Call for Speakers and Instructors

ODSC Europe 2021

June 8th – 10th

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

  • Call for Speaker Proposals Opens – December 1, 2020
  • Deadline for Round One Speaker Proposals – February 19, 2021
  • Round One Notification of Acceptance – March 14, 2021
  • Round Two for Speaker Proposals Opens – March 15, 2021
  • Round Two Deadline for Speaker Proposals Closes – April 4, 2021
  • Round Two Notification of Acceptance – April 11, 2021

Please be advised that the First Open Call for Speakers is the best opportunity to get your session accepted for ODSC Europe. The Second Open Call for Speakers is a rolling call for submissions and depends upon filling any focus areas the speaker committee feels needs more quality speakers.

Talk Session Formats

Proposals will be considered for the following types of presentations:

Format for Technical Sessions

  • Talk (45 minutes)
  • Hands-on workshop (1 hour 30 minutes)
  • Tutorial (1 hour 30 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 (30 minutes, propose panel topic)
  • Tutorial (60 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. However, 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 to 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 those who are core contributors to the data science field.

Workshop and training sessions will undergo a secondary review process.


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 & Demo Theater

If you wish to showcase a product or service at ODSC please fill out our form here and express your interest in our Demo Theater tracks. Otherwise product or services pitches are expressly prohibited by ODSC. When you submit, please confirm your proposal complies with this requirement. 

Click here to Submit your Speaker proposal
Click here to Submit your Content Committee Member proposal

Additional Information

If you know someone who is a talented speaker and would be a great addition to the conference,  please let us know at

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

Topic 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

Join us for ODSC Europe 2021 and Raise Your Profile in our Data Science Community

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