CFP 2019

Our organizing team has been hard at work preparing for B-Sides Orlando 2019. This year we’re continuing efforts to improve transparency and we hope this helps aspiring speakers plan talks and content for this year and future iterations.

  • This year we moved from Eventbrite to BusyConf in an effort to move to a blind review where CFP reviewers are unaware of the submitter’s name. We believe a blind review will remove unintentional bias and give speakers an equal footing on submissions.
  • To increase the diversity of the event, our staff has reached out to both women and PoC to encourage speakers from minority groups to submit.
  • We have a goal of a 70/30 split of blind review talks to staff picks to ensure that new voices are heard while maintaining a technical core.

We hope these adjustments will improve our content while providing a more diverse set of speakers that represent our local community.

Improvements for 2019

Coordinating a successful community conference from year to year requires a drive for continuous improvement based on the feedback we receive from the previous year. Last year we sent out a survey on what we could improve and based on your feedback we will:

Add content

  • Increase the content by adding another track (from 2 tracks to 3 tracks)
  • Reduce the length of the lunch gap
  • Further encourage diverse speakers to present
  • Solicit a technical keynote
  • Promote Fire Talks on Twitter

Improve workshops and villages

  • Add more soldering stations
  • Add workshops
  • Provide clearer instructions for labs

General conference improvement

  • Provide further onsite food and beverage options
  • Increase signage
  • Add outdoor shade

Be on the lookout for another survey after this year’s conference. Thank you for your feedback and we look forward to providing an improved conference experience for B-Sides Orlando 2019!