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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 YOW! New Voices in Tech workshops have gone on to become YOW! speakers. Our 2019 workshop participants went on to speak at conferences throughout the year including YOW! Perth, DDD, Serverless Days, DevFest and Microsoft Innovate.

The 2020 workshop will be held in Sydney on Wednesday 20 May. Thank you to YOW! Gold Community Partners ThoughtWorks for making this workshop more accessible by covering travel and accommodation costs for selected participants located outside Sydney.

Submit your application by using the form at the bottom of this page to send us a brief bio and a 200 word abstract on the technical topic you would like to present in the workshop.  Participants must be available to attend the full day and come prepared to deliver a 10 minute presentation. All entries will be assessed by an independent committee using an anonymised selection process.

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.

YOW! New Voices in Tech 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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