Call for proposals
We want proposals from…
This is a community conference. You’re coming to the event, and that makes you part of the community. If you’ve done something that you think other people might be interested in, or that you think they should know about, please do consider telling us about it.
We don’t just want to hear from the experts or famous names - other perspectives are just as valuable, so don’t let the idea that you’re not expert or famous enough stop you because it won’t stop us from selecting your talk or the audience from enjoying it.
We especially want proposals from…
People who are minorities in this field
The most visible faces in open source software development are white and male. Diversity is important to us. In fact, until the 1st of February, we’re only accepting proposals from the minorities in this field.
If you can help us make this event more diverse just by being there, please, do come forward with a proposal. We need you.
If you haven’t spoken at a conference before, this is your invitation to do so. After all, we want to be remembered as the conference where you started your superstar speaking career. You’ll find that a Python/Django audience is friendly and receptive, so don’t be shy.
If you’d like any help in proposing, preparing or presenting your talk, whoever you are and whatever kind of help you’d find useful: please see our speaker mentor programme .
Can you lead a tutorial, on a Python or Django topic?
We’ll be holding introductory workshops on our open day, and more advanced sessions alongside the sprints on Thursday and Friday.
Please don’t hesitate to suggest a workshop for the event, using the workshop proposal form. We’re open to all kinds of ideas, and especially ones we haven’t even thought of.
Do you have something to share with the rest of the community?
Proposals on any subject are welcomed, at any level of technical expertise.
Tell us about your experiments, discoveries, solutions, achievements and other adventures, using the talk proposal form.
There’ll also be opportunities for five-minute lightning talks. You don’t need to register in advance; just put your name down on the day. Anything goes!
Could you be a friendly neighbourhood code doctor?
Alongside the sprints, we’re holding code clinics, where an expert will be on hand to help with people’s Python/Django questions and problems.
A clinic might run for an hour or two. If you like to offer a clinic on a particular subject, or even a general one, please use the workshop proposal form.
How to submit a proposal
There’s a proposal form for talks and a proposal form for tutorials and demonstrations. Take a look at them - they’ll make it clearer how this works.
Don’t agonise over your proposal. Just get it in. We’ll get back to you if anything’s not clear.
Don’t hesitate to submit more than one proposal either.
The deadline for submissions is the end of 18th March (UTC).
Perhaps you’re not sure what aspect of your proposed subject will be most appropriate or interesting, or how to word it, or what level to pitch it at. Perhaps you’re not sure it’s what we’re looking for.
That’s OK. In fact, we have a speaker mentor programme in place to help you.
If there’s anything we can do that would make it easier for you to submit a proposal, just get in touch. We want to help.
How we’ll choose
We’re going to choose a selection of talks, tutorials and demonstrations that we feel add up to the most enjoyable and interesting programme for our attendees.
We won’t just be choosing the ones from the most expert speakers, or even the most exciting subjects, because we need to have a good balance as well.
We’ll publish the list of selected talks as soon as we can after the deadline.
Financial support for speakers
Grants to assist speakers on low budgets will be awarded by a committee of the Django Software Foundation. A number of free and discounted tickets will also be made available, and allocated by the committee. Apply for a grant until the end of 18th March.
The grants committee will be especially interested in receiving applications from people belonging to under-represented demographic groups.