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Atlanta Summit – Call for Speakers Open + Sponsor & Registration Info

The OpenStack Summit will be held in Atlanta, Georgia May 12-16, 2014. Continue to check for the latest announcements. If you have any questions regarding the Summit please contact

The Summit is a five-day conference for OpenStack contributors, enterprise users, service providers, application developers and ecosystem members.  Attendees can expect visionary keynote speakers, 200+ breakout sessions, hands-on workshops, collaborative design sessions and lots of networking. Keynote sessions will take place Monday and Tuesday, the main conference will run Monday – Thursday. The Design Summit, a special track for active technical contributors to plan the next software release, will run Tuesday – Friday. See below image for reference.

The call for speakers is now open

Hurry, the deadline for submissions is February 14!  All speaking proposals will be posted for public vote in late February, and speakers will be notified in March. If your session is selected you will be provided with a free code to register for the Summit.  If you plan to co-present a topic or panel, be sure to input all planned speakers into the system. Proposed speaking tracks: Operations, Getting Started, Hands-On Workshops (90 minutes), Related OSS Projects, Apps on OpenStack, Cloud Strategy & Business Value, Public & Hybrid Clouds, Ecosystem, Products & Services, Compute, Storage, Networking, Security, and Community Building.

Sponsoring the OpenStack Summit is a great way to gain exposure and support the open source community. If you are interested in supporting the Summit and would like to have a presence in our expo hall – the executable Atlanta Summit sponsorship agreement will become available on January 21 at 17:00 UTC at this link -  If your company did not previously sponsor either the Portland or Hong Kong OpenStack Summits then you will first need to sign the Master Event Sponsorship Agreement.  Please fully read the Sponsorship Prospectus and process to become a sponsor before signing the sponsorship agreement. All sponsorship levels are limited and sold on a first-come, first-serve basis determined by the timestamp on your signed Echosign agreement. After signing the agreement please check your email to confirm submission via Echosign – the contract is not complete until you confirm by clicking the link emailed to you via Echosign.

*New* Headline sponsorship process - Headline contracts will be confirmed on a first-come, first-serve basis if there are 4 or less contracts submitted within the first hour of the executable agreement becoming available. In order to create a fair and level playing field, if more than four (4) companies submit signed contracts within the first hour (between 17:00 – 18:00 UTC) for a Headline sponrship level, the Foundation staff will conduct a lottery to draw the four (4) Headline sponsors. A link to watch a livestream of the lottery drawing will be posted on at approximately 18:00 UTC.  The remaining companies that do not secure the Headline sponsorship lottery will be given the opportunity to re-sign contracts and obtain Premier level sponsorship slots in the order they submitted Headline agreements. The lottery is only applicable to the Headline sponsorship level.  If you have any questions please contact  We appreciate your support!

Note – If your company has any past due balances owed to OpenStack Foundation, these invoices will need to be be paid in full in order to be eligible to sponsor the Summit.

Early Bird Registration will open on January 28 and run through March 21. Act quickly to register, as prices will increase starting March 22, 2014. The link to registration will be posted at

We will again offer TWO types of passes. In addition to the “Full Access” pass, there will be a “Keynote + Expo” level pass to help introduce even more people to OpenStack. Restrictions apply to the lower priced pass, so please review the details before selecting a ticket.

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Atlanta Summit Schedule


OpenStack Launches Training Marketplace

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Today the OpenStack Foundation has launched a new Training Marketplace, making it easier to discover and participate in training courses offered by technology providers in the OpenStack ecosystem. Aptira, hastexo, The Linux Foundation, Mirantis, Morphlabs, Piston, Rackspace, Red Hat, SUSE and SwiftStack are the first companies to have courses available in the Marketplace, with the goal of growing the OpenStack talent pool and accelerating the availability of OpenStack training courses worldwide.

To find an OpenStack training course from the ecosystem of providers, visit
OpenStack expertise continues to pay off, with OpenStack jobs consistently paying higher wages and employers doubling the number of job postings over the past year.  The ecosystem has quickly responded to help developers and operators gain these valuable skills, with dozens of courses across 10 countries and 25 cities included in the Marketplace at launch. Future demand for OpenStack skills is only expected to grow, with the BSA Global Cloud Scorecard predicting that 14 million cloud jobs will be created by 2015.

OpenStack Jobs Pay

OpenStack Jobs Pay

“The goal of the Foundation is to eliminate barriers to OpenStack adoption, create more OpenStack experts and ensure that OpenStack has a positive impact on the careers of our community members,” said Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation. “We want to grow the community, accelerate the availability of training programs worldwide and help close the OpenStack job gap.”

In order to offer courses in the Training Marketplace, companies must meet requirements set by the Foundation, with the primary purpose of the course being to contribute to, operate or build applications for an OpenStack cloud. The training curriculum should provide a strong understanding of the OpenStack core projects based on a current version of the software, as well as cover community governance and contribution processes.

In addition to paid and free training courses by companies in the OpenStack ecosystem, there are many community efforts to produce helpful documentation, how-to information and new Operations and Security guide books. There are also many educational sessions and hands-on workshops scheduled for the next OpenStack Summit, November 5-8, in Hong Kong. Workshops from previous Summits are available to view online.

Does your company offer training for OpenStack?  Contact us with details:

Voting is Open – Help Choose Who Will Speak at the Next Summit!

Which speakers would you like to see at the next Summit?  It’s time to vote!

We’ve received a record breaking 600+ speaking submissions for the Summit in Hong Kong – more than double the quantity of submissions received for the Portland Summit!

Now it’s time to vote!  We’d like your help shaping the agenda for the next OpenStack Summit, November 5-8 in Hong Kong, by rating the submissions you’d like to see.  We’ve made all 600+ submissions public for your input.  You have until Sunday, August 25 at 22:00 UTC to vote up your favorites.


Our voting interface is designed for easy use via mobile devices so you can continue selecting your favorites when you’re on the go.  Please note that you need to create login credentials in order to access the voting system.

While the Design Summit and more technical content will run Tuesday – Friday, the General Session track and keynote presentations will be Tuesday and Wednesday. We’re hoping to have the agenda locked and published by the end of September, but in the meantime you can see a preview of the agenda here.

A big thank you to our Summit sponsors for their continued support of the OpenStack community. See our current list of sponsors here.  If you are interested in sponsoring the summit as well, it’s not too late. Please email no later than September 20.

Early Bird Registration closes October 4, so register now for discounted rates.   We also encourage you to book your travel now – hotel rooms are going fast.  Our block at the SkyCity Marriot has already sold out, but we still have room block availablility at Novotel and Regal, near Asia World-Expo where the Summit will take place.

Only three short months before we kick off the next OpenStack Summit, and we look forward to seeing you in Hong Kong!

Blow Out the Candles – OpenStack Turns 3!

Update: Visit the new OpenStack birthday page with links to an infographic, the web badge and more!

OpenStack will celebrate it’s third birthday July 19, and we’re celebrating this month!  In three short years, Openstack has truly emerged as the center of cloud innovation, with hundreds of companies around the world relying on OpenStack to run their business. OpenStack is maturing, it’s coming of age and new users being announced every week (Fidelity, Comcast, Best Buy, Bloomberg).Over the past three years, we’ve also seen OpenStack grow internationally. There are now over 40 global user groups and more than 10,000 community members across 121 countries. And we’ve recently crossed the 1,000 authors threshold to the code base.  This calls for a big toast to the OpenStack community!

In celebration of the birthday month, we’ve launched the OpenStack #OpenMic series to spotlight contributors who’ve helped make the project a success . Each weekday in July, we’re highlighting one OpenStack technical contributor in a blog post on as and syndicating it on Twitter. We want to celebrate the people who have helped make OpenStack possible during our birthday month, and to help community members get to know each other. To participate:

On July 24 the Foundation will host OpenStack’s 3rd Birthday Bash in Portland, Oregon at the OSCON conference – where OpenStack was launched in 2010. If you are in the area or attending the conference we would love to see you there. Please RSVP here -

We’ve also invited all our user groups to celebrate with us. This month over 35 OpenStack birthday parties will be thrown all over the world – celebrating with cake, drinks, music, and more!  We encourage everyone to join the conversation and share party pictures using the hashtag #OpenStack3Bday

Update:  We also produced a web badge you can embed on your blog by copy and pasting this html:

<img src=”” width=”180″ height=”260″ alt=”Happy 3rd Birthday, OpenStack”/>

Please attend or help promote an OpenStack birthday party near you:

Atlanta - July 18
Austin - July 18
Boston - July 16
Brazil - July 19
Brisbane - July 19
Canberra - July 19
Chicago - July 9
China - July 20
Colorado - July 22
DC - July 17
Ecuador - July 18
Egypt - date TBD
Florida - July 18
Germany - date TBD
Hungary - July 19
India - July 21
Indonesia - July 9
Israel - July 21
Italy - July 19
Japan - July 24
Korea - July 18
LA - July 19
London - July 19
Melbourne - July 18
Minnesota - July 17
NYC - July 17
Nairobi - July 18
Paris - July 23
Philippines – July 24
Singapore - July 19
Slovenia (Invitation through email) – July 18
Sydney - July 18
Taiwan - July 1
Thailand - July 18
Toronto – July 22
Zurich - July 19

Hong Kong Summit – Registration, Call for Speakers & Sponsors Now Open!

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The OpenStack Summit is coming to Hong Kong, November 5-8, 2013. Visit for all the details.

The Summit is a four-day conference for OpenStack contributors, enterprise users, service providers, application developers and ecosystem members.  Attendees can expect visionary keynote speakers, 150+ breakout sessions, hands-on workshops, collaborative design sessions and lots of networking over the four days. Keynote sessions will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, and the Design Summit, a special track for active technical contributors to plan the next software release, will span all four days.

Early Bird Registration is now open. We are expecting 4000-5000 people to attend the Summit in November, so for the first time we’re offering TWO types of passes.  In addition to the usual “Full Access” pass, we’re adding a “General Session & Expo” pass that’s only $150 (early bird price) to help introduce even more people to OpenStack. Restrictions apply to the lower priced pass, so please review the details before selecting a ticket.  Act quickly to save $400 USD on the Full Access Passes, as prices will increase starting October 5, 2013.

The call for speakers is now open! Hurry, the deadline for submissions is July 31. All speaking proposals will be posted for public vote in August, and speakers will be notified mid-September. If your session is selected you will be provided with a free code to register for the Summit. Based on speaker feedback from the previous Summit, we’ve improved the system so that a session proposal can now contain multiple speakers. If you plan to co-present a topic or panel, be sure to list all planned speakers.

Sponsoring the OpenStack Summit is a great way to gain exposure and support the open source community. If you are interested in supporting the Summit and would like to have a presence in our expo hall – the sponsorship agreement is now ready to sign HERE. Please fully read the Sponsorship Prospectus before signing the sponsorship agreement.  Sponsorships are limited, and sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. We appreciate your support!

The Summit will take place at Asia World-Expo, a large convention center near the airport with connecting SkyCity Marriott hotel. The Airport Express train stops within Asia World-Expo, making it convenient to access from most parts of Hong Kong.

Travel & Accommodations:
Official hotel room blocks are currently available at three hotels. We also offer a list of recommended budget-friendly hotels. Regardless of where you book, we recommend staying near the train line. Please check the VISA information page and FAQ for more information about your travel plans. We encourage you to book early!

Translation from English to Mandarin will be offered in the General Session, which runs Tuesday and Wednesday.

Active Technical Contributors:
All Active Technical Contributors (ATCs) who contributed to the Grizzly release or Havana release prior to September 6, 2013 will receive a free registration code for a Full Access Pass to the Summit. Please check your inbox before you register. If you would like to be designated as ”ATC” on your name badge, please use *the same email address that is tied to your Gerrit ID* when registering for the Summit on EventBrite.

Refunds & Transfers:
Registration refunds and transfers will be granted through October 25, 2013 – after this time no refunds or transfers can be made. To request a refund or transfer email

Follow @openstack on Twitter for more updates.

Enter OpenStack’s T-shirt Design Contest!


Show us your creative talent & submit an original design for our
2013 OpenStack T-shirt Design Contest!

  • Winning design will be announced the last week in August 2013
  • Original artwork will be showcased on T-shirts given out at LinuxCon Cloud Open in New Orleans, September 16-18, 2013 as well as future events worldwide
  • Creator of the winning design will receive attribution on the T-shirt and public recognition on OpenStack’s website
  • Submissions will be accepted through August 1, 2013
  • Email submissions to -  Subject: OpenStack T-Shirt Contest

For reference, view current OpenStack T-shirt designs HERE.

Submitting an entry:

  • Please make file Actual Size in inches (up to 10″ x 10″)
  • Digital art entries only; high-resolution (300 dpi) layered .psd/.eps/.tif (Photoshop) file or .ai/.eps Vector Files (Illustrator) are preferred
  • Do NOT send Microsoft Office files or Low- Resolution Files
  • There should be no embedded bitmap images (jpg, tif, bmp)
  • Colors should be spot with no half-tones
  • Convert and group all fonts to outlines
  • Please notate the preferred T-shirt color for printing
  • Please provide a jpg/png/screenshot of the completed artwork to act as a proof for your submission files.
  • Email submissions to Subject: OpenStack T-Shirt Contest
  • Submissions will be accepted through August 1, 2013
  • Note: If you have any questions about how to properly submit your file, please contact email questions to Subject: T-Shirt Contest Help


  • The design must be your own original, unpublished work and must not include any third-party logos or copyrighted material; by entering the competition, you agree that your submission is your own work
  • Design should be one that appeals to the majority of the OpenStack developer community
  • Deign may include line art, text, and photographs
  • Your design is for the front of the shirt and may encompass an area up to 10″ x 10″ (inches)
  • Design may use a maximum of three colors

The Fine Print

  • Maximum of one entry per person.
  • Must be original art. Content found on the internet rarely has the resolution needed for print and is often considered unlawful to use without permission
  • Submissions will be screened by the OpenStack Foundation for merit and feasibility
  • The OpenStack Foundation marketing staff will select the contest winner
  • The OpenStack Foundation reserves the right to make changes to the winning design before printing, including changes in image size or ink color or t-shirt color.
  • By submitting your design, you grant permission for your design to be used by the OpenStack Foundation including, but not limited to, the OpenStack website, the 2013 OpenStack Cloud Open T-shirt, and future marketing materials
  • The OpenStack Foundation reserves the right to final decision
  • The creator of the winning design will receive attribution on the T-shirt and public recognition on the OpenStack website

Germany, Israel & Hungary – OpenStack Events

Jonathan Bryce and a few members of the OpenStack Foundation team will be heading to Europe later this month to attend three key regional events. Jonathan and other noteworthy members of the OpenStack community will be speaking at each event. If you are in the area and would like to learn more about OpenStack or network with others in the community – please plan to attend!

Help us spread the word, and we hope to see you there!

Berlin, Germany – Friday, May 24

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OpenStack DACH Day 2013 will provide attendees with first­hand insights from OpenStack developers and enterprises that are successfully using OpenStack in production environments for both private and public clouds. The lineup includes speakers from industry leaders including:

  • Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack Foundation
  • Kurt Garloff, Deutsche Telekom AG
  • Monty Taylor, HP
  • Bernhard Wiedemann & Sascha Peilicke, SUSE
  • Muharem Hrnjadovic, Rackspace Cloud
  • Dr. Wolfgang Schulze, Inktank
  • Tobias Riedel, Netways
  • Dr. Udo Seidel, Amadeus Data Processing

Register to Attend:

  • When: Friday, May 24, 2013
  • Where: Berlin Fairgrounds (Messegelände unter dem Funkturm), Hall 7, as part of LinuxTag
  • Tickets: Registration is free, and there 200 tickets available at

Tel Aviv, Israel – Monday, May 27

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Join the OpenStack community for the third OpenStack Israel event, co-organized by OpenStack community supporters IGTCloud and GigaSpaces. The event is sponsored by the OpenStack Foundation and includes speakers from across the OpenStack community. Hear about OpenStack’s newest Grizzly release from the source, deep-dive into the Quantum network, learn about the new Cinder storage, hear what others are doing with OpenStack technology with real-life case studies from Intel, Liveperson and Alcatel, and meet the top industry leaders from IBM, HP, Rackspace, RedHat, GigaSpaces, DreamHost, Radware, Ravello, Mirantis, Cloudsoft and Hastexo.

Register to Attend:

  • When: Monday, May 27, 2013
  • Where: Herzilya Arts Center at 15 Jabotinsky Street in Herzilya, Israel
  • Tickets: Registration is free, but there are only 300 tickets available, so register quickly!

Budapest, Hungary – Wednesday, May 29

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Join us for OpenStack CEE Day – a large-scale one day user conference for the Central & Eastern European region. Attendees will get insights to OpenStack from industry-leading keynote speakers, as well as user case studies, workshops and deep dive sessions. The OpenStack CEE Day welcomes users, prospective users, ecosystem members, partners, developers and everyone who is excited about OpenStack’s open source cloud innovation.

Register to Attend:


Check out the latest hastexo blog post about each of these events – It’s May. It must be OpenStack Month! 

Follow @OpenStack on Twitter for the latest news.

Women of OpenStack at the Portland Summit

Keeping in step with the rapid growth in the OpenStack community, the Women of OpenStack presence at the Summit has grown significantly as well – over 200 women registered. Upon arriving at the Summit in Portland women were welcomed with specially designed lady’s-cut red hoodies, an invitation to attend a networking breakfast, and an open platform to share knowledge and ideas for how to get more women involved in the OpenStack community.

Over 70 women attended the networking breakfast hosted by the OpenStack Foundation and lead by community leader, Anne Gentle.  During the breakfast Anne was surprised to be recognized by the Foundation with the creation of the Anne Gentle Travel Scholarship for Women named in her honor. The scholarship will continue to fund travel for women to attend future OpenStack Summits. The initial use supported three OpenStack interns who attended the Portland Summit – Laura Alves and Victoria Martinez de la Cruz from Argentina and Anita Kuno from Canada. Learn more about the Outreach Program for Women here.

To watch a glimpse of the Women of OpenStack who attended the Summit, check out this video, Getting More Women Involved in OpenStack, filmed by Rackspace Videographer, Jacob Forbis.

To get involved yourself – join the Women of OpenStack group on LinkedIn today!

Group Shot of those who attended the Breakfast for Women

Group Shot of those who attended the Breakfast for Women

Anne Gentle is recognized with a Travel Scholarship for Women named in her honor

Anne Gentle is recognized with a Travel Scholarship for Women named in her honor

GNOME Interns: Laura Alves Anita Kuno Victoria Martínez de la Cruz

GNOME Interns:
Laura Alves
Anita Kuno
Victoria Martínez de la Cruz

Red hoodies given out at the Summit were specifically designed for women - based on feedback from the previous Summit

Red hoodies given out at the Summit were specifically designed for women – based on feedback from the previous Summit

Save the Date – OpenStack Summit Spring 2013

It’s official – the Spring 2013 OpenStack Summit will be held in Portland, April 15-18, at the Oregon Convention Center.  

We’re expecting 2000 OpenStack users, prospective users, ecosystem members and developers to attend the Spring Summit. As usual, we’ll have a variety of content and tracks, ranging from compelling user stories and technical deep dives to the business case for OpenStack and hands-on workshops. If you’d like to submit a presentation, panel or workshop, the call for speakers is now open and will close February 15.  If you are interested in submitting a session for the Design Summit, which is a special track planning the development work to be implemented in the “H” release, there will be a separate system opening closer to the Grizzly feature freeze and closing after the Grizzly release in April.

Summit attendees will again vote on speaking submissions to help determine which presentations are the best fit for our Spring Summit. We’ll also have subject matter experts serving as track chairs to make sure all of our audiences are well-served.  The voting system will open on February 18, with the goal of locking the agenda by March 11.

Having a presence at the OpenStack Summit is a great way to get your company in front of the OpenStack community. The call for sponsorships will open January 14, and there are four available levels of Sponsorship: Headline, Premier, Event, and Startup.  Sponsorships are sold on a first come, first served basis once the agreement is posted January 14.  In the meantime please view detailed information in the Sponsorship Prospectus.

Event registration and discount hotel rates will be available the week of January 14, so stay tuned and check back for updates.

For an idea of what to expect, check out our recap video from the Fall 2012 OpenStack Summit that was held in San Diego.

We eagerly anticipate the Spring 2013 Summit will be the most dynamic one yet. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend – we look forward to seeing you in Portland!

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