MongoDB World 2018

New York City June 26, 2018, June 27, 2018

CFP closed at  February 15, 2018 17:02 UTC

MongoDB World is where the world’s fastest growing database community comes to connect, explore, and learn. Join us for hands-on and deep dive technical sessions, giving you the tools you need to build and deploy your giant ideas.

Connect with the fastest-growing database community

Explore new features, technologies and methodologies with the experts

Learn how to deploy mission-critical applications at scale

Who Attends?

  • Developers: Get insight into building applications with MongoDB, from the fundamentals to advanced application design techniques.
  • Ops Engineers: Learn best practices around performance, scale, and healthy maintenance of a MongoDB cluster.

CFP Description

MongoDB World 2018 Call for Proposals

If you use MongoDB and have an interesting story to tell, we’d love to hear from you. We’re looking for speakers who can inspire and equip engineers by introducing them to new software, ideas, and solutions. MongoDB World features four kinds of talks:

  • Technical Talks
  • Tutorial Deep Dives
  • Business and Use-Case Talks
  • Make it Matter Talks

Technical Talks (40 minutes)

Tech talks should be rich with examples, code, or demos. They should help the audience understand complex concepts or behaviors or demonstrate how to use a service, software library, or tool. Three tech talks from last year’s MongoDB World that were very well received were:

Tutorial Deep Dives (80 minutes)

Tutorials provide an environment in which attendees learn by doing. Attendees should walk away knowing how to do something new. A good tutorial is one that is easy to follow, but keeps everyone on their toes. Successful tutorials from MongoDB 2017 include:

Business and Use-Case Talks (40 minutes)

Business and use case talks describe a scenario that will resonate with many other attendees and provide a clear set of takeaways that the audience can use to solve similar challenges in their own organizations. The two talks below were very well received last year.

Make it Matter Talks (20 minutes or 40 minutes)

The Make it Matter track includes talks on technology that welcome, but don’t require a focus on MongoDB use. The track is presented in the Women and Trans Coders (WTC) Lounge at MongoDB World. Topics suitable for other tracks are also suitable for the WTC lounge.

If you would like to deliver a talk in a more intimate setting, consider submitting a Make it Matter session proposal. Sessions in the WTC Lounge will be open to all conference attendees. The Lounge is run in part by MongoDB’s internal Women and Trans Coders group, and the purpose of this space is to amplify the voices of non-binary people, women, and trans people of all genders within our engineering community. To further that goal, we limit speakers in the WTC Lounge to those communities.

Past sessions have addressed subjects including:

  • Using Big Data to do good
  • Building accessible apps
  • Infrastructure and automation
  • Engineering

Developing Apps for Developing Countries by Jameson Hampton is an example of a WTC Lounge talk from last year’s MongoDB World that was very well received.

The MongoDB World Audience

The audience at MongoDB World is primarily composed of software developers and ops engineers, but architects and those in many other roles join us as well. - Attendees range from those who know very little about MongoDB to engineers who have been using MongoDB in production for years. When writing your proposal, please tailor it to a specific audience level:

  • Beginners - Competent engineers who have never used MongoDB before. You’ll want to introduce key concepts, help them get started, and show them how to continue their learning journey.
  • Intermediate - These engineers have already built and shipped an MVP. They’re ready to dive deeper to learn about using MongoDB at scale.
  • Advanced - These engineers have built and maintain MongoDB applications at scale. They are veterans, but you’re going to teach them something new.

Submitting Your Proposal

You will need to complete the following sections in submitting your proposal. Please follow the instructions specified here for each section.


Puns, creative word play, and “hooks” in titles are okay, but make sure that if all someone knew was the title, they still would have some idea what the presentation is about.

Elevator Pitch

Both your title and the elevator pitch will be used to promote your talk on the MongoDB World website. You have 300 characters to sell your talk to the audience. Make it as exciting and enticing as possible.


Make the description of your talk as compelling and exciting as possible. The primary audience for this section of your proposal is the program committee. Your objective should be to convince the committee to select your talk. Please include the following three sections in your description.

1. Who should attend?

Who is this talk for? What background knowledge or experience do you expect the audience to have?

2. Why should they attend?

What tangible value do you expect the audience to take away from your talk? Will they be able to make better design decisions in their own work; use a software library or tool they did not know how to use before; something else?

3. What will I tell them?

Provide an outline for your talk. Please be as detailed as possible. It is not necessary to have completely written your talk already, but you should have an idea of what points you intend to make. The outline is extremely helpful in understanding the content and structure of your proposed talk. We hope that writing the outline is helpful to you as well, to organize and clarify your proposal! The outline will not be shared with conference attendees.