As part of our commitment to transparency within the cloud native community, we are providing an inside look into the work that goes on behind the scenes to bring the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon schedule to life. Note that every conference we put together has a post-event conference transparency report that includes a lot of the information we cover below. We are committed to improving the process after every conference and welcome any and all positive feedback from the community. The data below focuses on the upcoming event KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2023, happening 18 – 21, April. You can register for the event today here.

The schedule is curated by the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Program Committee, a group of volunteers who are subject matter experts in the conference topics and tracks, led by the conference co-chairs. 

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon conferences have become very competitive with a large number of submissions and the average acceptance rate in the low to mid-teens.

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon CFP Averages:

Our latest CFP is no exception with an acceptance rate of 11%. 1761 submissions were received from 2672 proposed speakers at 632 companies. Of those, we were able to accept 186 talks with 347 total speakers. Here’s how the submission data breaks down for KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2023. 

347 Accepted Speakers – Breakdown by Company Type

186 Accepted Talks** – Breakdown by Company Type

1761 Total Talk Submissions – Breakdown by Submitting Company Type

632 Companies Submitted Talks – Breakdown by Company Type

*Other: Individuals without a company affiliation, non-profits, and training organizations

**Does not include talk slots held for SIG groups, of which we have 97 for this event

Previously, KubeCon + Cloud NativeCon North America 2022 had 1526 submissions and an acceptance rate of 11%, resulting in 228 total speakers for the event. 

To learn more about the program committee and co-chairs, read the blog here.

If your talk was not accepted, it doesn’t mean it wasn’t great! Program Committee members have to make difficult decisions, and there are any number of reasons it might not have made the cut. Many Committee members are more than willing to chat with you to provide feedback on your submission. You can also read more about how to get your talk accepted here, and we even have had outside community conferences established to recycle talk submissions!

Finally, we’re incredibly grateful to the entire global community that comes together to make KubeCon + CloudNativeCon a success every time.