KCD Texas 2023 Call for Proposals
The inaugural KCD Texas is on Friday, October 6th, 2023, a 1-day, in-person event hosted at the Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas. The format will be an intimate, community-led event focused on interaction and building our Texas Kubernetes and Cloud Native communities.
What kind of proposals are we looking for?
Ignite lighting talk: A 5-minute, 20-slide talk, with slides automatically forwarding every 30 seconds, delivered to the entire conference audience.
Presentations: A 30-minute talk on the topic of your choice, optionally with some time for questions, in one of our three parallel talk tracks.
Workshops: Two total 90-minute interactive sessions on the topic of your choice in a dedicated room, hosting up to 50 attendees. Great for hands-on learning!
What do the organizers want you to know before submitting a talk?
But on the other hand, be specific and detailed. It’s hard for us to greenlight a “mysterious” pitch, given there’s usually a 10:1 proposal-to-talk slot ratio. What exactly will someone get out of this talk?
Up to 2 entries per person are welcome.
No “vendor talks” - we don’t allow talks that are product pitches. Submissions that seem like sales talk will be declined, so please ensure your summary doesn’t come across that way.
All speakers and presentations must conform to the Kubernetes Community Day Texas code of conduct.
We are interested in showcasing the less-heard voices among us, and priority will be given to submissions by members of underrepresented groups in tech. Please submit a talk!
Do not submit talks on behalf of someone else. In our experience, these usually fall through and are not tailored to our audience when they don’t.
What should I include (or not include) in my proposal?
The kind of talk best received at Kubernetes Community Day Texas (and frankly, most all conferences now) is the real-world experience talk, and that's what we're looking for this year. We experienced change X; we did Y to address it; here’s how that turned out, both the good and the bad. Sometimes people feel they should dilute their experience and turn it into a more generic presentation. This almost always makes for a weaker submission. Genuine implementations and personal lessons learned are what our audience has consistently found the most compelling.
Make it personal; we care to learn about you and from you.
Write about changes you have experienced or implemented in any area we talk about in the cloud native community - culture, process, technology, tooling, sharing... How did changes affect other areas of your business? What wisdom can you share with your community, and what can you build on in this current period of uncertainty and change?
We want to thank DevOpsDays KC, DC, and Austin for the inspiration for this CFP; in the continuous improvement spirit, we took something that worked well and iterated on it for the Texas Kubernetes Community!
We will emphasize Open Spaces in the conference schedule and focus on sharing each others' journeys, questions, and learning.
If you have any questions or thoughts, never hesitate to email: firstname.lastname@example.org