Devopsdays is a worldwide series of technical conferences covering topics of software development, IT infrastructure operations, and the intersection between them. Each event is run by volunteers from the local area.
Most devopsdays events feature a combination of curated talks (see open Calls for Proposals) and self organized open space content. Topics often include automation, testing, security, and organizational culture.
There are two types of proposals at devopsdays:
- Ignite talk - 5 mins with slides changing every 15 seconds. More info here
- 30-minute session
What we’re looking for:
- Broad appeal: How will your talk play out in a room of people with a variety of backgrounds?
- New local presenters: We are very interested in the challenges and successes being experienced in our local community.
- 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.
What we aren’t looking for:
- Third-party submissions: This is a small community-driven event, and speakers need to be directly engaged with the organizers and attendees.
- 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.
- 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
- Anonymous… 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.
If you run into any problems, please don’t hesitate to contact us by email at “firstname.lastname@example.org”