Call for Proposals – The Details

This document applies to both eurucamp and JRubyConf.EU CFPs. If necessary, differences are clearly marked as such.

We are inviting the Ruby community to submit talks for this year’s eurucamp in Berlin. This Call for Proposals will close on May 1st. Our CFP process is based on the process used at JSConf EU 2012 . When you’re ready to submit a proposal, visit our CFP submission app and login with your Twitter or GitHub credentials.

eurucamp wants to encourage new speakers to get on stage or experienced speakers to try out something new. Never been on stage or thinking about changing the main topic of your speaking efforts? We are your conference!

Topics for eurucamp

To get a feel for what we might be interested in hearing about, take a look at the programme from previous years ( 2013 | 2012 | 2011 ).

eurucamp is a Ruby event. We are looking for Ruby topics or topics that would interest Rubyists. The Ruby community is a very curious one, so talks about interesting new developments in the world of programming are welcome. Topics covering the social aspects of programming are also met with interest.

Rails talks are welcome, but we want to cover a broad range of topics, so those will be limited.

We also accept non-talk proposals, like workshops and moderated discussions. You can select your format in the CFP process.

Topics for JRubyConf.EU

JRubyConf.EU is shorter this year than last year, so we ask you talk to be strictly involving JRuby. We are interested in development techniques, user stories and general outlook for the JRuby ecosystem.

Open slots and chances of acceptance

eurucamp has 15-20 regular speaking slots, depending on the length of the individual talks.

All slots are open and will be filled through the CFP. Only the keynote speaker is invited.

JRubyConf.EU has 8-10 slots, depending on the length of the individual talks.

Up to two of those slots may be reserved for JRuby team members.

We Do Help

eurucamp and JRubyConf.EU 2014 operate in a different fashion than most other conferences. Instead of you having to ask for support, we will unconditionally provide you with support. For that reason, you will be assigned a mentor if you are accepted as a speaker at our conference.

There are about a million reasons why you don’t consider yourself a speaker. We are here to prove you wrong. We are your conference, regardless of whether this is your first time on stage or you are an experienced speaker. If you are unsure, feel free to contact us:

Get in touch: info@eurucamp.org (just don’t use this to submit a proposal).

If you need more encouragement, check out the following site from Tiffany Conroy, We Are All Awesome that tries to convince you to speak. For guides on the practical parts, see Zach Holmans speaking.io.

The Mentorship Program

eurucamp 2014 has an unconditional mentorship program. This unique approach will ensure that everyone has someone to turn to with ideas and questions. Mentors sign up through the CFP app and agree to helping one or more speakers with their preparations and talk at eurucamp.

Read the details on our mentorship program page.

The Selection Process

Here is how we select speakers:

We expect more submissions than speaking slots. The process helps us to select the right ones.

Guidelines

Submit your proposal by May 1st, 23:59:59 CEST No excuses.

All talks are in English.

Talks are usually 15 or 30 minutes long (for longer talks we’d get in touch with you directly). That includes 3-5 minutes of Q&A. We will be on a tight schedule and enforce the end of a talk rigorously. Please notify us in advance how long you want your slot to be. We suggest timing your presentation in advance.

Make sure you care and make sure we see you care. Typos, sloppy formatting and all-lowercase submissions make our reading of your proposal tedious. These things will definitely count against your proposal.

Don’t overdo it either. If you need more than two paragraphs to get to the point of your topic, we need to ask you to slim things down. With the amount of submissions we get, the quicker you can make a good impression, the better.

“I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time” — Blaise Pascal

Original Topics. One of the things we like to do with eurucamp is to push the community forward. We can’t do this if the same people keep talking about the same things all the time. Thus, we favour original content. If you want to discuss a topic that you have talked about elsewhere, try to add a twist, or new research, or development, something unique. Of course, if your talk is plain awesome as-is, go for that :)

The Perks

If you get selected as a speaker at eurucamp or JRubyConf.EU, here’s what you get:

Example Submission

Here’s a proposal that we accepted in 2012:

How To Be Better

A lot of the principles of clean code are forgotten when writing documentation.

Have a single source of truth and don't repeat yourself. Avoid writing brittle code. Use ubiquitous terminology and choose searchable names. Be consistent in your formatting. Test your code. Refactor and practice successive refinement. Don't write any more than you need to.

These principles of clean code can be applied with great effect to the production and maintenance of documentation, but there's more to it than that. Code needs to satisfy machines and coders. Documentation needs to satisfy people performing range of different tasks: from cursory inspection through to intensive development.

This talk will review relevant principles and examine real-world examples, leaving you with a practical mental checklist for writing documentation that will help your users and your software thrive.

Misc

All talks will be recorded and published on the internet for free, along with a recording of the slide deck, live-demo or other on-presenter-screen activity.

We do this for the benefit of the larger Ruby community and those who can’t make it to the conference. We hope you want to help out, but if you are uncomfortable in any way, let us know and we will work things out.

Finally, since you retain full ownership of your slides and recording, we’d like to ask you to make your materials and recording available under a creative commons (we default to no commercial reuse) or other open source license.