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ABLEconf 2012 Call for Participation

UPDATE: The Call for Proposals deadline has been extended one week to Sunday, the 18th of December. Please email proposals to

The annual Arizona Business Liberty Experience Conference (ABLEconf) brings together technology experts and business leaders to discuss how open technologies can help transform Arizona businesses. It is a meeting place where innovative companies can discuss how they have benefited from open source technologies, and where technology experts can gain real-world feedback from business leaders on their latest projects. Previous attendees and presenters represent a wide array of backgrounds, including:

  • Developers and programmers
  • System administrators
  • Hackers and geeks
  • Enterprise architects
  • Business Analysts
  • IT managers, CxOs and entrepreneurs
  • Trainers and educators
  • Open source enthusiasts and activists

We welcome participants who are willing to share their experiences solving real world business challenges with free / open source software. We invite you to submit a proposal for sessions, posters, tutorials, and panel discussions at ABLEconf 2012. Proposals should include as much detail about the topic and format as possible, and follow the guidelines listed below. We are looking for a wide array of potential topics, including but not limited to:

  • Doing more with less
  • Open technology in smart phones and mobile networked devices
  • Cloud computing, openness in distributed services
  • Geek lifestyle – hacking, quantified self, inbox zero, maker culture
  • Best practices for building a business around open technology
  • Open web, open standards, open data
  • Open technology transforming government, health care and education
  • Using open practices in management
  • Information security
  • Software licensing
  • Multimedia applications for open source
  • Interoperability
  • Emerging technologies

Presentation Types

ABLEconf 2012 will have a variety of opportunities to present your ideas. This includes:

  • Tutorial Sessions: These 3-hour sessions are designed to give hands-on experience working with open-source technologies.
  • Presentations: These are 50-minute presentations that should include time for a question-and-answer portion.
  • Panel Discussions: These 50-minute panels are meant to be more informal, and give multiple speakers a chance to dialogue with the audience.
  • Hackfests: These 6 hour long events will run throughout the conference.
  • Open Labs: There will be opportunities to have a sponsored, open-lab session throughout the conference. These are meant to be very interactive.

Proposal Information

In keeping with the spirit of the conference, all proposals must be submitted in an open, cross-platform format (eg: HTML, PDF, ODF, plain text). When submitting your proposal, please include the following information:

  • Contact information (name,phone, and email address)
  • Proposed title
  • Overview and extended descriptions of the proposal
  • Type of activity
    • Presentation: main idea, sub topics, conclusion
    • Panel: confirmed members of the panel, topic, participation model
    • Event: type of event (e.g. hackfest, after-hours), sponsorship (ABLEconf, private, corporate), attendance model (e.g. invitation, open, registration)
  • Suggested track (optional)
  • Speaker Affiliation (optional)
  • Speaker(s): expertise and summary biography
  • Suggested tags

Proposals will be accepted via email. Please send all proposals to Please make note of the submission deadlines listed below. Absolutely NO late submissions will be considered.

Some tips for writing a good proposal for a good talk:

  • Help us understand why your presentation is the right one for ABLEconf.
  • Keep the audience in mind: they’re professional, technical or business oriented.
  • Clearly identify the level of the talk and why people will want to attend: is it for beginners to the topic, or for gurus? Is this a trending topic, or an installation tutorial?
  • Give it a simple and straightforward title or name: fancy and clever titles or descriptions make it harder for people (committee and attendees) to figure out what you’re really talking about
  • Limit the scope of the talk: in 50 minutes, expect to pick a useful aspect of a topic; a particular technique; or walk through a simple business plan.
  • Pages of code are unreadable: mere mortals can deal with code a few lines at a time.
  • Be authentic! Your peers need original presentation ideas that focus real-world scenarios, relevant examples, and knowledge transfer.
  • If you are proposing a panel, tell us who else would be on it, and be aware you are responsible for ensuring those individuals agree to join the panel.
  • Most importantly, present something relevant. One of your challenges as a proposer is to demonstrate that you understand that attendees might need an extra reason to pay attention to something that they might otherwise think of as "settled".

Important Dates

  • Call for Participants Early Bird Deadline: November 20, 2011
  • Call for Participants Final Deadline: December 11, 2011
  • Notification to All Submitters: January 9, 2012
  • Program Announced and Registration Opens: January 20, 2012
  • ABLEconf 2012: March 24, 2012

Need help With Your Submission?

The ABLEconf speaker committee is happy to assist with any questions or problems you might have in preparing and submitting your proposal. You can email with your questions. We're happy to work with you to get a good and interesting conference program.

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