GitHub Satellite 2017

May 22 to May 23, 2017

Closed on Mar 6, 2017 at 10:54am PST

Event Details

GitHub Satellite is the European edition of our flagship user and product conference, GitHub Universe. Satellite features two keynotes from GitHub leadership and fourteen breakout sessions from all over the GitHub community. We’ll spend an intensive day in breakout sessions featuring open source maintainers, engineering teams with unique scaling challenges, and leaders using software to transform their businesses. Satellite brings together the entire GitHub ecosystem–from software teams that use it every day, to open source communities that call it home, and the partners that are building on top of it.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 3, 2017.

Breakout Themes

  • Code. Share your experience on the nuts and bolts of software, from programing languages & frameworks to developer environments & tools. Take a deep technical look at an open source project and explore the practical application of computer science in production systems.
  • Architecture. Case studies on how you’ve developed software systems to solve real world problems. Are you building distributed systems? Fighting the monolith or microservice tension? How are you balancing technology selection, performance, and technical debt in production?
  • Operations. Shine a light on your infrastructure and all the dependencies that come with it including release systems, scaling, resiliency, and security. Best practices in the ever changing landscape of container systems and cloud services.
  • People. Behind all software are the teams that build it. Explore how teams are collaborating, maintaining health & wellness, building engineering culture, and developing open source communities.


Over 600 attendees are coming from all areas of the software development community, including engineers, CEOs, product managers, designers, and software developers from all over the world. At Satellite, you'll find people who are working together to tackle the latest and most difficult challenges in software—from writing code to shipping impactful technologies. The audience generally breaks down into:

  • Developers (60%)
  • Operations (15%)
  • Technical leaders (15%)
  • Executives (10%)


Breakout sessions are 30 minutes inclusive of Q&A, which is optional. We’re looking for case studies, best practices, and technical deep-dives.

Selection Process

Submissions will be initially 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 March 21, 2017.

Honorarium and Compensation

All speakers will receive a complimentary general admission ticket to Satellite. For speakers that do not already have corporate sponsorship for their speaking engagements, we will offer travel compensation and an honorarium. If you fall into this category and your talk is accepted, you will receive:

  • Three nights of hotel accommodations on the GitHub room block for May 21, 22, 23.
  • Economy airfare reimbursement for travel up to USD $500.
  • USD $500 honorarium, which can also be donated to our scholarship program to provide support to individuals from underrepresented communities.

We strive to make speaking at Satellite as accessible as possible. If your session is selected and you need additional support, such as childcare or a private unique accommodation, please inform our team. We are seeking a range of speakers from different backgrounds, communities, and experience.

Tips for Topics

  • Content should be crafted from the perspective of the developer at various levels and functions in their careers.
  • Clarify key takeaways and be specific about what the audience can expect to learn.
  • Focus on topics that are important to GitHub users, communities, and ecosystem.
  • Be inspirational with what challenges have you faced in building software, and what unique solutions you used to overcome them.
  • Check out previous sessions from Universe 2016 and Satellite 2016 for examples of the types of sessions we’ve selected in the past.
  • Product and sales pitches do not have a place on the Satellite stages.


If you’re interested in speaking at Satellite, 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.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 3, 2017.