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MongoDB World 2020 Call for Proposals is now open
If you use MongoDB and have an interesting story to tell, we’d love to hear from you. We’re looking for speakers who can inspire and equip engineers by introducing them to new software, ideas, and solutions.
Technical talks should help the audience understand complex concepts or behaviors or demonstrate how to use a service, software library, or tool
Business and use case talks describe a scenario that will resonate with many other attendees and provide a clear set of takeaways that the audience can use to solve similar challenges in their own organizations. Talks that are not about MongoDB, and are little more than a pitch for a product are not well-received.
Every talk should provide useful information that attendees can apply to their own projects.
Fun Facts about being a speaker at MongoDB World
- Expect to spend a lot of time preparing to deliver your talk. You will meet with our Speaker Coach for up to three one-on-one dry run sessions, where you will practice delivering your talk and the coach will provide you with suggestions and feedback.
- Successful speakers spend about 30-40 hours developing, refining and practicing their talks.
- External speakers need to sign a Speaker Agreement to present at MDBW.
These are the different types of talks that we offer at MongoDB World:
Technical Talks (45 minutes) Tech talks should be rich with examples, code, or demos. They should help the audience understand complex concepts or behaviors or demonstrate how to use a service, software library, or tool.
Tutorial Deep Dives (90 minutes) Tutorials provide an environment in which attendees learn by doing. Attendees should walk away knowing how to do something new. A good tutorial is one that is easy to follow, but keeps everyone on their toes.
Business and Use-Case Talks (45 minutes) Business and use case talks describe a scenario that will resonate with many other attendees and provide a clear set of takeaways that the audience can use to solve similar challenges in their own organizations.
NEW! Developing Speaker Talks (20 minutes) You will present a Technical or Business/Use Case talk, but will have just 20 minutes to present. These talks will be presented in the Growth Accelerator Lounge at MongoDB World. Sessions are open to all conference attendees. The purpose of this space is to provide new and first-time speakers with the opportunity to present a short talk at MongoDB World. If you are a first-time speaker and want to have the opportunity to present your story at MongoDB World, this is for you!
Make it Matter Talks (20- or 45-minute talks, 1-3 hour workshops) The Make it Matter track includes talks on technology that welcome, but don’t require a focus on MongoDB use. The track is presented in the Women & Trans Coders (W&TC) Lounge at MongoDB World. Topics suitable for other tracks are also suitable for the W&TC lounge. The Lounge is run in part by MongoDB’s internal Women & Trans Coders group, and the purpose of this space is to amplify the voices of non-binary people, women, and/or trans people of all genders within our engineering community. To further that goal, we limit speakers in the W&TC Lounge to those communities.
Submitting Your Proposal
You will need to complete the following sections in submitting your proposal. Please follow the instructions specified here for each section.
Puns, creative word play, and “hooks” in titles are okay, but make sure that if all someone knew was the title, they still would have some idea what the presentation is about.
Both your title and the elevator pitch will be used to promote your talk on the MongoDB World website. You have 300 characters to sell your talk to the audience. Make it as exciting and enticing as possible.
Make the description of your talk as compelling and exciting as possible. The primary audience for this section of your proposal is the program committee. Your objective should be to convince the committee to select your talk. Please include the following three sections in your description.
1. Who should attend?
Who is this talk for? What background knowledge or experience do you expect the audience to have?
2. Why should they attend?
What tangible value do you expect the audience to take away from your talk? Will they be able to make better design decisions in their own work; use a software library or tool they did not know how to use before; something else?
3. What will I tell them?
Provide an outline for your talk. Please be as detailed as possible. It is not necessary to have completely written your talk already, but you should have an idea of what points you intend to make. The outline is extremely helpful in understanding the content and structure of your proposed talk. We hope that writing the outline is helpful to you as well, to organize and clarify your proposal! The outline will not be shared with conference attendees.