Speak, Share, and Inspire at NERD Summit!
Call for Session Proposals
Are you knowledgeable or passionate about a topic you’d like to share at NERD Summit? Would you like to gain public speaking experience in a supportive environment? How about inspiring folks new to the software development field, especially those who might feel under-represented?
The three types of sessions that we are looking for are:
Presentation - a speaker presenting a topic, usually with slides and sometimes a demo.
BoF - a "birds of a feather" discussion group with a discussion moderator and attendees as the discussion group members.
Panel - a panel of 3 to 6 people with a moderator asking the panel questions around a certain topic.
Consider dedicating some part of your presentation to themes of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Also, we invite you to reach out to colleagues who might not otherwise present to encourage them to respond to the call for proposals: you can sometimes make a big difference with just a word or a nudge.
Check out ideas from each topic areas below and SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL HERE (login or create user when you get there) for NERD Summit!
Deadline for submissions: Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 11:59pm
Session Topic Areas:
Design & User Experience
Sessions in this topic focus on educating attendees by sharing innovative techniques in the world of branding, digital design, and UX/UI. With sessions and workshops led by local industry leaders, attendees will leave with a clearer understanding of the latest trends and best practices within design, including:
HTML/CSS for designers
Inclusive design/accessibility tips and best practices
The importance of pattern/component libraries and how to prepare them effectively
Collaboration with team leaders, clients, and developers
Designing (and troubleshooting) user experiences
Submit your own idea for a topic related to design
Project & Business Management
We’re looking for speakers with expertise in adding value to organizations "on time and on budget." If you juggle resources, deadlines and goals, we invite you to submit a proposal. Topics may include:
Methodologies (Agile, PMBOK, hybrid, etc)
Analytics and reporting
Women in IT
PM tools (Slack, Jira, Wrike, Trello, Basecamp, Asana, LiquidPlanner, Zoho, spreadsheets)
And more! (We’re open to your ideas and interests)
Dev Ops is about people working together to build, evolve, and run software systems. As we have more and more tools at our disposal that enable us to automate and monitor processes throughout the software development life cycle, the lines between software development and traditional systems administration have blurred. As part of NERD Summit's inaugural DevOps track, we'll be focusing on topics that will help you streamline your development workflows to improve your team's velocity and your product's reliability, so that you can deliver features faster, minimize downtime, and remove error prone manual steps.
The DevOps topic will focus on areas such as:
Release and testing automation
Containerization/Infrastructure as Code
Effective Test Strategies
Local Development Stacks
Microservice vs Monolith
Monitoring and Feedback Loops
Some tools we might be talking about this year:
[your favorite test framework]
[your favorite CI toolset]
[your favorite monitoring tool]
The Backend Development are includes the tools and techniques that power what happens behind the scenes in web applications. This might include APIs, libraries, databases, and performance. Backend developers build the application logic that processes requests from clients and returns relevant data, which often involves interacting with a datastore. Backend developers need to know about databases and about the systems that the application will run on - whether traditional servers, serverless, or containers.
Sessions in the backend development area might cover topics like:
- Data storage
SQL, relational databases, graph databases, data reliability / backups
- Web application security
Securing your data, OWASP, static analysis, authentication / authorization
- Languages and frameworks
OOP, functional programming, styles and standards, package managers, unit and integration testing techniques
- Development tips and techniques
Leveraging and building open source libraries, using git, IDEs
- Backend architectures
Serverless, microservices, pub/sub, message queues, web servers / proxies
- API design
REST, SOAP, GraphQL
- Techniques for improving performance
Optimization, profiling, caching, search engines
Front End Development
The Web would be a boring place without front-end developers turning designers' creatives and back-end data into interactive and functional web pages and applications. The NERD Summit Front End Development topic includes talks on a wide range of subjects and skill levels from beginners to advanced topics and beyond. From coding to culture to career--whatever you're passionate about related to front-end development and technology--we encourage everyone interested to submit a session proposal.
Some ideas for talks:
- Trends and timely topics today and beyond: The future of front-end development
- HTML5 Semantic Elements: Readability, Accessibility, SEO, etc.
- Accessibility and SEO Best Practices
- Mobile development best practices
- Creating and working with component libraries or design systems.
- Reason ML, or Elm.
- Tooling libraries like Webpack, Gulp, Parcel, Rollup, Browserify
- Contrast and compare module bundlers, build tools, task runners
- Web Assembly
- Working with GraphQL and other backend services
- Client-side security: threats and prevention
- Website load time and performance
- Code documentation tools
- Debugging with browser developer tools
- Front-end testing
- How to prepare for the technical interview and/or coding challenge
- Submit your own topic to present.
Fun with Code
Did you deliver all your software features this week? Who cares! This area is all about having fun, finding inspiration, and sharing the magic of creating something new. We will celebrate the funny, the unexpected, and the beautiful. We welcome frivolous and inspiring proposals from everyone, including folks just getting started. Sample topics might include:
Approaches to generative art.
Minecraft mods that connect to the real world.
Teaching Alexa a new joke.
A live coding audio performance and tutorial.
Quines and code obfuscation.
An indie game developers journey.
Engaging programming environments for children.
Tales from the demoscene.
Horizons (the future)
“Skate to where the puck is going, not where it has been.” - Wayne Gretzky
Where is our industry going? What will the next 10 years of our career and day to day life look like? Horizons sessions are focused on current and upcoming technologies as well as your career options for today and down the road.
- Augmented Reality
- Robotic and the workforce
- AI (Artificial Intelligence)
- Machine Learning
- Entering into a technical career
- Growth in your existing career
- Virtual Reality
Last, but not least, tell us about your experiences so we can learn from them. This is a very broad topic that can both life and work experiences you would like to share.
- How I got into tech
- My struggles with imposter syndrome
- How mentors have helped me along the way
- What I love and hate about my work
- I was in a rut, this is how I got out
- My experience as a person of color in the tech world
- My experience as a woman in the tech world
- This is how I learn
NERDs creates positive and supportive learning opportunities for people who work, or want to work in web and related technology. Too many smart, passionate people have been traditionally excluded from tech careers, and we're changing that. Read more about NERDs at nerd.ngo.
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How long is a session?
Sessions, whether a presentation, BoF, or a panel are 45 minutes long. That length will be strictly enforced to allow adequate time for the next speaker to setup and for attendees to get to their next session.
We recommend 35 minutes of speaking/discussion, followed by a 10 minute Q&A, or summarization, period. Make sure to time your session! And leave some extra time (e.g. 5 minutes). An example of a well-planned session would be: 30 minutes of speaking + 5 minutes cushion + 10 minutes Q&A = 45 minutes.
If you would like to do a longer session, such as a training, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org