SeleniumConf Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA October 18, 2018, October 19, 2018

CFP closed at  May 28, 2018 09:05 UTC

SeleniumConf is curated by members of the Selenium Community and this edition will be run by technical conference organisers White October Events. Please read the information on this page before sending us your submission. If you’d like to discuss anything related to the call for papers, feel free to reach out to us by email at

Our audience is made up of professionals interested in all things automation - from testing, to CI/CD and DevOps, to robots and we’re expecting 500 attendees. We’re looking for a mix of 30 and 40-minute talks aimed at this audience.

The conference is scheduled to run on 18 & 19 October 2018 with presentations by experts and practitioners from around the world in two parallel tracks. We’re also hosting all-day workshops on 17 October.

If your talk is selected, you’ll receive:

  • A free ticket to the conference
  • Three nights’ accommodation at the conference hotel
  • Economy travel expenses
  • Dedicated support from our team at all stages of your participation in the conference

We will be live-streaming all talks and will make the videos available for free following the conference. The copyright on the talk belongs to the speaker.

We welcome applications from less experienced speakers so we’ve partnered with Speak Easy - a voluntary program designed to increase diversity and promote new voices at tech conferences through dedicated conference spots, mentoring and events. If you’ve got some great ideas and experience in automation, and a desire to speak for the first time at a conference, they’ll match you up with an experienced speaker who can mentor you through the whole process: from developing your idea into a great proposal and developing a compelling presentation, to delivering your presentation with confidence to an engaged audience. SeleniumConf has dedicated a track session for one new voice who comes through the Speak Easy program. Anyone registered on the Speak Easy site is eligible, so do sign up now and let us know you want a Speak Easy mentor’s help to prepare a SeleniumConf proposal. Learn more and apply at

The CFP will close on 25 May. You will be notified no later than 18 June if you’re invited to speak. If you’ve purchased a ticket in the meantime, we will refund it if you’re invited as a speaker. The questions we ask are anonymous and not shared beyond the programming committee. Programming decisions are made by the organisers and are final.

CFP Description

Of course, this is the Selenium conference. We love experience reports coupled with good ol’ story telling on your experiences in automation. This could be issues you’ve had and how you solved them that may be helpful for everyone, encounters of the third kind (or - quite a unique challenge you’ve come across), or - maybe more controversially - when NOT to use Selenium (because true mastery is knowing when not to use something, yes?)

We also recognize that our delegates are from all walks of life! Some are beginners learning to automate, some are technical wizards, and some are leadership trying to figure out what’s next. What would have been useful to you when you first started? What are some of the amazing things you are seeing in automation today and where do you see it going? How have you led teams to be successful in their automation?

Software is easy, people are hard. It takes a village. Selenium is an open source community. How are we contributing? What are challenges we are overcoming? What challenges have we found in open source, what do we love about it? What skills are critical to contributing to automation or open source that don’t necessarily equate to ‘technical’ skills, but still crucial to a project’s success?