Call for presentations
Do you have something you want to share? A controversial idea, an interesting experience or something you have learnt lately? Submit your abstract before 15 November and get a chance to be part of a great team of speakers at Booster 2018.
What are we looking for?
Long ago we decided not to fill Booster with talks. We want you to come back to work after the conference with fresh ideas and real knowledge you can use, and we believe that happens when you get fired up about new ideas, and get a chance to work deeply with them.
The main part of the conference is dedicated to workshop sessions, to really get down'n'dirty and pick up new skills. Workshops are interactive and hands-on, and focused on learning by doing. Workshops can be 1.5 hrs, 3 hrs or 4.5 hrs long, depending on the amount of material you want to cover, and how much time participants will need for exercises. If a workshop sounds a bit daunting, let us know and we can help you get there.
The second big part of the conferece is the sessions with 10 minute long lightning talks. Lightning talks are a great way to convey an insight, suggest an idea, or share your enthusiasm about a particular technology or method. Lightning talks are usually well-rehearsed, focused on a single thing and packed with useful information.
Finally, we have only eight slots for what we call short talks, a 30 minute exploration of a subject. We reserve these for experience reports and other story-telling type talks. If you want to talk about a technology, a methodology, a technique or a tool we would it if you manage to turn it into a workshop instead. Remember, people learn more by doing! There is a high barrier to be considered for a short talk. If you are unsure that your short talk is excellent, you will want to submit either a lightning talk or a workshop instead.
These are some of the topics the committee have in mind for this year's conference, but do not feel constrained by them. We would like you to send in an abstract about any (IT-related) topic you really care about! Your audience will probably be developers, architects, testers/test managers and/or project managers, but you will not have to cater to all audiences at once.
- Programming. Anything about writing code better.
- Testing. How do we ensure the quality of the things we make?
- Process and leadership. Thoughts, methods and techniques to help us build and run great teams that deliver.
- UX. We are still working out how to make software for humans. Help!
- Entrepreneurship. Finding an idea, refining it, building it and doing it all over again.
- Security. The world isn't all rainbows and unicorns, a healthy dose of paranoia and some solid tools to help would be appreciated
- Architecture. Anyone can write a few lines of code, but how to get them to stick together in coherent, useful and orderly way?
- Devops. Tools and techniques to deal with both the tech and people sides of devops.
- Fun stuff. Built a robot? Made a language? Pet projects that are just plain weird, interesting or enjoyable.
- Anything else. IoT, torrenting, coding in schools - as long as it is sort of related to software we're interested. Just submit and let us decide!
What's in it for me?
- Getting a forum to present and discuss your ideas with other smart people.
- Saving money. If you get a lightning or short talk abstract accepted, you will get 50 % off the price of a full price ticket. If you get a workshop accepted, you will get a free ticket.
- Admission to the speaker's dinner on Thursday evening.
- Eternal glory!
We are not able to cover travel and accommodation for all speakers. However, if monetary concerns makes it difficult for you to present at Booster, you should apply for reimbursement when submitting your proposal. Our monetary policy has all the details.