as well as the opportunity to learn what’s new from Qt contributors, KDE and FSFE, and so on.

Attendees who are not members of any of these communities are also welcome to join this unique, one-off event and take their pick from the unusually wide range of material.

What we are looking for

This brings a difference to the Call for Papers you might be familiar with. The reason is that we want presentations, workshop and BoFs that cater for one or more of the whole communities of KDE, Qt, VideoLAN, FSFE and the wider Free software community. The program aims to present a unified event.

We are asking for talk proposals on topics relevant to this including:

  • Collaboration between KDE, the Qt Project and other projects that use KDE or Qt
  • Design and Usability
  • Free software in action: use cases of technology in real life; be it mobile, desktop deployments and so on.
  • Going multi-platform all the way: from design to distribution
  • Improving our soft skills and processes
  • Increasing our reach through efforts such as accessibility, promotion, translation and localization
  • Insights about C++ and QML
  • Learning what is new and exciting in Qt
  • Open Standards
  • Overview of what is going on in the various areas of each of the communities
  • Presentation of new applications; new features and functions in existing applications
  • Quality and testing of applications
  • Using KDE Frameworks 5 for Qt developers
  • Writing custom Qt Quick components using OpenGL

Don't let this list restrict your ideas though. You can submit a proposal even if it doesn't fit the list of topics as long as it is relevant

Proposal guidelines

Provide the following information on the proposal form:

  • Title—the title of your session/presentation
  • Abstract—a brief summary of your presentation
  • Description—information about your topic and its potential benefits for the audience
  • A short bio—including anything that qualifies you to speak on your subject
  • Tags—add appropriate tags to your proposal to help the committee sort through the categories of proposals

We encourage you to rehearse your presentation well. If you don't have someone to test your talk on or would like help practising your presentation, you can ask the Program Committee

Proposals must be submitted by May 15th, 23:59:59 CEST deadline extended till May 22nd, 23:59:59 CEST.

QtCon will attract people from all over the world. For this reason, all talks are in English. Please don't let this requirement stop you. Your ideas and commitment are what your audience will want to know about.

  • Lightning talks are 10 minutes long
  • Other talks are 30 or 60 minutes
  • Workshops, BoFs and meetings can be between 1 and 2 hours (Proposals for KDE after the weekend will be collected separately)

Workshops and talks include time for Q&A. Lightning talks do not have Q&A.

QtCon has a tight schedule, so beginning and ending times are enforced.

If your presentation must be longer than the standard time, please provide reasons why this is so. For lightning talks, we will be collecting all of the presentations the day before the lightning track. All of the presentations will be set-up and ready to go at the start of the lightning track.

QtCon is upbeat, but it is not frivolous. Help us see that you care about your topic, your presentation and your audience. Typos, sloppy or all-lowercase formatting and similar appearance oversights leave a bad impression and may count against your proposal. There's no need to overdo it. If it takes more than two paragraphs to get to the point of your topic, it's too much and should be slimmed down. The quicker you can make a good impression, the better.

We are looking for originality. Having the same people talking about the same things doesn't accomplish that goal. Thus, we favor original and novel content. If you have presented on a topic elsewhere, please add a new twist, new research, or recent development, something unique. Of course, if your talk is plain awesome as is, go for that.

Everyone submitting a proposal will be notified mid June, as to whether or not their proposal was accepted for the QtCon Program.

Talks will be recorded and published on the Internet for free, along with a copy of the slide deck, live demo or anything else associated with the presentations. This benefits the larger Community and those who can't make it to QtCon. You will retain full ownership of your slides and other materials, we request that you make your materials available explicitly under the CC-BY license.

If you have any questions please contact the Program Committee

If you are interested, you can access our talk submission system by clicking here.