We’re gearing up for SeleniumConf 2019 - and we need you to make it a success. Selenium is all about the community, and we’re looking for a speaker line-up that reflects the community in all its glorious diversity.
We’re expecting over 600 QA, test automation and agile professionals to join us in London this year who will be hungry for insightful, practical talks, each lasting around 30-40 minutes. If you’re passionate about Selenium (or related subjects) and want to share your expertise with the community then we would love to hear from you. The deadline for applications is 1 April 2019 at 09:00 GMT (10:00 BST).
As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we particularly want to hear from those typically underrepresented at tech conferences. We're here to offer support at all stages of the submission process - whether you need help with logistics, accessibility or public speaking.
We’ve partnered with Speak Easy - a voluntary program designed to increase diversity and promote new voices at tech conferences through dedicated conference spots, mentoring and events. If you’ve got some great ideas and experience in automation, and a desire to speak for the first time at a conference, they’ll match you up with an experienced speaker who can mentor you through the whole process: from developing your idea into a great proposal and developing a compelling presentation, to delivering your presentation with confidence to an engaged audience.
We've dedicated one session for a new voice who comes through the Speak Easy program. Anyone registered on the Speak Easy site is eligible, so sign up now and let us know you want a Speak Easy mentor’s help to prepare a SeleniumConf proposal. Learn more and apply at speaking-easy.com.
We know that the whole CFP process can seem a bit like a dark art, so we're preparing a separate blog post dedicated to 'how to nail your submission'.
All confirmed speakers get:
We’re really open to anything that would be of interest to the Selenium community, but if you’re looking for inspiration these suggestions from our co-organizer Ashley Hunsberger might help:
We love experience reports, coupled with good ol’ story telling, on your experiences in automation. This might be issues you’ve had and how you solved them, encounters of the third kind (or a unique challenge you’ve come across), or - controversially - when the right decision is NOT to use Selenium.
We also recognize that our delegates are from all walks of life - including beginners learning to automate, technical wizards, and leadership trying to figure out what’s next. What would have been useful to you when you first started? What amazing things are you seeing in automation today and where do you see it going? How have you led teams to be successful in their automation?
And finally, talks on the beauty and pain of Selenium. Things like: how are we contributing? What are the challenges we are overcoming? What challenges have we found in open source? What do we love about it? What skills are critical to contributing to automation or open source that don’t necessarily equate to ‘technical’ skills, but are still crucial to a project’s success?
If you think it’s interesting, we probably will too.
If you are looking for inspiration or ideas, look through the past conference talks available:
Best of luck with your application to our call for proposals. If you have any questions, please get in touch.
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