Call for proposals

You will need to submit your proposal through the registration website. Note that you will need to register for the conference separately from submitting your proposal.

Submit your talk through the registration website at:

Dates to remember

  • CFP Opens: Thursday, March 29, 2018
  • CFP Closes: Sunday, April 29, 2018
  • CFP Notifications: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
  • Schedule Announcement: Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Event Dates: Friday, July 6 – Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Suggested topics

The GUADEC papers committee is looking for interesting, high-quality sessions. This is a great opportunity to share your ideas with the GNOME project, as well as the wider open source community. You don't have to be an existing member of the GNOME project to submit a talk: if you have something interesting to say about software or technology, we want to hear from you!

Subjects that we are particularly interested in include:

  • Design of user and developer experiences
  • Operating system plumbing
  • Application development and deployment
  • Use of GNOME technologies outside the desktop
  • Outreach to new contributors
  • Project organisation and governance
  • Privacy and security
  • Developments in open source/Free Software
  • The GNOME developer experience

However, if there is another subject that you would like to talk about, we would love to see your submission.

Talks can be either 25 or 40 minutes in length, which includes time for questions.

Other available slots

BoFs & hackfests

A separate call for birds of a feather sessions (BoFs) and hackfests will be made later.

Ad hoc sessions

There will be ad hoc slots available on each of the main conference days (6th to 8th July). You will be able to propose sessions for these on the day. Attendees will have a chance to vote for them until lunch time and the sessions with the highest number of votes will take place at the end of the same day. If your proposal is not selected you can resubmit it on a following day. Sessions can be on any topic which is suitable for the audience, including topics outside of GNOME and software.

Lightning talks

Lightning talk slots will be available for signup on the morning of the day that they take place. Talks can be on any topic which is suitable for the audience. Lightning talks are normally 3 minutes long, depending on the length of the available slot. Talks will happen in the order that they are listed on the sign up sheet and speaker changes will be fast paced, so you need to come to the room 5 minutes before the lightning talks start and are expected to send in PDFs of your slides beforehand. If you want to use your own laptop for a demo or because you cannot export your slides in PDF format, any setup will come out of your allotted speaking time.

Intern lighting talks are reserved for anyone interning with GNOME. These are by invitation only. If you think that you are eligible to present your project during this slot, please get in touch with the GSoC admins at GNOME.


The papers team is looking forward to your talk proposal. In case of questions regarding the call for talks, please contact the papers team at For general questions regarding the conference, please consult the GUADEC web site or contact the local GUADEC organizing team at