06 September 2017 News

Elastic{ON} 2018 Call for Presentations: Your Story. Our Stage. You In?

By Daniel Palay

In 174 days, the worldwide Elastic community will gather in San Francisco for Elastic{ON} 2018, and once again our guest speakers will be front and center. Since 2015, we’ve heard stories from big companies (did you know Optum uses the Elastic Stack as the backbone of their Security Big Data Lake?) and small companies (Giant Oak is using the Elastic Stack to bring human traffickers to justice). We’ve had folks talk about what it’s like to analyze metric and log data coming back from the Mars Rover and what goes into analyzing the effectiveness of every notification sent out by Netflix. And now we are ready to find our next wave of speakers for Elastic{ON} 2018.

Want to be one of them? Submit your presentation idea today through October 31.

While the application process is very similar to past years, we’re making some changes too. In light of feedback from past speakers and applicants, we’ve spent several months revamping the tools we offer to help applicants craft their submissions. Here is a sampling of the changes and new features we’re launching with the 2018 CFP:

  • Elastic{ON} SpeakerOps StandUp Series: This weekly StandUp Series (aka office hours) features the CFP decision panel and former speakers providing inspiration for potential speakers as well as answering any and all questions you may have. For our EMEA- and APAC-based applicants, we’ll be having special sessions for your time zones. The complete schedule and call-in information is here. Hope to see you there!
  • Examples of highly-rated Elastic{ON} talks: To get the creative juices flowing and help you put together an all-star proposal, we’ve curated six of the top external talks of all time into one place. Check them out here.
  • Non-Elastic Presentations: If you have a talk about lessons learned or best practices while operating distributed systems at scale, but it’s not specifically about the Elastic Stack, we’d love to hear it this year. The way we see it, those lessons can be applied to our community as well. We have a few other ideas on topics on the site as well.
  • Financial Aid: Finances should never stand in the way of getting on stage at Elastic{ON}. This year we’re continuing to provide full conference access and two nights of hotel accommodations for our speakers, and for the first time we’re also offering financial aid to assist with travel costs. If you are in need of aid or would like more information, please check the box on your application. If you are selected, we’ll be in touch with more details.
Those are some of the biggest changes, but there are a few more that we’ll be working on through the CFP application period, so stay tuned. But for now, if you think you have a great story to tell about what you are up to at work, at home, or just for fun, submit your application by October 31.