Devopsdays is a worldwide series of technical conferences covering topics of software development, IT infrastructure operations, and the intersection between them. Devopsdays Baltimore 2019 is run by volunteers from Baltimore and surrounding areas and will be hosted at UMBC’s Columbus Center (IMET) on 24-25 April 2019.
The event features a combination of curated talks, ignites, and self-organized open space content. Topics often include automation, testing, security, and organizational culture.
We are accepting talks in both the Ignite format and a more traditional 30-minute format. For those of you not familiar with the ignite format and would like to see a sample here is a Youtube search for previous DevOpsDays ignite talks.
The competition will be fierce especially for the 30-minute slots; the organizer committee will vote on which presentations are selected. We understand if the talk isn’t written yet, but we want enough details to understand what your time will be filled with and what people will learn from it.
Remember DevOpsDays is for DevOps practitioners looking to take whatever they’re doing to the next level. Be specific. “Metrics are good yay” isn’t enough of a takeaway, so for example if you pitch “Metrics and DevOps” we’d like to hear more about what your content will be - what metrics exactly, what actionable things people will take away, etc. Culture talks are good, but similarly, we’re looking for more actionable details than “DevOps is about culture. Hug more.” If you don’t have a lot of specifics, we would suggest going for an ignite talk instead of a full talk.
Demos are welcome but, of course, there’s always that slim chance that wireless will give you trouble or other technical issues may come into play - just prep well and have a backup plan.
You can run your own laptop for full talk slots - again, have a backup plan (Dropbox, thumb drive, save in multiple formats - be paranoid). You’ll be asked to provide ignite talks in PDF format a few days before the conference; those will all be run by the ignite talk coordinator from their system on auto-advance.
Multiple Speakers for a Single Talk?
Got multiple speakers for a single talk? No problem, just click the “Add Speaker” button to add additional speakers.
Need help with or suggestions for your presentation? We’ve got lots of ideas and are happy to discuss your talk ideas before you submit them. Just reach out to us! firstname.lastname@example.org with CFP in the subject.