Build Systems that Drive Business
Sep 30–Oct 1, 2018: Training
Oct 1–3, 2018: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Speak at Velocity 2018 in New York!

Call closed 11:59pm 04/10/2018 EDT.

Talks at Velocity are opinionated, deep-dives into the technology, tools, processes, and the people needed to build modern, complex systems. We focus on real-world implementations, case studies, and lessons learned from both success and failure. We’re interested in new tools, techniques, ideas, and experiments that will help our community learn and develop.

People learn best through stories and we want to hear yours. Sessions should describe your personal experience solving real-world problems. We invite proposals from: systems engineers, architects, developers, systems administrators, security, operations, site reliability engineers, and the people managing these complex systems.

Themes we’re focusing on for the 2018 conference program include (select a topic below to learn more):

Important dates:

  • Call for Participation closes April 10, 2018
  • All proposers notified by May 2018
  • Registration opens May 2018

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:
    • Audence level
    • 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.

Submit a proposal

Tips for submitting a successful proposal

All presentations and supporting materials must be respectful, inclusive, and adhere to our Code of Conduct. We welcome and encourage talks from those with diverse backgrounds and unique points-of-view.

  • Give your proposal a simple and straightforward title.
  • Let us know if you are interested in doing either a 40-minute presentation or 3-hour tutorial (or if your talk could work for either).
  • Share audience takeaways in your description. Be sure to list the main things attendees will learn from your talk and be able to apply to their work.
  • Be authentic: Your peers need original ideas from real-world scenarios with relevant examples.
  • Limit the scope: you may not be able to cover “Everything about Framework X” in your session time. Instead, pick a useful aspect, or a particular technique, or walk through a simple program.
  • Don’t assume that your company’s name buys you credibility. If you’re talking about something important, spell that out in the description.
  • Remember, what’s familiar to you may be new to someone else. While we do want the latest and greatest research and techniques, powerful explanations and stories about how to engineer systems will appeal to a broad audience.
  • Keep proposals free of marketing, sales, and vendor pitches. Seriously, we can’t stress this enough.

New to the speaking circuit? We want to hear from you! We’re actively seeking new voices and off-the-beaten-path topics. Any ideas, best practices, or challenges that you’ve encountered and conquered are fair game. If it’s important to you, chances are it’s important to others as well.

Other resources to help write your proposals

Code of conduct

All participants, including speakers, 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 »

Submit a proposal