Southern California Linux Expo 2019 (SCALE 17x)

The Linux Exposition of Southern California is proud to announce the 17th Annual Southern California Linux Expo – SCALE 17X – to be held on March 7-10, 2019 at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California, near Los Angeles.

SCALE 17X will have the following specialized tracks:

  • Open Source in Enterprises - Both small businesses & large enterprises are adopting Open Source to reduce costs, for higher agility and improving quality. This will be the focus of this newly introduced track with an emphasis on on real world examples.
  • Containers and Orchestrator - This track will cover container and container orchestration technologies, protocols, tools, and techniques, including Kubernetes, Docker, Apache Mesos and DC/OS, Istio, gRPC, Nomad, Etcd, Consul, containerized desktops, and many others. Additionally, the Container Day will include in-depth technical talks about internals and new developments in containers and container orchestration. Submissions to this track will be considered for both the track and the Container Day./li>
  • Open Data - This track will focus on the use of Open Data, data sets that are freely, readily, and easily available to the public. Talks in this track will seek to answer such questions as: What can be done with Open Data? What are the societal implications of Open Data? What are some interesting questions that can be answered through the use of Open Data in science, government, education, or other fields? What are some specific techniques to manipulate these data sets?
  • Security - Covering all topics in realm of open source security. These includeSecurity research, innovative security designs, cool tools, topical issues, "How to's" to cost effective open source security solutions and everything in-between.
  • Developer - This track coves a broad range of topics related to kernel, file system, and application development.
  • Next Generation - This gives the Free and Open Source community youth leaders of tomorrow and users of today, the opportunity to spotlight their talents and ideas. This track is open to potential speakers aged 18 years and under.
  • Mentoring - This track presents an opportunity for community leaders and experts from a variety of projects to share the knowledge and experiences they have gained from their respective projects.
  • Embedded - This track covers topics related to Open Source Embedded hardware & software. Possible topic areas include but not limited to: IoT, Drones, Connectivity, Sensors, Automotive, Networking equipment, FPGAs etc.
  • Libregraphics - Are you a creator that wants to share your workflow knowledge? An art application developer that wants to get the word out? Creative professional? Share you knowledge of graphics workflows, applications, interoperability, and other juicy tidbits at the Libre Graphics track!
  • UbuCon - UbuCon at SCALE is two days of Ubuntu talks by the best experts in the community and a chance to gather and meet other Ubuntu enthusiasts.
  • Observability - Sessions focused on open source approaches to metrics, tracing, and logging. 
  • MySQL, Postgres and other open source databases
  • HAM Radio - Sessions focused on the overlap between open source and amateur radio.

In addition, we will have general tracks covering a wide range of topics related to Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) and open hardware. We invite you to share your work on FOSS programs and open hardware projects with the rest of the community, as well as exchange ideas with some leading experts in these fields. Details about previous presentations and activities at SCALE can be found at

How to Submit a Proposal

If you are a registered speaker from a previous SCALE event, you can re-use your account from the previous SCALE submission and you don’t need to sign up for a new account (and you can skip the next two paragraphs).

  • For first-time submitters, visit the link and create an account to register the speaker by entering various details in the form such as name, affiliation, bio, email address of the speaker. Please ensure that the personal biography is not more than 1000 characters; focus on relevant experience to your proposal topic and write from the third-person perspective. Note that the contact email-address is the one that will be used to confirm the account creation and speaker registration.
  • Once registration is complete, an email will be automatically sent to the email address to set the password for subsequent access.
  • To submit a talk, please go to the link labeled Submit a presentation: Enter the title for the talk, the intended audience, the proposed track for this talk (Cloud/System Admin/Developers/General etc.). Then provide a brief description of the main points to be presented. Provide additional details in the space provided. Also, include the names of all speakers that will present this session. Each speaker must be registered with the system before they can be entered in the ”speaker” field.
  • Once the talk has been submitted, further edits to the submission can be made, if necessary, up to the CFP closing date by logging into the account with the credentials provided during registration. Be sure to include an email for the primary contact for the presentation. Important information will sent to that address.
  • For submitting multiple talks for the same speaker, the step above may be repeated; note that you don’t need to register the speaker again.
  • Please notify us if the presentation will require a special technical set-up. The setup provided will include:
    1. microphone
    2. overhead projector
    3. a laptop running Linux with a postscript viewer as well as LibreOffice (You may use your own laptop if you prefer.)

Presentations will be allotted a time slot of about 45 minutes. Please ensure that presentations are done in open non-proprietary format. In case you run into any problems during the submission process, for help, please email Proposal abstracts are reviewed by an expert committee and evaluated solely on merit. Given the number of high quality submissions received every year, we request that submission dates be strictly honored in order to provide the committee enough time to choose the best set of proposals.


Important Dates

  • 14 Sep, 2018: CFP Opens
  • 31 Oct, 2018: Deadline for abstracts/proposals submissions
  • 7 Mar, 2019: Conference starts