Speak at an O’Reilly Conference

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

Coming soon

Cassie Kozyrkov speaks at Strata NY

Required information

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

Preparing proposals

Presentation advice and resources

Resources for preparing for Ignite/lightning talks

Questions? Suggestions?

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