Call for Presentations
- CFP open: Mar 31, 2020
- CFP close: Apr 28, 2020
- Speakers notified by: May 12, 2020
- Conference dates: Oct 1-3, 2020
Admission and Travel
All speakers receive the following benefits:
- Free admission to Strange Loop
- Up to 4 nights of hotel
- Ground transportation between airport and hotel
- Stipend of $200 per talk for speakers from North America only (due to higher airfare costs for international travel)
If you have special considerations regarding costs or travel, we will accommodate if possible.
Strange Loop is a developer-focused conference that encompasses past (the history of computing), present (deep dives on today's technology), and future (what's next). Strange Loop is not focused on any particular language or area of technology - see below for more guidance. Reviewing the archives from 2019 and 2018 is a great way to see what has been invited or selected in the past!
This CFP covers two types of talks:
- Sessions (40 minutes) during the main Strange Loop conference (Oct 2-3rd)
- Workshops (3 hours) during the preconference day (Oct 1st)
Sessions are 40 minutes and take place on Oct 2nd and 3rd, 2020.
This year's tracks are:
- Architecting for the Cloud - creating and maintaining architectures in the cloud
- Languages - functional programming, logic programming, dynamic/scripting languages, new or emerging languages
- Database and Distributed Systems - all kinds of databases and distributed systems
- Web Dev - web frameworks, web architecture, web technologies
- Security - securing applications, digital rights,
- AI / Machine Learning - deep learning, machine learning, neural nets, practices and tools
- Creative or Generative Software - software that creates or generates art, programs, music, games
- Strange Software - software or algorithms in unusual places - examples include knitting and origami
- Software with a Mission (SWAM) - using technology to support the mission of social causes, activist organizations, government institutions, and nonprofits
- Sustainable Open Source (SOS) - tools and approaches for sustainable open source (funding, tools, community support, etc)
Some additional suggestions on getting the best response for your talk:
- Please submit no more than 2 talks! Contact email@example.com for guidance on choosing which topics to submit.
- Title - many attendees will read only the title of your talk. It should contain at least one or two nouns that convey the topic, language, technique, or whatever you are primarily talking about. Many speakers submit titles that are two parts, separated by a semicolon, dash, colon, comma, or parens. In almost every case, the title is better if you delete one of those parts. Likewise, many speakers submit snowclone titles like "The Hitchhiker's Guide to FOO" or "FOO is the new BAR". Please try to avoid these if possible.
- Abstract - should sell your talk to attendees (and reviewers). The abstract should answer the attendee's question "Why should I attend this talk? What will I learn?" The sweet spot is 3-5 sentences. An attendee may be comparing 7 concurrent talks and they want to know whether it's relevant to them, and what they will learn.
- What will the attendee learn? - this is where you can privately communicate the next level of detail to reviewers. Reviewers are trying to determine what main points you will make, and whether you are capable of delivering on the expectations in the abstract. If the abstract says you'll learn 3 techniques for XYZ, list them! If you don't, we will assume you don't have a plan or can't deliver and move on to the next talk. On the other side, do not deliver the full text of your talk here - we are looking for an outline with 1-2 levels of info.
- For more info on reasons talks are frequently rejected, please see these notes on talk selection from a prior year.
Workshops will take place on the preconference day Oct 1, 2020 and will be 3 hours in length.
Please read these guidelines before submitting:
- You should have prior speaking experience, preferably with a long form workshop similar to the one you're proposing.
- You should be an expert user or advocate for this technology (creator, implementor, standards committee expert, author, known speaker, etc).
- Your title should be simple and clearly mention the primary technology you wish to cover. Be as direct and simple as possible ("Intro to FooLang").
- Your title or abstract should clearly indicate whether the workshop is an intro level, intermediate, or advanced topic (all are ok, but please set expectations).
- Your topic should (usually) be a technology or tool, not practices or soft skills. The two types of workshops that work best at Strange Loop are: foundational technologies with broad interest (programming languages, major libraries, tools) and very new bleeding edge topics. If you have questions about whether your topic is appropriate, please email us before submitting.
The CFP form allows you to add multiple presenters to your talk.
- Single speaker talks are preferred, so please consider this option carefully. Please note that talk stipends are per talk and will be split across speakers. Talks with more than two speakers are rarely accepted.
- Multi-speaker workshops are often a good idea, however we strongly prefer that you include all speakers at the time of submission (not request additional later) - this is critical as we manage our budget. Depending on travel, expected attendee interest, etc we can sometimes provide more stipend funds but we will clarify when notification is sent.
We are always happy to give you feedback in choosing between multiple potential topics or reviewing a full proposal before submission at firstname.lastname@example.org.