call for proposals

SpringOne Platform brings together the people, process and tools for delivering and operating software services. Learn and share with the startups and enterprises leveraging modern Java with Spring connecting all the pieces of the modern software puzzle from developer, operator, architect, data scientist to executive. We’re looking for your stories about application development, continuous delivery, devops, microservices, agile, design, data, and machine learning. Share how you are changing the world with software that people love.

Call for Participation
Opened: June 1, 2017
Closed: Sept 1, 2017

Proposals will be considered for the following types of presentations

30 min talks
Some Spring tech talks. Agile/XP, TDD, Case Studies, Methodology, Product Management, Culture, Exec / Transformation topics.

60 min talks
Most Spring tech talks, Cloud Foundry or Data practitioner topics.

Lightning talks
Lightning talks are 5 minutes. Anything awesome goes.

Note: Sessions that can be either 30 or 60 minutes are really easy to work with! If you are submitting a 60 min talk, we highly encourage you to consider a plan for 30 min if it becomes necessary. If shortening really isn't an option, just annotate that in the submission and don't also check the 30 min box. If you can expand / contract your topic in either direction, please note that in your submission(s)!


Sessions get primarily organized and considered by their primary meta tag. Please choose the single, most relevant tag that aligns to the weight of your content / thrust of your talk. For example:

Agile, PM, Methodology
Product Management, TDD, Pairing, Agile/XP and other methodology topics, general IT culture talks

Cloud-Native Platform
Most Cloud Foundry talks focused on ops or dev practitioners

Core Spring
Framework, Security, Developer Tools, Java SE topics

Data, Databases
Spring Data, Spring Batch, Redis, Data Science, Apache Spark, Machine Learning, Hadoop. DBA content not encouraged. This is also the target topic for Apache Geode, Pivotal GemFire, and Pivotal Cloud Cache talks.

DevOps, CI & CD
CI/CD, Concourse, Jenkins, Pipelines, Containers, DevOps, Iaas Automation

Lightning Talk
Lightning talks are 5 minutes. Anything awesome goes.

Microservices, Serverless
Spring Cloud, Spring Cloud Services, Serverless, Spring Cloud Function, Task

Reactive, Event Driven
Spring Cloud Stream, RabbitMQ, Spring Cloud Data Flow, Spring Integration, Streaming, Reactive programming, Reactor, CQRS, Event Sourcing

Transformation, Case Studies
End user/customer talks, exec, management, business talk tracks

Web, JavaScript
Spring MVC, Spring Reactive Web, REST, HTML/CSS, OAUTH2, Apache Tomcat

Tips for Successful Proposals

Help us understand why your presentation is the right one for SpringOne Platform. Below are some tips for writing a successful proposal. Please keep in mind that this event is by and for professionals. Our participants expect that all presentations and supporting materials will be respectful, inclusive, and adhere to our Code of Conduct.

  • 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.
  • Keep the audience in mind: they’re professional, and already pretty smart.
  • Be authentic. Your peers need original ideas in real-world scenarios, relevant examples, and knowledge transfer.
  • Include as much detail about the presentation as you can.
  • If you are proposing a panel, tell us who else would be on it.
  • Keep proposals free of marketing and sales pitches.
  • Context is important. If your talk is about something truly ground-breaking, it’ll be helpful if you describe it in terms of things that attendees might already know about.
  • Explain why people will want to attend: is your topic gaining traction? Is it critical to business? Will attendees learn how to use it, program it, or just what it is?
  • Repeated talks from the conference circuit are less likely to be appealing. If you speak at a lot of events, be sure to note why this presentation is different.
  • Don’t assume that your company’s name buys you credibility. If you’re talking about something important that you have specific knowledge of because of what your company does, spell that out in the description.
  • Indicate the experience and knowledge level of the audience that you are targeting: novice, intermediate, or expert.

Other resources to help write your proposals

  • View Matthew McCullough’s presentation on 10 Quick Tips for More Effective Conference Submissions and Presentations.
  • View a Women Who Code panel discussion on preparing for and speaking at technical conferences.
  • See examples of accepted SpringOne Speakers and Sessions and watch videos from selected sessions.
  • Download and read the free eBook Propose, Prepare, Present.

Code of Conduct

We expect all participants, including speakers, to follow our Code of Conduct, the core of which is this: SpringOne Platform should be a safe and productive environment for everyone.

Speaker Travel Assistance Program

While tickets fees for speakers are of course waived, speaker travel and expense will not be paid by Pivotal. However, under-represented speakers may apply for the program when submitting a paper. Applications will be awarded at the discretion of the conference.