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Event details

Conference date: Friday, February 1, 2019
Pre-conference workshops: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Location: The EGG Brussels, Belgium
Deadline for submissions: October 21 2018
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Git Merge is the annual Git community conference, focused on contributors, source control teams, and end-users of the best open source version control system. Every year, over 250 people participate in Git Merge, showing their commitment to the community of users and developers of a tool that has become an integral part of all of our development workflows.

The main event (Friday, February 1) is a full-day, single-track conference featuring technical content. Preceding the main event (Thursday, January 31) is a full day of workshops and training sessions (for Git beginners and the uber-advanced) and the annual Git Contributors Summit.

About you

We like opinionated, thoughtful, and compelling sessions from diverse speakers with all levels of experience, whether it's your first talk or your fiftieth. We’re available for any questions as you go through the application process. Before submitting a session, please look over the conference code of conduct.


All general sessions are 30 minutes long. We’re looking for talks that explore 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.

All workshop sessions are 50 minutes long and are designed to be interactive learning experiences in a classroom setting. Consider the length of workshop if you require any pre-workshop downloads (we can try to communicate the prerequisites beforehand). Technical levels for attendees will vary, so please suggest the intended level of experience in your session description. 


Content is 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 350 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.

Selection process

Submissions 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 Tuesday, November 20 2018.

Speaker compensation

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 (January 31 and February 1). Hotel must be equivalent to or less than USD $330/night (including all fees and taxes) and receipts must be submitted. Workshop speakers will receive an extra night of accommodation, Jan 30.
  • 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.

Tips for topics

  • Clarify key takeaways: what can the audience expect to learn?
  • We recommend your session be concise and focused—history lessons and overviews are not great in this format. The narrower your topic is, the deeper you can dive into it, giving the audience more to take home.
  • 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.
  • Please do not incorporate Q&A time into your session - it doesn’t translate well on the livestream or in videos. You will have plenty of time to address questions 1:1 with your audience after your session. 
  • We don’t recommend live demos. 
  • We will not accept product or sales pitches.


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.

Please note: all sessions will be recorded. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, October 21 2018

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If you have any questions, please email events@github.com.