The CodeStock 2013 Call for Speakers has been closed and we are no longer allowing new submissions or edits of existing submissions. If you have any questions, please feel free to ping us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The call for speakers is now open for Codestock! We are exited that you are intersted in becoming a Codestock speaker. The submission process is pretty simple, but please take the time to fully read this post before starting your submission. When you are ready to start the process, submit the form at the bottom of this page!
What is the difference between a speaker at CodeStock and an attendee?
The speaker is at the front of the room, with a projector.
That may seem obvious, but too often speakers are thought of as a special group of people, with supernatural powers. Speakers are simply attendees who are ready to lead a session. At CodeStock we want to encourage every attendee to also consider submitting a session!
I'd like to speak, but don't think I have an interesting topic.
First, topics are voted on by attendees. Do not stress over if there is any interest - just submit the talk and let the voting decide. Second, if you've been working as a developer, IT pro, or DBA for a year or more you probably have some methods you like to use. Maybe you have a favorite tool, or are really happy with the way a project turned out. Each one of these can be the basis of a talk.
I'm not an expert.
Sharing your experience is as helpful as deep technical expertise. You should research into your topic area, but do not need to be an expert to lead a session. Sometimes real-world experience with a technology is worth more than hundreds of "experts" telling you what it should be like.
I'm not comfortable speaking in public (but I want to be!).
Very few people are comfortable speaking in public the first time. Fortunately there is a good bit of time before CodeStock to work on this. Joining your local Toastmasters can help you prepare. Also, you can also ask to speak at your local users group. Speaking to a group at your company and even speaking in front of a mirror can help. The point is you can overcome a fear of speaking by speaking.
You have to take the first step however, by answering the call for speakers at CodeStock!
We have the following expectations of our selected speakers for CodeStock:
The sessions & tracks will be selected based upon early registered attendee vote. The votes do not choose the sessions 100%, but strongly influence the final schedule. You are allowed and encouraged to promote voting for your sessions. The panel or podcast-like sessions are limited in number due to space, and voting may have less influence on those than resource availability.
If your session is not selected, you will be asked if you would like to have your session kept as an alternate should a speaker need to cancel a session (which is a given).
Session selections will be announced near March 31, 2013. All selections are subject to change (but we do our best not to do so).
In previous years, CodeStock typically presented tracks along the following lines: Developer, IT Professional, Entrepreneurs, Panel Discussion, & Podcast. Although many of the submitted sessions generally fall across these lines, we are going to allow the submitted sessions & voting results determine the final track composition. As such, we encourage session submissions that may or may not fall along traditional lines.
Sessions, panels, & events at CodeStock are generally categorized into three buckets:
CodeStock has traditionally not had a speakers lounge. Between sessions speakers are encouraged to attend other sessions or join in our Fireside Chats.
Internet access cannot be guaranteed for speakers, so please have contengency plans. We are making every effort to have internet access available for speakers during their session, but understand 500 geeks in one place is the wifi version of a plague of locusts. For those with a smart phone dependency, the conference location typically has good 4G coverage.
Feedback collected at CodeStock from attendees is anonymous, unless the attendee wishes to identify themselves. All feedback, including feedback on the conference itself, is shared with all speakers.
CodeStock is an all-volunteer conference. No one is paid for their role in helping put on this community conference.
To submit sessions to CodeStock, enter your email address below and click “Get Started”. An email will be sent to your account with a link allowing you to complete your profile, and submit sessions. All sessions must be submitted online. If you have any questions on speaking at CodeStock, send them in an email to email@example.com.
The CodeStock 2013 Call for Speakers has been closed. If you have any questions, please feel free to ping us at firstname.lastname@example.org