July 13–16, 2020

Call for speakers

Call closed 11:59pm 01/21/2020 PST.

Do you have a great idea to share?

OSCON provides vendor-neutral talks that dive deep into the technology, tools, and processes to cover the pain points software developers are dealing with today. We’re looking for compelling case studies, practical technical sessions, tear-downs of both successful and failed software projects, technical and organizational best practices, and more.

We’re also looking for speakers to address some of the thorny questions that face software developers today, such as; what makes a good open source citizen? Hybrid or multicloud? What are the implications if we don’t keep data open? Who gets to say what fair and ethical AI is? What will your customer want next?

Speaking at OSCON is a great opportunity to cement your reputation as a thought leader in your field, make connections, grow your skills through teaching—and receive a free pass to attend the conference. Got a lot to share? If a 40-minute talk isn’t enough, then consider proposing a 1-day training course to dive even deeper. NOTE: If you’d like to lead a 2-day training course (6 hours of classroom time per day), please use this form to submit your proposal.

See below for a list of suggested topics, but feel free to recommend others because we always love to be surprised.

What OSCON will cover:

The program will focus on five pillars that are driving the software development industry forward today:

  • Open source – Innovative and emerging open source projects are the core of software development and OSCON 2020. We will explore what it means to be a good open source citizen, both in terms of individuals and enterprises, and what needs to be done to keep this community thriving.
  • Cloud – While still not completely open source, this essential pillar of software development allows open source to thrive through its platforms.
  • Data-driven – Data is the fuel for software. Developers need to know how to deal with massive amounts of it and how to use techniques to create fast, reactive, resilient applications.
  • AI-enhanced – Machine learning, deep learning, and natural language processing are making significant changes to how we build software.
  • Customer-centered – Choice abounds for customers of your software be it an IDE or a subscription TV service. If you want to create successful products then you need to be in tune with your customer.

Tracks include:

  • Sustainable open source
  • Incorporating artificial intelligence
  • Emerging languages and frameworks
  • Live coding ONLY
  • Software methodologies from ideation to deployment
  • Cloud strategies and implementation
  • Infrastructure
  • Building data-intensive software
  • OSCON Business Summit – Open Source from start-ups to enterprise Case Studies
  • Security
  • What if…? Hypotheticals

Required information

You’ll be asked to include the following information:

  • Proposed title
  • Description of the presentation
  • Suggested main topic
  • Audience information:
    •  Who is the presentation is for?
    •  What will they learn?
    •  What prerequisite knowledge do they need?
  • For training proposals: hardware, installation, materials, and/or downloads attendees will need in advance
  • Biography and hi-res headshot (minimum 1400 pixels wide; required) for each speaker. Check out our guidelines for capturing a great portrait.
  • Video of the speaker(s)
  • 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: 40-minute session or 1-day training course

Tips for submitting a successful proposal

Help us understand why your presentation is the right one for OSCON. 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 40 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:

  • FEB 2020
    All proposers notified
  • MAR 2020
    Registration opens

Code of Conduct

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