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speaker FAQ

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

when is my application due?

  • Applications for the 2020 conference will be closed on Friday, January 10th at 5PM CST.

when will I hear back regarding my application?

  • We will notify all applicants by Friday, January 24th, 2020.  Selected speakers will need to confirm their availability by Friday, January 31st.  If we do not hear back from you by this date, we will unfortunately need to give your spot to another speaker.


can I submit more than one proposal?

  • Yes! 

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

can I bring my own laptop for the lightning talks?

  • Due to the fast nature of the lightning talks, no external laptops will be allowed.  Conference organizer will request the lightning talk slides no later than 1 week before the conference.

do I receive complimentary conference access?

  • Yes! Speakers will receive complimentary conference access which will include breakfast, coffee/water/soda, lunch, cocktails, and evening appetizers.

do you provide travel reimbursement?

  • Travel reimbursement will be available on a case-by-case basis for the inaugural 2020 event. We look forward to growing so that we can continue to invest in, and compensate, our wonderful speakers.

when should I arrive at the staging room?

  • Please arrive at the staging room 15 – 30 minutes before your allotted speaking time slot.

what equipment is available in the session room?

  • Rooms will be set up with basic AV equipment: projector (HDMI input – please bring converter if needed) and clicker.  We can also provide paper, pens, and large flip boards upon request.  Please let us know if you have any additional AV or equipment needs and we will do our best to accommodate.

will the presentation be automatically loaded in the room prior to my session?

  • For normal speakers (45 minute sessions): No.  Please plan to bring a laptop with HDMI connection with your presentation.  If you need to borrow a laptop, please reach out to us as soon as possible.


  • For lightning talks (5 minutes):Yes.  A conference organizer will request the lightning talk slides no later than 1 week before the conference.

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?

  • We will assign you a time and location for your session and will notify you as soon as these details are confirmed. 


if I am registered as a speaker, do I also need to register as an attendee?

  • No, we will have a special Speaker Conference Pass for you.

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.  Any handouts you provide to attendees must be directly relevant to the session topic and your work.

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

key dates: 

  • January 10, 2020: applications due

  • January 24: speakers selected & notified

  • January 31: speaker confirmation required