MySQL Conference & Expo 2011 Call for Participation

Call closed 11:59pm 11/03/2010 PDT.

The O’Reilly MySQL Conference & Expo invites you to submit your proposal today to lead conference sessions and tutorials at the next edition of the event, to be held April 11-14, 2011 in Santa Clara, CA. This year will focus on in-depth conference tracks discussing Architecture and Technology, Business and Case Studies, Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence. Session content will revolve around Java, LAMP, Migration, Drizzle, MySQL Cluster and High Availability, .NET/Windows Performance Tuning and Benchmarks, PHP and MySQL, Replication and Scale-Out, Ruby and MySQL, Security and Database Administration, Storage Engine, Development and Optimization, Web 2.0, Ajax, and Emerging Technologies, and Cloud Computing. Submit your proposal today

If you are a:

  • Developer or DBA at an established or up-and-coming company
  • Business manager with purchasing authority
  • Strategist, business developer, CTO, CIO
  • Technology evangelist, scout, entrepreneur pushing their enterprise boundaries
  • Researcher, academic, programmer

…you are invited to submit a proposal now to speak at the O’Reilly MySQL Conference & Expo. Read tips for submitting a proposal.

Some of the topics we’re on the lookout for the 2011 conference program are:

  • Architecture and Technology
  • Business and Case Studies
  • Cloud Computing
  • Drizzle
  • Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence
  • GIS
  • Java
  • LAMP
  • Memcached
  • Migration
  • MySQL Cluster and High Availability
  • .NET/Windows
  • NoSQL
  • Performance Tuning and Benchmarking
  • PHP and MySQL
  • PostgreSQL
  • Replication and Scale-Out
  • Ruby and MySQL
  • Security and Database Administration
  • Storage Engine Development and Optimization
  • Web 2.0, Ajax, and Emerging Technologies

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

  • Proposed title
  • Overview and extended descriptions of the presentation: main idea, subtopics, conclusion
  • Suggested track
  • Speaker(s): expertise and summary biography

Proposals will be considered for the following types of presentations:

  • 3 hour tutorial
  • 6 hour tutorial
  • 45 minute session
  • 45 minute panel discussion
  • 5 minute rapid fire presentation

Limited speaking opportunities are also available through conference sponsorship. Contact Yvonne Romaine at (707) 827-7198 or for more information.

Tips for Submitting a Proposal

Help us understand why your presentation is the right one for the O’Reilly MySQL Conference & Expo.

Please keep in mind that this event is by and for professionals. Our participants expect that all presentations and supporting materials will be respectful, inclusive, and "safe for work."

  • Be authentic! Your peers need original presentation ideas that focus real-world scenarios, relevant examples, and knowledge transfer
  • Include as much detail about the planned presentation as possible. The more we know about what you plan to present and why it matters, the better. The longer the talk you’re proposing, the more detail you should provide
  • If you are proposing a panel, tell us who else would be on it
  • If you feel this is something that hasn’t been covered at a previous edition, let us know
  • Be sure to let us know if you are going to have a release
  • Keep it free of marketing and sales
  • Keep the audience in mind: they’re technical, professional, and already pretty smart
  • Clearly identify the level of the talk: is it for beginners to the topic, or for gurus? What knowledge should people have when they come to the presentation?
  • Give it a simple and straightforward title or name: clever or inappropriate titles and/or descriptions make it harder for people (committee and attendees) to figure out what you’re really talking about
  • Context is important. If your presentation is about something truly ground-breaking, earth-shattering, and new, it will be helpful to the reviewers if you describe it in terms of things that attendees might already know of
  • Limit the scope of the talk: in 45 minutes, you won’t be able to cover Everything about Widget Framework X. Instead, pick a useful aspect, or a particular technique, or walk through a simple program
  • Explain why people will want to attend: is the framework gaining traction? Is the app critical to modern systems? Will they learn how to deploy it, program it, or just what it is?
  • Let us know in your proposal notes whether you can give all the talks you submitted proposals for
  • Warmed-over talks from some conference circuit are less likely to be appealing. The conference has a limited number of slots, and if attendees can see the same talk somewhere else, why should they come see you at this one? If you speak at a lot of events, be sure to note why this presentation is different
  • Don’t assume that your company’s name buys you cred. 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
  • Present something relevant. If you’re presenting a new way to do something that others have been doing for a decade or more, you need an angle on it that’s fresh or an explanation for why it’s important now. The hot things are hot, the cold things are cold, but there are interesting problems in almost everything. One of your challenges as a proposer is to demonstrate that you understand that attendees might need an extra reason to pay attention to something that they might otherwise think of as "settled"
  • Avoid taking a scatter-shot approach to proposals if you submit more than one or two. Be focused, have something important to say on a worthwhile topic, and sell the topic (not just yourself)
  • 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.
  • If you’re a PR person, 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.

We welcome sessions for attendees with a variety of skill levels. Consider proposing a number of different skill-level sessions, and please indicate the experience and knowledge level of the audience that you are targeting: novice, intermediate, or expert.


Important Dates

The submission deadline for all proposals is October 25, 2010
Early registration opens in December 2010
Standard registration begins February 2011

Submit a proposal now!

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  • SkySQL
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Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the conference, contact Yvonne Romaine at

Media Partners Opportunities

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