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Anna Filina:
ConFoo Montreal 2017 Calling for Papers
Aug 24, 2016 @ 12:58:17

Anna Filina has a post to her site mentioning the opening of the Call for Papers for Confoo Montreal 2017, a yearly multi-disciplinary programming and web related conference in Montreal, Canada.

Want to get your web development ideas in front of a live audience? The call for papers for the ConFoo Montreal 2017 web developer conference is open! If you have a burning desire to hold forth about PHP, Java, Ruby, Python, or any other web development topics, we want to see your proposals. The window is open only from August 21 to September 20, 2016, so hurry. An added benefit: If your proposal is selected and you live outside of the Montreal area, we will cover your travel and hotel.

You’ll have 45 minutes to wow the crowd, with 35 minutes for your topic and 10 minutes for Q&A. We can’t wait to see your proposals. Knock us out!

This year's event (well, the 2017 event) will be held March 8th - 17th. You can find out more about the conference itself from the main website. There's less than a month left now to submit session ideas, so get in there and submit today!

tagged: confoo17 montreal conference callforpapers cfp canada

Link: http://afilina.com/confoo-yul2017-cfp/

Stefan Koopmanschap:
The Speaker Package
Jul 12, 2016 @ 13:38:36

Stefan Koopmanschap has continued his look at conferences and sharing some of his own personal views around them and, mostly, the Call for Papers process. In his new post he focuses on the Speaker Package, a nicety that's often provided by the conference to help the speaker come to and stay at the event.

The speaker package is the term used for the package of reimbursements and other advantages you have as a speaker. This may (or may not) include a free ticket to the conference, travel and/or hotel reimbursements, a speakers dinner and some other things.

When submitting to a conference, it is important to realize what the speaker package consists of. [...] I made the mistake once of making assumptions about the speaker package (in this case: I assumed travel was being reimbursed) when submitting proposals to a conference. I got accepted, but then found out my flight was not covered by the conference. Because of that, I had to cancel that conference.

He makes the recommendation that, if the speaker package seems unclear by the documentation on the site, you ask the organizers for the information instead of assuming. He also shares one of his own personal rules about submitting - not putting in any submissions if the conference doesn't have a speaker reimbursement package. He does this because he sees the time he puts in to prepare and present as valuable and the package is a conference's way of saying that work is appreciated.

tagged: conference opinion speaker package compensation submission callforpapers

Link: http://leftontheweb.com/blog/2016/06/30/The-Speaker-Package/

Stefan Koopmanschap:
On submitting to CFPs
Jun 24, 2016 @ 13:18:15

If you've considered submitting to a Call for Papers to speak at a technical conference but aren't sure exactly what the process is like, Stefan Koopmanschap has shared some of his experience in a new post to his site.

Having been a conference organizer as well as a speaker, I've seen both sides of the CFP process. Because of that, I've made some decisions as a speaker on how I handle CFPs. Since I've discussed this with several people in the past year but it keeps coming up, I've decided to document one of my decisions here.

He talks about a "first world problem" of not knowing if you're accepted to one conference before applying to the CfP for another at the same time. He also looks at the usual Call for Papers process from the perspective of an organizer and how to sift through the (usually) hundreds of submissions that come in. He also shares his own personal rule for submitting to a conference: only submit if you're absolutely sure you can attend.

tagged: submit callforpapers cfp organizer rule conference

Link: http://leftontheweb.com/blog/2016/06/24/On-Submitting-To-CFPs/

Community News:
ConFoo Vancouver Call for Papers Announced
May 18, 2016 @ 11:08:07

As is mentioned in this new post on Anna Filina's site, the Call for Papers for the ConFoo Vancouver event is now open. ConFoo Vancouver is an extension of the already popular ConFoo conference that has been happening in Montreal for several years now.

ConFoo Vancouver 2016 will take place at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver, Canada on December 5-7, 2016. We are looking for speakers willing to share their experience and their skills with developers and managers.

The Vancouver 2016 conference will [several] the following aspects of web development [including]: accessibility, databases, HTML & CSS, Javascript, mobile, PHP, Ruby, security.

The Call for Papers for the event will only be open until June 6th, so be sure to get those submissions in early (and often!) to be considered as a speaker for this year's event. Final speaker selections will be announced on June 27th.

tagged: confoo16 vancouver cfp callforpapers announcement december

Link: https://confoo.ca/en/yvr2016/call-for-papers

Community News:
ZendCon 2016 Call for Papers Opens
Apr 21, 2016 @ 13:40:48

The ZendCon conference has just announced the opening of the Call for Papers for their 2016 event. The conference will once again be happening at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada in October (18th-21st).

We’re pleased to announce the ZendCon 2016 PHP Conference, the most anticipated PHP centric event of the year, where community and enterprise PHP developers from around the world gather to share and learn the latest hot trends and technologies in today's professional PHP development.

We know speakers are key to the success of a conference and hope you will submit a talk. In appreciation for the efforts provided, our speakers package ensures they will not need to worry about anything other than delivering the best talks.

They're not just looking for PHP topics either. They'll consider a wide range of topics including PHP frameworks, devops, source control, continuous delivery and many more. The Call for Papers ends May 31st, 2016 so be sure to get those submissions in early (and often) before time runs out.

tagged: zendcon zendcon16 conference callforpapers cfp open announcement

Link: https://cfp.zendcon.com

Ibuildings Blog:
Submit to the Dutch PHP Conference (DPC) Call for Papers!
Feb 09, 2016 @ 11:52:45

As is mentioned in this new post to the Ibuildings blog, the Call for Papers for the Dutch PHP Conference is currently open and accepting submissions until February 22nd.

This year Ibuildings will host the Dutch PHP Conference (DPC) in Amsterdam for the tenth time in a row, on June 23rd - 25th. As you may have noticed, since a couple of weeks you can send in your tutorial or talk proposals. The Call for Papers closes on February 22nd.

DPC offers a stage to veteran speakers as well as the less experienced and debuting speakers. [...] We're looking for speakers who talk about subjects that they're passionate about. Talks don't necessarily need to be about PHP development: any subject that might be of interest to PHP developers is welcome.

The post also includes some suggestions that could help you get accepted as a speaker for the conference including:

  • sending more than one proposal
  • getting reviews of the proposals either from coworkers or something like helpmeabstract.com
  • practice giving presentations locally too

Be sure and get those proposals in the February 22nd deadline before

tagged: callforpapers cfp dutchphpconference dpc16 submit community conference amsterdam

Link: https://www.ibuildings.nl/blog/2016/02/submit-dpc-call-papers

Michael Cullum:
CFP Tips Roundup (#12DaysOfCfpTips)
Jan 28, 2016 @ 09:02:42

At the end of 2015 (and beginning of 2016) Michael Cullum put together a series of tweets with suggestions to help potential conference/event speakers out there in submitting to Call for Papers. He's gathered them together and posted them to his site to make them easier to find all in one place.

On the 25th December I started a series of tweets under the hashtag #12DaysOfCfpTips. For those who are unaware, I’m one of the organisers for the PHP South Coast Conference (P.S. Blind bird tickets are up wink), and within the organising team I’m responsible for the Call for Papers and everything speaker-related in general and getting better submissions are both in the best interest of a conference organiser and the submitter.

A few people had asked me to post them up somewhere more permanent and perhaps expand on them beyond 140 characters a little so here we are with a roundup. The tweets are in chronological order.

His list includes suggestions about providing "extra" information on your submissions, looking at the suggested talk topics and mentioning any previous speaking experience. There's also links to each tweet so you can see any conversation that might have happened around them (often including some additional advice as well).

tagged: callforpapers cfp tips 12daysofcfptips michaelcullum

Link: http://www.michaelcullum.com/cfp-tips-roundup/

Michael Cullum:
#12DaysOfCfpTips - Call for Papers Tips in Tweets
Dec 30, 2015 @ 10:29:06

If you're ending this year and thinking about making "speak at a conference" one of your New Year's resolutions, you should check out the series of Tweets from Michael Cullum with some helpful tips on submitting your talk ideas to Calls for Papers. His #12DaysofCfpTips can help guide you in the right direction and make it more likely you could be accepted.

So far (as of the time of this post) there's only two in the list:

  • "Mention previous speaking experience in your speaker 'extra information' box (including UGs and Conferences)"
  • Always get someone to read over your abstracts. helpmeabstract.com is a great place to get feedback

Keep an eye on the hashtag with more great tips and hints to help you optimize your submissions and profile for that next open Call for Papers!

tagged: callforpapers cfp tips tweets michaelcullum

Link: https://twitter.com/hashtag/12DaysOfCfpTips

Community News:
php[tek] 2016 Call for Speakers Announced
Dec 15, 2015 @ 13:55:32

The php[tek] conference has officially announce the opening of their Call for Speakers for the 2016 edition of their conference, happening May 23rd through 27th in St. Louis, Missouri.

PHP runs over 82% of the internet at the moment. Take a moment to think about that staggering statistic. Because of this, the use-cases of PHP are extremely broad, and we want php[tek] to reflect that. We therefore want submissions that cover the entire range of Web Development processes. We want to hear about how PHP is getting the job done throughout the world.

Importantly, we don’t necessarily look for talks that are only about PHP itself. Some of our most successful presentations have been on products built on PHP (such as WordPress, Drupal, and other frameworks) and on technologies that are crucial to building on the web (HTML5, JavaScript, Mobile Development, Apache, Databases, Deployment, etc.)

This Call for Speakers will end January 16th just before midnight UTC so get out there and submit those topic ideas soon! If you're interested in the package provided to speakers see this page on the CfP site or the general conference site for more information on the conference itself.

tagged: phptek tek16 conference callforpapers cfp callforspeakers announcement

Link: https://tek.phparch.com/call-for-speakers/

Cal Evans:
Announcing The CFP Report
Nov 06, 2015 @ 09:12:20

Whether you're an aspiring speaker or one that's presented many times, it can be difficult to keep track of which conferences have open Call for Papers and what they're offering to speakers who are selected. Cal Evans has started up a new project that provides a curated listing of conferences in the form of a mailing list to keep you up to date and informed - The CFP Report.

I want to talk about a new project I have called "The CFP Report" and invite you to join. [...] A few months ago, I was chatting with my good friend Brandon Savage when he posited an idea. "What if we setup a mailing list for people who wanted to know about open CFPs?"

[...] The more I thought about it, the more I kinda liked the idea. I did some research and yes, there are other good services that are doing similar things. However, I couldn’t find anything that would do the job I wanted done. Specifically, I wanted not only to know about CFPs, I wanted to know if they were CFPs to which I would want to submit.

He talks about his though processes for wanting to create the mailing list and what it provides. The list (or a "push notification service" as he calls it) is only delivered via email to those subscribed and covers not only PHP CFPs but also Python, Javascript and Ruby. The service is free and all it takes is a quick signup and you're good to go. If you've been interested in getting out and trying your hand speaking at a conference, this is the perfect way to keep up to date right in the same inbox you use every day.

tagged: callforpapers cfp cfpreport mailinglist push notification update

Link: http://blog.calevans.com/2015/11/05/announcing-the-cfp-report/