The deadline for submissions was April 18. Everyone who submitted a proposal has been notified of whether their proposal was accepted.
- Use Keynote, PowerPoint, Open Office, or Google Presentations for your slides.
- Use 4:3 for your slide size (it’s the size of Wharton’s projectors).
- Minimal slides are best—avoid walls of text and long lists of bullets.
- Be mindful of the colors you use. Aim for high contrast slides, avoiding colors that may be difficult to see for those with colorblindness. (You can check your contrast online; you just need the hex codes for your colors!)
- Light background with dark text is easiest to read; be mindful that the projector is white.
- Make text as large as possible, at least 68pt.
- Choose fonts with adequate spacing between letters, and avoid thin or cursive fonts.
- Leave the bottom ⅓ of your slides free of text to ensure nothing is obscured.
- Avoid or limit the use of flashing videos or animations/animated gifs, as these may have negative effects for people with seizure disorders, migraines, or ADD/ADHD.
- Be careful with memes, images, and GIFs, and make sure they are appropriate for a professional audience.
- Your talk should lose nothing if the slides aren’t visible. Generally describe graphs, images, and other information for the audience.
- Consider including your Twitter handle on your opening and closing slides!
- Consider publishing your slides after your talk (on the platform of your choice) and tweeting the link with the #djangocon hashtag.
Thanks to AlterConf for their amazing speaking recommendations!
Speakers Eat Free!
All speakers and tutorial presenters will receive free tickets to DjangoCon.
Speaking in front of a large audience doesn't come easily to many people. Our conference audiences are full of interesting people with interesting things to say, but who remain in the audience because for whatever reason, they didn't feel confident enough to submit a talk proposal.
If you'd like any help in proposing, preparing or presenting your talk, whoever you are and whatever kind of help you'd find useful, feel free to contact one of our speaker mentors! A speaker mentor is an experienced speaker who has volunteered to help other speakers. For first-time speakers, non-native English speakers, unconfident or uncertain speakers or simply anyone who'd like some help with a talk, here are some people who'd like to help you. You'll get the best results by forming a relationship with one mentor, rather than contacting several.
And if you'd like to be a speaker mentor, let us know!
- Adrienne Lowe, DSF Director of Advancement, DjangoCon US and Django Girls Atlanta organizer, Your Django Story leader.
- Anna Ossowski, PSF director, PyCon US and DjangoCon US organizer, PyLadies Remote group leader.
- Barbara Shaurette, Django Girls Austin organizer, PyCon Young Coders teacher.
- Carol Willing, PSF director, Django Girls San Diego organizer, San Diego Python User Group organizer.
- Justin Abrahms, BetterDiff, mentor, woodworker.
- Kojo Idrissa, DjangoCon US organizer, Code Newbies, author.
- Lacey Williams Henschel, DjangoCon US, Django Girls Portland, and Django Girls Austin organizer.
- Mark Lavin, Django Girls RDU organizer, runner, author.
- Victor Miclovich, Thinkful mentor, Limitless Creations founder, DSF grants committee, Django Girls Kampala mentor
Every session at DjangoCon US will have professionally-produced video recordings published to our YouTube channel.
If you do not wish to have your talk recorded, please note this in your submission. Doing so will not influence the selection process in any way.
Lightning talks are talks under 5 minutes with or without slides on any topic you want! Anything goes, as long as you can keep it under 5 minutes. Sign-ups will happen at the conference.