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O’Reilly Media invites hackers and designers, inventors and innovators, community leaders, CTOs and CIOs, open source evangelists and activists, researchers, business developers, and entrepreneurs to lead conference sessions and tutorials at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention 2008. OSCON will be held July 21-25, 2008 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon, U.S.
We want to hear about your winning techniques, favorite life-savers, and the system you’ve made that everyone will be using next year. We’ll have tracks for sessions and tutorials on Linux, PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby, Java, Databases, Desktop Applications, Web Applications, Mobile, Administration, Security, People, Business, and Emerging Topics.
Participants at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention want to hear about real-world scenarios using open source, ways they can be more productive or write better code, and what’s new. Please submit original session and tutorial ideas that focus on hands-on instruction and real-world examples. Include in your proposal as much detail about the planned presentation as possible. The more we know about what you plan to present, the better. Proposals which are vague or cover too much material are unlikely to be accepted. If you think your proposal covers too much of a topic, consider submitting two proposals which split the material into different sessions.
We also ask you to be clear about the experience and knowledge level of the audience that you are targeting: novice, intermediate, or expert. Keep in mind that we look for a balance of all three experience levels when determining the conference schedule.
Proposals will be considered for the following types of presentations:
Administration – open source innovations in system and network administration
Business – open source best practices applied within the enterprise, legal issues and marketing strategies
Databases – essential techniques and advanced tips in MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, etc.
Desktop Applications – GUI toolkits, synchronization and offline caching, filling the long tail of a fully open source desktop experience
Emerging Topics – promising projects, proposals, and people (everything that doesn’t fit in another track)
Java – new tools, building on OpenJDK, Harmony, etc.
Linux – creation, use, and future direction of Linux and its killer apps, from kernel and distros to office suites and multimedia
Mobile – ahead-of-the-curve open telephony and mobile technologies, people, projects, and activities pushing the boundaries of what’s possible
People – community, users and their experience, user-centered design, and usability, humans rather than technology or processes, marketing as an architecture of collaboration
Perl – (Perl Conference 12) Perl 5 and Perl 6, trends from databases to mod_perl to Perl hacks for productivity
PHP – (PHP Conference 8) migration, deployment, security, and preparing for the future
Programming – hard-core open source tools, technologies, and techniques for elegant, quality coding
Python – (Python 16 Conference) latest developments, Python 2.x and 3.0
Ruby – Rails, Ruby 2.0, test, deploy, extend, and integrate
Security – application, network, and data security, from Linux firewalls to VoIP risks
Web Applications – the perpetual beta model, user experience, frameworks, scaling, testing
Have a passion to share what you know? If so, you are invited to submit a proposal now to speak at the next OSCON. Tutorial presenters are eligible to receive a travel allowance and one night’s stay in the convention hotel.
Limited speaking opportunities are also available through conference sponsorship. Contact Sharon Cordesse at (707) 827-7065 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Speakers will be notified by March 15, 2008.
Early registration opens in April 2008.