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Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals is Now Open

If you're an Oracle technology expert, conference attendees want to hear it straight from you. So don't wait—proposals must be submitted by April 15.

The 2014 Call for Proposals is now open. Have something interesting to present to the world's largest gathering of Oracle technologists and business leaders? Making breakthrough innovations with Oracle offerings? We want to hear from you, and so do the attendees at this year's Oracle OpenWorld conference. Submit your proposal now for a chance to share your expertise at one of the most important technology and business conferences of the year. MySQL experts, use this tool to submit your proposals.

We recommend you take the time to review the General Information, Content Program Policies, and Tips and Guidelines pages before you begin. We look forward to your submissions.

Submit Your Proposal

By submitting a session for consideration, you authorize Oracle to promote, publish, display, and disseminate the content submitted to Oracle, including your name and likeness, for use associated with the Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne San Francisco 2014 conferences. Please submit your proposal by clicking on the link below.

General Information

  • Conference location: San Francisco, California, USA
  • Dates: Sunday, September 28 to Thursday, October 2, 2014
  • Website: Oracle OpenWorld

Key 2014 Dates

Call for Proposals—Open Tuesday, March 18
Call for Proposals—Closed Tuesday, April 15, 11:59 p.m. PDT
Final notifications for accepted and declined submissions sent Mid-June
  • For Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle employee submitters should contact the appropriate Oracle track leads before submitting. To view a list of track leads, click here.

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Submission Information Page

Note that the submission tool will time out after 15 minutes of inactivity based on the oldest inactive tool window.

Browsers supported are Internet Explorer 8 and 9, Firefox 3.6 and higher, Chrome 15.x, and Safari 5.1.

An user account is required to submit a proposal. If you do not already have an account, you will be prompted to create one before submitting. Once you create your account, you'll be taken to the login page for the Call for Proposals tool. If at any time you forget your username and password, simply select the "Retrieve/Forgot Password or Username" option.


  • Every time you log in to the submission tool, you will see all the proposals you have submitted to date.
  • While the submission tool is open, you may go back and edit your previously submitted sessions.
  • At any point while submitting a proposal, you may stop and save your submission to complete at a later time. If you stop and save before your submission is complete (before all mandatory fields are answered), your submission will be given a status of "Partial." You can go back and edit this session while the Call for Proposals is open. Note that any sessions still in "Partial" status after the submission period is closed will NOT be considered.
  • Take note of your confirmation number after each submission. If you have any questions or concerns, you will need to include that confirmation number.
  • No late submissions will be accepted.

Submission Fields (*mandatory field)

Title*: Maximum character limit is 80 characters, including spaces (approximately 12 to 17 words)

Abstract*: Maximum character limit is 750 characters, including spaces

Tracks *:

  • Oracle OpenWorld is organized by Products and Services tracks, and by Solutions tracks.
  • Products and Services Tracks : When submitting a proposal, at least one product/service must be chosen from the Products and Services Tracks pulldown list. An additional 2 can optionally be chosen.
  • Solution Tracks : One Solution track can be optionally chosen from the Solution Tracks pulldown list.

    - Exception: if you choose a product from the Applications products list, you must choose one Solution track.

    - Exception: if you choose to submit a session in the MySQL Connect track, you must choose a primary track; selecting a secondary track is optional.

Session Type*: Describes the format in which the topic will be delivered

  • Conference Session: A 45-minute session presented by Oracle, customers, partners, developers, and/or user group members.
  • Panel: A 45-minute session presented in a panel format by multiple speakers consisting of Oracle, customers, partners, developers, and/or user group members.
  • Tutorials: (MySQL Only): Tutorials are 2 hour sessions led by experts, which offer the ability to deliver in-depth knowledge that can be targeted to attendees just getting started with MySQL or experienced users.
  • Birds of A Feather (BOFs): A 45-minute session that allows a closer interaction with the speakers and attendees focusing on a particular aspect of technology. (MySQL Only)

Target Audience: Select 1 or 2 values that best describe the audience your presentation will most appeal to.

*Submitting on behalf of a user group? If you are a current member of a user group and are submitting your session as a member, please answer yes to that question. Please keep in mind, each submission may only be associated with one user group and the content should be relevant to what that group supports. 

Adding Participants

Each submission must have at least one speaker assigned in order to be considered.

Session Roles

Submitter Role:

  • The person submitting the session will be designated as the submitter for that session. This role is used strictly to track the session submitter. The submitter is not the speaker of the session unless he or she assigns himself or herself a speaker role.
  • The submitter will receive confirmation for the entered session but will not receive the speaker invitation and communications after that point (unless he or she has a speaker role).
  • The submitter must assign at least one speaker to each session he or she enters.
  • The submitter will have the option to click a button and add himself or herself as a speaker.

Speaker Role:

  • Session presenter

    - Receives all speaker communications

    - Must provide information including speaker name, company name, e-mail address, and mobile number

  • It is always a plus to include more speaker information, including a biography and Twitter handle.

Speaker Limit by Session Type:

  • Conference sessions, BOFs, and Tutorials

    - Maximum of 3 Oracle speakers

    - Maximum of 2 non-Oracle speakers

    - Can consist of any combination as long as it does not exceed 3 speakers in total

  • Panels

    - Maximum of 5 Oracle speakers

    - Maximum of 4 non-Oracle speakers

    - Can consist of any combination as long as it does not exceed 5 speakers in total

Review Your Session Information

In this section, you will be asked to review all submitted information for accuracy. If you notice any incorrect or missing information, you may go back and edit. If everything looks correct, click the finish button to complete your submission. This will bring you to the confirmation page with options for next steps.

Program Policies

Content Program Policies

  • By submitting a session for consideration, you authorize Oracle to promote, publish, display, and disseminate the content submitted to Oracle, including your name and likeness, for use associated with the Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne San Francisco 2014 conferences. Invited speakers will be required to review and sign the Speaker Consent Form. A copy of the speaker consent form is provided below.
  • Speakers for accepted submissions will receive a complimentary pass to the event for which their submission is accepted. This complimentary pass provides access to all conference sessions in that event. (Note that Oracle employee speakers receive an employee pass, which has different access rights than the complimentary pass.)
  • Acceptance of the complimentary pass must be in compliance with the policies of your employer, including conflict of interest, ethics, and gift policies. The complimentary pass will be canceled if the session is canceled or replaced.
  • The complimentary pass is limited to one pass per speaker and is not transferable.
  • Oracle does not reimburse speakers for travel and expenses. Speakers are responsible for any applicable taxes, customs duties, or other expenses related to acceptance of the complimentary pass.
  • All submissions must include at least one speaker in order to be considered.
  • Do not include proprietary or confidential material. The submitter is responsible for obtaining necessary permission to use all materials.
  • Oracle reserves the right to edit session information for clarity, length, and style, and to ensure correct use of Oracle product names (for example, Oracle product names may not be truncated or abbreviated). See the Tips and Guidelines section for more information.
  • All deadlines must be met. Any requests received after the deadline may not be approved, and any missed deadlines can result in cancellation of sessions. Oracle reserves the right to cancel a session or speaker if necessary.
  • In accordance with Oracle's privacy policy, Oracle cannot release information on conference attendees.

Tips and Guidelines

All papers will be reviewed by the Conference Review Committee. The Conference Review Committee will seek out prospective presenters to submit high quality abstracts that clearly outline the content of the session.

Oracle is interested in original proposals showcasing Oracle's products, services, and solutions in an original and innovative and informative way. Proposals should have a clear focus and tell the audience what they will learn from the session. The committee is looking for proposals from all types of companies and organizations that showcase new ideas and demonstrate a cutting-edge approach. Proposals that excite attendees and provoke discussion are always a plus.

Below are examples of some of the broad areas of interest our Conference Review Committee may be seeking:

  • Customer Success Stories or Case Studies
  • Best Practices (based on experiences and insights acquired)
  • Tips and Tricks / How To Sessions (based on expertise in specific areas)
  • Deep Dives
  • Partner / Community Solutions
  • What's New
  • Introductory, 101-type sessions
  • Upgrades

The following information provides additional general guidelines.

  • Providing such information does not guarantee that a submission will be accepted by the conference review committee.
  • Session titles should be descriptive of the content to be presented.
  • Write an abstract that is easy to read and describes the value of the presentation. Explicitly mention what is being discussed during the session rather than making a marketing or strategy pitch. For example, mention product demonstrations, case studies, customer/partner participation, quantitative facts, etc. Do not include proprietary or confidential material.
  • Submitter must secure all necessary permissions for use of proposed presentation materials before submitting.
  • Standard presentation time slots are 45 minutes. We suggest allocating 10 minutes for a Q&A period within that timeframe. Please note that HOLs may differ in length. Make sure your topic of discussion can be covered in this time frame.
  • Verify all contact and content information before submitting.
  • Observe the character counts for session titles and abstracts. Session titles are limited to a maximum of 80 characters, including spaces (approximately 12 to 17 words, on average). Session abstracts are limited to a maximum of 750 characters, including spaces.
  • If you want examples of successful titles and abstracts, visit the 2013 content catalog to see what was used for sessions presented at last year's event. Content Catalog for OpenWorld 2013.

Speaker Consent Form (example)

On behalf of myself and my company/organization, which is designated below ("Organization"), and in consideration of my participation in either of these events: Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2014 and/or JavaOne San Francisco 2014, which are scheduled to take place September 28 to October 2, 2014 in San Francisco (the "Event"), I grant Oracle (and its designated contractors) and its subsidiaries and affiliates under common control ("Oracle") the following permissions in connection with the Event:

1. Permission to make sound and visual recordings of any and all presentation(s) I give in relation to the Event ("Presentation") on film, tape, disk, and/or other forms of media, whether in analog or digital format (the "Recordings").

2. Permission to use and distribute my name, voice, biographic material, likeness, and portrait (hereinafter collectively referred to as my "Likeness") in connection with my Presentation or the Recordings, for the purpose of publicizing or promoting my Presentation(s) at/participation in the Event.

3. Permission to use, copy, translate, reformat, edit, broadcast, publish, perform, promote, distribute, digitize, transmit, make derivative works based upon, and/or display all or parts of my Presentation, the Recordings, a transcript of the Recordings, and any presentation materials that I provide to Oracle and use in connection with my Presentation, including without limitation any written speeches, visual aids, or other visual or written materials used, performed, displayed, and/or provided by me in connection with the Presentation (the "Presentation Materials"). This includes, without limitation, the right to make and distribute a DVD, CD, flash memory card, memory stick, PC card, audio tape, video tape, and/or other recording of the Event proceedings that contains the Recordings and Presentation Materials, the right to distribute the Presentation Materials via download from Oracle's affiliated websites, and the right to distribute, display, broadcast, rebroadcast, and reproduce my Presentation, in any and all media existing now or later developed, as part of Event proceedings and archives that Oracle makes available on its website or elsewhere. Any such use must be in connection with the Event or future versions of the Event, and must not be misleading or reflect negatively on my Organization or me.

4. Permission to incorporate the Presentation Materials into the Recordings, in whole or in part.

I understand that neither my Organization nor I will receive any compensation for granting these permissions. Oracle has no obligation to use or record and is not granted any other permissions or rights with respect to my Likeness, my Presentation, the Recordings, or the Presentation Materials. Oracle reserves the right to cancel a session or speaker at the Event if necessary.

I represent and warrant that I have the right to the Presentation and Presentation Materials except any Presentation Materials listed herein, that the publication of this Presentation and Presentation Materials will not infringe on the patent, trademark, copyright rights of others, nor is it slanderous, libelous, or an invasion of any person's right of privacy or publicity. I further represent and warrant that I have full power to grant this license to Oracle. I have read and understand the provisions above, and I (a) confirm that I am the person named in this consent form and (b) grant this permission and agree to the terms and conditions set forth above on behalf of my Organization and myself.

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