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The Call for Participation is now closed!

Thank you for your interest in speaking at UCCSC 2017! This year’s conference will be from August 7-9th, 2017 in beautiful San Diego, CA. We're looking forward to seeing all of your proposals!

If you have questions or concerns about anything you see here, please don’t hesitate to email us at

What to have a look at how many proposals we've received? 

What We're Looking For

UCCSC is a two-day conference with up to seven sessions running concurrently. We’re looking for technical and non-technical talks covering a broad range of topics in IT. Our audience members are sysadmins, developers, QA folks, ed-tech people, designers, former-developers-turned-managers, and many more, with experience levels ranging from beginner to veteran.

We want a mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced-level material. Overall, we are looking for talks of interest to the tech community, and we take a pretty broad view of what that means. If it’s interesting to you, chances are we’d love to see it. 

In addition to our general program, we seek proposals focusing on the greater good. Working for the UCs is unique! We don't just do IT, we do IT with a purpose of improving the world at large. If your proposal highlights how your particular IT benefited the mission of the UC system by supporting students, faculty, or research, it will take priority over other proposals. 

UCCSC fully embraces both new and experienced speakers. We place a strong value on featuring a diverse, creative line-up of speakers: ones from different backgrounds with a wealth of different experiences to share with our attendees.

Session Formats

When submitting a proposal, you'll need to select one of four formats.

Talks: 30 and 45 minute talks, with time for Q&A. 
Mini Tutorials: 90-minute courses teaching practical, immediately applicable skills. 
Panels: Moderator-led groups of 3–5 experts answering moderator and audience questions on a particular topic
Interactive demonstrations: Vendor-neutral demos of hardware and software use in practical situations for operations professionals.



  • EdTec, research, and engineering problem solving!
  • Examples: large, parallel models and simulations of the physical world in high-performance computing systems; putting up walls to prevent hackers from grabbing important data; flex designed classrooms; first-class support of departmental environments.
  • Which UC problems are being solved and how?


  • The way we do business!
  • Examples: telecommuting workforce integration; business process design practices; staff mentorship strategy improvement.
  • How do we keep our staff passionate about their work and what we can accomplish?


  • Application development!
  • Examples: building, analyzing, tuning, testing, and documenting software; data management and manipulation; learning management and communication systems.
  • What systems are being created to help UC?

Research IT (new this year!)

  • Research facilitation innovation!
  • Examples: accelerating technology uptake and informing codes, standards and policy; facilitating the mobility of researchers; and data transparency.
  • How is research IT working in the UC system?

Health IT

  • Healthcare delivery and problem solving!
  • Examples: health policy impact on IT strategy; bioinformatics data handling; health data privacy.
  • How are the lives of patients affected by IT?

Don't see you expertise in one of these tracks? 

Fear not! Send us your proposal and we'll see where you fit best! 

Speaker Benefits

If your session is selected for inclusion in our program, you get:

  • Free admission to the conference.
  • The respect and adulation of your peers!
  • The opportunity to be paired with a speaker mentor before the conference to help you with talk prep. 

We reserve ticket space for folks whose talks are not accepted, so you can wait on buying a ticket until you hear about the status of your talk.

Inside the Review Process

We have a cross-campus ambassador committee made up of hardworking volunteers representing a variety of experience levels. Our first round of review is blind, meaning reviewers will not see your name or biographical information. They will see the title, short description, and pitch. Please keep any potentially identifying information out of these fields.

Once every talk has at least three ratings, we move into the second round, where we evaluate highly-rated talks alongside their biographical information (speaking experience, relevant credentials, etc.) to come up with a balanced program. The Program Committee is heavily committed to selecting a diverse and well-qualified group of speakers.


April 30, 2017, midnight. 

I'm ready to submit! Take me to the Google Form in order to submit my talk!