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 Title||Title of the presentation (please keep it brief and specific)|
|Abstract||Explain 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 Type||The type of presentation you are proposing:
|Duration (in mins)||The duration of your session:
|Level||Indicate the level / background of the audience your talk is aimed at. If it can be for anyone, choose Beginner:
|Theme / Topic / Category||Choose one category that best represents your talk:
|Co-Presenters||The details of any additional presenters (they must have a ConfEngine account).|
|Target Audience||The 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 Prerequisite||Detail what an attendee should know or do before attending or anything they need to bring to this session.|
|Outline / Structure Of Your Session||Explain in detail how your presentation will be structured, what methodology and technology you will introduce, what examples you will use, etc.|
|Learning Outcome||Detail the learning objectives for attendees (what will they learn or take away from the talk?)|
|Slides||Please provide a link to a slide deck you may already have on this or a similar topic|
|Video||Please provide a link to a video recording you may already have on this or a similar topic|
|Links||Please provide a brief overview of your technical and speaking experience and links to previous presentations, videos, papers or accolades.|
|Session Requirements||Detail any additional requirements or logistics you may need from the organisers|
|Labels||List 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.
- All accepted speakers will receive free admission to the conference, a T-shirt and speaker gift;
(a ConfEngine account is required)
For more information or questions, please email [email protected].