Guidance for entering the Call for Papers
AngularConnect is back for its third year in London, on 7 & 8 November 2017. The conference attracts an audience of over 1000 Angular developers and enthusiasts from all over the world, and we’re looking for passionate speakers to take to the stage and share their expertise. If that’s you, why not enter our Call for Papers?
Past speakers include Angular creator Miško Hevery, senior front-end engineer & accessibility advocate Marcy Sutton, and Google Developer Expert Todd Motto – but you don’t have to be a well-known speaker to be selected to join our line-up.
Over the last two years our stage has hosted almost 100 speakers who represent a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. This is due in part to our commitment to encouraging submissions from as diverse and representative a range of potential speakers as we possibly can. We welcome submissions from individuals who consider themselves under-represented on stage at technical conferences, and from less experienced speakers.
The organising team is committed to supporting speakers at all stages of their application. Here are some of the measures we take:
We’re running several Office Hours sessions over the upcoming months for you to ask your questions about the conference, CFP process or anything else in an informal setting. Email us and let us know which of the following slots you’d like to attend, and we’ll let you know how it works:
Wednesday 5 April at 20:00 BST
Wednesday 26 April at 20:00 BST
Wednesday 10 May at 20:00 BST
If you’d like to enter our Call for Papers but want some feedback on your talk idea, application or anything else first, we encourage you to get in touch. We may be able to pair you with a community mentor who can give you some impartial advice.
For selected talks, we are able to offer expert coaching on public speaking that can be particularly helpful for less experienced speakers, and will give you the opportunity to gain confidence and a new skill.
Speaker travel and accommodation is funded, and we will book things and pay for them upfront to save you having to submit expenses afterwards if you prefer.
The night before the conference, we host a low-key speaker dinner so you can meet your fellow speakers and get to know the chair and organisers too.
Post-conference, you’ll receive professional photos of yourself onstage, and we make videos of all the talks available for free online following the conference, with speakers of course retaining copyright.
What we’re looking for
We have two main tracks, and we programme the majority of the sessions from the Call for Papers. We always aim to have a balance of topics, but here are some themes that we think would make interesting talks this year:
- Performance tips and tricks; perhaps demonstrated in real world examples
- Developer productivity; best practices for teams and interesting new tools
- General programming; new and interesting programming languages, design patterns, and techniques
- Approaches to mobile app development with Angular
- Async programming; new ES7 async stuff, advanced observables, CSP channels
- Testing strategies, tooling and libraries
- Architectural ideas; to redux or not to redux, running Angular alongside other frameworks
- Interesting 3rd party Angular libraries
- Related backend technologies; such as GraphQL, Falcor, Firebase, OAuth, etc.
- Non-technical talks; management techniques, self improvement skills, random interesting talents
Please bear in mind that although this is an Angular conference, not every single talk needs to be specifically about Angular. If you have a great idea for a talk that would be relevant to our audience but that’s about a different topic, submit it anyway! We keep a few slots available for “wildcards” – something that doesn’t necessarily exactly fit the description of the themes above, but we feel would be interesting, inspiring or entertaining for our attendees.
And of course, you can feel free to submit more than one talk idea!
How to make your application as strong as possible
We’d like to finish up with some practical tips for writing an excellent CFP submission:
We particularly favour talks that either contain practical takeaways for the audience, or take the form of a story that can inspire our attendees or help them avoid common mistakes. It’s helpful if it has fairly wide appeal, although sometimes niche talks are well received too. Above all, it must be relevant for our audience.
For a talk title that stands out, consider the following three points:
- Give a clear idea of what the talk is about
When an attendee is skimming the schedule quickly, it helps if they can tell at a glance what the general theme of your talk is. So try include the major keyword(s).
- Jazz it up
At the same time, if you can add an element of intrigue or fun to the talk title, it’ll be much more memorable. Maybe phrase it as a question or add in a fun reference!
- Keep it snappy
Overly long talk titles can be a real pain, especially when displayed on mobile. Keep it succinct if you can.
Here are a few titles from previous talks that have met these three requirements:
- Mobile apps? Trust no one... except me
- Rescue your mobile experience!
- Turn the performance knob to 11
- These are not the models you’re looking for
We use this for the website listing if your talk is selected, so write it in 3rd person and ideally keep it between 100 and 150 words. Be clear about what you’ll cover, and what the audience can expect to learn as a result.
It’s really helpful for us to be able to see what other talks you’ve delivered before, so if there are any videos online of you speaking, whether it’s at a huge conference or a tiny meetup, please do give us the links!
Again, we feature this on the website for selected talks. Write it in 3rd person and keep it to around 100 words. If you’ve worked on any projects that our audience might have heard of, feel free to mention these.
Send us your submission!
We hope this information is helpful for anyone considering applying to speak at AngularConnect 2017. The Call for Papers will close on 31 May 2017 at 17:00 GMT.
If you'd like to discuss anything related to the call for papers or your talk idea, feel free to reach out to us by email firstname.lastname@example.org.