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OSCON 2014 Call for Participation

Call closed 11:59pm 01/30/2014 PST.

OSCON 2014 will celebrate, explain, and demonstrate the power of open source technologies. We invite you join us as we bring together a large community of learners and contributors.

Please submit original session and tutorial ideas that share your technology passions. Proposals should include as much detail about the topic and format for the presentation as possible. Detail matters: our volunteer reviewers aren’t mind readers. Vague proposals face an uphill climb.

If you are one or more of the following:

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

We invite you to submit a proposal to lead sessions or tutorials at OSCON 2014.

Topics we’re seeking for the 2014 program include:

  • Best practices for building businesses around open source
  • User experience innovations
  • Open models for cloud computing and distributed services
  • Security and privacy in a world of flowing data
  • Cultural changes driven by ubiquitous computing and networking
  • Scaling up and scaling down
  • Geek lifestyle—hacking, quantified self, inbox zero, maker culture
  • Bringing open source to new communities
  • Open web, open standards, open data, open, open, open!

2014 Tracks

  • Community
  • Business
  • Open Hardware
  • Security
  • Computational Thinking
  • Emerging Languages
  • Tools and Techniques
  • Geek Lifestyle
  • Cloud Computing
  • Databases and Datastores
  • Operations and Systems Administration
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Mobile Platforms
  • Java and JVM languages
  • Javascript / HTML5 / Web
  • Perl
  • PHP
  • Python
  • Ruby

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
  • Suggested track
  • Speaker(s): expertise and summary biography
  • Suggested tags

Proposals will be considered for the following types of presentations:

  • 3-hour tutorials
  • 40-minute presentations, discussions, or panels

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

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:

Important Dates

  • Call for Participation Closes – January 30, 2014
  • All proposers notified – end of March/early April 2014
  • Program Announced and Registration Opens – March/April 2014

Code of Conduct

We expect all participants, including speakers, to support our Code of Conduct, the core of which is this: an O’Reilly conference should be a safe and productive environment for everyone. Read more »

Submit a proposal now