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Momentum 2023

event date

19 Oct 2023


Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Momentum Developer Conference is a one-day event in Cincinnati, Ohio that brings software developers together to sharpen skills, make connections, and geek out with impunity. Organized by members of the community from a wide variety of backgrounds, we want to build an event that covers topics across the software development landscape. Momentum is more than a developer conference, it's a catapult for your career.

After you’ve enjoyed our riveting presentations, we encourage you to explore all the city has to offer, including a wide range of restaurants, breweries, or throw axes with friends.

All speakers, attendees, sponsors, and volunteers are expected to follow the Code of Conduct available here: 

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Call for Speakers
Call opens at 12:00 AM

01 May 2023

Call closes at 11:59 PM

31 May 2023

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TL;DR — 50 minute sessions related to software development, presented in-person in Cincinnati, Ohio. Hotel and conference ticket are covered for speakers.

About Momentum

We are excited to welcome speakers to submit a talk for Momentum in Downtown Cincinnati on Thursday, October 19th, 2023! We are looking for talks that cover the full spectrum of developer interests and help developers solve common challenges they experience. We also love to hear about new, exciting, unique, and interesting topics from speakers that show a passion for the subject matter.

We believe diversity of speakers and topics makes our event better. We welcome speakers of all experience levels and backgrounds.  

Submission guidelines

  • All sessions are 50 minutes in length, with 15 minute breaks in between each session. You can optionally use the last 5-10 minutes of the session for Q&A.
  • We want to be as excited about your idea as you are. To do that, give us a clear picture of what you want to speak about and highlight the most important parts. What's the purpose of the talk? Is the beginning, middle, and ending clear? If you'd like to learn more about how to write a good abstract, we've got you covered in this blog post.
  • Please select a few tags that cover the topics for your talk. These help attendees decide which talks to attend during the event.
  • Bonus points if you include “key takeaways for attendees”, if they are not already in the talk description. For instance, this could be a series of practical steps to mastering a new skill or new insights/perspective to bring to a problem.
  • Submitted talks can be edited up until the close of the CfS at midnight May 31st (ET).


We are looking for talks that cover a wide range of topics across software development. Please choose the tags that are most-relevant to your session:

  • AI & ML — Talks related to artificial intelligence and machine learning. Topics include working with different data stores (SQL/NoSQL), data analytics, AI, and ML.
  • Back-end — Talks related to building and scaling server-side systems. This includes server-side frameworks, working with APIs, architecting and maintaining complex systems.
  • Cloud & Infrastructure — Talks about using cloud providers and services like AWS, Azure, and GCP. This includes topics like utilizing cloud services, cost management and optimization, cloud migrations, and networking.
  • Data — Talks related to data science, engineering, and working with data of all sizes. Topics include data processing, cleaning, and analytics.
  • Databases — Talks about working with databases and other data stores. Topics include SQL, NoSQL, search, message queues, and key-value stores.
  • Design — Talks about all the ways that users can interact with our software and how to make it a joy to use. Topics include user interface design, design systems, user experience, accessibility, and voice-driven applications.
  • DevOps — Talks related to automating processes around software development and infrastructure. This includes infrastructure as code, CI/CD, deployments, orchestration, containers.
  • Front-end & Web — Talks related to building software for the web and desktop clients. Topics include HMTL, CSS, Javascript, front-end frameworks, browser tools, WebGL, and other tools that help support front-end development.
  • Hardware & IoT — Talks about software for interacting with hardware and the Internet of Things. Topics include microcomputers (Arduino/RasPi), circuits, sensors, and 3d printing.
  • Languages & Frameworks — Talks about your favorite programming languages and frameworks. This may include introductions to a language/framework, or a deeper dive into advanced features.
  • Mobile — Talks about developing for mobile devices. Topics include native and hybrid app development, wearable platform development, augmented and virtual reality.
  • Patterns & Practices — Talks about the patterns and practices we use when developing software. Topics include best practices, design patterns, libraries, and programming paradigms (object oriented, functional, etc.).
  • Professional Skills — Talks about furthering our careers and building great teams and developing the soft skills needed to be even more successful. Topics include career paths, leadership, mentoring, diversity, inclusion, and conflict management.
  • Security — Talks about how to build secure software and identify security threats. Topics include application security testing, best-practices, and risk management.
  • Testing — Talks about how to deliver high quality software. Topics include manual, automated, and integration testing, as well as other quality assurance methodologies.
  • Other — Talks that do not fit into the other categories. If you have a great talk but it does not fit into the other tags, choose this one.

Want help with abstracts?

If you’re looking for guidance writing your abstract, we've created this handy blog post to help get you started: Writing a Winning Proposal in Four Easy Steps

You can also join our #call-for-speakers Slack channel to collaborate with other speakers and organizers to brainstorm and perfect your ideas. Join here:

If you have any other questions, please email us at

Selection process

  • Review begins after Call for Speakers closes.
  • Anonymous first pass review by the Session Review Team.
  • Second pass review by Steering Committee members.
  • We will be selecting 30 sessions, covering 5 rooms in 6 time slots. Speakers will be notified by July 3rd.

Please review our code of conduct before submitting.


expenses covered

event fee

free for speakers

Travel expenses are not covered at this time.