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Just Two Weeks Left in the JavaOne 2012 Call for Papers!

Posted by editor on March 26, 2012 at 9:44 PM PDT

In the past I've always publicized the start and end of the JavaOne Call for Papers (CfP) period. But, this year, it has special significance for me -- I'm planning to submit a proposal for a JavaOne session this year! So, with the deadline just two weeks away (11:59 PM Pacific Time on April 9), I'm paying more attention to the JavaOne CfP deadline than ever before.

Now that I'm into the process, I realize that submitting a proposed JavaOne paper involves quite a lot of work, and forethought. The Submission Information page describes the requirements for submitting a proposal for a JavaOne 2012 session. The Tips and Guidelines page provides advice on how to submit a successful proposal.

If you're thinking about submitting a proposal and you haven't started work on it yet, here are some of the things you need to start thinking about and planning (items you'll need to enter as you submit your proposal):

  • Title: You only have 80 characters, so make it brief; but, also be sure to accurately describe your session.
  • Abstract: in 750 characters, tell JavaOne attendees what they'll learn if they attend your session.
  • Presentation Summary: this extended section is your opportunity to describe to the JavaOne committee the real gist of your proposed session. This content will not necessarily be seen by JavaOne attendees, but what you put here could make the committee decide to accept your proposal, over someone else's proposal. This section is your best opportunity to describe in some detail the actual content of your session, and its significance.
  • Takeaways: in a single phrase each, describe the three top "take-aways" you intend to provide to your session's audience.
  • Session Type: options for JavaOne 2012 include: 1 hour conference session; 1 hour panel; 1 or 2 hour hands-on lab; ~45 minute Birds of a Feather (BOF); 1 hour Community Keynote; 2 hour interactive tutorial (a new type of JavaOne session).
  • Session Category: Best Practices, Case Study, Product/Strategy Roadmap, or Other.
  • Experience Level: Introductory, Intermediate, or Advanced.
  • Attendee Roles: select two groups of people who can best profit from attending your session (Architect, Enterprise Developer, Mobile Developer, Desktop Developer, etc.).

A nice feature: you can start filling out your session proposal form, then save it and return to do more work on it later. However, you must "complete" a page before you can save your info and quit. To be able to save what I had entered on the first page (which took me some time), I ended up entering very tiny abstract and presentation summary blocks last night. I'll come back to those and expand the entries later -- but soon, of necessity!

In order to submit a proposal for a JavaOne 2012 session, you need an Oracle user account.

Overall, as someone with decades of experience running a small company and working with bigger companies that contract out to U.S. government and corporate entities, I find the JavaOne Call for Papers site/platform to be well organized, well structured. They're not going to do the work for you, but the information they're asking you to provide is well-tailored toward helping you organize your own thoughts with respect to making what you want to present useful to the particular subset of JavaOne attendees to whom you'd like to speak. The proposal site makes you think about why you want to present your session, who it's likely to benefit, etc. That's pretty cool!

I just wish I had a bit more time before the deadline (Monday, April 9, 11:59 PM Pacific US time) to complete my proposal... Back to it soon!


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