We’re officially announcing LinuxFest Northwest 22. We’re trying one last time with our 2020 theme: Be Excellent To Each Other! We still want to share with you, and you with us, a conference that encourages collaboration, teaching, and lifting each other up, in a proper collaborative online experience. Special thanks to Blindside Networks who will be professionally hosting our BigBlueButton virtual meeting space.

Our call for proposals is open now through January 31, 2022. We’re sticking with our 2020 session types, tracks, and difficulty levels. Read on for more details.

Our call for sponsors will open soon - reimagined to lift up communities friendly to free & open source software and philosophies. We’ll be giving a special lift to our 2020 sponsors who have stuck with us and turned their financial sponsorships into donations with no obligations. More to come soon on this topic.

3rd time is a charm.

LinuxFest Northwest 22 is officially on, but not quite how you imagined it. With uncertainty still looming about the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, and a strong ethos of health & safety among our organizers, we’re planning a virtual-first but hopefully hybrid event. What does that mean? Well, if you’re up for presenting or attending, distance is no issue - all you need is a stable internet connection. If you miss the cameraderie of our social side, we’ll be trying some interesting new experiments to accomodate you - and hopefully those can be in conjunction with some safe in-person activities in the Spring (but no promises at this point).

We’re especially thankful to have Blindside Networks onboard this year. Thanks to their generous support, we’ll be running live sessions with all the best tools, using the open source BigBlueButton project. No prerecorded videos - sessions will be live, you’ll be able to ask questions, follow slides, collaborate in breakouts, brainstorm on whiteboards, take notes, and chat with your fellow attendees… all on free open source software.

Any hybrid/in-person content will be added pretty late in the schedule, when we have a firm understanding of what we can manage responsibly, so assume virtual content, but be open to changing plans if you’re up for in-person stuff. (We’d love to see you :)

Call for Proposals

Our call for proposals is open now through January 31, 2022. We’re sticking with our 2020 session types, tracks, and difficulty levels. Please sign up & submit your proposal at https://lfnw.org/conferences/2022/program/proposals/new!

Session Types

We’ve changed up the session types, to clarify what happens during those sessions:

  • Lecture and Long Lecture These are your ‘typical’ sessions - slide decks and other presentations. Session lengths stay the same, at 45 and 90 minutes + some time for questions and answers.
  • Lab and Short Lab These are hands-on sessions - we used to call these Tutorials, but that was confusing, as many tutorials are submitted, but they’re not hands on. Lab sessions are just under 2 hours; Short Lab sessions are about an hour. This is a little shorter than in prior years, but it’s going to make it easier for you to attend both labs and lectures.
  • Assembly Want to lead a Q&A, have a discussion about a topic, or set up a panel discussion? This is your session type.
  • Recess Are you interested in organizing a fun, collaborative activity outside the lecture room? Here’s your session type! Take attendees on a virtual tour, collaborate on an online art project, lead a guided meditation… you get the idea.


You’ll notice our normal list of tracks is missing this year… we have only one track for you to keep in mind as you make your proposals - our theme: Be Excellent To Each Other. We’ll derive more granular tracks based on the accepted sessions… we just wanted to see what emerges this year, instead of you shoehorning your amazing session into a track list that didn’t quite fit.

Difficulty Levels

Nobody wants to submit a hard session… we get that, but we want to encourage sessions that dive deeply into a narrow topic, and we do not want to discourage sessions that require some previous experience. These can be exceptionally valuable sessions. So, we’ve changed our difficulty levels to be a bit less judgmental:

  • 100-level Events are understandable for everyone without knowledge of the topic.
  • 200-level Events require a basic understanding of the topic.
  • 300-level Events require expert knowledge of the topic.

We hope this will clarify the level as based on your experience as an attendee, and not discourage proposals that are challenging, or require some prior knowledge.

Now go submit some excellent proposals!