Cloud Forum
Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals for the 2023 Cloud Forum is now closed.

The Call for Proposals for Cloud Forum 2023 is now closed.
Event registration will open on February 6.


The Cloud Forum is a venue for discussion and debate around the challenges and best practices of cloud infrastructure enablement at higher education institutions of all sizes. The Cloud Forum is designed to be a highly interactive event where the content is driven in large part by the experiences and plans of the attendees. The program consists of attendee presentations on topics of broad interest, lightning talks on the activities and ideas of the attending institutions, and multi-institutional panels for deep exploration of a single topic. In addition, the Forum may include an unconference where attendees will have the opportunity to select a topic, brainstorm with others and report out to the group in short “Cloudburst” presentations.

The discussions at the Forum focus on higher-level strategic topics rather than deep technical issues. The more technical cloud topics are discussed in the cloud track at the Internet2 Technology Exchange being held in Minneapolis in September. To better understand the difference between the two events’ target audiences and their respective themes, read the blog post There is a Lot of Cloud to Go Around. While it was written for Cloud Forum and TechEx 22, the explanation and differentiation are still valid.


It is up to the proposer to choose, but some trending topics you might consider include:

These ideas are included merely to inspire the thought process. Your peers want to hear what is shaping your thinking and actions in the cloud.


Proposals to the Cloud Forum are only accepted from members of the research and education community. There are no presentations from vendors. The submission form requires authentication with your federated identity.

Cloud Forum Timeline


  • Call for Proposals Opens: December 26
  • Call for Proposals Closes: January 31
  • Registration Opens: February 6
  • Speaker Notifications: February 27
  • Schedule Posted: March 6 (tentative)
  • Cloud Forum Convenes: May 10-12