The #fstoco experience
Diversity & Inclusion #fstoco is organized by a diverse group of individuals, and seeks to have a diverse line-up of speakers. We make sure that our event is a safe space for learning including gender non-binary washrooms and an enforced code of conduct. We also take great pride in attracting attendees from all around the world. Toronto is diverse and so should it’s leading tech event!
High Quality Practical Content Our planning process starts with great quality content, we carefully select topics that you can go right back to work and start integrating into your existing stack. Those topics are laid out in the schedule so you get exposed to more than just your specialization and stack, then find amazing speakers to talk in those spots. This is a lot different than the traditional CFP process.
Networking We design our networking around breaking down barriers. We offer you a space on your name tag to put your passion so someone else can make that first intro, we’ve put games, lego, and other icebreakers around the venue so you can come together over a common task to feel less interrogated and a mix of designers and developers at the event spurs amazing conversations!
Don’t see a topic you can speak to below? Don’t worry submit any way! We read every submission and if you can convince us, we will pursue it further to ensure that it is ready for our primarily startup and enterprise focused attendees, who are looking for talks that they can go back to work with knowledge of how to implement into existing systems, over something that would require them to start a project in a new stack.
React - Advanced Team Skills Constructive Criticism Better Team Leads Managing Teams Collaborating Better Leadership Management Professional Development
Diversity & Inclusion We want an event that everyone can be proud of. Last year we achieved 55% of our speakers coming from typically underrepresented demographics, so we encourage you to submit and share with your network to submit so we have a large and diverse submission pool to select from. We want to ensure we have an inclusive event, for this reason, you will be required to legally bind yourself to our code of conduct in our contract process, and we will investigate you as a speaker to ensure we see the quality and exemplary behavior.
Advanced Content None of the content at #fstoco should be beginner level, our focus is on professional development, anything at a beginner level will only be considered in the IoT, SoftSkills, and New Tech stream as these are introductions to other topics. Your sessions should clearly outline what the attendee will learn, why it is important, and how it relates to a professional environment.
You will be required to submit your slides ahead of time to ensure you a quality thought out presentation and for our mobile app to have slides for the attendees to follow along too as the rooms are quite large.
Compensation Policy #fstoco is a non-profit, all of the funds we raise go into putting on our events, this includes covering travel and lodging. We can not offer payment for speaking services. Travel and Lodging will be done on a reimbursement basis following the event using the below pay structure based on regions. We can not pay all of our speakers, so if your employer can sponsor you, we will give them free advertising on our site. All reimbursement will be in Canadian dollars and we will not reimburse for banking or PayPal fees please take note of this for international submissions.
Original Content is preferred, for this reason when you select that you would like to be reimbursed you will be placed into a lottery if you have given this talk you are submitting at another major conference. Having practiced it at a meetup or your office is completely fine, but it is hard for a non-profit event to compete when the content has already made its way around the circuit.
We understand that making a presentation is a lot of work and that not getting paid for that time can suck, however, we have found that this process weeds out anyone that is just speaking for the publicity, to pitch ideas, or doesn’t value the grassroots sharing that makes our events unique. We have a non-commercial policy in the code of conduct you can not advertise products, services, or your employer during your presentation, our attendees are here to learn about your content.
Regional (GTHA) Travel assistance - None Lodging assistance - None
Ontario & Québec Travel assistance - Max $300 Lodging assistance (2 nights) - Max $600
Rest of Canada Travel assistance - Max $800 Lodging assistance (2 nights) - Max $600
The Americas Travel assistance - Max $1100 Lodging assistance (2 nights) - Max $600
Afro-EurAsia Travel assistance - Max $1500 Lodging assistance (3 nights) - Max $900
AustralAsia Travel assistance - Max $2000 Lodging assistance (4 nights) - Max $1200
What to expect from us We accept submissions on a rolling basis, if your session and profile match what we have decided are must haves you will receive a contract from us, then be published on the site, then receive your ticket which has discounts for booking flights and hotels. You are in charge of booking your travel and arriving prepared, we will reimburse those being paid after the event.
If you haven’t heard from us, that doesn’t mean it’s a no from us, it’s just a not right now. Since we curate things a bit differently we slot in a few things in advanced, to help with marketing, then supplement them with complimentary talks. There are also some topics that we simply can’t decide on until closer to the event because they might not be relevant any more.
Once our schedule is filled up you will hear from us regardless, this should not be later than July 31st.