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Call for papers

BSDCan is an enormously successful grass-roots style conference. It brings together a great mix of *BSD developers and users for a nice blend of both developer-centric and user-centric presentations, food, and activities.

The Call for Papers for 2024 has closed. Please subscribe to our announce mailing list to be notified when the CFP for near year opens.

In the meantime, for reference, these were the instructions for submitting a proposal to BSDCan 2024. Please submit all proposals through

The talks will have a very strong technical content bias. Proposals of a business development or marketing nature are not appropriate for this venue.

If you are doing something interesting with a BSD operating system, please submit a proposal. Whether you are developing a very complex system using BSD as the foundation, or helping others and have a story to tell about how BSD played a role, we want to hear about your experience. People using BSD as a platform for research are also encouraged to submit a proposal. Possible topics include:

  • How we manage a giant installation with respect to handling spam.
  • and/or sysadmin.
  • and/or networking.
  • Cool new stuff in BSD
  • Tell us about your project which runs on BSD
  • other topics (see next paragraph)

From the BSDCan website, the Archives section will allow you to review the wide variety of past BSDCan presentations as further examples.

Both users and developers are encouraged to share their experiences.


The schedule was:

26 December 2023Proposal submissions begin
12 February 2024Proposal submissions ends
4 March 2024Authors of accepted proposals contacted

The conference will be primarily an in-person one. We are hoping to offer other ways to participate, but the details have not been worked out, so if you can only present remotely, please indicate this in your submission notes.

Recording of the talks

We have taken video recordings of talks in the past and plan to do so in the future. They are made freely available at no charge and talks from past years may be viewed on YouTube.

NOTE: In order for recording to occur, you must not use the computer located within the podium. i.e. use your own laptop, not the venue-supplied computer.


We hope the following answers a few frequently asked questions.

  • If your talk is accepted, and you have not requested otherwise, you are expected to present your talk in person.
  • Speakers must register but do not pay conference fees. Tutorials not included.
  • We usually have funds for your flight and accommodation. You pay for your own food and drink.
  • There will be a digital projector available in each lecture room.
  • There will be a wireless LAN available at the conference.
  • What constitutes a proposal? Here are the proposals from a previous year. We will also require a short biography.
  • If you wish to email your tutorial attendees, please send the email to, and we will forward it to the attendees.
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