Call for Presentations

  • Stream Processing
  • Event Driven
  • Real Time

Global Virtual Conference 2021

October 18-21
October 26-27

Got an Apache Flink story to share?

CFP Closed

Flink Forward is the conference dedicated to the Apache Flink and stream processing communities.

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 is now closed.






Use Case


Technology Deep Dive



Stateful Functions


I’m Not Quite Sure

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

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.


Stateful Functions

"Simplicity" is not something you often hear when talking about distributed, stateful systems. But this is where Stateful Functions comes in. An API with a runtime built on Apache Flink, Stateful Functions is able to streamline developing scalable, consistent applications on modern architecture, while providing all of the benefits of Apache Flink.

This track is an opportunity to share your Stateful Functions experiences. As Stateful Functions is platform- and language-agnostic, sessions can cover use cases in a variety of programming languages and platforms, and at any scale.

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  • 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 Global 2021 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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  • Abstract of the presentation
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  • Duration of Talk (20 mins or 30 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 28, 2021
  • All proposers notified by the end of July 2021

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.