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Sep 4-5, 2018: Training
Sep 5-7, 2018: Tutorials & Conference
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Call for speakers

Call closed 11:59pm 03/13/2018 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 Artificial Intelligence Conference is coming back to San Francisco September 4-7, 2018 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 affecting 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 3-hour tutorial to 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 13, 2018.

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.

Non-technical (for executives and strategic decision-makers with responsibilities in technology, marketing, finance, research and development, and general management)

AI in the Enterprise

  • Executive Briefings and Overviews
  • Case studies and use cases including applying AI to improve operational efficiency and decision making, risk/fraud prevention and prediction, and generate new revenue
  • Applications and verticals including media and advertising, sales and marketing, healthcare and the life sciences, security, transportation and logistics, analytics, IoT, manufacturing, and robotics
  • AI in finance, marketing, sales, HR, and business planning and management
  • Privacy, security, and ethics
  • Regulation and compliance
  • Project management

Impact of AI on Business and Society

  • Automation and the economy
  • AI safety
  • Organizational best practices
  • AI in the public sector

Technical (for practitioners such as developers, data scientists, machine learning engineers, AI engineers, and AI researchers)

Implementing AI

  • Technical case studies and project tear-downs (successes and failures)
  • Technical best practices
  • Architecting AI applications
  • Designing and building platform and infrastructure for AI
  • Hardware tools and infrastructure for AI
  • Software frameworks, developer tools, SaaS
  • Enterprise adoption and migration
  • Deploying and monitoring AI products in production
  • Privacy, security, and ethics

Interacting with AI

  • Design and interfaces
  • AR/VR
  • Product management
  • Collecting and managing user interaction metrics
  • Bots
  • Multimodal applications

Models and Methods

  • Algorithms
  • AI building blocks including natural language, vision, speech, emotion detection, knowledge bases, optimization, reasoning, planning, and control
  • Deep learning and other machine learning methods
  • Reinforcement learning and other continuous learning methods
  • Data and training
  • Secure machine learning
  • Interpretability, explainability, auditability
  • Training and serving at the edge and/or the cloud

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). 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.
  • Proposal length: 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, religion, or political affiliation.

  • 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 on March 13, 2018
  • All proposers notified by April 2018
  • Registration opens in April 2018

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. 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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