Write/Speak/Code 2017 Conference

Portland, OR

Tags: Workshop, Lightning talk, Full-length talk, Writing, Self-care, Oss, Coding, Speaking

CFP closed at  April 24, 2017 00:00 UTC

Write/Speak/Code is on a mission to empower women software developers and technologists to become thought leaders, conference speakers and open source contributors.

Write/Speak/Code leads an intense, four-day, hands-on conference, with personalized feedback sessions, panels, and talks by talented women and non-binary engineers. Attendees leave the conference with a blog post draft, talk proposal, and an open source project contribution.

This year our conference will be hosted at the Eliot Center in Portland, OR and runs from August 23rd - August 26th.


  • August 23rd - Write: Overcome imposter syndrome and own your expertise. Craft a bio that highlights your personal and professional accomplishments and practice sharing your unique perspective through writing.
  • August 24th - Speak: Write a conference talk proposal an receive feedback from conference organizers. Give a 10-min tech talk to supportive peers and mentors
  • August 25th - Code: Learn (or mentor on) the ins and outs of git, Github, and open source. Publish your own open source project or contribute to an existing one.
  • August 26th - Self Care & Career: Navigating the turbulence of the tech industry, prioritizing our own needs and professional development for a sustained and fulfilling career.


We aim to feature at least 50% women of color and 10% trans and non-binary speakers.

The Perks

All selected speakers will receive a free ticket to the conference. We’ll also be offering $100-250 honorariums based on talk format.

The deadline for submission is: April 23, 2017

CFP Description

As a conference for women and non-binary software engineers, our attendees are looking for stories and workshops that will help them find their voice and expertise as thought leaders. Our conference gives attendees hands-on experience to workshop their ideas into tangible talks, blog posts, and open source code contributions and projects. This year we’re scheduling 3 talk formats:

  • Full length talk (30-40 minutes)
  • Full length workshop (1-2 hours)
  • Micro-talk (10-20 minutes)

Please tag your proposal with your preferred format as well as the day you’d like to be featured on (Write, Speak, Code, or Self-Care)

Previous accepted proposal topics include:

  • How To Be Everything: A Look At The Way We Give Advice
  • Writing Your First Ruby Gem
  • Say It With Video
  • Addressing Emotional Labor in Your Early Tech Career
  • BDD: Baby Driven Development
  • Ask vs. Guess Culture and Communication

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