Curious about submitting a talk to an upcoming Women Who Code conference? New to public speaking or submitting a CFP? Want to be sure you get selected as a conference speaker? Here are some resources to get your creativity flowing!
Q. Is there a required competency to be a speaker? Do I need to be a CTO/have a PhD etc.
No, you do not need to be those things! If you have knowledge about particular technical subject matter, please share! We support and encourage first time speakers to apply.
Q. What should I present on?
You can present on core technologies and a solution, a work project & its challenges, a project you created for fun, etc! You can find inspiration from past talks on our YouTube channel: youtube.com/womenwhocode
Q. I’m located in a different timezone, will I be able to participate?
While we are still deciding the program and schedule for this year, our projected timing for the conference is currently 12pm - 5pm EST
Q. Can I submit a talk with another speaker?
Absolutely! We accept joint talks and ask that each speaker still apply. In your applications please use the same talk title, description, and a note to let us know you have a co-speaker.
Q. What information should I include in my speaker bio?
We love to share this easy template, from Heidi Waterhouse's helpful blog post "Lady Conference Speaker: Speaker Bios"
[Name] is [title] at [company], [pronoun] has [#] years of experience working with [topic(s)]. [Pronoun] is an expert in [other topic]. When [pronoun or name] is not [activity, skill, or hobby], [pronoun] enjoys [other activity/skill/hobby].
Here's what that looks like in action:
Heidi is a developer advocate with LaunchDarkly. She delights in working at the intersection of usability, risk reduction, and cutting-edge technology. One of her favorite hobbies is talking to developers about things they already knew but had never thought of that way before. She sews all her conference dresses so that she’s sure there is a pocket for the mic.
Q. How can I make my talk title stand out?
For title ideas, be sure to describe what topics/frameworks you will cover in your talk. If you are starting out with "Backend for Beginners" what specific outcomes are you addressing beyond the big topic of backend development?
Backend for Frontend Developers + Building a Database in Node.js
What It's Like Developing Critical Web APIs in Golang as a Backend Developer
Backend Special: Introduction to Maven Plugin Development
You can try filling in the blanks:
How I did ___ as a Backend Developer
_____ for Backend Development
Building ____ with ___ and ____
Here are some examples of introductory/beginner talk titles:
Git Commit (to Memory): Intro to Open Source and GitHub
Angular Study Group: Introduction to Components
Introduction to Spatial Data: How Reality Is Captured from Above
Level Up Your Code: An Introduction to Vue.js
Kintone Virtual Workshop: Intro to Promises