OpenWrt Summit 2016

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To help encourage the growth and strength of OpenWrt, LEDE and the broader ecosystem, the OpenWrt Summit Committee is organizing the second OpenWrt Summit. Co-located with Embedded Linux Conference Europe (ELCE) and OpenIoT in Berlin, Germany on October 13, the OpenWrt Summit is the only annual event focusing exclusively on OpenWrt. Free for all to attend, OpenWrt Summit does not require an ELCE/OpenIoT ticket . As snacks and lunch will be included, we request that attendees pre-register.

*Anyone interested in OpenWrt, LEDE or other related projects is invited and welcome.*

Who should come to the OpenWrt Summit?[edit]

The OpenWrt Summit will benefit anyone who wants to learn more about OpenWrt software and is a great opportunity for the core community to get together face to face. In particular OpenWrt will be perfect for:

  • OpenWrt/LEDE hackers (core team and contributors)
  • Software developers who maintain OpenWrt/LEDE packages or who want to create packages
  • Home users of OpenWrt/LEDE
  • Hardware and software engineers working with OpenWrt/LEDE, whether at work or for fun
  • Anyone interested in OpenWrt, LEDE, free and open source wireless networking, or embedded Linux

Quick Details[edit]

When: October 13th, 2016

Where: Martim Hotel Berlin, Berlin, Germany a co-located event of Embedded Linux Conference Europe

Cost: Free! No ticket to ELCE required! As snacks and lunch will be provided, pre-registration is requested


The OpenWrt Summit schedule will be announced about a month before the event. A community focused event, the schedule of the OpenWrt Summit will consist of sessions proposed and run by the OpenWrt community. While we can't know for sure what sessions will be proposed, suggested topics include the following:

  • OpenWrt introductory topics (What is OpenWrt? How to build? How to install? How to build packages?)
  • Hardware (Adding new OpenWrt support for hardware you created or bought, contributing back to the core)
  • Forks of OpenWrt (Best practices, staying close to core)
  • OpenWrt usage (Unique and complex scenarios)
  • Security (Containers, jails, etc)
  • Culture (Encouraging new contributors, documentation, advocacy)
  • Internet of Things/Internet of Everything
  • Future of OpenWrt

Date and Time[edit]

The OpenWrt Summit will be all-day on October 13th, 2016 (starting time to be determined) and we encourage ELCE attendees interested in OpenWrt/LEDE to attend the OpenWrt Summit.


The OpenWrt Summit will be hosted at the the Maritim Hotel. The Maritim Hotel is a world-class convention venue in the heart of Berlin, Germany. The hotel is also the location of the Embedded Linux Conference Europe (ELCE).

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Linux Foundation has a list of hotels providing special rates for the period of ELCE, including during the OpenWrt Summit. Make sure to reserve your room as soon as possible to receive the discounted rate.

Anti-harassment policy[edit]

prpl Foundation is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of summit participants in any form.

All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks.

Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate for OpenWrt Summit.

Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the conference without a refund at the sole discretion of the conference organizers.

Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly event for all.

Read entire Anti-Harassment Policy

Submitting a session proposal[edit]

As a community centered conference, we invite users, developers, representatives of companies who use OpenWrt and anyone interested in OpenWrt or LEDE to submit a speaking/session proposal for the OpenWrt Summit.

Suggested topics include:

  • Introductory topics (What is OpenWrt/LEDE? How to build? How to install? How to build packages?)
  • Hardware (Adding support for hardware you created or bought, contributing back to the core)
  • OpenWrt/LEDE derivatives (Best practices, staying close to core)
  • Unique and complex usage scenarios
  • Security (Containers, jails, etc)
  • Culture (Encouraging new contributors, documentation, advocacy)
  • Internet of Things/Internet of Everything
  • Future of OpenWrt, LEDE and related projects

We also welcome any other session topic related to OpenWrt and LEDE. Again, we encourage everyone interested to submit a session proposal for the OpenWrt Summit. Proposals should be submitted by August 26.

Financial assistance will be available for speakers who require it.

Sessions can come in many forms. Presentations are great but also consider proposing panel discussions, questions and answer or tutorials. If you have a good idea, then we encourage it you to submit it!

Submitted talks should fit into a standard time slot of 20 minutes + 5 minutes for discussion or an extended time slot of 40 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion. The Summit organization committee will be responsible for selecting the accepted talks and may decide to reassign an extended talk to standard length or vice versa.

How to submit your proposal

Submit your proposal using this form.

Submissions must include the following information:

  • Session title
  • Session abstract (at most 600 characters)
  • Type of session (presentation, discussion session, panel, tutorial, etc)
  • OpenWrt experience level required
  • Preferred Name and contact email of the Proposer
  • Biography of the proposer
  • Affiliation of the proposer (if any)
  • Requested length - standard or extended
  • Agreement that the proposer's session will comply with the OpenWrt Summit Anti-Harassment Policy.

Deadline for proposal submission is August 26, 2016.

Guidelines Title: An interesting, clever title can help distinguish your session. This title will be shown on the OpenWrt Summit Schedule.

Abstract: This is your chance to *sell* your talk to the organizers, so do your best to highlight the problem/contribution/work that you are addressing in your presentation. The technical details are still important, but the relevance of what you are presenting will help the organizers during the selection process.

Abstract tips:

  • This will be posted on the conference website so please ensure that it is in complete sentences (and not just bullet points) and that it is written in the third person (use your name instead of I).
  • Sessions and abstracts should be done in English only. We, sadly, do not have translators available.
  • Describe the particular audience for your session and what you expect them to gain from it
  • Tell us how the content will help better the OpenWrt/LEDE project and community

Biography: Tell us the story of you. Your biography should highlight relevant pieces of your career and life. Attendees will be able to see this so don't hesitate to promote yourself. If you're going to speak, you deserve the recognition.

Panel Discussion: Make sure to list all of the participants in the panel discussion.

How To Give a Great Tech Talk[edit]

In the event that your talk is accepted, we want to make sure that you give the best presentation possible. To do this, we enlisted the help of seasoned conference speaker Josh Berkus (PostgreSQL Experts) who has prepared an in-depth tutorial on "How to Give a Great Tech Talk".

You may not instantly become a brilliant orator overnight, but we strongly encourage all of our potential speakers to watch this tutorial and hopefully you will see more of the audience watching and listening to you as opposed to checking their email during your presentation.

Skills you will learn include:

  • Know your audience
  • How to prepare for a talk
  • Nobody cares about your slides...but make good ones anyway
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective Speakers
  • Clock-watching
  • Audience interaction 101
  • When your demo crashes
  • The audience outside the lecture hall
  • Common presentation issues and tips

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