Git Merge 2017

February 3 to February 3, 2017

Closed on Feb 2, 2017 at 06:39am PST

Event Details

Git Merge is the Git community conference, focused on contributors, source control teams, and end-users of the best open source version control system. By participating in Git Merge, you are showing your commitment to the community of users and developers of a tool that has become an integral part of all of our development workflows.


The 10 breakout sessions are generally technically leaning, featuring sessions on workflows and case studies from individuals and organizations pushing Git to the limits. We want to hear how you're using Git in unexpected ways. Take us deep into how your team is using Git at massive scale. Share how you're bringing new developers into the fold with Git. If Git is a major part of how you work, we want to hear your story.


Over 250 attendees are coming from all areas of the software development community. You can expect the audience to be technical and general experts with Git. They'll come from open source projects and professional software teams at organizations large and small.


Sessions are 30-minutes inclusive of Q&A. We’re looking for talks that feature how Git is used in your software workflow, technical deep-dives, becoming a Git contributor, building on top of Git, and scaling Git across teams.

Selection process

Talks will be blind reviewed by a panel of GitHub employees from a range of departments and backgrounds. Speaker information will be used in any final reviews necessary to break ties and bring a balance to the speaking line-up. Final selections should be complete by December 2, 2016.

Speaker Expenses

All speakers will receive admission to Git Merge and all regular activities, including pre-conference workshops and the afterparty. For those speakers that do not already have corporate sponsorship of their speaking engagements, we will offer travel compensation. If you fall into this category and your talk is accepted, you will receive:

  • Two nights of hotel accommodations (February 2nd and 3rd) provided in the GitHub room block.
  • Economy airfare reimbursement up to $500 USD.

We strive to make speaking at Git Merge as accessible as possible. If your session is selected and you need additional support, including childcare or unique accommodations, then please inform our team. If you’re considering speaking, please remember that we’re seeking a range of speakers from different backgrounds, communities, and experience.


If you’re interested in speaking at Git Merge, please first familiarize yourself with our Code of Conduct, and then complete the proposal form which includes a brief description of your proposal description (2-3 paragraphs is fine), proposal title, and speaker details.

Tips for Topics

  • Clarify key takeaways: what can the audience expect to learn?
  • Avoid product or sales pitches
  • Focus on topics that are relevant to the conference theme: Git and the Git community. Because this conference is about the Git community as a whole, we are not seeking sessions that are focused on GitHub as a product or company.
  • Be innovative: Share unique knowledge, explore new use cases, expand the conversation.