ELC 2023 Technical Showcase

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Embedded Linux Conference 2006 Technical Showcase

Embedded Linux Conference 2023 Technical Showcase

We are happy to be planning a technical showcase again this year at Embedded Linux Conference (Held in Prague, Czech Republic on June 28-30).

This Wiki page will guide you in giving your demonstration. For conference details, please follow this link to the overall multi-conference event (of which ELC is a part), is here:

Here is what the showcase has looked like at previous events:

Embedded Linux Conference 2006 Technical Showcase Embedded Linux Conference 2006 Technical Showcase ELCE 2015 Technical Showcase

Summary Details

Application for a showcase slot is due by May 31, 2023, and is done by e-mailing the coordinator.
Please follow the instructions in the section below "How to Apply"!!

Posters are due by June 6.

The demo area will be available for demo setup starting at 5:00 pm .

The technical showcase (demo session) will be held in the conference venue on Thursday, June 29, starting at 5:30 pm


"Seeing is believing!" Unlike in Desktop or Server applications of Linux, in embedded systems Linux technology is usually unseen. Although it is a challenge, we want to expose Linux software and techniques so that other developers who are interested in this technology can learn, and become potential contributors themselves. We hope that through opening up technical details and projects (in the way of Open Source development), these demonstrations will provide insights that are helpful to developers.

The technical showcase is a place where you can talk about an open source project, drivers, techniques, or just about anything else that ELC attendees might be interested in. This is different from a sponsor booth in a number of ways. It is only for 2 hours. It is a single table-top poster, along with an optional demo. It should not be used to promote a commercial product, though it may include one. Sponsor booths are available for presenting commercial offerings. This is not that.


  • No purely commercial demonstrations.
  • The Embedded Linux Conference should not be used for a pure sales pitch.
  • You can show off a product, if there are features or aspects of the product you are displaying that are open source.
  • Demonstrations should be of software that is available under an open source license.


Tim Bird

  • e-Mail : tim (dot) bird (a) sony (dot) com
  • Please replace (a) to "@" and (dot) to "."

What will be prepared by the Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation will provide the following FREE OF CHARGE :

  • A Demonstration desk, which is either half of a table or a full table

If you need special arrangements, please contact the coordinator. Desk sample from ELC 2006

  • Power supply: possibly shared with another demo on table - assume no more than 2 plugs available, which you may split further if needed.
  • Assume the power is less than 750W. If your demonstration will exceed that, please consult the coordinator.
  • A large-format printed poster, based on the file you submit.
  • Please note that a dedicated (wired) Internet connection will NOT be prepared. However, wireless Internet may be available via the conference venue wireless network. We cannot, however, guarantee Internet access.
  • Logistics support
  • Details will be given to the demonstrators

Dimension of the desk

  • Please refer to the attached photo.


All demonstrators are requested to prepare a poster to explain the technical outline of the demonstration. You can download the template from this page. The Linux Foundation will print them out on large size paper (A1 format). The document should be sent edited, removing the sample page, and sent (in PDF format) to the coordinator by June 6.

Here are some specs for the poster:

  • Size: A1 60cm W x 84cm H, printed one-sided
  • File type: PDF, include .3 cm (3mm) bleed & crop marks
  • Technical Specs:
    • All fonts need to be converted into curves
    • CMYK colour
    • Ideal bitmap resolution is 100-150 DPI in final size
    • Individual files sizes smaller than 100MB

Caution: Do not change the paper size. It is intentionally set to a big size.

To help you know what kind of posters we usually get, see ELCE 2012 showcase posters.

Note that by submitting a poster, you authorize the coordinator and the Linux Foundation to publish a PDF version on eLinux.org.

Some tips

The demo consists of a poster (printed by the Linux Foundation), with a few sentences talking about your project, tool, technology or distribution and a table top where you can place anything from:

  1. nothing at all, just have a person sitting there to talk to people about what's on the poster, or ...
  2. something on a laptop - like a program running or a even a static chart showing some result
  3. something running on a board or a device
  4. something on an actual CE product

You can also put some flyers there for people to grab, if you'd like.

If you can put charts and graphs on the poster, that's nice but it is NOT required. Neither the poster nor the hardware (if any) needs to be elaborate or require lots of setup. One year I showed up with a camcorder and just talked to people about it's bootup time (which I had worked on).

If you are a presenter, the demo session is a good chance to talk to people one-on-one about your session topic. This gives you more time for interactive Q&A, and a chance to show something hands-on, if that applies to your subject.

How to apply

  1. Send an e-mail to the coordinator with the following information:
    1. The contact person
    2. The company name or the project name, and
    3. An outline of the demonstration.
  2. Send your application for the demo session no later than May 31st.
  3. The coordinator will acknowledge your application by e-mail.
  4. Prepare the poster and send the file (in PDF format) to the demonstration coordinator by June 6th. It will be printed out by the conference organizers on big size paper.
  5. Prepare the demonstration equipment
    1. You can bring the equipment yourself, or ship it.
    2. If you do not have a consignee which will be convenient for you, send them to the following address: Address not available yet (ask Tim for the address if you are shipping something separately.)


  • Q: Is this opportunity limited to Linux Foundation members?
  • A: No. You do not have to be a forum member to have a demo at the conference. However, each demo should be associated with a paid conference attendee.
  • Q: Is the demonstrator required to make a presentation at the conference?
  • A: No, this is not required. However, demos related to presentations are a good way to extend the reach of your session, if you have a presentation at the event.
  • Q: Should I assign some dedicated staff to carry on the demonstration?
  • A: No, this is not necessary. The time slot for the technical showcase is separate from the other technical sessions. So there will be no conflict between the demo session and the other technical sessions.
  • Q: Is there any fee to demo something in this session?
  • A: No, the demo session is completely free.
  • Q: Can a non-attendee help present the demo?
  • A: If you have someone coming who will ONLY run or assist with your demo, and not attend any sessions, then that person may be admitted for free, for just the demo session (and setup and take down). However, each demo should be associated with at least one registered attendee. Contact the coordinator if you are in this situation.
  • Q: Can a sponsor have a showcase entry?
  • A: Yes. Even if a sponsoring organization has a booth, they may want to do a demo of something they are working on, and extend their outreach to attendees with another live demo during the showcase.