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CASCADIA FEST CALL FOR PROPOSALS – THE DETAILS

Cascadia Fest 2015 is taking place July 8-10 in northern Washington State and we'd love for you to be a part of it! Cascadia Fest is made up of two events over 3 days:

  • CascadiaCSS
  • CascadiaJS - Browser Day
  • CascadiaJS - Server Day

As we always do, we are running a public Call for Presenters. Diversity of voices is important to our community, so please don't think that you need to be a programming celebrity in order to speak. The deadline to submit a proposal is March 15, 2015 11:59pm UTC-1200. If it's still March 15th, no matter where you are in the world, you still have time! When you’re ready to submit a proposal and you've read the instructions below that include the required template, go HERE.

You are free to submit (and even revise) proposals up until the deadline. Our reviewers will be offering feedback for those ambitious enough to get their talks submitted earlier. Please follow the instructions below and help us spread the word!

PERKS

If you're accepted as a speaker, the following items are taken care of by us:

  • One 3-day Fest ticket
  • Lodging
  • A travel stipend of $500 for domestic speakers and $1000 for international speakers.
  • A few surprises :)

If your employer is willing to cover the cost of your attendance we can offer a modified version of our basic Cascadia Fest sponsorship in return.

Speakers who accept a stipend are asked kindly to refrain from promoting their employer during their talk.

TOPICS

We're looking for anything related to the open web, which includes: CSS, accessibility, UX, browser, Node.js, io.js, Windows 8, Firefox OS, tooling, robots, you name it. Please, no vendor pitches (i.e. How to Use Product X). A great talk weaves a story -- it can address issues that developers struggle with, break down and explain complicated topics, and cover new ground in JS technology. All the talks will be 30 minutes. We don't offer Q&A following a talk. We are framework agnostic. We also accept non-talk proposals such as moderated discussions. You can indicate your format in the CfP submission.

CascadiaCSS

CascadiaCSS is an exciting addition to Cascadia this year. We will spend a full day exploring the latest and greatest technologies and techniques related to building amazing user experiences for the web, very much in the spirit of CSSConf. Some topics we'd like to explore:

  • User experience design
  • Advanced CSS
  • Sass / LESS / Stylus / PostCSS
  • Responsive design
  • Cross-platform tips & tricks
  • SVG
  • Tooling
  • Accessibility

CascadiaJS

To get a feel for what we might be interested in hearing about, take a look at the previous years, 2012, 2013 and 2014. A few ideas:

  • ES6
  • Security
  • Production setups (deployment, monitoring, etc.)
  • The Maker community -- visual art, hardware, robots, music
  • Server side JS shenanigans
  • Tooling
  • Civic hacking
  • Testing
  • Mobile web
  • Education and outreach in JS programming and community

HOW TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL

OPTION #1
First, make sure you're available to attend the conference. It will be held on July 8-10, 2015.

  • Create a free GitHub account if you don't have one already
  • Copy the template from below. All fields are required.
  • Then go HERE
  1. Paste the template and modify at will.
  2. Submit your proposal! (Don't worry, you can keep editing so turning that truck around isn't too bad if you forgot something)

OPTION #2
Knowing that your talk proposal is going to get put under a microscope in public is daunting for a lot of people (especially those who have never spoken before). Try this alternative by following the below template format and sending it to speak@cascadiajs.com

Copy this template: All fields are required

# Title of Talk

* Name      : Jane Doe
* Location  : Cascadia, USA
* Email     : janedoe@alltheemails.com
* Twitter   : [@janedoe](url to twitter account)
* GitHub    : [janedoe](url to GitHub account)
* Url(s)    : [jane.doe.com](url to relevant sites)

## The story you'd like to tell

[Presentation description goes here. Try to keep it under say, 500 words, but more than 140 characters]

## Speaker Bio

![](url to avatar image goes here)*avatar is required*

I'm an example bio. I'm a magical sloth that likes to crawl and climb through the forest and sit in the stream and I write code sometimes.

Template ends before this line All fields are required

  • Format for avatar should be PNG, 256x256.
  • When you're ready, submit! You can go back and edit!
  • Wait patiently (and nicely) for us to get back to you. We will respond to everyone who submits a proposal even if it's just to say "You're awesome, but not this year".

WHAT SHOULD BE IN THE PROPOSAL?

  • Every proposal should have, at minimum, the following information:
  • Your Name
  • Your location(it helps us budget)
  • Your contact info
  • Presentation title
  • Presentation description
  • Your preferred image for the website (256x256)

If you cannot provide info for a given required field, please indicate so using 'N/A' to acknowledge.

If would be great if you could add in a short personal bio (50 words or less) and other details like links to your blog, twitter account, open source projects, company, or what have you, that's completely up to you. Whatever floats your boat. Bios are nice! :)

If you have any other artifacts that relate to your presentation, like slide decks, code samples, videos, etc--link to them!

WE CAN HELP

Not everybody is a natural talent on stage. Not everybody can produce kick-ass slide-decks. Not everybody is a live-demo-god. Not everybody knows they have something great to talk about.

There are about a million reasons why you don’t consider yourself a speaker, let alone at Cascadia. We are here to prove you wrong. If all you have is a gut feeling that you should be on stage, we are here to reach out and help you to develop or hone the skills you think you lack to deliver a great presentation. We are happy to brainstorm your interests to see if a great topic is hiding. We are happy to connect you with experienced speakers to help prepare your submission.

We are happy to review and advise on how to produce a slide deck. If you need practice giving talks, get in touch, we can hook you up with local groups or set up a stage for you and a bunch of friends in advance, so you can practice in front of a friendly crowd. Again, whatever else you might need, we’re here to help.

Get in touch: info@cascadiajs.com (just don’t use this to submit a proposal). If you need more encouragement, check out the following:

THE SELECTION PROCESS

Submission closes March 15th. We hope to get back to all speakers by April 15th. Our reviewers will be scanning along the way for those ambitious enough to submit proposals early so we can make suggestions to get to a successful talk acceptance. We will be applying labels for talks we think will fit well into a particular day but no talk is accepted until a confirmation email is received from the committee.

MISC

We have a rad Code of Conduct. Check it out! Everyone who participates in our conference agrees to the enforcement of our CoC, and includes our friends, speakers, staff, sponsors, and attendees.

If you have any questions about this process, need more information or need assistance with travel and/or lodging, don't hesitate to reach out to us at info@cascadiajs.com.

Thanks, The Cascadia Fest Team