September 24-27, 2018  /  Washington, D.C.

> Call for proposals

Call for Participation
Open: February 20, 2018
Close: April 15, 2018

You’re not a face in the crowd at this conference. SpringOne Platform deeply connects the people, process, and tools for delivering and operating software that matters. From Spring Framework to .NET Core, Cloud Foundry to Kubernetes, this event connects all the pieces of the modern software puzzle from developer, operator, architect, data scientist to executive. At the show, there are lots of ways to interact with Pivotal experts, community & industry giants from startup to enterprise—all of whom share a passion for making a difference. We’re looking for your stories about hot cloud topics like platforms, functions, event-driven architecture, microservices, reactive, CI/CD, data, and machine learning. Submit today and share how you are changing the world with software that people love.

Proposals will be considered for the following types of presentations:

30 min talks
Some Spring tech topics, but typically we see talks on things like Agile/XP, TDD, Case Studies, Methodology, Product Management, Culture, and Exec / Transformation. These fit well into 30-minute slots.

60 min talks
Most Spring tech talks, Cloud Foundry, Kubernetes, serverless, or Data topics fit here. These are practitioner-oriented topics with lots of live coding or demos and often have a GitHub repo that attendees will be able to go home with.

We will also be doing lightning talks. More details coming soon.

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 note that in the “Notes for the Content Committee” field. If you can expand / contract your topic in either direction, please note that as well.


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:

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

Modern Web
REST / OAuth, Spring MVC / WebFlux, ASP .NET Core, HTML/CSS, WebServer

Data, Databases
Spring Data, Spring Batch, Redis, Data Science, Apache Spark, Machine Learning, Hadoop. DBA - focused content is not encouraged.

This is also the target topic for Apache Geode, Pivotal GemFire, often indicating a talk that is part of the Geode Summit on Monday, Sept 24.

Event Driven, Reactive
Stream processing, Messaging, Spring Cloud Stream, CQRS, Event Sourcing, RabbitMQ, Apache Kafka, Spring Cloud Data Flow, Spring Integration, general reactive programming, Project Reactor

Serverless, Microservices
Spring Cloud, Spring Cloud Services, Spring Cloud Function, Serverless, Project Riff, Pivotal Function Service

Kubernetes fundamentals, Envoy, Istio, Containers, Pivotal Container Service, Project Riff, Pivotal Function Service

Cloud Foundry
Most Cloud Foundry talks focused on ops or dev practitioners: Pivotal Application Service, Pivotal Cloud Cache, Security, UAA, BOSH, networking

DevOps, CI/CD, Agile
CI/CD, Concourse, Pipelines, DevOps, Iaas Automation, Product Management, TDD, Pairing, Agile/XP and other methodology topics, general IT culture talks

Transformation, Case Studies
End user/customer talks, business talk tracks for executives & IT management

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. Keep proposals free of marketing and sales pitches.
  • 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 in the “Notes for the Content Committee” field. Short, concise abstracts are great for the conference website, but we strongly suggest supplying details for committee consideration. Use the notes field to be specific: what technology will you use? If your abstract is vague, or mentions a lot of different things, what is the main thrust of your talk?
  • If you are proposing a panel, tell us who else would be on it. If co-presenting, include detail about your co-presenter(s).
  • Context is important. If your talk is about something truly groundbreaking, 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.