April 30 – May 2, 2024 | Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA

Cloud Forum
Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals for Cloud Forum 2024 will open on October 16, 2023.


The Cloud Forum is an event designed 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 bring their own topic, brainstorm with others, and report out to the group in short “Cloudburst” presentations. This year’s Cloud Forum will also feature a FinOps workshop.

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 which was held 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. No proposals from vendors will be considered. There are no presentations from vendors at the Cloud Forum. The submission form requires authentication with your federated identity.

Cloud Forum Timeline

  • Nominations for Research Presentations Opens: September 27, 2023
  • Call for Proposals Opens: October 16, 2023
  • Nominations for Research Presentations Closes: November 3, 2023
  • Call for Proposals Closes: November 27, 2023
  • Researcher Notification: December 1, 2023
  • Speaker Notification: January 4, 2024
  • Schedule Posted: February 1, 2024
  • Registration Opens: February 1, 2024
  • Cloud Forum Convenes: April 30 – May 2, 2024