Do you want to share your passion for a particular technology or methodology? Can you help other developers, researchers, and managers solve problems and be more productive? Are you searching for a way to network with a larger community? Would you like to raise your profile in your industry and take your career to the next level?
If so, you’re invited to apply to speak at an O’Reilly technical conference (or two).
Even if you’re 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.
Our open calls for speakers
- O'Reilly Software Architecture Conference in Santa Clara 2020 Ends December 10, 2019
- O'Reilly Infrastructure & Ops Conference in Santa Clara 2020 Ends December 10, 2019
- O'Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference in London 2020 Ends November 12, 2019
- O'Reilly Open Source Software Conference in Portland 2020 The call for speakers will be open November 2019-January 2020.
- O'Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference in New York 2020 The call for speakers will be open late January-March 2020.
When you apply to speak at an O’Reilly conference, you’ll be asked to include the following information for each presentation:
- Proposed title.
- Description of the presentation.
- Suggested main topic.
- Audience information:
- Who is the presentation for?
- What will they be able to take away from it?
- What prerequisite knowledge do they need?
- For tutorial proposals: Hardware, installations, materials, and/or downloads attendees will need in advance.
- A biography and hi-res headshot (minimum 1400 pixels wide) for each speaker. 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.
- Length of presentation: 40–50 minute session or three-hour tutorial.
Tips for submitting a successful proposal
- All presentations and supporting materials must be respectful and inclusive and adhere to our Code of Conduct.
- Give your proposal a simple and straightforward title.
- 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 will appeal to a broad audience.
- Detail matters: Vague proposals face an uphill climb. Share with us WHO you are, WHY you’re excited about your topics, and WHY we should get excited about seeing you speak.
- Keep proposals free of marketing, sales, and vendor pitches. Seriously, we can’t stress this enough. Pure vendor sales pitches will be rejected. If you're a vendor, encourage a user of your product to submit a practical talk on your behalf, or submit a technical talk that skips the marketing story in favor of practical and usable information.
Other helpful resources
Getting started and overcoming impostor syndrome
- How to become a public speaker in one year by Catt Small
- Public speaking tips by Ryan Burgess
- Advice for new speakers by VM (Vicky) Brasseur
- How to come up with conference proposal ideas by Lucy Bain
- Promise me you’ll submit to a conference this year by Annie Pettit
- Preparing a talk: before you start by Julia Ferraioli
- Public speaking transformed my life…and can change yours too by Cory House
- How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas by Manoush Zomorodi
- Why you, too, should speak at a conference by Grace Kwan
- Join a Toastmasters near you
- A handy proposals guide that goes through examples of winning proposals and video clips, divided by presentation type: skills, technology, case study, and tutorial
- 10 quick tips for more effective conference submissions and presentations from Matthew McCullough
- A Women Who Code panel discussion on preparing for and speaking at technical conferences
- Propose, prepare, present by Alistair Croll
- What your conference proposal is missing by Sarah Mei
- First-time speaking tips Twitter thread by Saron Yitbarek
- Writing winning abstracts by Marcy Sutton
Presentation advice and resources
- Design for the color impaired
- Public speaking resources GitHub repo
- How I create talks by Michele Titolo
- Talk slides are not a presentation deck by Heidi Waterhouse
- The rectangle behind you, a series of articles about interactive presentations by Marcin Wichary
- Presentation zen website by Garr Reynolds
- Free stock photography images of women of color in tech for speakers looking to incorporate more inclusive imagery in their decks