We’re delighted that you’re thinking of submitting a proposal to Lead Dev San Francisco Call for Proposals. We hope the following guide helps you with your application. Before you submit, make sure to read the rest of this page so that you can understand more about our audience, what makes a successful submission, and about the kinds of topics that we cover.
The CFP deadline is March 23 at midnight Pacific Time.
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If you’re selected as a speaker, we’ll provide:
Everyone has something to share – and we’d love Lead Dev to be the conference where you choose to share it. We’re keen and committed to getting submissions from as broad, diverse and representative a range of potential speakers as we possibly can.
We have a Code of Conduct that we emphasise and are committed to, and our conference staff and volunteers are ready and trained to respond to any issues. 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. We also offer an honorarium to thank you for your time. 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 (take a look at some from our most recent event here), with speakers of course retaining copyright.
Our audience consists of tech leads, lead developers, senior engineers, engineering managers, VPs of Engineering, and CTOs. Everyone in the room comes with technical knowledge but from a very broad range of technologies and industries.
The more junior end of the audience will be coaching and leading, whereas the more senior end could have been managing managers for several years. Some folks also attend when they have just been promoted, or when they are trying to figure out what skills they need to develop in order to progress into a tech lead role.
We programme each of our conferences around three main themes: Team, Tech & Tools. Our Team talks speak to anything related to leadership; Tools talks look at processes and ways of working; and Tech talks are designed to keep the audience current. Some more details on each of the themes can be found below.
Each of these themes responds to a different challenge that engineering leaders face, and a good submission will think practically about the benefit that the talk is providing. People want to be able to take something back to their day job, so try to build your talk with that in mind!
We have two types of talk slots – a ten-minute short talk, and a 30-minute full-length talk. If you’re able to flex your talk to fit either slot, please tell us, it really helps to have flexibility when we are programming the lineup.
We tend to have a lot more submissions for full-length talks, and so if you can do a great 10-minute talk you might have a better chance of being selected.
Some examples of topics around Team that interest us include:
The kinds of talks that work well for Tech include:
Bear in mind that though our audience is typically technical, folks come from all different kinds of organisations and specialisations – so, for instance, an overview of new approaches for building mobile apps might be appropriate, but a deep dive into Swift likely isn’t going to be super accessible for everyone in the audience.
For the Tools theme, we mean tools as well as processes and ways of working, including:
If you have a proposal or idea for a talk that doesn’t fit exactly into these themes, or works across more than one, please do submit it! We keep a slot or two available for “wildcards” – something that doesn’t necessarily exactly fit the description of the themes above, but we nevertheless feel would be interesting, inspiring or entertaining for our attendees. There is absolutely no harm in submitting something that might be a little left-field – we will consider it alongside all the other submissions.
If you’ve got any questions, feel free to reach out to Rob, our Content Producer, on [email protected]
We look forward to reading your submissions!