March 27, 2003
2003 O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference: Call for Participation
Sebastopol, CA--Developers, system administrators, IT managers, and
power users are invited to submit proposals for the second annual
O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference, taking place at the Westin Santa Clara in
Santa Clara, CA from October 27-30, 2003.
The O'Reilly conference program committee is seeking a wide range of
presentations, from overviews of cutting edge projects, to practical,
hands-on advice from presenters who are immersed in the nuts-and-bolts
operation of Mac OS X, as well as those who are creating its future.
We're also looking for proposals aimed at CIOs and design managers
evaluating a switch or trying to understand the latest tools and
techniques. Proposals on scripting, particularly AppleScript, as well
as topics that address applications, hacks, sys admin Mac style, Unix
relationships, networking, and the iApps are especially welcome.
"Without a doubt, Mac OS X is the coolest and most powerful platform
around today. We want this conference to capture what people find
exciting about Mac OS X," observes O'Reilly & Associates founder and
president Tim O'Reilly. "Individuals and institutions are 'switching'
in droves, and innovative applications are appearing first on the Mac.
Rendezvous, the iApps, Sherlock and Watson, the sleek Aqua interface
and its underpinnings in new graphics libraries like Quartz Extreme,
the tight integration with Unix and compatibility with its rich open
source heritage, all have competitors feverishly revamping their
product plans and trying to catch up. Meanwhile, Mac users themselves,
and the administrators who support them, are working hard to master the
incredible wealth of new functionality that's open to them."
The conference begins with one day of in-depth tutorials, followed by
three days of sessions covering the landscape of Mac OS X development:
technologies, methodologies, and techniques that save time, increase
functionality, and make a computer fun to use, oriented to two
System administrators, especially those in a design environment,
traditional Mac admins getting up to speed on Unix, as well as Unix
admins who now have to support applications like Quark and Photoshop.
Developers who want to understand and leverage the new paradigms at
the heart of Mac OS X, from Rendezvous to web services, from Cocoa to
The conference program committee also hopes to have a substantial
number of talks aimed at power users.
Individuals, companies, and project teams interested in making
presentations, giving a tutorial, or participating in panel discussions
are invited to submit proposals. Proposals will be considered in two
categories: tutorials and conference presentations (sessions). Session
presentations are either 45 or 90 minutes long, and tutorials are
either a half-day (three hours) or full day (six hours). Presentations
by marketing staff or with a marketing focus will not be accepted;
neither will submissions made by anyone other than the proposed
speaker. Session proposals should be a thoughtful summary or abstract;
outlines are preferred for tutorial proposals. Please provide enough
information for the committee to understand the topic being covered.
Proposals are due May 14, 2003. Speakers will be notified of acceptance
by June 30, 2003.
If you're interested in joining or moderating a panel discussion, or
otherwise contributing to the conference, please send a message to
Comments about the 2002 O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference:
"Last week's O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference marked the rise of the first
major new Macintosh conference in years. Luminaries from the Macintosh
and Unix worlds, brought together by Apple's melding of the Mac OS and
Unix in Mac OS X, mingled with a similarly eclectic mix of several
hundred attendees. I found my three days of attending sessions,
chatting with speakers and attendees, browsing the small room of
exhibitors, and giving several presentations both enjoyable and
--Adam Engst, TidBITS, October 7, 2002
"One of the highlights of an O'Reilly conference is that not only are
you able to attend tutorials and sessions that are really quite
beneficial, but you get to network with people who work in and lead the
industry...If this is how all O'Reilly conferences are, I'll be at
--Brandon Collins, MacSpotlight, October 2002
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