LISA18 Call for Participation

Sponsored by USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association.

LISA18 will take place October 29–31, 2018, at the Omni Nashville Hotel in Nashville, TN, USA.

LISA is the premier conference for operations professionals, where sysadmins, systems engineers, IT operations professionals, SRE practitioners, developers, IT managers, and academic researchers share real-world knowledge about designing, building, securing, and maintaining the critical systems of our interconnected world.

Call for Participation

We invite both industry leaders and people on the front lines to propose topics that demonstrate the present and future of operations. LISA submissions should inspire and motivate attendees toward action that improves their day-to-day work as well as the tech industry as a whole. We encourage submissions from people who represent a wide range of backgrounds and industries.

Note that USENIX only accepts vendor-neutral proposals. If you wish to promote a product at LISA, please contact our Sponsorship Department.

Both presenters and organizers may withdraw or decline proposals for any reason, even after initial acceptance. Submissions must come from the speaker. USENIX does not accept submissions made through PR firms and other third parties. Companies are blinded during the review process.

Important Dates

  • Proposal submission deadline: Thursday, May 24, 2018, 11:59 pm PDT
  • Notifications to proposal submitters: Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Conference Organizers

Program Co-Chairs

Rikki Endsley,
Brendan Gregg, Netflix

Program Committee

Pat Cable, Threat Stack, Inc.
Ben Cotton, Red Hat
Courtney Eckhardt, Heroku, a Salesforce company
Gareth Greenaway, SaltStack
Tameika Reed, Women in Linux
Baron Schwartz, VividCortex
Andy Seely, SAIC
Laura Stone, Klaviyo
Connie-Lynne Villani, Fastly
Coburn Watson, Microsoft Azure

Talks Co-Chairs

Elizabeth K. Joseph
Cory Lueninghoener, Facebook

Training Co-Chairs

Branson Matheson, Cisco
Brett Thorson, BCG Platinion

Lab Co-Chairs

Steve Anthony, Lehigh University
Munroe Sollog, Lehigh University

Steering Committee

David Blank-Edelman
Mark Burgess, Oslo University College
Brendan Gregg, Netflix
Casey Henderson, USENIX Association
Andrew Hume, Ericsson
Cory Lueninghoener, Facebook
Amy Rich, Nuna, Inc.
Ben Rockwood, Chef Software, Inc.
Carolyn Rowland, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Topic Categories


  • Cloud Computing
  • Containerization
  • Machine Learning/AI
  • Big Data
  • Infrastructure/Platform/Function as a Service
  • Scalability and Resilience
  • Infrastructure Design
  • Performance Planning
  • Strategic Vision
  • What's Next


  • DevOps
  • Open Source Communities
  • Communication
  • Standards and Regulatory Compliance
  • On-Call Strategies
  • Managing IT Teams
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Mentorship, Education, and Training
  • Recruiting and Retention


  • Automation
  • Continuous Delivery
  • System Engineering
  • Monitoring and Instrumentation
  • Performance Tuning
  • Debugging
  • Backup and Recovery
  • Security Engineering
  • Databases
  • Programming
  • Release Engineering

Proposals We Are Seeking