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Submission Guidelines – DevFest Melbourne

DevFest is a great, welcoming place to share your ideas and gain new skills and we would like people from all backgrounds to take part in speaking. We are especially keen on welcoming people who identify as female, junior developers and people from minority backgrounds to increase the diversity of ideas and personalities present in our group.

If you are new to public speaking in this format we may be able to provide mentoring and/or slide review from more experienced presenters. You don’t have to be super technical or have many years of experience! You just have to have something interesting to discuss or teach. If you have a new idea or unique format that fits with the general themes of a GDG DevFest please fill out a proposal or reach out to anyone in the organiser team to discuss.

If you would like to see examples for speaker profiles please check out last year’s DevFest website. The details collected via ConfEngine about your bio and presentation will be posted to the YOW! and GDG Melbourne public websites.

You need to provide sufficient detail in your submission to enable the reviewers to understand your proposal and clearly identify what an attendee will gain from attending your session. You should include the following information in the following parts of the submission system:

Presentation TitleTitle of the presentation (please keep it brief and specific)
AbstractExplain what the talk is about in plain English in 2 to 3 paragraphs. Your abstract should provide enough details for the reviewers to understand and assess your proposal and potential audience members to determine what your talk is about.
Presentation TypeThe type of presentation you are proposing:


  • Talk: a conventional conference presentation of 30 minutes including introductions and questions. They are conducted in a lecture format, providing a focused explanation on a single topic.
Duration (in mins)The duration of your session:


  • 30 mins
LevelIndicate the level / background of the audience your talk is aimed at. If it can be for anyone, choose Beginner:


  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
Theme / Topic / CategoryChoose one category that best represents your talk:


  • Android
  • AI & ML
  • IoT
  • Flutter
  • Kotlin
  • Google Assistant/Actions
  • Augmented Reality
  • Gaming Development
  • Chrome OS
  • Cloud
  • Angular/Web
  • Material Design
  • UI/UX
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Non-technical/Inspirational
Co-PresentersThe details of any additional presenters (they must have a ConfEngine account).
Target AudienceThe roles / audience that will get the most benefit from this talk.

The following sections are all OPTIONAL and can be used to give the selection committee more information about your talk and your speaking experience. If you don’t have anything more to add, feel free to skip to the end!

Session PrerequisiteDetail what an attendee should know or do before attending or anything they need to bring to this session.
Outline / Structure Of Your SessionExplain in detail how your presentation will be structured, what methodology and technology you will introduce, what examples you will use, etc.
Learning OutcomeDetail the learning objectives for attendees (what will they learn or take away from the talk?)
SlidesPlease provide a link to a slide deck you may already have on this or a similar topic
VideoPlease provide a link to a video recording you may already have on this or a similar topic
LinksPlease provide a brief overview of your technical and speaking experience and links to previous presentations, videos, papers or accolades.
Session RequirementsDetail any additional requirements or logistics you may need from the organisers
LabelsList any keywords that will help the program committee and attendees categorise your presentation.

Nothing upsets an audience more than a speaker that stands on stage blatantly promoting his or her company, product or achievements. Please keep the content of your talk on-topic and do not use this speaking opportunity as a sales pitch.

Speaker Compensation

  • All accepted speakers will receive free admission to the conference, a T-shirt and speaker gift;

All speakers, exhibitors, and attendees agree to adhere to YOW’s Code of Conduct and the GDG Melbourne Code of Conduct.

Submit Your Talk

(a ConfEngine account is required)

For more information or questions, please email [email protected].