Call for presentations for Collaborate 2011 is open!

Collaborate 2011 is a database operational conference to be held in Orlando, Florida April 10th - 14th 2011. Unfortunately, the O'Reilly MySQL Conference has been scheduled for the same week; however, I am working with the conference committee to make sure that speakers that want to attend both are scheduled appropriately (I intend on going to both!). The call for presentations is now open through the end of September, so you have just over a month to submit your proposals. Experience has shown that the best presentations are submitted well in advance of the deadline -- I guess when folks are time-crunched by the deadline they do not make such great abstracts....Speakers whose presentations are accepted receive free admission to the conference and a speaker thank-you gift.

Information and the link to submit abstracts are at I have gone through the proposal submission process and the rest of this blog post is a cheat sheet on how to fill out the form, since this is a new conference to almost all of us.

There are 5 different types of presentations, although you will probably only need to choose between the first 2 types:

Quick tip - a 30-minute presentation
Technical session - a 60-minute presentation
Panel - a 60-minute panel discussion
Product Awareness Session - for paid vendors
Hands-on Lab - 2 hours

There are also Bootcamp talks, which are half-day sessions devoted to a topic, similar to the O'Reilly conferences Tutorials. There's no pull-down for that, but if you want to submit just choose "Technical Session" and note in the outline that the material could be suited for a bootcamp.

To be prepared, here is what submissions require:
- A login
- Speaker details: name, e-mail address, title, company, company type (user, vendor, consultant, or Oracle), city, state/province, country, phone number, # of presentations you've given in the past 5 years, whether or not you've spoken at an IOUG event before, and a bio (650 character limit)
- Session title (10 word limit)
- Session abstract (700 character limit)
- Session outline (basically what will be covered, not shown to conference attendees)
- Objectives (list 3 concepts attendees will learn, these will be shown to conference attendees)
- Prerequisites - what concepts should audience members be familiar with?
- Track and Category - Choose the best track and category for your topic -- likely the best track will be "Databases
- Misc questions -- experience level of audience, session type, target audience (ie, for DBAs, managers, architects, etc), product line (choose MySQL here), whether or not your session is MySQL related (yes) and what topics within MySQL (see below for a list), whether your company is interested in having an exhibition hall presence, if you have submitted to OAUG or Quest (the other 2 groups co-producing Collaborate with IOUG), and whether or not you are willing to give the presentation more than once during the conference.
- There is a "best practices" tip booklet which is produced, and you can submit a tip related to your presentation topic in the abstract submission form (you can include code, too).

List of MySQL topics:
Admin (includes deployment, monitoring, security, backups, maintenance, installation/upgrade, OS-specific talks)
Cloud Computing
Data warehousing / BI
Storage Engines

You can always put your own topic not listed above, but it will probably fall into one of the above topics.

I will try my best to answer any questions that folks have...