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Oracle OpenWorld 2015: 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 29.

Wanted: Outstanding Oracle Experts

The Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Call for Proposals is now open. Attendees at the conference are eager to hear from experts on Oracle business and technology. They’re looking for insights and improvements they can put to use in their own jobs: exciting innovations, strategies to modernize their business, different or easier ways to implement, unique use cases, lessons learned, the best of best practices.

If you’ve got something special to share with other Oracle users and technologists, they want to hear from you, and so do we. Submit your proposal now for this opportunity to present at Oracle OpenWorld, the most important Oracle technology and business conference of the year.

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

Attention HCM customers: HCM Central @ OpenWorld is designed to provide a single place for all things HCM. Have a story related to Oracle implementations around HCM? Submit here.

Attention CX customers: CX Central @ OpenWorld is designed to provide a single place for all things related to the customer lifecycle for all of Oracle's CX customers whose business requires them to definitively differentiate themselves across all channels, touch points, and interactions. Have a story related to Oracle implementations around the Customer Experience lifecycle? Submit here.

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 2015 conferences. Press, analysts, bloggers and social media users may be in attendance at OpenWorld or JavaOne sessions.

General Information

  • Conference location: San Francisco, California, USA
  • Dates: Sunday, October 25 to Thursday, October 29, 2015
  • Website: Oracle OpenWorld

Key Dates for 2015

Deliverables Due Dates
Call for Proposals—Open Wednesday, March 25
Call for Proposals—Closed Wednesday, April 29, 11:59 p.m. PDT
Notifications for accepted and declined submissions sent Mid-June

Contact us

  • For questions regarding the Call for Proposals, send an e-mail to speaker-services_ww@oracle.com.
  • For technical questions about the submission tool or issues with submitting your proposal, send an e-mail to OpenWorldContent@gpj.com.
  • Oracle employee submitters should contact the appropriate Oracle track leads before submitting. To view a list of track leads, click here.

Submission Information

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 17 and higher, Chrome 29.x, and Safari 5.1.

An Oracle.com user account is required to submit a proposal. If you do not have an account already, you will be prompted to create one before submitting. Once you create your account, you will 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 (for sessions that have not started being reviewed).
  • 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 *:

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 employees, customers, partners, developers, and/or user group members.
  • Tutorials: (MySQL Only): Tutorials are two-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 to experienced users.
  • Birds of A Feather (BOF–MySQL Only): A 45-minute session that allows a closer interaction with the speakers and attendees, focusing on a particular aspect of technology.
  • Hands-on Lab (HOL–Oracle employee submitters only): A hands-on, interactive lab session.
  • General Session (Oracle employee submitters only): A higher-level conference session, focusing on strategic direction for the topic.
  • Meet the Experts Session (Oracle employee submitters only): An informal meeting, allowing direct discussion with Oracle experts.

Target Audience: Select one or two 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 this 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 also 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.

Speaker Role:

  • The person(s) with the speaker role will be the session presenter(s).
  • Speakers receive a speaker invitation and future speaker communications.
  • All speakers must provide contact information including name, company name, e-mail address, and mobile number.
  • Accepted speakers will be asked to submit their biography and a photo.


Speaker Limits:

  • Conference Sessions, Tutorials and BOFs:

    - Maximum of two speakers

  • Panels:

    - Maximum of five speakers

  • Hands-on Labs (HOLs–Oracle only):

    - Maximum of eight speakers

  • General Sessions and Meet the Experts (Oracle only):

    - Maximum of five speakers

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.

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 San Francisco 2015 conference. 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 original, innovative, and informative ways. 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 information, 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 timeframe.
  • 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 2014 content catalog to see what was used for sessions presented at last year’s event. Content Catalog for Oracle OpenWorld 2014 can be found here.

Tips for Partners

Priority will be given to those Partners that best align with the preferred criteria guidelines outlined below.

Criteria guidelines for Partner selected presentations:

  • Platinum/Diamond Partner status preferred
  • Specialized in the Product area for which you are presenting
  • Presenting a solution showcasing the latest Oracle product release
  • Participating at Oracle OpenWorld as either an Exhibitor or Sponsor preferred (learn how to become an exhibitor or sponsor)
  • Presenting with a customer or with a strong customer case study

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 Oracle OpenWorld 2015 and/or JavaOne 2015, scheduled to take place October 24 to 29, 2015 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”), including permission to incorporate into the Recordings, in whole or in part, any presentation materials that I 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.”)

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, for the purpose of publicizing or promoting my Presentation(s) at and participation in the Event, including permission to incorporate my Likeness into the Recordings, in whole or in part.

3. Permission to use my Organization’s name and logo in connection with my Presentation and incorporate them into the Recordings, for the sole purpose of identifying my Organization, my affiliation with my Organization, and my presentation at and participation in the Event. Oracle’s use of the company name and logo inures solely to the benefit of my Organization.

4. 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, my Likeness, my Presentation Materials, the Recordings, and/or a transcript of the Recordings. 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 in whole or in part, the right to distribute the Recordings in whole or in part via download from Oracle’s affiliated web sites, and the right to distribute, display, broadcast, rebroadcast, and reproduce the Recordings, in any and all media existing now or later developed, as part of Event proceedings and archives that Oracle makes available on its web sites 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.

I understand that neither my Organization nor I will receive any compensation for granting these permissions. Oracle is not granted any other permissions or rights with respect to my Likeness, my Presentation, the Recordings, or the Presentation Materials.

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.