Fluent 2012 Call for Participation
Call officially closed at 11.59pm 1/31/2012 PST.
Talks can still be submitted. Late proposals will be reviewed at the discretion of the conference organizers.
New to the speaking circuit? Never fear, we want to hear from you too! We’re actively seeking new voices and off-the-beaten-path topics to put on stage at Fluent. Any ideas, best practices, challenges, etc. that you’ve encountered and conquered are fair game—if it’s important to you, it’s probably important for others as well.
Tracks at Fluent will be oriented around:
- Ancillary Technologies (e.g. HTML5)
But we’re interested in other topics as well:
The deadline for all proposals is 11:59pm PST on January 31, 2012. We’d love to hear what you’re working on and thinking about—submit your proposal for a session or workshop.
You’ll be asked to include the following information for your proposal:
- Proposed title
- Overview and extended descriptions of the presentation: main idea, sub topics, conclusion
- Suggested tags
- Suggested track
- Speaker(s): expertise and summary biography
- Video (see the Tips for Submitting a Proposal section below for more information on the video requirement)
Proposals will be considered for the following types of presentations:
- 40-minute presentations
- 3-hour workshops
Limited speaking opportunities are also available through conference sponsorship. Contact Gloria Lombardo at (203) 381-9245 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Tips for Submitting a Proposal
Help us understand why your presentation is the right one for Fluent.
- Tell a unique story. What lessons can only you share? What insights are you uniquely qualified to explain? We’re interested in your experience far more than your credentials, and presentations that focus real-world scenarios, relevant examples, and knowledge transfer.
- Include as much detail about the presentation as possible. The longer the talk you’re proposing, the more detail you should provide.
- Context is important. If your presentation is about something truly ground-breaking, it will be helpful to the reviewers if you describe it in terms of things that attendees might already know of.
- Limit the scope of the talk: in 40 minutes, you won’t be able to cover Everything about Widget Framework X. Instead, pick a useful aspect, or a particular technique, or walk through a simple program.
- Explain why people will want to attend: is your topic gaining traction? Is it critical to modern business? Will attendees learn how to use it, program it, or just what it is?
- Keep proposals free of marketing and sales. Product pitches are automatic rejects. Lessons learned from building or running your product, however, can be invaluable.
- Post compelling video. Video clips are mandatory. Submissions for single speakers and co-presenters must include video clips of the presenter(s); panels must include video of at least the moderator. If you don’t have video of the speaker(s) in action at an event, please create a very short clip (2-3 minutes) of the presenter(s) proposing his/hers/their session. We don’t care at all about the quality of the video; we care about the quality of the speakers. Feel free to use your phone or Flipcam to take the video, and don’t worry about editing it in any way. If your video isn’t already online, post it to a third-party site (YouTube is fine), and then share the link with us. Note: please do not submit a video of a 60-minute panel presentation that happens to include you as a panelist. If the video doesn’t feature you, or if it takes 18 minutes to find your segment, it’s not going to help us; instead, please create a short clip for us.
- Come from the presenter. The vast majority of proposals we accept are submitted by the presenters themselves, not by PR firms. We’re not looking to discriminate against flacks, but the data is clear: most of the lowest-rated proposals we get come from PR firms, which makes us skeptical when we see that the proposer is not a presenter. If you’re a PR person, improve your chances by working closely with the presenter(s) to write a jargon-free proposal that’s got clear value for attendees. And don’t forget to include video of the presenters.
- Include people we don’t see often enough at tech conferences. Does your presentation have the participation of a woman, person of color, or member of another group often underrepresented at tech conferences? Diversity is one of the factors we seriously consider when reviewing proposals as we seek to broaden our speaker roster.
- Proposals Due: January 31, 2012
- Speakers Notified: Late February
- Registration Opens: Late February
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