Velocity 2012 Call for Participation

Call closed 11.59pm 01/10/2012 PST.

  • 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 2012. Submit your proposal for a session, panel, or workshop. Read tips for submitting a proposal. The deadline for all proposals is midnight PST on January 10, 2012.

Some of the themes and memes we’re interested in for the 2012 conference program include:

  • Building resilience into applications, infrastructure, and teams
  • Operations escalation and outage handling patterns
  • Production datastore architectures at scale
  • NoSQL
  • Mobile performance
  • Effective cloud computing
  • JavaScript speedups
  • 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

Proposals will be considered for the following types of presentations:

  • 90-minute workshop
  • 45-minute session
  • 45-minute panel discussion

Limited speaking opportunities are also available through conference sponsorship. Contact Keith Swafford at (707) 827-7049 or kswafford@oreilly.com for more information.

Tips for Submitting a Proposal

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

  • 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 some conference circuit are less likely to be appealing. The conference has a limited number of slots, and if attendees can see the same talk somewhere else, why should they come see you at this one? 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.

Want to promote your product or company? A limited number of speaking opportunities are also available through conference sponsorship. Contact Cindy McMillan at (707) 827-7198 or cmcmillan@oreilly.com for more information.

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 suggestions@oreilly.com and tell us who and what would make Velocity a must-attend event.

Resources

Important Dates

The submission deadline for all proposals was January 10, 2012.
Best Price registration opens in March 2012.
Early registration opens in April 2012.
Standard registration begins May 2012.

Sponsors

Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the conference, contact Gloria Lombardo at glombardo@oreilly.com

Media Partner Opportunities

For media partnerships, contact mediapartners@ oreilly.com

Press and Media

For media-related inquiries, contact Maureen Jennings at maureen@oreilly.com

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