March 16, 2017 — Minneapolis

Target Plaza Commons
1001 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Do you become unusually excited by the inner workings of systems? Do you become uncontrollably intrigued when systems fail? If so, you might suffer from a love of systems, an affliction whose symptoms can include arcane bedside reading, hard-to-explain demos and befuddled family members. If you are a systems lover — or think you might be one — you will find kindred spirits and like minds at Systems We Love, a conference that celebrates our strange condition.

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The inaugural Systems We Love was in December in San Francisco, and everyone had such a good time that we are now taking the show on the road in a series of evening Systems We Love meetups.

Our first stop is Minneapolis on March 16th, and we're calling for talks that reflect your love for systems, either for an aspect (or malfunction!) of a particular system or for an attribute that cuts across many systems.

Maybe it's the subtle mechanism behind something small that we take for granted, like icons in Haiku, message queues in illumos, or Huffman encoding in gzip. Maybe it's the hidden quirks of TCP or your favorite linker flags. Perhaps it's the lessons learned from a crippling service outage — or how you once used DTrace to debug your printer. Maybe it's what you learned from long-forgotten systems like the MK-61 Soviet calculator or the Intel 432, or from playing with current ones like Rust or Lua. Maybe it's recounting the joy you found in discovering strace or in teaching others about systems.

The point is: the passion for systems has many manifestations, and we are looking for a similarly wide range of talks. (Check out the videos from our inaugural event for a sampler!) And while our bias is for open source software systems, we are open to talks on any system — current or historical, software or hardware (or otherwise).

We have found that twenty minute talks work best (long enough to go to depth without being so long as to belabor it), but if you have a topic too small for twenty minutes, you may also submit a ten minute talk proposal. Finally, while loving oneself is certainly important, we find love is more interesting when not expressed to the mirror: we encourage submitters to present on creations other than their own.

Systems We Love is double-blind: we ask for your e-mail address and name, but this will be scrubbed from your submission before being reviewed by the program committee.

In terms of speaker travel funding: for the Systems We Love meetups, we are deliberately engaging local technologists — if you do need to travel, we ask that you make your own arrangements.

Systems We Love is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Systems We Love is about love, not sex: sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants who violate these rules or have a history of doing so may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Systems We Love was very directly inspired by the enthusiasm that we saw and felt by the Papers We Love movement; be sure to check out a meetup near you!

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