Fluent 2014 Call for Participation
11:59pm 09/30/2013 PDT.
We’re interested in many aspects of the Web as a platform:
Remember, what’s old to you may be new to someone else. While we definitely want the latest and greatest, strong tellings of how to make things work better will appeal to a broad audience. We are also particularly keen this year to have a range of more advanced talks that dig deep as our attendees have been clamoring for this.
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.
The deadline for all proposals is 11:59pm PST on September 30, 2013. 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
- Audience level: beginners? pros? A wider range?
- 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:
- 30-minute presentations
- 90 minute workshops
- 3-hour workshops
New for 2014: 30-minute presentations. We’re looking for rich, focused talks that make the most of each of the 30 minutes. Because past attendees have asked for more interactivity, we’re building in time for brief Q&A to follow each 30-minute session.
Limited speaking opportunities are also available through conference sponsorship. Contact Sharon Cordesse at (707) 827-7065 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Helpful Resources for Proposals:
Tips for Submitting a Proposal
Help us understand why your presentation is the right one for Fluent.
- Tell a unique story. Our audiences love presentations that focus on 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.
- Choose the right length for your workshop. If your workshop needs 3 hours, definitely plan for a full 3-hour workshop. If it’s something smaller, you don’t need to stretch it out; choose the 90-minute slot instead.
- For 30-minute sessions, plan a 30 minute presentation. Please aim for your talk to take up the full 30 minutes. We’ve extended the time between talks to allow for brief Q&A, or for attendees to come and ask you questions after your talk.
- 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. 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: September 30, 2013
- Speakers will be notified beginning late October 2013
- Registration opens: October 30, 2013
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