Velocity Europe Call for Participation

Call closed 23:59 31/05/2012 BST.

Velocity Conference in London Call for Participation

  • 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?
  • Does your web app run on desktop and mobile from a single code base using progressive enhancement?

If so, we want you at Velocity Europe 2012. Submit your proposal by Midnight, BST on 31 May, 2012. Need more help? Read some helpful tips for submitting a proposal below.

Some of the themes and memes we’re on the lookout for the 2012 conference program include:

  • Mobile performance
  • Building resilience into applications, infrastructure, and teams
  • Operations escalation and outage handling patterns
  • Responsive Design
  • Real User Monitoring
  • Web frameworks with built-in performance
  • Production datastore architectures at scale
  • JavaScript speedups
  • NoSQL
  • Using CDNs to improve customer experience and reduce cost
  • Effective cloud computing
  • JavaScript, CSS, and more as profiling tools
  • TCP, HTTP, and SSL optimizations
  • Metrics and monitoring
  • Impact on the bottom line

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
  • Speaker(s): expertise and summary biography

Presentation Type

  • 45-minute Session

Limited speaking opportunities are also available through conference sponsorship. Contact Gloria Lombardo at for more information.

Tips for Submitting a Proposal

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

  • 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?
  • Give it a simple and straightforward title or name. Clever or inappropriate titles and/or descriptions make it harder for people (committee and attendees) to figure out what you’re really talking about.
  • Context is important. If your presentation is about something truly ground-breaking, earth-shattering, and new, it will be helpful to the reviewers if you describe it in terms of things that attendees might already know of.
  • 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 the conference circuit are less likely to be appealing. Velocity Europe has a limited number of slots, and if attendees can see the same talk somewhere else, why should they come see you at Velocity? 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).
  • 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.
  • If you’re a PR person, 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.

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.”

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: novice, intermediate, or expert.

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 Europe a must-attend event.


Important Dates

  • The submission deadline for all proposals is 31 May, 2012.
  • Registration opens in 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 at the conference, contact Gloria Lombardo at

Media Partner Opportunities

For media partnerships, contact mediapartners@

Press and Media

For media-related inquiries, contact Maureen Jennings at

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