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Put AI to work
September 17-18, 2017: Training
September 18-20, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
San Francisco, CA

Call for speakers

Call closed 11:59pm 03/28/2017 PDT.

Do you have a great AI idea to share?

We’ve been amazed by not only how quickly AI technology has improved, but also the rate at which businesses are now adopting it. Many platforms exist for sharing the latest academic research results, but we noticed that a forum is missing for sharing industry best practices as AI spills from academic to corporate campuses. So we decided to create one.

The O’Reilly AI Conference is coming to San Francisco September 17-20, 2017 to explore the most essential and intriguing topics in intelligence engineering and applied AI. The program will cover the latest developments in tools, algorithms, and architectures, applications such as finance and robotics, novel interfaces like bots, plus much more.

By encoding knowledge work that had previously been exclusive to humans into algorithms and software, AI technology promises to reconstruct enterprise workflows and impact business organizations at every level. We want to hear how it’s affected you. Are you a developer, engineer, designer, or product manager leveraging AI to build your company’s next great product or service? Or are you an executive, entrepreneur, or innovator faced with making difficult strategic decisions to navigate the impact of AI on your organization? If so, come share your experience with us on stage to help build community and your own profile within it.

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 tutorial to run a 3 hour session and dive even deeper. 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 March 28, 2017.

Implementing AI

  • Algorithms
  • Architectures
  • Infrastructure
  • Deep learning
  • Hardware (GPUs, TPUs, etc.)
  • Technical best practices
  • Project tear-downs – successes and failures
  • Data and training
  • Tools and frameworks
  • Open source
  • Prototyping
  • New product development

Verticals and applications

  • Technology and Internet
  • Computer hardware
  • Startups
  • Manufacturing, logistics and robotics
  • Entertainment
  • Life sciences and digital biology
  • Genetics and genomics
  • Finance
  • Media
  • Advertising
  • Healthcare
  • Medicine
  • Biopharmaceuticals
  • Transportation and autonomous vehicles
  • Robotics
  • IoT (including smart cities, manufacturing, smart homes/buildings)
  • Security
  • Anomaly detection
  • Bots

Impact on business and society

  • Enterprise adoption
  • Real-world case studies
  • Branding and marketing
  • Organizational best practices
  • Law, ethics and governance (including A.I. safety)

Interacting with AI

  • Data science and AI
  • Decision making
  • Visualization and Interfaces
  • Smart Bot

Required information

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

  • Proposed title
  • Description of the presentation
  • Suggested main topic
  • Audience information
    • Who is the presentation is for?
    • 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)
  • A video of the speaker
  • Reimbursement needs for travel or other conference-related expenses (if you are self-employed, for example)

Proposals will be considered for the following types of presentations:

  • 40-minute session
  • 3-hour tutorials

Tips for submitting a successful proposal

Help us understand why your presentation is the right one for Artificial Intelligence. Please keep in mind that this event is by and for professionals. All presentations and supporting materials must be respectful, inclusive, and adhere to our Code of Conduct.

  • 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: March 28, 2017
  • All proposers notified: By May 2017
  • Registration opens: May 2017

Code of Conduct

All participants, including speakers, 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. Read more »

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