Strata Call for Participation

Call closed 23:59 24/05/2012 BST.

Making Data Work

O’Reilly Strata Conference explores the change brought to technology and business by big data, data science, and pervasive computing.

We are inviting proposals for presentations from practitioners, business leaders, analysts, designers, and developers. We’re interested in success stories, best practices, failures, cautionary tales, and future developments. We want to hear stories and innovation from the worlds of finance, the web, media, retail, telecoms, government, and more.

If you have a compelling story to tell, you are invited to submit a proposal now to speak at Strata. Read tips for submitting a proposal.

Suggested Topics

Session proposals are invited on, but not limited to, the following topics.


  • Real time and streaming data processing and analytics
  • Convergence of big data with linked/open data
  • Big data and analytical tools, algorithms and techniques
  • Domain specific data, e.g. geodata, social data, time-series
  • Data acquisition and cleaning
  • Data distribution and markets
  • Data science best practice
  • Predictive analytics
  • Hadoop and its ecosystem
  • Machine learning, AI
  • Cloud platforms and e-infrastructure
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Internet of things
  • Data security
  • Alternative approaches to big data
  • MapReduce


  • Vertical applications such as finance, media, health, sciences
  • From research to product
  • Data protection, privacy and policy
  • Open Data initiatives, impact on innovation
  • Becoming a data-driven organisation
  • Training, recruitment, and management for data
  • Changing role of business intelligence
  • Use cases (gaming, finance, government, transport, sciences)


  • Visualization and design principles
  • Mobile strategy, applications & futures
  • Augmented reality and immersive interfaces
  • Dashboards
  • Sensors, mobile, wireless

Required Information

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

Presentation Type

  • 40-minute Session

Limited speaking opportunities are also available through conference sponsorship. Contact Susan Stewart at (707) 827-7148 or for more information.

Tips for Submitting a Proposal

Help us understand why your presentation is the right one for Strata.

Please keep in mind that this event is by and for professionals. Our participants expect that all presentations and supporting materials will be respectful, inclusive, and "safe for work."

  • Be authentic! Your peers need original presentation ideas that focus real-world scenarios, relevant examples, and knowledge transfer
  • Give your proposal a simple and straightforward title. Clever or inappropriate titles make it harder for people to figure out what you’re really talking about
  • Include as much detail about the planned presentation as possible. The longer the talk you’re proposing, the more detail you should provide
  • 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 unless 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
  • Context is important. If your presentation is about something truly ground-breaking, it will be helpful to the reviewers if you describe it in terms of things that attendees might already know of
  • Limit the scope of the talk: 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: is your topic gaining traction? Is it critical to modern business? Will attendees learn how to use it, program it, or just what it is?
  • Repeated talks from the conference circuit are less likely to be appealing. The conference has a limited number of slots, and if attendees can see the same talk somewhere else, why should they come see you at this one? If you speak at a lot of events, be sure to note why this presentation is different
  • 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
  • Let us know in your proposal notes whether you can give all the talks you submitted proposals for
  • 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
  • We welcome sessions for attendees with a variety of skill levels. Consider proposing a number of different skill-level sessions, and please indicate the experience and knowledge level of the audience that you are targeting: non-technical, intermediate, or advanced.

Other Resources

Important Dates

  • Call for Proposals ends 24 May, 2012
  • Proposers notified by June 2012
  • Registration opens June 2012

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 »


Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, contact Susan Stewart at or +1 (707) 827-7148

Media Partner Opportunities

For information on trade opportunities contact Kathy Yu at mediapartners

Press and Media

For media-related inquiries, contact Maureen Jennings at

Contact Us

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