Call4Speakers 2021

The official Call for Speakers for the Free Software Conference 2021 – -, to be held November 12th and 13th 2021 at NOI Techpark in Bolzano/Bozen, Italy is open until June 30th, 2021. 

The SFScon is an annual conference dedicated to Free Software in South Tyrol that is aimed in particular at developers, coders and other talents, but also at the general public and decision makers in business and in public administration. SFScon promotes the use of Free Software in IT infrastructures as a tool to achieve greater innovation and competitiveness.

SFScon will take place in blended mode or, if conditions make it necessary, online only. 

Through the Call for Speakers, the Conference Committee will accept speaker submissions for possible inclusion in the program.

The proposals should be for lightning talks of 15 minutes including Q&A.

The Conference Committee is particularly interested in submissions on the following topics:

  • Open Data & Open Standards
    • Linked Data, Temporal Data, etc.
  • Internet of Things
    • Cybersecurity, Sensors, Intelligent Networks, etc.
  • Data Analytics
    • Data Harmonization, Data Integration, Data Visualization, etc.
  • Artificial Intelligence
    • Deep Learning, Machine Learning, Virtual Assistant, etc.
  • Free Open Source Software Economics
  • Free Open Source Software Business Models
  • Contributing to Free Open Source Software
    • Cultural Change, Continuous Integration, Programming Languages, Business Cases, Public Money – Public Code
  • Community Building, Continuous Innovation, Design Thinking and Agile methods
  • Innovate in a fast paced world with open source methods and mindset
  • Products and software as a service. How to build a service based business model and increase value for your customers

The Conference Committee will evaluate and select the proposals that focus on and have a very concrete approach to these topics. These are suggested topics.

In accordance with European strategy, SFScon will focus on Digital & Green. The commission will also be happy to receive contributions on issues related to COVID-19 and smart working. Other topics may also be taken into consideration.

Interested speakers should submit proposals using the form below by June 30th, 2021.

Submissions must include:

  • the proposed presentation title;
  • an informative talk abstract (min. 350 characters);
  • contact information (only for organization purposes);
  • description of the relevance to Free Software & Open Technologies;
  • speaker’s bio (min. 350 characters)
  • speaker’s nationality, company/organization and role;
  • a square picture (600×600 pixel) for the speakers’ section

Additional info (not mandatory):

  • speaker’s website and/or social link (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)

All information must be provided in English.

All speakers must adhere to the 100% vendor neutral / no commercial policy of the conference. If speakers cannot respect this policy, they should not submit a proposal.

By sending a Call4Speaker proposal I authorize NOI AG/Spa to carry out during the event video, photos and/or audio recordings of the participants. I have read the data protection statement and agree to the processing of my personal data at this url:

In addition, see also the SFScon Code of Conduct here.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities for the SFScon are available here.