CHAOSScon North America 2020


June 25th, 2020

About CHAOSScon

Learn about open source project health metrics and tools used by open source projects, communities, and engineering teams to track and analyze their community work. This conference will provide a venue for discussing open source project health, CHAOSS updates, use cases, and hands-on workshops for developers, community managers, project managers, and anyone interested in measuring open source project health. We will also share insights from the CHAOSS working groups on Diversity and Inclusion, Evolution, Risk, Value, and Common Metrics.


We plan to co-locate with Open Source Summit North America

JW Marriott Austin Austin, Texas


June 25, 2020
Time to be determined

Coronavirus Notice

Given the current global situation due to the Coronavirus, there is a possibility that this event could be rescheduled, canceled, or moved to a virtual format. We will monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.

Code of Conduct at Event

All speakers and attendees are required to adhere to our Event Code of Conduct. If you have any concerns regarding code of conduct issues prior to the event or during the event, please contact Dawn Foster or Georg Link.

Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported by contacting the CHAOSS Code of Conduct Team at

For Emergency Services at the event, please dial 911


To be announced.

Call for Participation

Submit a Proposal

This conference is about open source metrics. If you are interested in speaking at CHAOSSCon NA on Thursday, June 25, 2020 please read through the rest of this page to understand the types of talks that are appropriate for this conference, and then submit your proposal.

Dates to Remember:

  • CFP Opens: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
  • CFP Closes: Monday, April 20, 2020
  • CFP Notifications: Monday, May 4, 2020
  • Schedule Announcement: Monday, May 18, 2012
  • Slide Due Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
  • Event Date: Thursday, June 25, 2020

Suggested Topics:

All submissions should relate to the CHAOSS project's mission of developing metrics, methodologies, and software for expressing open source project health and sustainability. By measuring open source project health and sustainability, CHAOSS seeks to improve the transparency and actionability of open source project health and sustainability so that relevant stakeholders can make more informed decisions about open source project engagement.

  • Software related metrics topics:
    • tutorials
    • walk throughs
    • demos
    • how-to's
    • new features

  • Metrics related topics:
    • metrics strategy
    • deep dive into the use of metrics
    • failure of metrics in practice
    • lessons learned, use cases, and case studies
    • proposals for new metrics
    • new visualizations

Important Notes

  • One complimentary pass for the event will be provided per submission.
  • Do not propose sales or marketing pitches. Do not include unlicensed or potentially closed-source technologies when preparing your proposal. These talks will be rejected due to the fact that they take away from the integrity of our events and are rarely well-received by conference attendees.
  • All accepted speakers are required to submit their slides prior to the event.

Preparing To Submit Your Proposal

While it is not our intention to provide you with strict instructions on how to prepare your proposal, we hope you will take a moment to review the following guidelines that we have put together to help you prepare the best submission possible. To get started, here are three things that you should consider before submitting your proposal:

  1. What are you hoping to get from your presentation?
  2. What do you expect the audience to gain from your presentation?
  3. How will your presentation help better the ecosystem?

There are plenty of ways to give a presentation about projects and technologies without focusing on company-specific efforts. Remember the things to consider that we mentioned above when writing your proposal and think of ways to make it interesting for attendees while still letting you share your experiences, educate the community about an issue, or generate interest in a project.

When you are ready: Submit your proposal.

Session Types

You will need to choose a session type when submitting:

  • Lightning Talk (5 minutes)
  • Regular Session (20 minutes)
  • Hands-On Workshop (approximately 60 minutes)

Note: For this installment of CHAOSScon we especially seek workshop proposals.


This is your chance to sell your talk to the program committee, so do your best to highlight the problem/contribution/work that you are addressing in your presentation. The technical details are still important, but the relevance of what you are presenting will help the program committee during the selection process.

This is the abstract that will be posted on the website schedule, so please ensure that it is in complete sentences (and not just bullet points) and that it is written in the third person (use your name instead of I). Your abstract is limited to 1500 characters (~200 words).

Example: The proposed presentation will provide an overview and current status of the Linux Foundation's CHAOSS project. This will include a discussion of the CHAOSS project workgroups, with a particular focus on the technical advances that are being done with respect to understanding the growth, maturity, and decline of an open source project. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of future work of the CHAOSS project, as well as ways to become involved in the project.


Describe who the audience is and what you expect them to gain from your presentation. Your description is limited to 1500 characters (~200 words).

Example: The audience for this project includes organizational members who are interested in better understand the growth, maturity, and decline of the open source projects with which they are engaged. This could include corporate participants, community managers, and members from supporting foundations.

First Time Submitting? Don’t Feel Intimidated

This is a friendly audience and an excellent way to get to know the community and share your ideas and the work that you are doing, so we strongly encourage first-time speakers to submit talks. In the instance that you aren’t sure about your abstract, reach out to us and we will be more than happy to work with you on your proposal.

How To Give a Great Tech Talk

In the instance that your talk is accepted, we want to make sure that you give the best presentation possible. To do this, we enlisted the help of seasoned conference speaker Josh Berkus who has prepared an in-depth tutorial on “How to Give a Great Tech Talk”: Part 1 and Part 2

Submit proposal

Submit your proposal.

Schedule: June 25, 2020

Time Sessions
Sessions to be determined

Speakers and Session Descriptions

To be determined.


This is a community organized event, and we rely on sponsors to cover costs for coffee and other refreshments. If you are interested in sponsoring, please have a look at our sponsor_prospectus. Thank you to our past sponsors!

CHAOSScon NA 2020 Organizing Committee

  • Daniel Izquierdo
  • Dawn Foster
  • Georg Link
  • Kevin Lumbard
  • Matt Germonprez
  • Ray Paik
  • Sean Goggins

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