The devopsdays Silicon Valley Call for Proposals is now open! The CFP closes February 9, 2018 11:59:59 PM PT, and speakers will be notified by February 16, 2018.
devopsdays Silicon Valley takes place May 17-18 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Accepted speakers are invited to practice their talk at CHM and join other speakers for a speakers dinner on May 16, 2018.
All selected speakers will receive a free ticket to the event. Based on need and available budget, we will provide expense reimbursements up to $2000.
Choosing talks is part art, part science; here are some factors we consider when trying to assemble the best possible program for our local audience:
- Broad appeal: How will your talk play out in a room of people with a variety of backgrounds? Technical deep dives need more levels to provide value for the whole room, some of whom might not use your specific tool.
- New local presenters: You are the only one who can tell your story. We are very interested in the challenges and successes being experienced in our local area. We are happy to provide guidance/coaching for new speakers upon request.
- Under-represented voices: We want to hear all voices, including those that may speak less frequently at similar events. Whether you're in a field not typically thought of as a technology field, you're in a large, traditional organization, or you're the only person at your organization with your background, we are interested in your unique experience.
- Original content
- No third-party submissions: If a PR firm or your marketing department is proposing the talk, you've already shown that as a speaker you're distant from the process. This is a small community-driven event, and speakers need to be directly engaged with the organizers and attendees.
- No vendor pitches: As much as we value vendors and sponsors, we are not going to accept a talk that appears to be a pitch for your product.
Key components for the evaluation process:
- Interesting and catchy title
- Clarity of thought and presentation
- Fresh, current, unique perspectives
When evaluating a proposal we are also looking at (Make sure your proposal answers these questions!):
- Who is this for?
- What will they learn?
- Why does it matter?
- February 9 - CFP closes
- February 16 - Confirmation of speaker selection
- February 26 - Announcement of Schedule
- May 16 - Speaker practice session and dinner
- May 17-18 devopsdays Silicon Valley
If you'd like to lead a group discussion during the Open Space breakout sessions, it is not necessary to propose it ahead of time. Those topics are suggested in person at the conference. If you'd like to demo your product or service, you should sponsor the event and demo it at your table.
Direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.