DevOpsDays is a worldwide series of technical conferences covering topics of software development, IT infrastructure operations, and the intersection between them. DevOpsDays Houston 2019 is run by by volunteers from the Greater Houston area and will be hosted TBD tentatively on Tuesday April 16 2019 through Wednesday April 17 2019.
The event feature a combination of curated talks, ignites and self organized open space content. Topics often include automation, testing, security, and organizational culture.
There are three types of proposals at DevOpsDays Houston:
- A 30-minute talk presented during the conference, usually in the mornings.
- A 60-minute workshop during the conference, usually in the afternoons.
- An Ignite talk presented during the Ignite sessions (scheduling varies). These are 5 minutes slots with slides changing every 15 seconds (20 slides total).
Choosing a talk 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 community. We are happy to provide guidance/coaching for new speakers upon request. First time speaker? We would love for you to contribute even if you are new to public speaking, our team can help you with coaching through the process if selected.
- Underrepresented 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: We will consider talks that have already been presented elsewhere, but we prefer talks that the local area isn’t likely to have already seen.
- No third-party submissions: This is a small community-driven event, and speakers need to be directly engaged with the organizers and attendees. If a PR firm or your marketing department is proposing the talk, you’ve already shown that as a speaker you’re too distant from the process.
- 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.
This is what we would like to learn about, do you have an experiences and/or knowledge you can share? Focus on new topics: new methods, new technology, new techniques. Don’t recycle old talks or topics the audience has seen before.
These are some suggestions:
- How to provide Better Value - Continual Improvement/Learning
- How to be Safer - How can teams operate complex systems safely?
- How can we build more resilient systems through chaos testing?
- How can we be Faster - Automation/Tooling/GitOps/LessWIP/Serverless
- How can we have Happier people? - Stories/experience reports on changing ways of working to improve employee happiness
- Better Value Safer Faster Happier
- How have you progressed as an organization by implementing DevOps methodologies into your work?
- What failures have you experienced in your DevOps journey? What did you learn from those failures?
- DevOps and social good.
- Be specific… we aren’t mind readers (a description of about 20 lines is about right)
- Detail is good… but not as important as explaining why your proposal would be interesting
- Propose your own talk; don’t have someone else do it for you.
- Nominations welcome… if you know someone who has content/experience relevant to the DevOps conversation, please point us in their direction! Email the organizers to recommend someone!
- Multiple proposals welcome… just follow the other rules
- Please refrain from providing any personally identifiable information or Bio’s, as this will make the selection process more challenging.
We highly recommend reading “Why Your Excellent Conference Talk Was Rejected” by Sarah Gray.. Presenters that follow this advice are much more likely to have their proposal accepted.