MySQL Conference & Expo 2009 Call for Participation

Call closed 11:59pm 11/05/2008 PST.

MySQL and O’Reilly Media invite you to submit your proposal today to lead conference sessions at the 2009 MySQL Conference & Expo. MySQL Conference & Expo will be held April 20-23, 2009 in Santa Clara, CA. This year will focus on in depth conference tracks exploring: Architecture and Technology, Business and Case Studies, Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence. Session content will revolve around LAMP, Migration, MySQL Cluster and High Availability, Java, .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, Emerging Technologies, and Cloud Computing.

Are you a:

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

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.

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
  • Scale out with MySQL
  • 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
  • Memcached
  • Embedding or Building MySQL in applications
  • Enterprise 2.0
  • MySQL Workbench
  • 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
  • Cloud computing
  • The world behind MySQL Proxy, and other similar solutions
  • MySQL 6 and beyond

Also keep in mind that we need tutorials and sessions submitted 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.

Tips for Submitting your Proposal

Refer to these blog posts for best practices for submitting your proposal.

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.

Formats we will consider for presentations at the conference:

Proposal Types:

  • 45 minute conference session or
  • 45 minute panel discussion
  • 3 hour tutorial

Conference Tracks:

  • Architecture and Technology
  • Business and Case Studies
  • Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence
  • Cloud Computing
  • Java
  • LAMP
  • Migration
  • 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

Important Dates
The submission deadline for all proposals is November 5, 2008.
Early registration opens in December 2008.
Standard registration begins February 2009.

Co-presented By:

O'Reilly Media MySQL/Sun Microsystems
  • Kickfire
  • Virident
  • Infobright, Inc
  • JasperSoft
  • Intel
  • Advanced Micro Devices
  • BIRT Exchange by Actuate
  • Calpont
  • Canonical
  • Continuent
  • Dolphin Interconnect Solutions
  • Facebook
  • HiT Software, Inc.
  • IBM
  • iDashboards
  • Oracle
  • Pentaho
  • R1Soft
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • SQLstream
  • Ticketmaster
  • Zmanda, Inc.
  • Linux Journal

Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the conference, contact Sharon Cordesse at

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