speaker FAQ

Do not hesitate to reach out to us at kate@developer-first.com if you cannot find an answer to your question!

Format of the event (updated: 4/15)

  • The silver lining of a virtual event that our attendees will have the opportunity to attend all sessions!  The conference will become a “single track” 3 day event taking place from Wednesday, June 10th - Friday, June 11th via a Zoom webinar.

  • We are asking speakers to send us pre-recorded presentation and to make themselves available after their talks for 15 minutes of live Q&A

  • Q&A will be facilitated in the Zoom webinar and also in our Developer First Slack channel


Joining the Developer First Slack channel:

Recording your session:

This experience will be new to a lot of our speakers so please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or need some tips.   


It’s easy (and free) to record video + slides via screen sharing using Zoom.  The site provides step by step instructions as a start.  You can pause the recording to switch cameras or content and then resume the recording.  When you close the application, the recording will be transferred to an mp4 file saved in your Zoom folder. If you are familiar with tools like iMovie, you can use them for merging clips, editing, etc.  If you do, please make sure you export to a quality that works for full screen. 


Other options: 

  • Record directly in PowerPoint with audio/video recording plugins

  • (I am not aware if this is offered for free version) Record using Microsoft Teams 

  • (Also not aware if this is an offering with free version) Record using Google Hangouts


If you are uncomfortable with pre-recording your session and would prefer to present your talk live, please indicate this in your response to this email.    


Upload your file by Friday, May 15th: 

Please rename your file to Your Name.  Please ensure your file is saved in mp4 format.  Go to this link to upload it.

We have a speaker gift for you!  Please email Kate@developer-first.com your physical address if you want to receive this gift.

Other FAQ:

can I update the title and description of my session after it has been published on the conference website?

do I receive complimentary conference access to attend the other sessions?

  • Yes! 

when should sign on to prepare for my session?

  • Please sign on and join the staging Zoom webinar 10-15 minutes before your allotted Q&A slot (15 mins before your pre-recorded session ends).  Please stay online to watch for questions in the Slack channel.

is there a guarantee on how many people will attend my speaking session?

  • Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee attendance.  However, you can help increase attendance by promoting your session using the pre-conference mailing and via your own marketing vehicles.

do I pick the time and location for my speaking session or will it be assigned to me?

code of conduct

Developer First is committed to providing a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment to all conference attendees, sponsors, and speakers.  Please read the full code of conduct before applying to speak.

speaker info

  • If you have a scheduling conflict, please reach out to kate@developer-first.com as soon as possible so that we can find a replacement

  • Speakers must discuss the work for which they were selected to present.   

  • Speakers must not use their scheduled talk to promote irrelevant agendas. 

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