Call for Speakers


Second Open Data Science Conference in India

Call for Proposals

We are looking for speakers with proven data science expertise and a strong capability to present the latest languages, tools, and models used in Data Science and AI for business. We expect the speakers to be committed to sharing innovative ideas and contributing to the growth of open source software.

To present at ODSC India 2019, please submit your proposal before April 15th , 2019 via our public proposal submission system.

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


Call for Proposals Timeline

  • Open Call for Proposals – December 17th, 2018
  • Last Date to Submit Proposals – April 15th  2019
  • Acceptance Notification: May 15th, 2019
  • Final Program Published: June 30th, 2019


Session Formats:

  • Talks/Case-Studies (45 minutes)
  • Demos (20 or 45 minutes)
  • Hands-on workshop/tutorials (45 or 90 minutes)
  • Full Day Hands-on Training (8 Hours)

Focus Areas

  • Predictive Analytics

  • AI for Engineers

  • Machine Learning

  • Deep Learning

  • AI Research

  • Data Science Management

  • Data Science at Scale

  • Data Science Kickstarter


  • Computer Vision

  • Natural Language Processing

  • Speech Recognition

  • Machine Learning in Production

  • Data Visualization

  • Recommendation Engine

  • Autonomous Vehicles


  • Python, R, Julia, Scala

  • Apache Hadoop, Spark, Storm, Flink, Kafka, Druid

  • Tensorflow, MXNet, Caffe, CNTK

  • Azure ML, Amazon ML,, IBM Watson, Cloud ML

  • D3, Vega, RGL, Tableau

  • Neo4j, Cassandra, Redis

Submit Proposals

Review Process

We are looking for deep technical topics related to Data Science. We are committed to diversity and believe in transparency. Hence, all proposals will be public.

Registered user of the submission system will be able to comment on your proposal. You are required to reply to those comments to provide clarifications, explain revisions and respond to questions. The program team will look at how well you’ve responded to comments and updated your proposal to incorporate public suggestions. Ultimately the decision to accept a session resides with the program team.

Your proposal stands the best chance to be selected, if it’s unique, fully flushed, ready-to-go. Please ensure you’ve read:

  1. Selection Criteria
  2. Good Proposal Attributes
  3. Best Selection Chance
  4. Tips for Proposals

To encourage early submissions and iterative improvement of proposals, we start accepting proposals as soon as we find them a good fit. Since competition gets tougher with progressing time, it is advisable to avoid waiting until the last minute for proposal submission.

Conference Videos

All conference videos will be recorded and released freely under Creative Commons (CC) License on our YouTube Channel. The speaker owns the copyrights to the videos.

Compensation for speakers

Primary speakers will be compensated as follows:

Session Duration Speakers from India Speakers outside India
45-90 minutes session
  • Domestic Economy Flight Tickets
  • 1 Free Conference Registration
  • 1 Hotel Night
  • International Economy Flight Tickets
  • 1 Free Conference Registration
  • 2 Hotel Nights
20 minutes session 1 Free Conference Registration 1 Free Conference Registration
< 20 minutes No Compensation No Compensation

* This compensation is valid for primary speaker only. Co-presenters will get a complimentary conference pass when presenting a 45 mins or longer session.

Speaker pass is valid for the main conference days on Aug 8th and 9th. Aug 7th and 10th are pre/post-conference training days, which are not included in the speaker pass.

If a speaker is presenting multiple sessions, then the maximum number of complimentary room nights a speaker can avail are capped at max 3 nights.

Speakers are requested to maintain effective control on travel expenses in order to maintain the financial viability of the conference.

The conference will book your hotel stay. For flights, we request you to get your flights reviewed by our Speaker Manager, Aditi ( before you book them.

To get your flight expenses reimbursed, please email the following details to

  • Your flight tickets
  • Reimbursement Invoice addressed to ConfEngine Events Pvt Ltd No.20, 12th Cross, Cubbonpet, Bengaluru – 560002
  • Please include your bank details in the invoice itself
  • Copy of your passport info page
Submit Proposals

VISA for Entering India

We recommend all foreign delegates (speakers & participants) apply for e-Tourist Visa, three-month before your arrival in India. This is the safest, cheapest and most hassle-free visa. A casual business visit is allowed as part of an e-Tourist visa.

While filling your visa application online, please fill only mandatory fields. Skip optional fields. Also, use the following person’s details as the contact person:

Miss. Sayoni Pal,
Sales Executive,
Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway
26/1, Dr. Rajkumar Road, Malleswaram-Rajajinagar, Bangalore, Karnataka 560055, India
Mobile: +91 95910 33962

Citizens from other countries are required to apply for a tourist or business visa at their nearest Indian Embassy. Please request us for an invitation letter. Start your visa process at least 2 months before your departure to India.

Please do not apply for Conference Visa. This visa is only applicable for government-run conferences.