|Submission Due Date:
|| 4:00:00 AM UDT on Saturday, February 18, 2017
|| Sunday, February 26, 2017
|| Wednesday, March 1, 2017
|| June 7 - 9, 2017
We are inviting the software development community to submit talks for Code PaLOUsa 2017 which will be held June 7 - 9, 2017 at the Ramada Plaza Louisville Hotel and Conference Cneter in Louisville, KY. Code PaLOUsa is an annual multi-day software development conference designed to cover all aspects of software development regardless of technology stack. This Call for Speakers will close on Saturday, February 18, 2017.
June 7, 2017 will be our pre-conference day where we will be offering our attendees half-day (4-hour) and full-day (8-hour) workshops. Some possible topics could include in-depth and/or hands-on workshops for:
- Augumented/Virtual Reality
- Cloud technologies including Amazon, Azure, Google, etc.
- Project management to include agile (which includes Scrum, Lean, etc.)
- User experience engineering
- Development and integration testing
- Mobile development, for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, or maybe cross-platform
- Application security
- Internet of Things/Internet of Everything
- Workshops focused on other languages like Python, Ruby, Java, and C# along with the libraries and frameworks surrounding those languages
- Database technologies such as SQL, NoSQL, Oracle, etc.
- Big Data
- Artificual intelligence/machine learning
- Game development
But do not let these suggestions limit you on your submissions, if the workshop has something to do with software development then we are interested in considering it for Code PaLOUsa.
We will be taking speaker submissions until 4:00:00 AM UDT on Saturday, February 18, 2017. We will send our speaker notifications by Sunday, February 26, 2017 and the schedule will be released on Wednesday, March 1, 2017
There will be 84 sixty-minute session and a number to be determined of workshops spread across the following topic areas:
Application Development : Sessions will cover a breadth of application development topics to help attendees develop applications that solve the users’ needs. This topic area includes:
- Architecture & Design
- Cloud Development
- Desktop & Tablet Development
- Developer Tools, Languages, and Frameworks
- Web Development
Infrastructure : Sessions across this topic will prepare attendees to deploy and manage and infrastructure tailored for their users’ needs. This topic area includes:
- Analytics & Data Management
- Application Lifecycle Management
- Configuration Management
Project Management : Sessions will show attendees how to manage software development projects with success. This topic area includes:
- Project Management Framework
- Project Management Processes
- Integration Management
- Scope Management
- Time Management
- Cost Management
- Quality Management
- Human Resource Management
- Risk Management
- Procurement Management
- Stakeholder Management
- Professional and Social Responsibility
Requirements : Solid software depends on solid requirements, these sessions will provide guidance on how to develop solid requirements so the team can build solid software. This topic area includes:
- Planning and Monitoring
- Requirements Management and Communication
- Enterprise Analysis
- Requirements Analysis
- Solution Assessment and Validation
- Underlying Competencies
Soft Skills : These sessions will help attendees become better people which will help them be better software development professionals.
- Time Management
- Job Hunt Guidance (Interviews, Resumes, etc.)
Software Testing : Sessions will show how to implement the best software test methodologies to help ensure the attendees’ teams deliver the best quality product possible. This topic area includes:
- Agile Testing
- Test Automation
- Test Management
- Test Techniques
User Experience : No one wants to use software that is visually unappealing and/or hard to use, these sessions will provide information on how to build applications that users want to use. This topic area includes:
- Data Science
- Decision Architecture
- Design Thinking
- Human Factors
- UX Research
Selecting the best speakers for Code PaLOUsa is a long and difficult process as we receive so many inspiring abstracts from truly impassioned people. When reviewing potential speakers and session abstracts, we remove all identifying information from the speaker (name, bio, email, gender, etc.) while we are reviewing the proposals to avoid any subconscious bias. We always strive for a good mix of speakers and so we encourage everyone to submit one or more proposals.
We begin reviewing sessions the moment they are submitted and hope to have all of the sessions reviewed within a couple days of the Saturday, February 18, 2017 submission deadline. Once all of the sessions are reviewed, we select the sessions that best fit the conference as a whole while building the schedule at the same time. We will send out notifications by the evening of Sunday, February 26, 2017 so that speakers have a final chance to confirm that they will be available to speak at Code PaLOUsa 2017. The complete schedule will be released to the public on Wednesday, March 1, 2017
If You Are Selected as a Speaker
All speakers get a single free ticket to attend all three days of the conference. We also agree to pay for 2 nights (3 nights for pre-conference workshop speakers) of your hotel room. We pay the hotel directly, you do not have to wait for a reimbursement. You will also be invited to the speaker dinner.
Please let us know if you have any special requirements and we will try to accommodate. Please remember that this is a community conference brought to you by volunteers in our industry – your peers. We are a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to support and educate our great community while having some fun.
Code PaLOUsa is like most conferences. We welcome people of all disciplines and background to talk about a wide variety of platforms and technologies. We want our presentations to engage the audience, spark discussion, and inspire new ideas. The following is a list of things to consider when writing your proposal and presentation. Please do not feel constrained to fulfilling all of these, they serve as guidelines, not rules, and there may be many valid reasons to break them.
Tips to Make Your Proposal Stand Out
- Descriptive and edgy titles truly do stand out.
- Make sure your abstract description contains enough detail so we know what you are proposing to talk about. Do not worry if you make mistakes as there will be opportunities later to fix it.
- Try not to pull any switch-a-roos last minute and talk about something completely unrelated.
Things to Do
- Be passionate about your chosen topic.
- Feel free to submit more than one abstract as it adds to the chance of you getting selected. We look for a wide range topics, so the more submissions we get the better for us and our attendees.
- Consider how your presentation applies to all technologies, but do not feel constrained to avoid a talk on one specific programming language, platform, or technology.
- Consider what discussions could be sparked by your presentation. Code PaLOUsa is all about meeting people and discussing ideas; consider what people will talk about after your presentation.
- Explain what benefit your presentation will bring to the audience.
- Tell a story.
- Show real world examples, especially your own experience, to support your ideas. Show code samples or demonstrate product capabilities only where appropriate.
- Make sure you can keep to the session time limit.
- Stay near the stage or podium after your presentation, encourage the audience to come up and discuss the presentation with you.
- Please invite the audience to discuss your talk with you face to face rather than just at the end.
- Respect our anti-harassment policy (see below).
Things to Avoid
- Using your presentation to specifically promote the superiority of one platform, language, or technology over all others. Instead talk about the pros and cons of the demonstrated subject and invite the audience to share their own experiences related to your discussion.
- See your presentation as a platform to market your company or product.
- Include unnecessary animation or sound effects in your presentation that will distract from your content.
- Use this guide as the structure for your presentation.
We Can Help
Not everybody is a natural talent on stage. Not everybody can produce out of the world slide decks. Not everyone is a demo king. And not everybody knows that they have something great to talk about.
There are about a million reasons why you do not consider yourself a speaker, but we are here to prove you wrong. If all you have is a gut feeling that you should be on stage, we are here to help you develop or hone the skills you think you lack to deliver a great presentation.
Here are some things we can help you out with:
- We are happy to brainstorm your interest to see if a great topic is hiding.
- We are happy to connect you with experienced speakers to help prepare your submission.
- We are happy to review and advise on how you produce a slide deck.
- If you need to practice talks, get in touch, and we can try to hook you up with a local group that will allow you to practice in front of a smaller, friendly crowd.
- Again, whatever else you might need, we are here to help.
Get in touch with any of the following for assistance with your submission (just do not use these email addresses to submit your proposals):
Code PaLOUsa is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules maybe sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers. Check out the Code PaLOUsa Code of Conduct for more details.
Commitment to Diversity
It is Code PaLOUsa’s goal to create an inclusive, respectful conference environment that invites participation from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, sexual orientation, and education and socioeconomic backgrounds. We are actively seeking to increase diversity of our attendees, speakers, and sponsors through our Call for Speakers, other open submission processes, and through dialogue with the larger communities we serve. For more details, please check out the Code PaLOUsa’s Commitment to Diversity page.