Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals is now closed.  Thank you to all of our submitters.

We are pleased to announce the Open Source Developers Conference is requesting proposal submissions for talks. Past conferences have welcomed speakers from all over Australia, Oceania and the world to speak about topics related to Open Source.

If you have a topic you would like to speak on at our conference, please do not hesitate to propose a talk.

Key dates:

Event Date
Call for Proposals Closes 20th September 2010
Proposal Acceptance 27th September 2010
Early Bird Registration Closes 24 October 2010
Registration Closes 17 November 2010
OSDC 2010 Conference 24th to 26th November 2010

Presentation formats

We will accept the following types of presentation:

Standard (30 minutes)

This is the preferred format. 20 minutes for talking and 5 minutes for questions (with 5 minutes spare for set-up and take-down). This is enough time to cover a few issues well and allows us to provide a good selection of talks throughout the day.

Extended (60 minutes)

Extended talks are ideal for experienced speakers who want to cover a large topic. 45 minutes for talking and 10 minutes for questions (with 5 minutes spare for set-up and take-down).

If you choose the longer time slot please include include a request in your proposal.

Submission stages

1. Proposals

Your proposal will need to include:

  • your name and a bit of bio info (include a bit about your qualifications regarding your presentation topic)
  • name of talk
  • a really brief summary of the presentation (around 30 words)
  • a description of what you expect to cover (around 200 words)
  • who your talk is likely to interest (some keywords)
  • likely topic of talk (stream)
  • name and bio information of any co-authors
  • desired talk duration, with an explanation of why you need a double length slot, if you request the extended time

Don't panic. We don't require you to have written the technology that you want to talk about. If you use something in your day to day working life and you think that other people might benefit from knowing about it, then feel free to propose a talk on it.

Submit your proposal online now!

2. Proposals acceptance

Authors will be notified of the acceptance of their proposal by the proposal acceptance date. Obviously we'd love to accept as many proposals as we can, but we only have a certain number of sessions to fill.

If you require faster confirmation of acceptance (for example, because you are travelling from overseas and require extra time to make arrangements) please communicate this to the committee when submitting your proposal.


Papers are not required.

If you wish to submit a paper, please mention that with your proposal, as our tight timeline this year means we will need to plan for your paper early.  Any paper you produce should have its grammar and spelling checked and you should ensure that all code snippets work. Your paper allows attendees who attended your talk a chance to refresh their memories about your presentation, and gives attendees who missed your talk a chance to learn from you anyway. Make sure your paper includes - at the very least - a brief introduction to your subject material and a list of further resources.

Ideally, papers for standard length talks (30 minutes) should be no more than 5 A4 pages of 11-point type with reasonable margins and papers for long talks (60 minutes) be no more than 10 pages.

By submitting a paper to be published in the proceedings, you are agreeing to the OSDC Publication Agreement.

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 submission in by the due date.

Contact details

If you have any questions, please contact the OSDC 2010 program committee.

Stream List

These are the streams defined in the proposal system. Select as many as are appropriate for your proposal. If your technology or language isn't listed, don't despair! Select 'Other' and include a note in your proposal about what topic(s) you think would be best.

Language Streams

  • Perl
  • PHP
  • Python
  • Ruby
  • C, C++
  • Java
  • C#, Mono, OSS.Net

Concept Streams

  • Databases
  • Education
  • Security
  • Applications
  • Web & Online Technologies
  • Emerging Technologies & Innovation
  • Development Tools
  • Development Process & Project Management
  • Licensing, Strategy, Business Models, Case Studies