Strata: Call for Speakers
Call closed 11:59pm 09/05/2019 PDT.
Do you have a great idea to share?
Strata brings together the world’s data experts and innovators, and we invite you to be a part of the program. This is a key opportunity to share how the strategic use of data can shape the future of both business and technology.
If you have a success story, cautionary tale, best practice, or compelling vision you can tell in a no-nonsense, pitch-free way—here’s a chance to present at one of the largest annual gatherings in technology and business.
Proposals can take on a variety of formats including case studies, executive briefings, technical deep dives, panels, and other presentation types. 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.
You’ll be asked to choose the primary audience (non-technical/business, data scientists/analysts, or data engineers/architects/developers) for your talk when you submit your proposal.
The topics below are guidelines and suggestions—but we love to be surprised. If you need some pointers, see our tips on how to craft a great proposal.
- BI, Interactive Analytics and Visualization
- Cloud Platforms and SaaS
- Culture and Organization
- Data, Analytics, and AI Strategy
- Data, Analytics, and AI Architecture
- Data Governance and Data Lineage
- Data Integration and Data Processing
- Data Management and Storage
- Data Quality
- Data Science and Machine Learning
- Deep dive into specific tools, platforms, or frameworks
- Machine Learning Model Development Lifecycle
- Machine Learning Model Governance and Operations
- Security and Privacy
- Streaming and IoT
- Technology Ethics
For this edition of Strata, we’ll be diving deep into data science and healthcare, so we’re eager for stories of machine learning, analytics, and data science in the health and medical industry. As always we welcome proposals that touch on applications of data, analytics, and AI in all domains and industry verticals.
The deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm PT on September 5, 2019.
You’ll be asked to include the following information for your proposal:
- Proposed title
- Description of the presentation
- Suggested primary topic
- Audience information:
- Who is the primary audience for your proposal?
- What will they be able to take away?
- What prerequisite knowledge do they need?
- For tutorial proposals: hardware installation, materials, and/or downloads attendees will need in advance
- Speaker(s): biography and hi-res headshot (minimum 1400 pixels wide; required). Check out our guidelines for capturing a great portrait.
- A video of the speaker
- 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 3-hour tutorial
Tips for submitting a successful proposal
Help us understand why your presentation is the right one for the Strata Conference. 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.
- 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.
- Keep proposals free of marketing and sales.
- 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
- Take a look at this handy proposals guide that goes through examples of winning proposals, divided by presentations types: Skills, Technology, Case Study, and Tutorials.
- See the list of sessions chosen for the 2018 program and read their descriptions.
- View Matthew McCullough’s presentation on 10 Quick Tips for More Effective Conference Submissions and Presentations.
- View a Women Who Code panel discussion on preparing for and speaking at technical conferences.
- Read the short ebook, Propose, Prepare, Present.
- Call for Participation closes Sep 5, 2019
- All proposers notified by Nov 2019
- Registration opens in Nov 2019
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