Flock 2023 CfP open now until 20 June

Originally published at: Flock 2023 CfP open now until 20 June – Fedora Community Blog

Flock to Fedora returns in-person again after four years. This year is in Cork, Ireland from 2-4 August 2023. The CfP is open now. Will we see you there? This article introduces the new Flock CfP system and how to submit your proposal as a presenter this year.

Apply now for the Flock 2023 Call for Proposals (CfP) at cfp.fedoraproject.org. This year, Flock is using a new CfP system. If you have ever submitted a proposal for a DevConf event, it will feel familiar. The deadline to submit is by Tuesday, June 20th, 2023.

About the Flock 2023 venue

Flock 2023 will take place in Cork, Ireland. The venue for this year is the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs. We will use the hotel conference center for this year’s event, and Flock attendees are encouraged to book a room at the venue hotel.

Flock has a special booking code for the hotel. When booking the hotel, use REDH010823 as the block code when reserving your room. Everyone, including Red Hatters, are encouraged to book directly with the hotel using the booking code.

The hotel address is below:

Clayton Hotel Silver Springs
Tivoli, Cork, T23 E244
Phone: +353 21 450 7533

What are Flock 2023 reviewers looking for?

In addition to being the first Flock in four years, we are adding in new variables to this year’s event:

  1. Main track: The usual main track of Flock. Everything and anything to do with the Fedora contributor community. Interactive workshops that get attendees to participate in the main session are preferred to traditional presentations and talks.
  2. CentOS Connect: The CentOS community will feature in a dedicated one-day track on the first day of Flock. See connect.centos.org for suggested topic areas.
  3. Fedora Mentor Summit: (Limited speaker space) A half-day event in the second half of the last day of Flock. Mentor Summit content focuses on workshops and sessions to promote mentorship best practices and to connect mentors and mentees across the community.

All submissions for this year’s event should go to one of our three tracks. When submitting a proposal in the system, you will be asked to choose from one of these three “topics.” The deadline to submit for Flock 2023 is on Tuesday, June 20th, 2023.

Introducing the new Flock 2023 CfP system

This year, Flock 2023 is using the open source CfP system maintained by Josef Ridky at Red Hat. This is the same CfP system shared by the DevConf CfP system. If you already have an account on the DevConf CfP system, your account already exists in the Flock CfP system. Google and GitHub are supported for login only, although integration with a FAS account login is underway.

After logging in, view the Submit page for Flock 2023. From there, you can create a proposal with your submission. After submitting, check back soon for comments, questions, or updates on your submission by the reviewer team.

Submit to Flock 2023 CfP now!

We hope to see you this year in Cork! If you will be there, consider applying in the call for proposals. If you have questions or comments about the CfP system, you can reply as a comment to this post. Stay tuned for more information about registration and financial assistance in the coming weeks.


I have some ideas for Docs and will help with an abstract with @pboy, but then I’m curious what attendees would actually want to hear and do (if interactive workshops). Some of new attendees may not know how to use CfP system and what passive participants and active contributors who can’t go can expect from Flock.

  • is there a rough timeline between CfP submission and July?
  • could anyone share what was the last Flock like in terms of the format and result?
  • can we consider a modular agenda, so contributors can attend a half-day or a full day rather than three days? Modular workshop will help colleagues who are willing to travel without huge time commitment.
  • is CfP submission in two weeks reasonable?

Great questions, @hankuoffroad. Let me know if I covered them in the replies below.

We expect to move quickly after 20 June with selecting speakers. I heard a rumor that there may be a one-week extension to submit, although an extension does not apply to financial assistance decisions. Speakers who submit by 20 June and require financial assistance will be given priority before any submissions after 20 June.

I think this video is a fun and creative way of showing what happens at Flock, but there are also some articles floating around, both on the official channels (Magazine and CommBlog) as well as on contributor’s individual blogs.

Here are some contributor blogs:


I’m not sure what this means or what it would look like. But I’m curious to know more or to see examples of how other events have done this.

It is tight, but I did hear that rumor…

Modular means each day of events vary by session type and complexity.

  • Talks: in the morning each day
  • Workshop days: after talks
  • Lunch and learn
  • Expert session: after lunch
  • Trainings

KDE Akademy has daily schedule that is split by session type. I could drop in for a day as well.

posit: Workshops 2 Days | Conference keynotes and talks 2 Days

Now I understand. Yes, historically the Flock schedule worked this way, with talks and presentations in the first half of Flock, and workshops and interactive sessions in the second half.

This year, we would likely repeat this. One new change for this year is that we have either one day or a half-day less than past Flocks, depending how you look at it. This constrains our schedule.

My personal preference is that workshop content is more valuable, especially sessions where attendees engage and participate with a presenter, in comparison to a presentation/talk, where the audience is only listening or asking questions. However, this will ultimately be a decision of the reviewer team. My transparent personal bias is pro-workshops.

I want to share a quick guide on how to use CfP portal for new presenters and participants.

How to submit CfP

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CfP process is geared toward presenter’s point of view. ‘I want to showcase this topic’.

My question was if CfP could facilitate communication with attendees (not presenting) and non-attendees.

It is a question on what one wants to learn about and one wants to present.

We need feedback process before CfP, asking community members what they want to hear or learn about.

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