Write/Speak/Code 2019 Call For Proposals
The Write/Speak/Code Conference will take place August 16-18 at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco.

We are looking for speakers from all marginalized gender backgrounds to share their experience, skills, and life story with our community.

We are particularly interested in these topics:

• Using tech to change lives
• Shine Theory
• Getting Published
• Employee organizing and activism
• Empowering each other
• Leadership and professional advancement
• Advanced technical topics appealing to a wide audience
• Ethics of technology and our responsibility as coders
• Open source for good
• Your founder's story
• Turning your idea into action

The Write/Speak/Code conference is an intense, three-day, hands-on conference, with personalized feedback sessions, panels, and talks by talented speakers from marginalized genders and gender histories. Attendees leave the conference with at least the beginnings of a few projects (blogs, talks, oss contributions, workshops, e-books, etc) actionable next steps and a supportive community to keep them accountable.

The Perks
All selected speakers will receive a free ticket to the conference. We’ll also be offering $100-$250 honorariums based on talk format. Our travel budget is very small, so we are not able to provide travel and lodging for all speakers. Assistance may be given based on need and availability.
The CFP will close on May 17. The selection process can vary in length depending on how many responses we get. We will inform everyone by email of the results.
Talk & Workshop Details
• Talks are 20-30 minutes in duration
• Workshops are 2 or 4 hours

You can submit up to 3 talks for consideration.

Conference Focus Areas
The conference will be 3 days long, and include 4 separate tracks.

Each track of the conference is themed:

• Write / Visibility
• Speak / Leadership
• Code / Project
• Growth / Self-Care

Each day of the conference will have keynotes that open and close the conference. These talks appeal to a varied-level audience and fall within the 4 tracks listed above.

Track Structure
These tracks will feature 2 days of submitted talks and 1 day of Write/Speak/Code curriculum - workshop content specially crafted to kickstart attendees' writing, speaking & coding:

• Write/Visibility track will feature talks related to writing and raising our visibility through print and text.
• Speak/Leadership track will feature talks related to public speaking and people leadership.
• Code/Project track will feature talks related to software projects and open source.

The Growth/Self-Care track will not feature curriculum, and will feature 3 days of talks and workshops about personal and career growth, and self care.

Commitment to Inclusion
Write/Speak/Code is intentional about creating an inclusive experience for all attendees, as well providing diversity in the perspectives we share. We aim to feature 50% speakers of color with a focus on featuring Black and Latinx speakers and 25% LGBTQIA+ speakers, as well as create proportional representation in our audience. Our events are intended for all people with genders or gender histories that are marginalized in tech. This includes women, non-binary people, agender people, and trans men.
About Write/Speak/Code
Write/Speak/Code is on a mission to promote the visibility and leadership of technologists with marginalized genders through peer-led professional development.

Data scientists, software engineers, eBook publishers, designers, VPs of Engineering —and more!— have taken their careers to the next level at our conferences, events, and local chapters across the US.

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