Should Conference Talks be Written in Advance?

I had a discussion on Twitter today regarding a conference’s selection process. It was suggested that speakers should be forced to write their entire talk before submitting it to a conference, perhaps even presented at a local event. This might work for speakers who give the same talks over and over again, but that’s not the majority. I organize a…

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Bad conduct: the root of the problem

More and more tech events are publishing codes of conduct. Although I think that it’s a good idea, I find it sad that we need to tell people things as basic as “treat others like you want to be treated”. I would like that in addition to treating the symptom, we understand and treat the root cause. Bad…

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What ladies need to know to become speakers

You don’t have to be super awesome to be a speaker. All the speakers you see at conferences are not rock stars. Most of them are just normal people who submitted an abstract and were deemed good enough to talk about some topic. There is plenty of room for someone who is starting out. It’s…

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You should attend the ConFoo conference

ConFoo is one of the world’s leading conferences for web developers. It has been so successful, that for the past two years it was sold out (600 attendees). This year, ConFoo received 930 talk proposals. Here’s why you should attend: great diversity of speakers and presentations, picked by the community talks for all developer levels, from…

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