Rootconf 2020

On SRE, distributed systems and infrastructure security.

Rootconf 2020

Bangalore International Centre (BIC), Domlur, Bangalore, Bengaluru

Submit a session proposal

Note Proposal submission closes on 05 May, 11:59 PM

Proposal guidelines

For details about Rootconf, see:

Rootconf will cover the following topics, and more:

  1. SRE: processes, tools, anti-patterns.
  2. Distributed systems including case studies of shift from batch processing to stream processing, real-life examples of service discovery, experiential talks on the move from monolith to service-oriented architecture, micro-services.
  3. Databases including managing very large databases, linking databases, security challenges with data leaks.
  4. Privacy engineering from the point of view of databases
  5. DevOps tooling.
  6. Monitoring, logging and alerting – running small-scale and large-scale systems.
  7. Cloud architecture – implementations and lessons learned.
  8. Optimizing infrastructure.

We invite communities to collaborate with us to curate tracks, sessions and meetups at the conference.

Participant profile at Rootconf

Speakers like to know who will be in their audience and therefore how to prepare talks. Below is a list of potential participants at Rootconf:

  1. SRE
  2. Systems engineers
  3. Software engineers
  4. DevOps leads
  5. DevOps programmers
  6. Infrastructure security professionals and experts
  7. Cloud service providers
  8. Providers of the pieces on which an organization’s IT infrastructure runs – monitoring, log management, alerting, etc
  9. Engineering managers looking to optimize infrastructure and teams

Session formats

  1. Full talks - 40 mins duration
  2. Crisp talks - 20 mins duration
  3. Flash talks - 5-10 mins
  4. Birds of Feather (BOF) session - 1 hour duration
  5. Round tables - 1-3 hours duration
  6. Hands-on workshops, where participants follow instructors on their laptops: 3-6 hours duration
  7. Suggest your own format

Selection process

Proposals will be accepted based on the themes outlines for Rootconf and topics which participants propose.

The schedule will be announced iteratively. You can propose sessions for speakers to speak based on topics and ideas of your interet.

We recommend that proposers do the following with/after submitting proposals:

  1. Add links to videos/slide decks if your talk is at an advanced stage of articulation.
  2. Explain problem statement and the key learnings in greater detail.
  3. Submit your proposal early for feedback and review.

Rootconf’s policy is one speaker per talk.

Passes and honorarium for speakers

We pay an honorarium of Rs. 3,000 to each speaker and workshop instructor at the end of their talk/workshop. Confirmed speakers and instructors also get a pass to the conference and a discount code which they can share with their colleagues, communities they are part of, and on social media channels. We do not provide free passes for speakers’ colleagues and spouses. Please do not ask us for this.

Travel grants for outstation speakers:

Travel grants are available for international and domestic speakers. We evaluate each case on its merits, giving preference to women, people of non-binary gender, and Africans.
If you require a grant, request it when you submit your proposal in the field where you add your location. Rootconf is funded through ticket purchases and sponsorships; travel grant budgets vary.

Important dates:

Last date for submissions: 5 May, 2020

Rooconf dates: 19-20 June 2020

Schedule announcement: 30 April 2020 onwards

Write to if you have questions regarding talks/sessions at the conference.

Submit a session proposal

Proposal submission closes on 05 May, 11:59 PM

All proposals

Confirmed sessions

How India Censors The Web

Gurshabad Grover (@genlock)

  • Wed, 11 Mar

Introduction to Foreman and Katello

Dirk Götz (@dgoetz)

  • Mon, 24 Feb

Looking "Beyond" B-Tree indexing for performance optimizations

Tarun Garg (@tarungarg546)

  • Wed, 19 Feb

Migrating from a legacy to next-gen observability platform in a live environment


  • Tue, 11 Feb

Unconfirmed proposals

Security When Working from Home

Neelu Tripathy (@br3akp0int) via Zainab Bawa (@zainabbawa)

  • Mon, 6 Apr

Understanding Storage in kubenetes with rook-ceph Operator

Gaurav Sitlani (@sitlanigaurav)

  • Thu, 2 Apr

Observable Microservices make Monitoring simple

Kayalvizhi NoorulAmeen

  • Mon, 23 Mar

SRE Transformation - A Paradigm shift

Pravin Nair (@pravinkn)

  • Tue, 10 Mar

Bringing Effective CI using AWS + Docker for Microservices

Swamynathan S (@swamynathans)

  • Thu, 5 Mar

Web exploitation - Offensive way to Hunt Bugs

Pritam Singh (@prisingh)

  • Sat, 29 Feb

Secure Coding with Cryptography

Shrutirupa Banerjiee (@shrutirupa)

  • Sat, 29 Feb

They See Me Tracin' They Hatin'

Annanay Agarwal (@mrannanay)

  • Wed, 26 Feb

Exotel's Journey into the Docker World

Karthik Nagasubramanian (proposing)

  • Mon, 24 Feb

Fasten your Seatbelts ! Deployment Automation using Docker and Ansible

Ram Mohan Chukka (@ichukka)

  • Sat, 22 Feb

Soft Skills +Group Dynamics + Communication Skills = Productive Team Projects


  • Wed, 19 Feb

All the way from Data Centre to Cloud

Kayalvizhi NoorulAmeen

  • Sat, 15 Feb