Workshop: Let's create tech talk proposals!

Hi ladies -

The call for talk proposals is open for PyCon 2014 - let's submit proposals and speak! Don't know what to talk about? Don't know how to write a proposal? Let's figure all that out and get you speaking at PyCon!

Workshop Agenda

We'll start off the evening by discovering our expertise, first by brainstorming then by "interviewing" each other. Then we'll create our topic proposals, by first analyzing other proposals, then writing our own. Then, we'll actually submit our proposals to PyCon (or any conference/user group/public speaking opportunity of your choice)! And lastly we'll celebrate with a little mingling :) 

The workshop will be led by Celia La, Emily Chen, and Kat Chuang. 

Timing: Doors will open around 6, the workshop part will start at 6:30 and go until 8:30, and we'll mingle until 9. Food and refreshments will be provided. 

Note: you will need your laptops for this workshop.

Sponsor: Thank you to Chartbeat Studios, who has graciously offered to host this event!

"Who should speak at PyCon?" You! 

"Anyone with any level of Python knowledge is a candidate for a great topic at this conference." (taken straight from their website!)

"Why would I want to do this?" Well... lots of reasons

• Sharing your specific experience using Python helps to grow the community's knowledge base ("Even if I'm a beginner?" yes!) 

• Diversity is good - different perspectives are good - we want to see this represented at tech conferences (as both audience learners AND on the stage as knowledge sharers!) 

• Speaking is one of the best things you can do for your career ;)

"I'm not an expert in anything/I wouldn't know what to talk about"

That's not true! YOU are an expert on how YOU use Python, and that's valuable to us :) 

"I've already spoken at tech conferences"

Awesome!! Come to support and encourage your fellow women developers, and help us to discover our expertise and write topic proposals :)

I don't speak Python, can I come?

Absolutely! The exercises we'll be doing are language agnostic, and we'd love to see more women in all aspects of the tech community.

Have more questions? Feel free to add it to the comments board below :)

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  • Magdalena N.

    It was informative and encouraging. Thank you

    August 23, 2013

  • Ximena

    Beginner friendly! It was a great to meet you. Thank you

    August 22, 2013

    • polina

      Good luck on your learning quest! Nice to meet you too

      August 22, 2013

  • Emily C.

    Here is some information to summarize what we discussed this evening: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YH1lgiXHKgZc0pxjAOlYD8sBEsbl5MAkv5Kn44ShRr8/edit

    August 22, 2013

  • Anne M.

    ok, I'm intrigued...

    1 · August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Plus 1!

    1 · August 19, 2013

  • John M.

    I have a Python lightning talk I'd like to demo.

    August 16, 2013

  • Kat C.

    Hi Ladies, don't be afraid to join us if it's your first time submitting a talk! Another python related conference to apply to is PyData NYC, coming up in Nov 8-10. CFP will be announced soon. Don't know what other conferences are coming up. Anyone know?

    August 16, 2013

  • Emily C.

    interview with PyCon organizer Diana Clarke: http://www.fastcolabs.com/3015524/what-every-coder-community-can-learn-from-python

    "Opening a call for proposals, and then simply hoping a few women will submit talks is a surefire way to ensure your lineup will be almost 100% male. PyCon U.S. knows this, and spends a great deal of time reaching out to women individually and encouraging them to submit proposals. There's no guarantee that those proposals will get accepted, but at least you have a significant number of proposals from women in the funnel."

    August 11, 2013

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