October 28–31, 2019

Call for speakers

Call closed 11:59pm 04/23/2019 PDT.

Do you have a great idea to share?

From data centers to edge devices, and diagnosing diseases to environmental conservation, TensorFlow is powering the machine learning revolution. Growing from its origins at Google, TensorFlow is a fast-moving and expansive open source ecosystem, covering many platforms and programming languages in industry, education, and research.

As TensorFlow continues to evolve, we want to bring together the entire community to learn from each other: co-presented by O’Reilly Media and TensorFlow, the first TensorFlow World will be held October 28-31, 2019 in Santa Clara, CA. We’ll explore the latest developments in TensorFlow, from research to production, and application areas including healthcare, finance, robotics, IoT, and more.

Are you a machine learning practitioner, developer, engineer, designer, or product manager using TensorFlow to build your organization’s products or services? A researcher deploying TensorFlow to push the boundaries of what is possible? Or a business or technology leader using machine learning to navigate new opportunities? If so, come share your work with us on stage, to help connect the TensorFlow community through its experience and insights.

We’re looking for compelling case studies, technical sessions, tear-downs of both successful and failed projects, technology deep-dives, and more. Got a lot to share? Propose either a 40 minute talk, or a 3 hour tutorial for deeper education. See below for a list of suggested topics, but feel free to recommend others because we always love to be surprised.

We welcome talks for all kinds of audiences. You’ll be asked to choose your intended audience when you submit your proposal: Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced, or Non-technical (for managers & decision makers).

See our tips on how to submit a great proposal. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm PT April 23, 2019.


Please read the list of topics carefully and pick the best fit for your proposal. Otherwise, it might not be reviewed by the appropriate program committee members, reducing its chance of success.

  • Accelerators and optimization
  • Applications
  • Arts, education and culture
  • Core technologies
  • Mobile and low power
  • Production pipelines
  • Science and health
  • TensorFlow in ML research
  • TensorFlow in the cloud
  • TensorFlow in the enterprise

Required information

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

  • Proposed title
  • Description of the presentation
  • Suggested main topic
  • Audience information:
    • Who is the presentation is for?
    • 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 TensorFlow World. 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.

  • Keep proposals free of marketing and sales.
  • 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.
  • 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

Important dates:

  • Call for Participation closes on April 23, 2019
  • All proposers notified by June 2019
  • Registration opens in June 2019

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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