Velocity 2010 Call for Participation

Call closed 11:59pm 01/11/2010 PST.

  • Are you the person who gets paged when your company’s site is slow or has gone down?
  • Do you know how to improve performance and balance efficiency and availability?
  • Have you overcome a major scaling challenge?
  • Are you the living, breathing example of “Fast by Default?”

If so, we want you at Velocity 2010. Submit your proposal for a session, panel, or workshop. Read tips for submitting a proposal.

The deadline for all proposals is Midnight, PST on January 11, 2010.

Some of the 2010 conference program themes and memes we’re on the lookout for include:

  • Effective cloud computing
  • Configuration management
  • Web frameworks with built-in performance
  • Profiling web applications (esp. JavaScript)
  • Industry advances in Web Ops and Performance
  • Nonrelational DB tools and technologies
  • Network performance – HTTP, TCP, DNS
  • Amazon central DB
  • Couch DB
  • NoSQL
  • Performance metrics
  • Mobile performance
  • Evangelizing performance within your company

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

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

Proposals will be considered for the following types of presentations:

  • 90-minute workshop
  • 45-minute session
  • 45-minute panel discussion

Limited speaking opportunities are also available through conference sponsorship. Contact Yvonne Romaine at (707) 827-7198 or for more information.

Tips for Submitting a Proposal

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

  • Be authentic! Your peers need real-world scenarios they can use. Please submit original presentation ideas that focus on knowledge transfer, and engaging and relevant examples.
  • Include as much detail about the planned presentation as possible. The more we know about what you plan to present and why it matters, the better.
  • Be thorough! If you are proposing a panel tell us who else would be on it. If you are going to have a release let us know. If you feel this is something that hasn’t been covered at Velocity before let us know.
  • Keep it free of marketing…
  • Keep the audience in mind: they’re technical, professional, and already pretty smart.
  • Clearly identify the level of the talk: is it for beginners to the topic, or for gurus? What knowledge should people have when they come to the presentation?
  • Explain why people will want to attend: is the framework gaining traction? Is the app critical to modern systems? Will they learn how to deploy it, program it, or just what it is?
  • Warmed-over talks from some 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.
  • Avoid taking a scatter-shot approach to proposals if you submit more than one or two. Be focused, have something important to say on a worthwhile topic, and sell the topic (not just yourself).

Please keep in mind that attendees at Velocity are skilled developers and engineers. We’re looking for presentations that will advance the state of knowledge for people who already have experience in this field.

Want to promote your product or company? A limited number of speaking opportunities are also available through conference sponsorship. Contact Yvonne Romaine at for more information.

Are there topics or technologies you think we should explore or you wish you knew more about? Who’s the person you’ve always wanted to see speak? Who is doing groundbreaking work that we should feature but is too busy to submit? Drop us a line at and tell us who and what would make Velocity a must-attend event.


Important Dates

The submission deadline for all proposals is January 11, 2010.
Early registration opens in March 2010.
Standard registration begins May 2010.

Submit a proposal now!

For Velocity China sponsorship information for companies outside China, contact Yvonne Romaine at

  • Google
  • Strangeloop
  • Yahoo! Inc.
  • Dyn Inc.
  • Facebook
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • Tilera
  • AlertSite
  • AppDynamics
  • Aptimize
  • CDNetworks
  • Circonus
  • Cloudscaling
  • Clustrix
  • Coradiant
  • Dell
  • DTO Solutions
  • MaxiScale
  • Neustar
  • Nokia
  • NorthScale, Inc.
  • Shopzilla
  • Splunk
  • Virident
  • Zoompf
  • Neustar

For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the conference, contact Yvonne Romaine at

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