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DevConf.US 2019 is the 2nd annual, free, Red Hat sponsored technology conference for community project and professional contributors to Free and Open Source technologies at the Boston University in the historic city of Boston, USA.

When: Thursday, August 15 to Saturday, August 17, 2019

Venue: Boston University, George Sherman Union Building (775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)

You should consider attending this DevConf event if you are:

  • A developer
  • A technology architect
  • An IT consultant
  • An IT student or a teacher from an IT university/faculty
  • Or simply an IT enthusiast interested in the latest trends in open source and emerging digital technologies

The primary event themes this year are:

  • Containers and orchestration
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Serverless computing
  • Middleware technologies
  • Operating systems
  • Testing, debugging, tracing, and software quality
  • User experience
  • Open source commuunity management and processes

DevConf events are free, without admission or ticket charge. On-line registration is required though.

Talks, presentations, and workshops will all be in English.

Join us on Wednesday, August 14th, the day before the main event, for a day of CentOS talks and community gatherings

Diversity scholarships:

In an effort to create a more diverse and inclusive event, we will be offering diversity scholarships that cover travel-related expenses for attendees from outside of Red Hat who are students or are relatively new or returning to full-time work in technology. As DevConf.US is the DevConf for the North America region, these scholarships are only available to people from the U.S. and Canada. We particularly encourage to apply people from underrepresented in tech or underprivileged backgrounds, including women, LGBTQ people, Blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, veterans, people with neurological differences, and people with physical disabilities. Decisions will be made based on applicants’ experience with Red Hat-supported and other open source technologies and based on being a student or being new or returning to full-time work in technology. Please see complete details and apply by 5pm ET on Monday, June 17, 2019.

Centos Dojo:

The CentOS and Fedora communities will be holding a Dojo on August 14th, 2019 - the day before DevConf.US begins - at Boston University, in the Balcony Room of the George Sherman Union building.

Checkout more information about CentOS Dojo at Dojo at DevConf.US and Dojo Call For Papers at CFP.

Important dates:

  • CfP Opens: January 27th, 2019
  • CfP Closes: April 8, 2019
  • Accepted speakers confirmation: May 16th, 2019
  • Accepted speakers confirmation: May 27th, 2019
  • Accepted speakers confirmation begins: June 9th, 2019
  • Initial schedule published: June 24th, 2019
  • Registration opens: June 9th, 2019
  • Event dates: Thursday, August 15 to Saturday, August 17, 2019

Write a Great Talk Proposal


We held two copies of "Writing a Great Talk Proposal," led by Red Hat's Josh Berkus. If you would like to see the slides you can find them here. We will post a video recording as soon as it is available.

If you have specific questions or would like someone to review your proposal, please join us on Freenode in the #deconf channel. If you aren't really an IRC person, check out the Freenode web interface. On the login page, give yourself a nickname and then put #devconf in the "channels" box.

Coaching Program


We would like to enable attendees who have not been to many conferences or would like to come up to speed on one of the topics covered at DevConf.US to have a supported experience by being paired up with more experienced attendees. Everyone is encouraged to sign up as either a coach or an apprentice during registration and indicate the track topic based on which they would like to be paired up. Roughly speaking, if you have had three or more years of experience with one of the track topics and have been to five or more conferences, you would make a great coach for the event. If you would like to learn more about one of the conference topics, are interested in career advice, and/or have not attended many conferences in the past, you should consider signing up as an apprentice. We will match people up and will send out mentor / apprentice introductions ahead of the conference. Please feel free to sign up as either a coach or an apprentice even if you are only able to attend two of the three days and modify which days you will be available in your registration. We will incorporate that information in the awesome matching algorithm (which is one of us matching attendees in a spreadsheet :) ).

One of the rooms on the third floor will be designated as a Coaching Room for exclusive use by people participating in the Coaching Program. The overall time commitment is about 4 hours and it’s the coach’s responsibility to schedule the activities below:

  1. Meet in person or via a video call ahead of the conference to exchange introductions, answer any questions the apprentice has as they prepare to attend the conference, learn about apprentice’s career goals, and review the conference schedule together. Plan to attend some talks together.
  2. Meet on Thursday during lunch or at any other convenient time. You can make this time your own, and for example, review the code base for a project of interest and ways to contribute or talk about what the mentor’s work entails and how they deal with challenging situations.
  3. Do a short check-in meeting on Saturday to discuss takeaways from the conference and any next steps.
  4. The coach and the apprentice can stay in touch as desired, but there is no expectation for them to do so.

Inclusion at DevConf.US


Inclusion is a priority for DevConf.US. We are making an effort to accommodate the needs of people who want to attend. We are also setting expectations for inclusive behavior through our code of conduct and media policies, and are prepared to enforce these.

Read on for more information about the inclusion features we are offering and let us know if there is anything else that would make it possible for you to attend the conference or would make it a better experience for you.

Food Options

The conference will include coffee breaks in the morning and boxed lunches. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available.

Wheelchair Accessibility

DevConf.US is held on the second and third floors of the George Sherman Union at Boston University. As you enter the building, there is a cafeteria on the left, where you can find an elevator that will take you to the conference floors. Registration is on the second floor.

Quiet Room

One of the rooms on the third floor will be designated as a Quiet Room, where conversation and interaction are not allowed. All attendees may feel free to use the Quiet Room as needed.

Nursing Room

One of the rooms on the third floor will be designated as a Nursing Room for attendees who need a private space for breastfeeding or pumping. Please ask for a key at the registration desk.

All-Gender Restroom

One of the restrooms on the third floor will be designated as an all-gender restroom. For all restrooms, we ask attendees to please respect other attendees’ choice of what restroom is most appropriate for them.

Travel information will be launched as soon as it is finalized!

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