Call for Presentations

  • Stream Processing
  • Event Driven
  • Real Time

Global Conference 2020

October 19-20
October 21-22

Got an Apache Flink story to share?

CFP is closed!

Flink Forward is the leading conference dedicated to Apache Flink, data stream processing, real-time analytics and real-time applications.

The conference gathers an international audience of CTOs/CIOs, developers, data architects, data scientists, Apache Flink core committers, and the stream processing community, to share experiences, exchange ideas and knowledge, and receive hands-on training sessions led by Flink experts.

If you have an inspiring story, real-world application, use case, best practice, or compelling vision of the future for Flink, we encourage you to present it to a highly skilled and enthusiastic community. The topics below are guidelines and suggestions for a compelling proposal. We would love to hear your creative ideas at Flink Forward!

The Call for Presentations deadline is June 28, 11:59 pm CEST.






Use Case




Technology Deep Dive



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Community and Industry Impact


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Use Case

Stateful stream processing enables users to solve problems that were once considered impossible. "Use Case" sessions describe end-to-end Apache Flink applications. They discuss the real-world problem that was solved by the application and highlight interesting details on the solution.

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

Use Case


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

These sessions should provide first-hand insight into operations and 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. This is also an opportunity for those using Flink within academia to share their findings. We'd love to hear about your research projects in this track too!

Technology Deep Dive


Today's data processing infrastructure consists of many different systems of various kinds, including deployment and resource management frameworks, message queues, databases, durable storage systems, and logging and metrics frameworks.

Apache Flink integrates with many of these systems already. However, there are still well-known and widely used system out there, that can help expand the use cases for Flink. Every now and then also new systems with interesting characteristics or better performance appear on the radar. The Ecosystem track hosts talks that go beyond the scope of Flink but share insights on how integrating Flink with other systems can provide value for users.


Community and Industry Impact

Apache Flink has an active and diverse user and contributor base and has a profound impact on the organizations where it is adopted.

This track is for anyone that wants to share experiences beyond writing code. Sessions can include anything from increasing involvement and fostering of open source communities, to how the adoption of real-time data processing revolutionized their enterprise. Experiences and lessons learned as they relate to people and processes are encouraged.

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  • A professionally produced video of your presentation
  • Expand your network and raise your profile in the Apache Flink
  • Your name, title, company, and biography will be featured on the Flink Forward Global 2020 website
  • Your session will be added to the Flink Forward YouTube Channel and promoted on Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Proposed speaker(s)
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  • Session title
  • Abstract of the presentation
  • Suggested topic
  • Duration of Talk (20 mins or 40 mins); presentation times should also include time for Q&A
  • Experience level that your audience needs (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • Call for Presentations closes on June 19, 2020
  • All proposers notified by mid-July, 2020

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.

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 feel ready to start sharing your knowledge and experience. 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 not be considered
  • Know your audience. Include keywords that attract the right people and 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.