Hi there! We're stoked that you want to be a speaker at our conference.
We welcome you to our stage: both expert level speakers and absolute beginners who have never given a talk before.
Here's what you can expect as a speaker for NodePDX:
The first step to becoming a speaker for NodePDX is to submit a proposal for a talk. We accept proposals at any time, via GitHub pull requests, but each year we open a Call For Proposals (CFP) and there is a cut off date for the talks we'll consider for that year's schedule.
Go ahead submit a talk!
After the CFP closes, our organizer team uses a two step selection process. The first step involves a vote by the entire organizing team. The voting scores create a sorted list of talks. From that, the CFP Czar will select the talks they think will make an interesting schedule (not necessarily the most highly voted talkss).
At that point, we will reach out to you, to let you know your talk was accepted, and ask you to confirm that you can still make it to the conference. If you say yes, we'll move on to the next step.
Once the schedule is filled with confirmed speakers, the CFP Czar will send out notices to everyone whose talk didn't get selected with an offer for a discounted ticket and invitation to deliver a lightning talk during the conference.
Once you are a confirmed speaker on our schedule there are a number of things we need to do to prepare you for the conference:
We'll need a square photo, and a link to your preferred online presence (typically Twitter or GitHub account). We'll add you to the site and place you on the schedule.
Once you're on the site, we'll tweet about your talk from our official @nodepdx account. We encourage you to follow that account, and to retweet anything related to your talk. It'd also be great if you tweeted about your talk. We'll RT that if you do. :)
We'll also send out regular emails to the attendees letting them know about confirmed speakers.
NodePDX will gladly help you with travel costs if you are a speaker at our conference. We will reimburse up to $500 for domestic travelers and $1000 for international travelers. We will also cover your hotel stay for up to three nights.
Generally, we expect you to book your own travel and lodging, then deliver receipts, so we can reimburse you at the end of the conference. If your funds are particularly tight, on a case-by-case basis we can help you book travel, and cost-effective lodging that is close to the venue.
The next big step is preparing your talk and delivering it at the conference. If you're a first time speaker, this can be particularly intimidating. We're glad to help you out and can pair you up with an experienced mentor to work through all the nuances.
Some important things to check:
Great! You've given your talk and everyone loved it. Now is the time to upload your slides to the interwebs somewhere so folks can reference them later. You're welcome to host those in our Github repo, just file a PR! Once they are up there, it's best to tweet out a link to the slides, and we'll RT you if you do.
We also record video of all the talk and release those shortly after the conference. The videos are released with title slides and are licensed under Creative Commons. This is a great way to make the content available to a much wider audience and functions as a handy resume of your prior speaking experience. If you don't want your video published, please let us know as early as possible.
You can see examples from previous years here: http://video.nodepdx.org