November 4th & 5th, 2022
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Founded in 2013, SeaGL (the Seattle GNU/Linux Conference) is a free—as in freedom and tea—grassroots technical summit dedicated to spreading awareness and knowledge about free / libre / open source software, hardware, and culture.

SeaGL strives to be welcoming, enjoyable, and informative for professional technologists, newcomers, enthusiasts, and all other users of free software, regardless of their background knowledge; providing a space to bridge these experiences and strengthen the free software movement through mentorship, collaboration, and community.

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November 4th & 5th, 2022, virtual


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SeaGL 2022 Call For Proposals Extended
August 04, 2022

Did you perhaps forget to submit your talk proposal before the deadline? Wish you had a little extra time to put the finishing touch on your abstract or to submit a second (or third) propsoal? In that case, we’ve got good news for you. We have decided to extend the CFP deadline two weeks until Friday, August 19. We will also be continuing to hold CFP Office Hours during this extension. So be sure to take advantage of this extension and not delay, get your talk proposals in today!

SeaGL 2022 CFP Office Hours
July 22, 2022

Our goal is for SeaGL to be a welcoming place for first time (and veteran) speakers. We are therefore pleased to announce the launch of SeaGL 2022 CFP Office Hours! Office Hours are designed to provide an opportunity for prospective speakers to receive real time assistance with their talks and/or CFP submissions.

Are you unsure which of your two talk ideas to submit (hint: submit both!)? Do you need help crafting an abstract for your talk? Or perhaps you are interested in adapting a talk you’ve presented before so that it fits SeaGL’s theme. We will have members of the SeaGL Program Committee on hand to help answer these and any other questions you might have.

Office Hours will be taking place via chat on Matrix ( and IRC (#seagl-office-hours on Libera.Chat) or on video at the following times (Times are in PDT / UTC-7):

  • Mondays from 8:00am-9:00am
  • Wednesdays from 3:00pm-4:00pm
  • Fridays from 4:00pm-5:00pm
  • Saturdays from 1:00am-2:00am

If none of the office hours time slots fit your schedule or if you prefer to interact asynchronously, you can email your questions to at any time.

SeaGL 2022 Call For Proposals
July 06, 2022

Welcome to the 2022 SeaGL Call For Proposals! Every year, we want to hear from YOU, and we’re always looking for speakers who are traditionally underrepresented in tech, and people with perspectives uncommonly heard, as well as first-time speakers. Because we’re virtual for the third year in a row, there is opportunity for speakers anywhere in the world to submit talks! In 2021, we had talks from three continents!! So let’s take advantage of our virtual closeness for another year.


CfP Open: Wednesday 6 July, 2022

CfP Close: Wednesday 3 August, 2022 Friday 19 August, 2022

Acceptances: Early September 2022

Finalized Speakers: Mid August 2022

Program Published: Mid September 2022

CONFERENCE: Friday 4 November and Saturday 5 November 2022!

Submit at: OSEM

Committee and Code of Practice

The Program Committee is the group responsible for choosing and scheduling all of the great talks you enjoy at SeaGL. This year the committee steering the Program consists of:

  • Nathan Handler (chair)
  • Dawn E. Collett
  • Donald Robertson
  • Lee Damon
  • Lucy Voigt

As in prior years, we agree to abide by the SeaGL Program Committee Code of Practice.

Code of Conduct

The SeaGL Code of Conduct applies to all staff, all volunteers, all speakers and keynotes, all attendees and viewers, and all sponsors. SeaGL is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone; regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, nationality, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference staff, volunteers, presenters, attendees, and participants in any form. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference, without a refund, at the discretion of the conference organizers.

These are more than words, they are a framework that we have used and will use in the future when the situation calls for it. We encourage you to become familiar with the contents of the SeaGL Code of Conduct, as you indicate your strong agreement to these principles in submitting a talk, attending the conference, volunteering, sponsoring, or otherwise participating in the conference.

Talk Topics/Labels

We encourage almost any topic related to open source that you have a personal engagement with. We have created a list of topic ideas you might choose to use — these might give you some ideas.

  • Security & Privacy: Security Practices (Personal and Industry) and Security Career, owning and controlling your [own] data
  • Hardware: Free and Open hardware projects
  • Tools: Command line, databases, web tools, accessibility, open graphics tooling, and more
  • Tech Culture: FLOSS for EveryOne: how can FLOSS be of help to those outside our immediate community?
  • Community: Community building, labor rights, & advocacy
  • DevOps: Open source DevOps, containers, continuous integration/continuous deployment, & monitoring
  • Licensing & Legal
  • Performance Art!
  • Misc: Have a great talk that doesn’t fit these categories? Submit it!

Talk categories and “vibe”

SeaGL is a very special conference. We’re a community-focused Free/Libre Open Source Software annual event in Seattle, and since 2020, all over the world virtually! We’re looking for technical talks from folks who usually give community talks, and activism talks from folks who usually give coding deep dives, and so forth. We would love to see you out of your comfort zone.

We’re an independent bunch but we still like to take care of each other.

We are not looking for sponsored talks, however we’d love to welcome you over at our Sponsorship Prospectus and give you an opportunity to reach our attendees in other ways. As a small community event, our attendees tend to be university students, open source hobbyists and engineers, security professionals, technical writers, and more, skewing toward community rather than a corporate feel.

We’re not very likely to accept broad introductory talks, but specific, scoped introductions to a discrete part of the Operations or Network/Sysadmin world are very sought after, and we also love talks on the broad theme of “hacking for good”, and personal security as well. Are you making choices for your personal technology outside of Amazon/Google/Apple/other giants? We would love to hear about that too!

We welcome talks you have given elsewhere, but if you have, please indicate so in the abstract (a link would be great) and let us know how this talk will be different.

Talk structure

Talks will be presented remotely. Speakers may give their session live, or pre-record their session for the room moderator to play while they are in the chat session with the attendees.

Talk length is 20 minutes, with another 10 minutes allowed for questions, for 30m total.

We do not have longer time slots available at SeaGL 2022 because the online medium makes it more critical to present yourself concisely. Please do not propose talks that cannot be presented well within the allotted time. If you have a topic that absolutely needs more time, consider breaking your proposal into two talks: an introductory talk and a more “advanced” talk.

Office Hours

SeaGL pioneered the idea of CfP Office Hours, so stay tuned for details, and if you need help in the meantime, please email us at, and we’d love to help you work through a good proposal.

How To Submit

FINALLY, let’s talk about how to submit! First, you’ll go to SeaGL’s OSEM and either create an account or log in to an account you have previously used. For those of you who have submitted before, this is the same system as the last several years.

Scroll down to the Call For Papers section, and “Submit your paper now” for your proposal, and then New Proposal. There you’ll input the Title, Talk Type (there is only one - 20m talk), and the Abstract, up to 500 words. Do not put your name or biography in your proposal. Repeated, do not put your name or your bio in your proposal. It is part of our Code of Practice that our initial review is unaware of who the submitter is, therefore any proposal which includes biographical information will be rejected. Your bio will be asked for later.

When you have submitted, you will be taken to a page called Proposals for SeaGL 2022, and you will see your own talk(s) listed there. This is where you will add your bio and the talk label (“track”). Please note, you will not receive an email confirming your proposed submission.

Finally, please find the plaintext link to our submission software here:

Thank you!

Thank you!! Please email us or tweet, or mastodon at us with any questions! And don’t forget to Submit Early, Submit Often!

Virtual SeaGL in 2022
June 28, 2022

SeaGL has decided to remain virtual for our 10th conference, on November 4th and 5th, 2022. The SeaGL staff have given a lot of thought to the format, and we want to avoid last-minute venue changes and disruption of travel plans due to health and safety requirements. We look forward to running a hybrid event and seeing people in person for our 11th conference in 2023.

As hinted above, planning for this year’s event is already underway. We are in the process of arranging keynote speakers, and our Call for Papers will be opening this month. We are also starting promotion to attract you, our audience.

SeaGL is an inclusive, grass-roots FLOSS conference with volunteers from many time zones and multiple continents. In addition to Matrix, IRC, and mailing lists, we coordinate with bi-weekly meetings in Jitsi (18:00 Pacific Time on Tuesdays). Please contact us via email, Matrix or IRC if you would like to participate. Specifically, the following committees could use some extra help this year:

Partnerships - finds and signs sponsors; partners with community organizations

Public Relations - creates, edits and manages PR materials such as blogs posts, social media strategy and SeaGL artwork

IDEA (Inclusion Diversity Equitable Accessible) - outreach to improve our interaction with the entire community

Volunteer - mostly volunteer coordination leading up to and during the event while also reaching out for new volunteers throughout the year

Tech - we have a strong tech team, but there’s always more we’d like to build

Let us know you’d like to volunteer for SeaGL at:

Email -

Matrix -

IRC - #SeaGL on

SeaGL is a grassroots conference. It exists for the community and because of the community. If you want to help, we’re always looking for volunteers.

SeaGL will take place November 4-5, 2022.

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