Call For Papers

Key dates

Important dates are:

Proposals deadline 15 July 2013
Conference  21-23 October 2013

Each of these stages is explained further below.

Appropriate Topics

Here is a non-exhaustive list of possible subjects:

  • Security is our top line topic this year
  • Open Source and Business, from leveraging  Open Source in a traditional business to basing your products on Open Source.
  • Programming languages such as Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, Erlang, JavaScript, node.js, Lua, Scala, Clojure, Groovy, Haskell, C, C++, Smalltalk, Java, etc.
  • Interpreters and virtual machines (Parrot, JVM, CLR, etc) – lets see what’s under the hood
  • Development tools including frameworks, continuous integration and project management
  • Development best practices and DevOps tooling and processes.
  • Graphics and Multi-media with Open Source tools
  • Databases – PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, MongoDB etc
  • Mobile and tablet development
  • Cloud technologies from building clouds to delivering on clouds
  • Web Content Management with  Silverstripe, Drupal and WordPress.
  • Open Source hardware
  • Open Source in business. How have you leveraged Open Source technology for business solutions?
  • Real world use of Open Source technology that goes beyond the office environment

Instructions for Presenters

Presentation formats

Lightning Talks (5 minutes)

These are brief talks that focus on a single example, idea, project or technique. Lightning talks are not expected to cover all aspects of the subject. They’re an excellent forum for first-time speakers. You don’t need to submit a proposal for a lightning talk – there will be sign-up sheets at the conference. Simply put your name down at the conference!

Standard (30 minutes)

This is the preferred format. 20 minutes for talking, 5 minutes for questions and 5 minutes for people to move to the next room. This is enough time to cover many topics and keeps the day interesting.

Long (60 minutes)

Long talks are ideal for experienced speakers who want to cover a large topic. 45 minutes for talking, 10 minutes for answering questions, 5 minutes for people to move to the next room.


Proposals should be sent to Our preferred format is plain text with

  • Subject – Title of your talk
  • Abstract – Overview in under 250 words of your talk
  • Speaker Details – Some background on yourself including previous experience on both the subject and public speaking

Speaker Benefits

All OSDC speakers (except for lightning talks) at OSDC will have their conference registration fee waived.

Note that it’s important that you get your papers in by the due dates – we reserve the right to withdraw the free registration if you don’t get it in on time. If you’re having problems meeting the deadlines, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can work with you to figure it out.


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