Tips for getting your talk selected

  • Choose an interesting and trending topic for your talk that is relevant to the theme of application design & development.
  • This is going to be a single track conference. Ensure there is a take-away and value for all groups of attendees, both developers and designers of each platforms.
  • Going technical is good, but focus on the higher level problems that are interesting for developers of other platforms and designers as well.
  • Choose a topic that you are familiar with. Prioritise talking about experience over talking about theory.
  • Battle scars are interesting! Share your failure or success story about applying an approach/technology/tool to a problem and the lessons learned.
  • Our audience expects to get inspiration, learn, and apply their learnings to their current problems.
  • Present something relevant. One of your challenges as a proposer is to demonstrate that you understand that attendees might need an extra reason to pay attention to something that they might otherwise think as “settled”.
  • Make sure that the talk abstract contains as much detail about the presentation as possible.
  • Let people know what your talk is about with a simple and topical title.
  • Keep audience in mind, let them know what they will take away from it.
  • Limit the scope of your talk to what you can cover in 30 minutes.

Talks that will not pass initial review

  • Talks whose focus is pitching a company or project. It’s cool that you mention your company during the presentation, but it shouldn’t be the focus of the talk.
  • Talks about a specific tool/library/project explaining how it works or how to use it.
  • Proposals that don’t comply with our Code of Conduct.
  • Talks targeting only one of the audiences (developers or designers).  
  • If your proposal reads as generic talk that has been submitted to a number of conferences, it will not pass the initial review. Granted that a talk can be a polished version of an earlier talk, but the proposal should be tailored for ADDC.
  • Proposals that are not in English.
  • Recruitment talks to attract talent.

We strongly recommend you check out this website from Zach Holman. It includes good tips and guidelines for speakers.

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