Sep 14–17, 2020

Call for speakers

Call closed 11:59pm 03/10/2020 EDT.

Do you have a great idea to share?

Each year Strata Data & AI brings together the best minds in data science and AI—and this year we want your voice among them.

We want to hear about what you are doing to solve data and AI issues, big and small, that are confronting you and your enterprise, from day-to-day issues all the way through to massive company-wide transformations.

We want sessions and training that answer questions like:

  • What are you doing to move your data to the cloud?
  • How are you keeping your data secure?
  • Where are you seeing AI being able to make a difference to your business decisions?
  • How are you managing ML model drift in production?
  • How are you thinking about and approaching ethics, bias, and explainability?
  • Why did you decide on one tool over another?

Share your thoughts on how data and AI tools and processes are shaping the future of business, society, and even humanity.

Forty-minute session proposals can be case studies, executive briefings, technical deep dives, or panels.

In 2020, we are introducing hands-on interactive presentations in 90-minute, 1-day, and 2-day offerings using Katacoda scenarios and Jupyter Notebook. Speakers giving these interactive courses will work with O’Reilly editors on how to make the most of the interaction that we now offer through Katacoda scenarios and Jupyter Notebooks. Add in as much detail as possible to the proposals for these types of courses, including how you would use interactivity to engage the audience. Be specific.

NOTE: If you’d like to lead a 2-day interactive training course (6 hours of classroom time per day, using Jupyter Notebook, Katacoda scenarios, or similar), please use this form to submit your proposal.

While we’ve listed some of the topics the industry is most interested in, they’re just suggestions—we love to be surprised! Looking for inspiration? See our tips on how to craft a great proposal.

  • AI at the Edge
  • AI Engineering
  • AI Focus: Computer Vision
  • AI Focus: Deep Learning
  • AI Focus: Model Creation and Tuning
  • AutoML
  • Case Studies
  • Data & AI Business Summit
  • Data Analytics: From Forecasting to Data Viz
  • Data Engineering
  • Data Wrangling and Integration
  • Ethics, Bias, and Explainability
  • Executive Briefing
  • Governance
  • ML Applied
  • ML in Production
  • Streaming Data

Required information

You’ll be asked to include the following information:

  • Proposed title
  • Description of the presentation
  • Audience information:
    • Who is the presentation for?
    • What will the audience learn?
    • What do they need to know beforehand?
  • For interactive proposals: how you would use Jupyter Notebook, Katacoda Scenarios, or similar interactivity to engage the audience.
  • Biography and hi-res headshot for each speaker (minimum 1400 pixels wide; required). Check out our guidelines for capturing a great portrait.
  • A 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.
  • Proposal length and format:
    • 40-minute presentation or panel
    • 90-minute interactive session using Jupyter Notebook, Katacoda Scenarios, or similar
    • 1-day interactive training using Jupyter Notebook, Katacoda Scenarios, or similar

Tips for submitting a successful proposal

Help us understand why your presentation is right for Strata Data & AI. 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 and and be sure they’ve all agreed to participate ahead of time.
  • Keep proposals free of marketing and sales.
  • If you are not the speaker, include the contact information of the person you’re suggesting. Do not propose a speaker who has not agreed to speak. 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:

  • Call for Participation closes March 10
  • All proposers notified by April 2020
  • Registration opens in May 2020

Code of Conduct

All participants, including speakers and presenters, must follow our Code of Conduct, the core of which is this: an O’Reilly conference should be a safe and productive environment for everyone. 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. Read more »

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