Do you have an awesome idea to share?

Flink Forward San Francisco is the leading conference dedicated to Apache Flink, data stream processing and real-time analytics. The conference gathers an international audience of CTOs/CIOs, developers, data architects, data scientists, Apache Flink core committers and the open source stream processing community to share experiences, transfer knowledge and receive hands-on training sessions led by true experts.

If you have an inspiring story, real-world application, use case, best practice, or compelling vision of the Flink future you can present it to a highly-skilled and enthusiastic community. The topics below are guidelines and suggestions—but we love to hear your creative idea at Flink Forward. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. PT December 17, 2017. Submit your talk here.


  • Use case
  • Managing continuous applications
  • Technology deep-dive
  • Ecosystem
  • None of the above

Use Case

Stateful stream processing enables users to solve problems that were once considered impossible. “Use Cases” sessions should describe end-to-end Apache Flink applications in business or academia, defining the motivation behind the application and sharing detail on the solution.

Bonus points for presentations that are able to quantify the positive impact that an application had on an organization.

Managing Continuous Applications

Expressing complex business logic in Apache Flink is one thing. Running a stateful stream processing application around the clock is another.

“Managing Continuous Applications” sessions should provide first-hand insight into operations best practices for Apache Flink. Sessions detailing both lessons learned the hard way and elegant solutions to unique operational challenges are encouraged.

Technology Deep-dive

Apache Flink provides simple abstractions for many of the most difficult concepts in stream processing, but let’s face it: sometimes it’s necessary (and just plain fun) to understand what’s happening under the hood.

“Technology Deep-dive” sessions should provide unique insights into Flink internals, sharing not only how a given feature works, but also why it was designed the way it was.


Apache Flink applications integrate with a number of other systems, included but not limited to:

  • Deployment and resource management frameworks (e.g. DC/OS, Kubernetes, YARN)
  • Message queues (e.g. Apache Kafka, Amazon Kinesis, Pravega)
  • Databases (e.g. Apache Cassandra, Redis)
  • Durable storage (e.g. HDFS, S3)
  • Logging and Metrics (e.g. ELK stack)

“Ecosystem” sessions should describe Flink’s role within the broader space, providing insight on how to get the most out of Flink in conjunction with complementary products.

None of the above

Have a great idea for a presentation but not sure which track is the best fit? We’d love to hear from you! Moreover, we explicitly encourage and embrace talks that are less tech focused, but focused on community and social aspects. For example how to build, organize, and educate teams, transform companies, etc.
We’ll gladly review your presentation proposal, and we’ll let you know if the program committee has any questions along the way.

Required information

You’ll be asked to include the following information for your proposal:

  • Proposed speaker(s)
  • Speaker(s): biography and hi-res headshot (minimum 350 x 350; required)
  • Session title
  • Abstract of the presentation
  • Suggested topic
  • Duration of Talk (20 mins or 40 mins); presentation times already include time for Q&A
  • Experience level that your audience needs (beginner, intermediate, advanced)

Your benefits

  • Complimentary pass for the conference
  • A professionally produced video of your presentation
  • Expand your network and raise your profile in the Apache Flink community
  • Your name, title, company, and biography will be featured on the Flink Forward San Francisco 2018 website
  • Your session will be promoted on Twitter

Tips for submitting a successful proposal

We’ve prepared some tips for those of you who don’t feel comfortable handing in a paper yet, but actually would like to go out with their knowledge and experience. So please find some additional tips to get you writing. Please keep in mind that all speakers must adhere to our Code of Conduct. Please be sure that your presentation, including all supporting materials, is respectful to all participants, regardless of race, gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, national origin, ethnicity, religion, or political affiliation.

  • Pick a catchy but solid title
  • All presentations must be noncommercial. Product-related submissions will be sorted out
  • Know your audience. Include keywords that attract the right people and that are in line with the main subjects of the conference
  • Avoid beginning your session description with the phrase, “In this talk I’ll…”. Instead use an initial sentence that connects directly with the paper’s title. A rhetorical question, or an interesting industry data point is also a good way to start your abstract
  • Be thorough and provide enough information to be able to judge your entry. But don’t be too detailed. Keep your abstract short and concise
  • Tell us one “story” that is part of the larger picture, so the readers know in which direction you’ll be heading
  • Pick a topic that excites you and that you care about: your enthusiasm will also inspire the audience
  • Choose a relevant and original subject. Participants want to see new presentations on innovative applications, actual use cases and best practices
  • Ask a colleague if the topic sounds like something they’d want to see at a conference
  • Does your presentation have the participation of a woman, person of color, or member of another group often underrepresented at tech conferences? Diversity is one of the factors we seriously consider when reviewing proposals as we seek to broaden our speaker roster.

Important dates

  • Call for Presentations closes on December 17, 2017
  • All proposers notified by the end of January 2018
  • Registration opens in November 2017

Code of Conduct

All participants, including speakers, must follow our Code of Conduct, the core of which is this: a Flink Forward conference should be a safe and productive environment for everyone. Please be sure that your presentation, including all supporting materials and informal commentary, is welcoming and respectful to all participants, regardless of race, gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, national origin, ethnicity, religion, or political affiliation.