OSCON 2013 Call for Participation

Call closed 11:59pm 02/04/2013 PST.

We’re looking for speakers to lead sessions and tutorials at OSCON 2013. Submit original session and tutorial ideas that share your excitement about the topic and the impact it will have in the open source community. Proposals should include as much detail as possible about the topic and delivery format of the presentation. Our volunteer reviewers consistently say that they will be more confident in selecting your topic if there is ample detail in your proposal. The more you can make us feel as if we’re already in your talk, learning from and enjoying it, the more likely the proposal will be selected.

If you are one or more of the following:

  • Developer or programmer
  • Systems administrator
  • Hacker
  • Geek
  • IT manager, CxO or entrepreneur
  • Trainer or educator
  • Open source enthusiast or activist

We invite you to submit a proposal to lead a session or tutorial at OSCON 2013.

Some of the topics we’re eager to see on the 2013 conference program are:

  • How expanding one’s skills beyond a core competency makes for a better technologist
  • Best practices for building a business around open source
  • Innovations in user experience such as interfaces, design, and usability
  • Cultural changes due to ubiquitous networks and computing devices
  • Cloud computing, and openness in distributed services
  • Geek lifestyle—hacking, productivity tips, maker culture
  • Open web, open standards, and open data
  • Leadership in the changing open source culture

2013 Tracks

  • Business
  • Cloud
  • Community
  • Data
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Geek Lifestyle
  • Java & JVM
  • Javascript
  • HTML5
  • Mobile
  • Open Hardware
  • Ops
  • Perl
  • PHP
  • Python
  • Ruby
  • Software Architecture
  • Tools and Techniques
  • User Experience (UX)

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

  • Presentation title
  • Overview and extended descriptions of the presentation: main idea, sub-topics, and conclusion
  • Sample presenter-skills video (existing talk, or a web-cam sample)
  • Suggested track
  • Speaker(s) expertise
  • Brief speaker biography
  • Suggested keyword tags
  • Tutorial prerequisites (if you are submitting a 3-hour tutorial)

Proposals should be targeted to one of the following formats:

  • 3-hour tutorial
  • 40-minute session
  • Other

Limited speaking opportunities are also available through conference sponsorship. Contact Sharon Cordesse at (707) 827-7065 or scordesse@oreilly.com for more information.

A good proposal for an excellent talk:

  • Helps us understand why your presentation is the right one for OSCON.
  • Keeps the audience in mind: they’re technical, professional, and already pretty smart. They also will smell a marketing pitch.
  • Clearly identifies 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?
  • Has 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.
  • Limits 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.
  • Does not contain ages of unreadable code: Mortals deal best with code served up one line at a time.
  • Is authentic! Your peers need original presentation ideas that focus on real-world scenarios, relevant examples, and knowledge transfer.
  • Lists all participants if a panel is proposed.
  • Includes 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, your proposal should 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:

Proposals are due February 4, 2013.


Sponsorship Opportunities

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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