Got pain points or pet projects? Deadline to propose sessions is April 15.

At the Forum, the entire OpenStack community gathers to brainstorm the requirements for the next release, gather feedback on the past version and engage in strategic discussions that go beyond goals for the next release cycle.

Now’s the time for you to weigh in for the upcoming Vancouver Summit. You can add ideas for sessions at the Forum in a couple of ways – there are catch-all Etherpads for the Technical Committee and the User Committee as well as those for specific projects listed on this Wiki page.

“We really want to get as many session ideas as possible so that the committee has too many to choose from,” says Melvin Hillsman, member of the User Committee.

Not sure what might work? Great forum sessions typically:

  • Involve both developers and users
  • Multiple projects/teams/working groups collaborating
  • Have a concrete outcome/a conclusion to work toward

Here’s more detail on the types of sessions that work for this event:

Project-specific sessions

Where developers can ask users specific questions about their experience, users can provide feedback from the last release and cross-community collaboration on the priorities and ‘blue sky’ ideas for the next release can occur.

Strategic, community-wide discussions

This is the time and place to think about the big picture, including beyond just one release cycle and new technologies.

Cross-project sessions

In a similar vein to what took place at past Design Summits, but with increased emphasis on issues that are of relevant to all areas of the community.

One more idea: if you’ve organized or attended any events in the past year, you ‘ve probably heard talks or been in discussions that are perfect for the Forum, Hillsman says. Pitch them!

A committee of Technical and User Committee representatives and Foundation Staff will then schedule the sessions into available times.

You have until April 2 15 – deadline extended – to propose your session.