BIgConf will be held March 28 2014 at the amazing Silver Spring Civic Building, in Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, a fantastic venue for the speakers and attendees. We expect a sold out audience of 200 developers. So, this is a great opportunity to reach a large and influential audience of Mid-Atlantic data practitioners, and have a great time doing it!
We'd like our presentations to be 30 minutes long, including time for questions and discussion. But if you think otherwise for your presentation (longer or shorter), let us know what you want and convince us.
The scope of talks includes a broad area, anything of interest our audience, as long as it is in the realm of handling data (big data, nosql, etc.). Also, this is a conference for everyone, so beginner topics are welcomed.
Keep in mind that our audience will be members of the software developers community, mostly software engineers and practicing developers. Your presentation should appeal to them. Fun topics are encouraged, so please feel free to be creative.
Proposals containing marketing-based content will be rejected. Our attendees want to be entertained and learn from your presentation. An overt sales pitch will not get the reaction you want from our audience.
Submit as many proposals as you like. Panels or multiple presenter proposals are fine with us. All of the accepted presenters will receive a free ticket.
Since BigConf is a very inexpensive, community conference, we do not reimburse travel expenses, except in special circumstances. However, if your company is willing to pay for your travel, then we would be glad to give credit in the form of a sponsorship.
We welcome proposals from everyone, and will evaluate each proposal on it own merits, regardless of the speaker's ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, etc. We strive to be encouraging and inclusive of everyone in our community. Therefore, we expect all of our attendees, speakers included, to follow our code of conduct. See http://www.bigconf.io/conduct/index for the complete description of the code of conduct.
We plan to record all the presentations, and make the videos available online for free. If this isn't OK, that's fine with us, just please mention it in the submission (in the Message to Reviewers section).
Please submit your proposal by 11:59:59 PM ET on Tuesday January 28th, 2013. We might accept and announce a few (or even many) talks before that time.
If your presentation is accepted we ask you to consider NOT presenting it in the greater DC/Baltimore area in the weeks just prior to BigConf. Doing so might help you prepare, but it will lessen interest in your presentation at the conference, something you probably don't want to do. Presenting a different presentation or a short version is fine, and in fact is encouraged (especially if you mention us!).
If you have any questions, please email us at info at bigconf dot io. Your presentation is important to us. We want to help you make it great.