MySQL Conference & Expo 2008 Call for Participation

Call closed 11:59pm 12/05/2007 PST.

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

If so, you are invited to submit a proposal to lead session, panel discussions, and tutorials at the 2008 MySQL Conference & Expo. The submission deadline for all proposals is midnight (PST) October 30, 2007.

When submitting a proposal, please keep in mind the following points:

Be creative! Conference participants want to hear about real-world scenarios using MySQL, about ways they can be more productive, or write better code. Please submit original session and tutorial ideas that focus on hands-on instruction and real-world examples.

Be descriptive! Include in your proposal as much detail about the planned presentation as possible. The more we know about what you plan to present, the better.

Be specific! Proposals which are vague or cover too much material are unlikely to be accepted. If you think your proposal covers too much of a topic, consider submitting two proposals which split the material into different sessions. Want to learn how best to get your conference submission accepted? Read the advice Baron Schwartz offers!

Proposals should focus on helping attendees:

  • Harness the full power of MySQL, including best practices
  • Learn best practices in development of Ruby, Python, Perl, PHP, Java, and .NET applications
  • Learn and use the newest features in MySQL
  • Learn how to best administer and monitor MySQL
  • Use MySQL in various real-world application architectures
  • Migrate from proprietary databases to MySQL
  • Gain knowledge of the newest Web 2.0 development techniques like Ajax, JSON, and XML-RPC
  • Employ scale out through Replication, Clustering, DRBD/Heartbeat and other tools
  • Learn more about the many excellent MySQL community projects

Although no topic is off limits, here are some of the hot topics emerging in the MySQL ecosystem:

  • Advanced development techniques using the most modern PHP, Python, Perl, Ruby, .NET, and Java frameworks and toolsets
  • Enterprise database administration and security
  • VLDB and massive data warehouse administration, including MySQL 5.1 Partitioning strategies
  • Advanced business intelligence (BI) technology and tools
  • Pluggable storage engine development and optimization
  • Replication and scale-out solutions and case studies
  • MySQL Cluster and other High Availability solutions such as DRBD/Heartbeat
  • Web 2.0 and emerging web technologies

Also keep in mind that we need tutorials and sessions in for attendees with a variety of skill levels! Consider proposing a number of varied skill-level sessions, and please be clear about the experience and knowledge level of the audience that you are targeting: novice, intermediate, or expert. We look for a balance of all three experience levels when determining the conference schedule.

A limited number of speaking opportunities are also available through conference sponsorship. Contact Sharon Cordesse at (707) 827-7065 or for more information.

Even if you’re not one for public speaking, feel free to suggest speakers, topics, or technologies you think we should explore or wish you knew more about. Who’s the person you’ve always wanted to see speak? Who is doing groundbreaking work that we should feature but is too busy to submit? Drop us a line at and tell us what would make the next MySQL Conference & Expo a must-attend event.

Important Dates:

The submission deadline for all proposals is midnight (PST) October 30, 2007
Final session details, speaker bios, and tutorial materials are due by December 4, 2007
Speakers will be notified by December 18, 2007
Early registration opens in December 2007
General registration opens in February 2008

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