Call for Speakers and Instructors

Open Data Science Conference returns to Boston April 30 – May 3, 2019

ODSC Speaker Profile

An ODSC speaker is someone with proven data science expertise and a strong ability to present the latest languages, tools, and models used in data science and AI for business. These individuals are committed to sharing innovative ideas and contributing to the growth of open source software.

Since its inception, the Open Data Science Conference has highlighted the significant contributions presenters make to the field of data science. Thanks to their participation, attendees have come to expect the highest quality talks, workshops, and training sessions.

Why speak at ODSC?

  • Expertise Present before a highly motivated and activated audience 
  • Dialogue Directly engage with a diverse data science community ranging from PhD data scientists to senior engineers, team leads, C-suite executives, and enthusiastic beginners 
  • Network Interact with top-level core contributors in data science as well as thought leaders and innovators 
  • Experience Receive our rock-star speaker treatment, which includes a complimentary four-day conference pass and access to our VIP/Speaker Lounge 

Call for Speakers Timeline

First Open Call for Speakers – October 25, 2018
End of First Round of Call for Speakers – December 9th, 2018

Second Open Call for Speakers– December 10th, 2018

Please be advised that the First Open Call for Speakers is the best opportunity to get your session accepted for ODSC East. The Second Open Call for Speakers is a rolling call for submissions and is determined by any focus areas in which the speaker committee feels more quality speakers are needed.

You can submit a presentation for ODSC conference or for “Accelerate AI” summit, which is ODSC’s business summit. Co-located with ODSC, the summit brings together top industry executives and CxOs to help attendees understand how AI and data science transforms business.

Submission Notification

All submissions will received notification, regardless of status, by February 1st. All proposals submitted after this deadline will receive a response within three weeks.  

Talk Session Formats

Proposals will be considered for the following types of presentations:

Format for Technical Sessions

  • Talk (50 minutes)
  • Hands-on workshop (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • Tutorial (1 hour 45 minutes, no coding)
  • Half Day Hands-on Training (3.5 hours)
  • Full Day Hands-on Training (3.5 hours x 2)

Format for Business Sessions

  • Talk (30 minutes)
  • Panel (45 minutes, propose panel topic)
  • Hands-on workshop (90 minutes)
  • Tutorial (90 minutes, no coding)

Submission Guidelines

Here are some helpful guidelines to consider for your proposal:


Your title should grab the interest of attendees and concisely tell attendees what your session is about.


The recommended abstract must be at least 250 words. Ensure your abstract is succinct and speaks to both the topic and context of your presentation. This abstract will be used on an online speaker page, mobile app, and other online marketing platforms. The description must also explain what the attendee will learn from your presentation.

Be advised that the speaker committee reserves the right to reject any talk at any time, if the presentation does not match the abstract and stated intent.

Topic Difficulty Level

ODSC attracts a highly-educated audience of data science practitioners. The topic difficulty level you select must consider the quality of our audience in addition the complexity of the data science languages and tools you will discuss.

Beginner: These sessions help attendees learn the fundamentals of a subject area.

Intermediate: These sessions help attendees increase their knowledge of a subject area.

Advanced: These sessions help attendees increase their already advanced knowledge of a subject area.

On the submission form, you will be asked to explain why the particular topic difficulty level was selected.

Workshop and Training

Workshop and Training sessions require a demonstrable track record in data science instruction. Individuals who qualify include those who have experience teaching at a university, boot camp, or educational organization; as well as core contributors to the data science field.

Workshop and training sessions will undergo a secondary review process of the session’s curriculum.


In keeping with our motto, “The Future of AI is Here,” original presentations and materials are preferred in contrast to recycled presentations.

Product and Service Pitches

Product or services pitches are expressly prohibited by ODSC. When you submit, you are obligated to confirm your proposal is not a sales pitch for a proprietary software or an indirect sales channel for a company. If you are looking for an exposure opportunity for your company,  other openings and avenues at the conference abound. Please email us at for more details.

Additional Information

If you know someone who would be a great addition to our roster of speakers, please, let us know at

If you are a business looking to present to our data science audience, please see our partner section.

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Topics of Interest

Focus Areas

  • Deep Learning

  • Machine Learning

  • Predictive Analytics

  • Natural Language Processing

  • Cognitive Computing

  • Data Wrangling

  • AI Research

  • Data Science at Scale

  • Data Science Managment

  • Data Science Workflow


  • Python, Jupyter Notebooks

  • R programming, Julia, Scala, Stan

  • Apache Spark, MLlib, Streaming

  • Tensorflow, MXNet, Caffe, CNTK

  • Scikit-learn, Theano, Shogun, Pylearn2

  • Azure ML, Amazon ML,, Cloud ML

  • Neo4J, D3.js, R-Shiny

  • Hadoop, Apache Storm, Apache Flink, Kafka


  • Recommendation Systems

  • Transfer Learning

  • Machine vision

  • Autonomous Machines

  • Conversational AI

  • Data Science Research

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Speech Recognition

  • Data Science for Good

  • 200+ Speakers over 4 days