CFP closes at  July 18, 2021 17:09 UTC
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DjangoCon US is an annual conference dedicated to teaching, inspiring, and sharing with members of the Django community. We are dedicated to expanding our inclusive culture, promoting and celebrating diversity, supporting each other personally and professionally, and contributing to our amazing web framework.

Our conference this year for the first time will be Online and runs from October 21st - October 23rd.

Schedule

  • Tutorials - October 21st
  • Talks - October 22nd - October 23rd

What We’re Looking For:

  • Talks
  • Tutorials

The deadline for submissions is: July 18th, 2021 AoE. If it’s still July 18th anywhere on earth, you can still submit a proposal!

We’ll let you know if your talk/tutorial is accepted by: August 16th, 2021

Please submit your proposals today, and encourage people you know to submit - especially those that wouldn’t normally do so and/or those that might normally be underrepresented at a tech conference!

CFP Description

Call For Proposals

We want you! We don’t just want to hear from the experts or famous names; other perspectives are just as valuable! If you’ve done something that you think other people might be interested in or that you think they should know about, please tell us about it! We desire diversity! Our community is made better by a diverse set of voices, perspectives and opinions. We love having an intersectional and diverse group of presenters. So, we especially want proposals from people who reflect the diversity of our community.

We fancy first-timers! If you haven’t spoken at a conference or given a tutorial before, this is your invitation to do so. Don’t let the idea that you’re not famous or an expert stop you from submitting. It certainly won’t stop us from selecting your talk/tutorial or stop the audience from enjoying it!

Plus there are perks! Talk and tutorial givers get free admission to DjangoCon US!

How about some help?! Presenters, regardless of experience, sometimes want a little help. If you’d like any help in proposing, preparing, or presenting your talk, feel free to contact one of our mentors! A mentor is an experienced presenter who has volunteered to help other presenters. For first-time presenters, non-native English speakers, under-confident or uncertain speakers, or anyone who would just appreciate another set of eyes, our mentors are here to help. You’ll get the best results by forming a relationship with one mentor, rather than contacting several.

And if you would like to be a speaker mentor, let us know!

Talks

Length: 20-25 minutes or 40-45 minutes

We are looking for original and interesting talks that can benefit the diverse interests of our audience. Don’t feel boxed into Django-centric themes; we also love talks about community, web development, user experience, and more. If you’re a first timer - don’t fret! We would love to be remembered as the conference where you started your speaking career!

Do you have a great idea, but are unsure if you can find the resources to attend? If your talk is selected, your DjangoCon ticket is on us!

Still not convinced? Feel free to reach out to our speaker mentors and take advantage of the helpful hints listed below!

Important elements to include! To make sure that your proposal resonates with the reviewers, be sure you include the following elements in your submission.

  • WHAT you’re going to be talking about or teaching (a topic sentence telling us what your audience will learn)
  • WHY you think this talk/tutorial is important/interesting/helpful (persuasive sentence)
  • HOW you’re going to get your point across (provide an outline, a couple paragraphs on what you plan to say, a link to slides, or a list of concepts you plan to touch on)
  • WHO will benefit from your talk/tutorial (especially note concepts that attendees should be familiar with in order to get the most out of your presentation - ex: Models and/or Basic Database Design)

Here are all the talks from DjangoCon US 2018 and 2019:

And some specific examples from past years:

Tutorials

Length: ~3 - 3.5 hours

We’re open to all kinds of ideas, especially ones we haven’t thought of! Technical tutorials tend to be more popular, but we welcome all topics! Tutorials can be targeted at any experience level, just be sure to indicate clearly what you expect your students to already know or have experience with in your proposal!

Still unsure if you should submit? Not only will we cover your DjangoCon ticket, but tutorials are compensated!

Important elements to include! To make sure that your proposal resonates with the reviewers, be sure you include the following elements in your submission.

  • WHAT you’re going to be teaching (a topic sentence telling us what your audience will learn)
  • WHY you think this tutorial is important/interesting/helpful (persuasive sentence)
  • HOW you’re going to get your point across (provide an outline, a link to slides, or a list of concepts you plan to touch on)
  • WHO will benefit from your tutorial (especially note concepts that attendees should be familiar with in order to get the most out of your presentation)

Here are some examples of what has been accepted over the last couple of years:

Other Info

Recording

Every session at DjangoCon US will have professionally-produced video recordings published to our YouTube channel.

Lightning Talks (⚡️Talks)

Time Limit: 5 minutes

Not up for a full on talk/tutorial? Looking to give your first talk at a conference? Lightning talks are talks under 5 minutes with or without slides on almost any topic you want! Even if you’re nervous or shy, remember: it’s a MAXIMUM of 5 minutes. Sign-ups will happen during the conference and more details will be forthcoming.

Selection Process

We’ll choose a selection of talks and tutorials that we feel add up to the most enjoyable and engaging program for our attendees. Volunteers from the Django community are invited to help us pick talks, and we rely heavily on them to help us select ones that are interesting and beneficial to our attendees. Community volunteers and conference organizers will all be reviewing anonymized submissions and collectively deciding which ones to accept. We’ll publish the list of selected talks as soon as we can after the deadline.

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