Sep 9–12, 2019

R&D Innovation

Call closes 11:59pm 09/08/2019 PDT.

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New AI Conference track: R&D Innovation

The West Coast and the San Francisco Bay Area are home to many R&D centers and Innovation groups, many of whom are beginning to work on AI projects and systems. For the fourth edition of our Artificial Intelligence Conference in California, we would like to showcase the work of AI labs in a dedicated track at the conference.

We’re looking for compelling projects that range from cutting edge research to those that are close to being (commercially) available in real-world applications. This is your chance to interact with an industry audience at the premier conference dedicated to applied AI. We are looking for 40-minute presentations that include technical details about the project.

Note: While we can’t accommodate large installations like cars or complex demos, robotics and other types of portable builds/hardware projects are welcome.

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm PT February 26, 2019.

Required information

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

  • Proposed title of the presentation
  • Project name and website link
  • Descriptions and goal of the project
  • Suggested main topic
  • Speaker(s): biography and hi-res headshot (minimum 1400 pixels wide; required). Check out our guidelines for capturing a great portrait.
  • A video or other supporting materials for the project (optional)
  • 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.

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.

  • Keep proposals free of marketing and sales.
  • 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 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: presentations are 40 minutes in length.
  • 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 February 26, 2019
  • All proposers notified by March 2019
  • Registration opens in April 2019

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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