March 15–18, 2020

Call for speakers

Call closes 11:59pm 10/08/2019 PDT.

Submit a proposal

Do you have a great idea to share?

We’re looking for compelling case studies, technical sessions, tear-downs of both successful and failed AI projects, technical and organizational best practices, and more. Got a lot to share? If a 40 minute talk isn’t enough, then consider proposing a 3-hour tutorial to dive even deeper. NOTE: If you’d like to lead a 2-day training course (6 hours of classroom time per day), please use this form to submit your proposal.

See below for a list of suggested topics, but feel free to recommend others because we always love to be surprised. See our tips on how to submit a great proposal. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm PT on October 8, 2019.

Proposals will be considered in two categories: Technical and Non-technical. You’ll be asked to choose one of these categories when you submit your proposal.

Technical

  • Machine learning (supervised, unsupervised, reinforcement learning)
  • Computer vision
  • Knowledge representation and reasoning
  • Natural language processing and understanding
  • Planning and scheduling
  • Robotics
  • Speech technologies
  • Control methods
  • Multimodal applications
  • Architecture and platforms
  • Automation technologies
  • Training data, data networks, data quality, and data programming
  • Deep dive into specific tools, platforms, or frameworks
  • Hardware
  • Mobile computing, edge, and IoT technologies
  • Simulation platforms and digital twins
  • Security, privacy, and governance
  • Ethics and AI
  • Design and UX
  • Bots
  • AR/VR and other new interfaces

Non-technical

  • AI strategy
  • Culture and organization
  • Product management in the age of AI
  • Impact of AI and automation on business and society
  • Privacy, ethics, and compliance
  • Case Study: applications of AI to improve operational efficiency and decision making, risk/fraud prevention and prediction, and to generate new revenue
  • Executive Briefing: a vendor-neutral overview of the state, utility, and scope of real-world AI technologies and techniques

Required information

You’ll be asked to include the following information for your proposal:

  • Proposed title
  • Description of the presentation
  • Suggested primary topic in either the Technical or Non-technical category
  • Audience information:
    • Who is the primary audience for your proposal?
    • What will they be able to take away?
    • What prerequisite knowledge do they need?
  • For tutorial proposals: hardware installation, materials, and/or downloads attendees will need in advance
  • Speaker(s): biography and hi-res headshot (minimum 1400 pixels wide; required). Check out our guidelines for capturing a great portrait.
  • A video of the speaker
  • Reimbursement needs for travel or other conference-related expenses (if you are self-employed, for example) Note: If your proposal is accepted and you are traveling internationally, we can provide a formal invitation letter upon request.
  • Type of presentation: 40-minute session or 3-hour tutorial

Tips for submitting a successful proposal

Help us understand why your presentation is the right one for the AI Conference. Please keep in mind that this event is by and for professionals. All speakers must adhere to our Code of Conduct. Please be sure that your presentation, including all supporting materials and informal commentary, is welcoming and respectful to all participants, regardless of race, gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, national origin, ethnicity, or religion.

  • Pick the right topic for your talk to be sure it gets in front of the right program committee members.
  • Be authentic. Your peers need original ideas in real-world scenarios, relevant examples, and knowledge transfer.
  • Give your proposal a simple and straightforward title.
  • Include as much detail about the presentation as possible.
  • If you are proposing a panel, tell us who else would be on it.
  • Keep proposals free of marketing and sales.
  • If you are not the speaker, provide the contact information of the person you’re suggesting. We tend to ignore proposals submitted by PR agencies and require that we can reach the suggested participant directly. Improve the proposal’s chances of being accepted by working closely with the presenter(s) to write a jargon-free proposal that contains clear value for attendees.
  • Keep the audience in mind: they’re professional, and already pretty smart.
  • Limit the scope: in 40 minutes, you won’t be able to cover Everything about Framework X. Instead, pick a useful aspect, or a particular technique, or walk through a simple program.
  • Explain why people will want to attend and what they’ll take away from it
  • Don’t assume that your company’s name buys you credibility. If you’re talking about something important that you have specific knowledge of because of what your company does, spell that out in the description.
  • Does your presentation have the participation of a woman, person of color, or member of another group often underrepresented at tech conferences? Diversity is one of the factors we seriously consider when reviewing proposals as we seek to broaden our speaker roster.

Other resources to help write your proposals

Important dates:

  • Call for Participation closes October 8, 2019
  • All proposers notified by Nov 2019
  • Registration opens in Nov 2019

Code of Conduct

All participants, including speakers and presenters, must follow our Code of Conduct, the core of which is this: an O’Reilly conference should be a safe and productive environment for everyone. Please be sure that your presentation, including all supporting materials and informal commentary, is welcoming and respectful to all participants, regardless of race, gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, national origin, ethnicity, or religion. Read more »

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