The Call for Speakers will close on December 1st.
We strongly advise against waiting to submit at the last minute. Remember to not share abstracts or talk titles with the organiser team, as your submission might be rejected.Submit a talk
While we’re open to a wide range of topics; we’re particularly interested in talks that somewhat fit in the spectrum of:
If you’re unsure whether the proposal fits into the conference feel free to submit it nonetheless to avoid missing out on the speaking opportunity. Alternatively, consider applying for our partner conference, JSConf AU, happening in the same venue during the same week. You’re welcome to propose multiple presentations.
We’d love to hear what you’re passionate about!
Here’s what we expect from a proposal:
We know that not everyone considers themselves a potential speaker. Delivering a talk can be challenging. Designing beautiful slides might feel impossible. Live demos can go wrong in so many ways.
We believe anyone can become a speaker. We’re here to help and guide you to develop skills to deliver a stellar talk.
Here’s what we can do:
Additionally, you might find these materials helpful:
We wrote a lengthy explanation of how we’re going to be gathering submissions and why we’re doing things differently—you should have a look. Here’s how it’ll work in a nutshell:
If your talk is selected, here’s what you’ll get:
Travel to and within Melbourne
We’ll cover the cost of reasonable, comfortable flights for yourself and, if you’re based in Australia or New Zealand, your partner, child, or whoever else you wish to bring. Additionally, we’ll provide an account with a cab company so you can get around Melbourne without worrying about costs.
If your employer can cover your travel and/or accommodation, we'll be happy to list them as a sponsor. The money we save will be invested into making the conference even better and will be allocated to our Diversity Fund.
5 nights in a nice, central hotel, located close to the venue. We’d like you to be well rested and have the ability to discover and enjoy the beauty of the city.
We realise how difficult it might be to travel without roaming data and not be able to easily contact your loved ones, check emails or simply use maps. That’s why we will provide our speakers with prepaid local sim cards.
Help with visas
If you’re travelling from overseas we’ll assist you in finding the right type of visa and providing a letter of invitation to make the visit as smooth as possible.
Dedicated team member to assist you
A selected member of the organisers team will keep in touch with you regarding travel plans, enquiries or any possible questions that might arise (yes, we will hook you up with a Foursquare list with the best coffee in town).
Entrance to all conferences
As a speaker you can access all our events during the conference week free of charge. That includes CSSConf, JSConf, Decompress and all accompanying parties.
A fun post-conference activity day
After all events are wrapped up we invite our speakers, their partners or families to enjoy a relaxing day together. Last year we rented a bus and went up to Healesville Sanctuary to get to know some of Australia’s famous, not-at-all-deadly animals.
High-quality recording of your talk
All talks are recorded, live-streamed and later on published to the conference YouTube channel—that includes slides, demos and any on-screen activity. We do it to benefit the entire tech community and those who couldn’t make it to the conference. If you’re uncomfortable with this approach in anyway, we can work around it.
We will be gathering dietary requirements or any other necessary information to accommodate our speakers prior to the event. If you have any concerns or questions about whether all your needs can be addressed, please contact us.
By applying to speak you agree to follow the conference Code of Conduct. We are committed to providing a harassment-free, professional and welcoming environment for all attendees.
Speakers should pay particular attention and avoid using visuals, audio or language that may potentially be considered offensive or harmful (sexual, racist, homophobic, insensitive, etc.) as it will not be tolerated.
Speaking at CSSConf AU was definitely a highlight of 2016. The team was so thoughtful and considerate while coordinating the whole thing for speakers and attendees. CSSConf, JSConf, and Decompress AU were some of the best community events I’ve ever attended. Bonus: I got to pet a wallaby.Ally Palanzi
CSSconf AU was the most thoughtfully organized conference I’ve ever been a part of. The speaker experience was flawless; I'm so appreciative of the amazing effort ya’ll put forth to make us all feel informed, welcomed, comfortable, and prepared.Michael Rog
Travelling halfway around the world to get the opportunity to speak at CSSConf AU 2016 was more than worth it! The attendees interacted with the speakers (and each other), everybody was so welcoming, the parties were amazing and I've met a lot of new people that I hope to stay in touch with far beyond the conference.Nadieh Bremer
My experience was wonderful - not only was the conference filled with incredibly fascinating talks, having the travel necessities taken care of beforehand took so much stress out of the days preparing for CSSConf. I could focus on delivering the best talk I could.Serena Chen
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