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.