As for topics, that's up to you. There are two rules:
1. Go meta - always try and find ways that one discipline informs another.2. No product talks, sponsor or otherwise
From there, we're open. We've had first time speakers, we've had people who've been doing it for years. At the end of the day, we're simply looking for excellent talks you wouldn't hear at any another conference. In a perfect world, you’ll make the attendees think about the world they’re a part of and their role in it.
Be interesting, be insightful, be original.
Q: What's the deadline? A: Technically, there is no hard deadline. That said, as a single track conference, our slots are extremely limited.
Q: How long are the talks?A: 22-25 minutes.
Q: Should I assume deep technical knowledge?A: The majority of our audience is fairly technical, but they come from very different backgrounds and disciplines. If you want to go deep on one technology only, your best bet is to head to a conference about that technology.
Q: I'd like to purchase a speaking slot, how can that be arranged?A: You can't. We do not sell speaking slots at the conference.
Q: Can I nominate someone else I'd like to hear speak?A: Certainly! We always appreciate suggestions, particularly where potential speakers might be enticed by the best beers in the world.
Q: I've already been asked to speak - do I need to submit a proposal?A: If we've talked separately, you're all set.
Q: Where can I get an idea of the kinds of talks that have appeared previously?A: You can view past talks at redmonk.com/videos.