CFP Resources

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!

We are looking for diverse speakers to share their technical expertise at our upcoming virtual premier developer conference, Women Who Code CONNECT Forward on November 18-19, 2021! We believe that a conference dedicated to making our industry better should reflect the diversity within it. We take our Code of Conduct seriously, and encourage those of groups traditionally underrepresented in technology to apply. All speakers will find a supportive environment as you prepare for your talk.

🗣Apply to Speak! - This is a virtual event and will be hosted on Hopin!

CFP Submission Deadline: October 15, 2021

Upcoming Events: CFP Speaker Series; Support & Tips for Preparing a Conference Talk
Register to attend our CFP Speakers Series events. In these events we will cover our most frequently asked questions regarding selecting the best session format, crafting a talk title, choosing tools, feedback from CFP reviewers, and other resources. We hope to inspire you to submit a talk and share your experience at our upcoming CONNECT conference in November 2021! You can send your questions ahead of time, or share with the presenters live at one of the sessions. Email

Watch Past CFP Speaker Series Events:


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:

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