O'Reilly Android Open Conference Call for Participation

Call closed 11:59pm 10/11/2011 PDT.

Submit your proposal to speak by June 1, 2011

Android Open is for the whole ecosystem—from app developers creating next cool apps to OEMs and carriers hacking the platform for their specific business needs. This is one opportunity to meet and learn from some of the most brilliant minds on the frontier of mobile computing.

Our tracks include:

App Development
Anyone can make an Android app. But there’s a lot to learn about how to do it right. You want to build it for speed and update-ability. In this track, we’ll cover Android Framework best practices, enterprise considerations, game development, working with the cloud, Android security, programming for tablets and large screens, UX, location-based APIs, performance improvements, and the Development Tools.

Platform Development
The Android OS is a complete operating system stack. Although powerful, it’s fairly complex and most of it is not well documented. This track aims to unpack how Android works under the hood. We’ll explore how to modify various frameworks and services, port Android to alternative devices, and generally hack the system in ways it hasn’t been done before.

Business & Marketing
The business opportunities for those of us in the Android ecosystem are growing. To succeed, we’ll need a thorough grounding in analytics, promotion, app stores, revenue models, VCs, and alternative hardware platforms. We’re seeking case studies of what is working in the marketplace and what users are looking for. We’ll also dive into both consumer as well as enterprise aspects of the Android ecosystem.

Themes for 2011

Although your session must have an interesting angle, it can fall under a broad Android theme. A few possibilities for this year, in no particular order, include:

  • Building Android apps
  • Development frameworks
  • Android Internals
  • Selling Apps &amp: Alternative Stores
  • i18n
  • Cross-platform compilers
  • Make Android Beautiful
  • Tablets and large screen devices
  • Alternative hardware
  • Industry Case Studies
  • Phone Sensors
  • Alternative Languages
  • Gaming
  • Enterprise solutions
  • Development Tools
  • Tips and tricks
  • Performance enhancements
  • Security
  • Quality Assurance and Testing

How to Write a Successful Proposal

We’re looking for sessions that will help our attendees understand a cutting-edge concept or learn a new skill that will have an impact on their business over the next 6 to 18 months. Help your proposal stand out in a good way by following the guidelines below.

  • Tell a unique story. What lessons can only you share? What insights are you uniquely qualified to explain? We’re interested in your experience far more than your credentials.
  • Provide a clear description of what attendees will learn. Whether your proposed session seeks to explain an emerging trend or teach a critical skill, you must provide a direct, concise description of what attendees will learn.
  • Focus on lessons learned and NOT the benefits of your product or service. Product pitches are automatic rejects. Lessons learned from building or running your product, however, can be invaluable.
  • Skip the jargon. The more buzzwords you use, the less we think you have something interesting to say. Proposals about “branded content engagement platforms” are automatic rejects.
  • Include people we don’t see often enough at tech conferences. 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.
  • Come from the presenter. The vast majority of proposals we accept are submitted by the presenters themselves, not by PR firms. We’re not looking to discriminate against flacks, but the data is clear: most of the lowest-rated proposals we get come from PR firms, which makes us skeptical when we see that the proposer is not a presenter. If you’re a PR person, improve your chances by working closely with the presenter(s) to write a jargon-free proposal that’s got clear value for attendees.

Session Formats

We’re looking for 20-minute and 50-minute breakout session speakers. Go for 20 minutes if you’re a high-impact presenter who can give a stellar 15-minute talk and then take questions for 5 minutes. Go for 50 minutes if you’re proposing a panel or more exploratory session.

The submission deadline for all proposals is June 1, 2011.

  • HTCpro
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Open Invention Network
  • X.commerce
  • Black Duck Software
  • BugSense
  • Dolby
  • Intel
  • Make magazine
  • Marvell
  • Meshin
  • MIPS Technologies

Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on becoming a sponsor of Android Open, contact Sharon Cordesse at scordesse@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

Contact Us

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