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New Voices in Tech

The YOW! New Voices in Tech speaker development program is part of our effort to encourage gender diversity in tech conference speakers. Submissions are open to women and non-binary femme people living in Australia and ten selected participants receive a full day training workshop with technical speaking expert Damian Conway. The intent is to enable a wider range of people in technology to become more engaged in the industry, reach their goals and achieve their potential.

Since women in particular are most often asked to speak on core-skill topics (like diversity, management, and agile), we are specifically looking for talks on technical subjects. Last year’s topics included infrastructure as code, data pipelines, machine learning, CI/CD systems, GraphQL, Kafka, mathematics in coding, Azure Signal-R and data science.

YOW! is always looking for talented speakers for our events and we are pleased that a number of past “graduates” from this workshop have gone on to become YOW! speakers. Our 2019 workshop participants went on to speak at conferences throughout the year including DDD and Serverless Days.

To help make the workshop more accessible to participants, we alternate the city location each year. The 2020 workshop will be held in Sydney on Wednesday 20 May.  Participants must be available to attend the full day and come prepared to deliver a 10 minute presentation.

Submit your application by sending us a brief bio and a 200 word abstract on the technical topic you would like to present in the workshop. All entries will be assessed by an independent committee.

Help us spread the word and refer the program to the great technologists or innovators you know! If you have previously submitted an application and you were not successful, we welcome you to submit again.

Submissions close Sunday 29 March 2020.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome during the week of 20 April.

If you would like to participate but you are unsure about how to write your proposal, consider joining the Global Diversity CFP Day in your city (18 January 2020)

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