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Be a Speaker at the First RISC-V Summit!

The Call for Speakers is now closed. Thanks to all who submitted. The advisory board is reviewing the submissions and we'll be notifying speakers the week of August 20.

Guided by Leaders in the Industry

The program for the RISC-V Summit is under the guidance of leaders in the RISC-V ecosystem. 

Program Co-Chairs:

  • Zvonimir Bandic, Sr. Director, Next Generation Platform Technologies, Western Digital and member of the Board of Directors, RISC-V Foundation
  • Rob Oshana, VP, Software Engineering Research and Development, Microcontroller Group, NXP Semiconductors

Advisory Board members:

  • Stephen Bates , PhD, Chief Technology Officer, Eideticom
  • Yunsup Lee, Chief Technology Officer, SiFive
  • Borivoje Nikolic, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California at Berkeley
  • Rick O'Connor, Executive Director, RISC-V Foundation

What We’re Looking For ...

We’re seeking proposals for speaking sessions at the first RISC-V Summit Dec. 3-6, 2018, exploring recent developments in the RISC-V community.

RISC-V is fast gaining support as an attractive license-free approach to architecture, with the potential to disrupt the microprocessor IP market. The conference program will explore this open standard collaboration, providing opportunities for participants to learn about its benefits,  current and prospective RISC-V projects and implementations, technical capabilities and the commercial and strategic implications of the technology.

The speaking lineup and program are selected based on the topic/content submitted and the speaker’s qualifications by the advisory board.

Contact information for the primary speaker must be included. As part of our vetting process, we will need to follow up directly with the speaker on the submission and/or their background and expertise. Submissions without speaker contact information will not be considered.

Before Submitting Your Proposal

Submission Guidelines
  • Is the submitted speaker considered a thought leader and/or is knowledgeable on the topic? 
  • Can the speaker go beyond the surface of a topic and provide in-depth education?

  • Is the submitted topic unique / fresh? Information that cannot be found in another conference or format? (In other words, please do not submit the same session you have already presented at another conference without substantial updates.)

  • Is this session a real-world case study? If submitted by a vendor, does it include the customer as a speaker?

  • Is this session based simply on theory or contain actionable, practical information that attendees can put in practice?
  • Is it controversial? Our goal is to provide a forum where attendees can learn about cutting edge topics and get advice and straight talk on the evolution of RISC-V technology.

  • Technically solid. Is the content technical and deep enough? Does it go beyond a high-level overview.

  • Business-focused. Does the talk connect business goals with technology needs.

  • Is it just a marketing / sales pitch? If so, it won't be accepted in the conference program.

  • Applications, Application Verticals (AI, IoT, Autonomous, Intelligent Systems, etc.)
  • Architecture
  • Security
  • Software Ecosystem
  • Emulation, Simulation
  • Debugging + Tracing
  • Commercial and/or Open Source Implementations
  • Domain-specific Architecture, Purpose-built Accelerators
  • Education/Testing
  • Benchmarking

Topic not listed!  Submit your novel idea!

Format and Types of Session Sought


(1-2 speakers)

Talks/Lectures are case studies or issue-oriented presentations on original research, groundbreaking ideas, or insights on future trends. Sessions should provide concrete examples, and contain both practical and theoretical information. No sales pitches, product launches/announcements. 


Showcases are sessions focused around product announcements and ecosystem developments for the organizations driving the development of RISC-V technology.


Panels are 45-minute sessions, during which 3- 4 panelists participate in a moderated discussion on a specific topic or theme. Panelists should offer differing viewpoints or experiences to help foster a dynamic discussion. Panel submissions should only list panelists and a moderator that have confirmed their participation within the proposal.


Tutorials may be interactive/hands-on and the focus is on education/training of participants on various technical topics. Please note technical/AV requirements with submission.

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions provide a dynamic, noncommercial venue for conference attendees to openly discuss current topics of interest to the RISC-V community. BoF sessions connect you with other attendees with similar interests. Come and help drive the conversation.


Strategic/visionary/forward thinking presentations. Typically 15 to 20 minutes in length. 

Poster Sessions

Brief presentation and informal conversations about research topic. Posters displayed during networking reception.