Speak at Better Software West
Better Software West
Submit Your Proposal to Speak at Better Software West
Note: The submission deadline extended to October 22, 2017
Better Software West topics keep attendees current on the entire development lifecycle to learn what is needed to build better software now. If you have valuable experience and expertise in software development, the Better Software West audience wants to hear your story. If you have a great tale to tell, your peers want to hear about it!
Submitting only takes a few minutes. Here is the required information:
- Contact Information
- Presentation Title
- Main Message - One sentence outlining the main idea, concept, or message of your talk.
- Description - Briefly describe the challenge, problem, or situation you will address during your talk. Next, detail how you addressed the problem. Finish by focusing on the takeaways and learnings that a conference delegate will leave with and can apply to their situation (approximately 150-200 words as a single paragraph).
- Biography - 100-125 words sharing your industry experience and qualifications.
- Link to Speaker Video - (Optional) Link to a video of a prior speaking engagement.
Sessions are 60 minutes in length including Q&A time.
Selected speakers are notified approximately six months before the conference so you have time to prepare.
The contact information you provide on this form will be used for future correspondence for this speaking engagement. If your information changes, please call us at 904.278.0524 or 888.268.8770 or email the conference department at [email protected] with updated information. In addition, you will begin to receive special offers and other communications for conference events from TechWell (you may unsubscribe at any time).
Tips for Submitting a Proposal
We are often asked what makes a good speaking proposal. Here are some things we’ve learned over the years from reviewing them through the years.
First, decide which conference your presentation would be best suited to. Think about your audience. Write proposals that resonate with the delegates who will be attending the event. Don’t submit the same proposals to multiple conferences; remember the audiences are different.
- Focus on topics you are knowledgeable and passionate about. Those characteristics will make your proposal stand out.
- Good presentation titles are short, to the point, and say what the presentation is about. Don’t hide the topic. Be bold.
- For the main message, write one sentence describing the focus of your presentation. If you can’t condense it, you may have multiple but independent good ideas. Aim to isolate the most important one.
- From the reviewer’s standpoint, the presentation description is the most important section. The best descriptions typically are split into two parts. In the first part, concisely identify a challenge, problem, or situation you want to present. In the second, describe your approach to address the challenge or solve the problem, including what the delegates will learn and take away from your presentation.
- Avoid “IOU descriptions,” e.g., “In my presentation I’ll talk about cool stuff.” Give the reviewer details about what that “cool stuff” will be, so that he or she can make an informed decision.
- Avoid product sales pitches (either disguised or blatant). It is certainly acceptable to illustrate your solution with a tool, but the solution itself should be the focus of the presentation.
- Take some time to craft a good description. It’s easy to detect the ones that have been slapped together on the way to something else.
- Check out prior topics and descriptions here.