June 15–18, 2020

Call for speakers

Call closes 11:59pm 12/10/2019 PST.

Submit a proposal

Share your systems story with us

Be part of the inaugural O’Reilly Infrastructure & Ops Conference by leading a talk about your greatest systems success or failure. If 50 minutes isn’t enough time, dive deeper by teaching a three-hour tutorial on your favorite topic. And if you’d like to lead a two-day training course (six hours of classroom time per day), please use this form to submit your proposal.

For the 2020 program, we’re introducing the following curated learning paths for attendees that will give them additional guidance within the program, but feel free to suggest other innovative ideas that challenge the status quo or illustrate real-world experience. Check out our tips for a successful proposal here.

The deadline for submissions is 11:59pm PT on December 10, 2019.

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

  • Migrating to the cloud
  • Moving to microservices
  • Developing with Kubernetes
  • Managing legacy systems
  • Baking in security
  • Developers’ guide to AI/ML
  • Mastering site reliability and maximizing performance
  • Introducing automation
  • Building, reorganizing, and leading teams
  • Deploying and monitoring AI

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.
  • Type of presentation: 50-minute session or 3-hour tutorial

Tips for submitting a successful proposal

Help us understand why your presentation is the right one for the Infrastructure & Ops 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.

  • Keep proposals free of marketing and sales.
  • 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.
  • 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 50 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 December 10
  • All proposers notified by February 2020
  • Registration opens in February 2020

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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