OSCON Open Edu Call for Participation

Call closed 11:59pm 07/06/2012 PDT.

The call for proposals for the Open Edu track at OSCON has ended. We are now reviewing proposals and will announce the schedule of sessions by the end of June.

O’Reilly Media invites you to lead conference sessions in open source education technology at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention 2012. OSCON will be held July 16-20, 2012 in Portland, Oregon.

The ability to deliver personalized learning in K-12 education with support from technology is at a turning point. Open source is driving change and collaboration across the industry. We want to hear about the key projects, APIs, open standards and technological challenges in education technology as it accelerates the progress of U.S. public schools.

Participants at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention want to hear about real-world scenarios using open source and what’s new. 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. 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.

You are invited to submit a proposal to lead a conference session at OSCON 2012, if you are one or more of the following:

  • Designer or implementer
  • K-12 teacher or education administrator
  • Government policymaker
  • Researcher
  • School or district IT manager
  • Entrepreneur

Some of the topics we’re on the lookout for the 2012 Open Edu track are:

  • Open source applications for teacher use in schools
  • Personalized learning applications
  • Instructional improvement
  • Innovative K-12 programs using open source programs
  • Open standards for education
  • Open content use in education
  • Student-driven use of technology in schools
  • Using big data to improve education
  • Understanding the alphabet soup of K-12 education standards (FERPA, COPPA, CIPA, Ed-Fi, SIF)

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

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

Some tips for writing a good proposal for a good talk:

  • Help us understand why your presentation is the right one for OSCON.
  • Keep the audience in mind: they’re technical, professional, and already pretty smart. They also will smell a marketing pitch.
  • Clearly identify the level of the talk and why people will want to attend: is it for beginners to the topic, or for gurus? Is this a trending topic, or an installation tutorial?
  • Give it a simple and straightforward title or name: fancy and clever titles or descriptions make it harder for people (committee and attendees) to figure out what you’re really talking about
  • Limit the scope of the talk: in 40 minutes, expect to pick a useful aspect of a topic; a particular technique; or walk through a simple program
  • Pages of code are unreadable: mere mortals can deal with code a line at a time.
  • Be authentic! Your peers need original presentation ideas that focus real-world scenarios, relevant examples, and knowledge transfer
  • If you are proposing a panel, tell us who else would be on it
  • Include people we don’t see often enough at tech conferences: 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.
  • Above all else, present something relevant. 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”

Other resources to help write your proposals:

Submit your proposalProposals are due May 25, 2012


For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the conference, contact Sharon Cordesse at (707) 827-7065 or scordesse@oreilly.com.

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