DevOps Days is returning to Madison on 10/30-10/31!
DevOps Days are community-organized conferences with talks on all facets of DevOps culture and everything related to it. We’re excited to see your proposals for talks on culture, measurement, sharing, tools and everything in between! We’re looking for both 30 minute talks and 5 minute ignites for our single-track conference. If you’re not sure that your topic would be good for either format, attend our conference and participate in open spaces.
Choosing talks is part art, part science; here are some factors we consider when trying to assemble the best possible program for our local audience:
- Conformity to our Code of Conduct: We will not select any talks that we believe may violate our CoC.
- 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. Technical talks are encouraged, but consider whether your talk is about solving a problem or simply about using a specific tool.
- New or local presenters: You are the only one who can tell your story. We are interested in hearing about the challenges and successes in our local area. We are happy to provide guidance/coaching for new speakers upon request.
- Under-represented 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 prefer talks not already presented at another event, especially another one in the local area or one available in recorded form.
- No third-party submissions: If a PR firm or your marketing department is proposing the talk, you’ve already shown that as a speaker you’re distant from the process. This is a small community-driven event, and speakers need to be directly engaged with the organizers and attendees.
- 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. Our code of conduct can be found on our website.
Our selection process will involve two steps.
- The first step will be anonymized. Everyone in our selection group will score each talk based on content and interest in seeing the talk. We’ll use this step to filter out talks that the committee is not interested in.
- During the second step, we’ll try to build the best conference schedule we can possibly build from the remaining talks. Here, we’ll adjust to make sure that there is a good balance between talk subjects, that the line-up will contain new speakers and that the lineup will be diverse.
- We may ask some speakers who submitted a 30 minute talk if they would be willing to give that talk as an ignite instead.
We will begin responding to submissions for 30-minute talks on August 15th and ignites no later than August 22nd.