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Reviewing Your RailsConf Proposal

Reviewing Your RailsConf Proposal

An aborted RailsConf Lightning talk I really wanted to share with attendees to encourage them to submit a proposal for RailsConf, RubyConf and any other conference really.

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Olivier Lacan

April 22, 2015
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  1. Reviewing your RailsConf Proposal

  2. Lots of proposals.

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  4. 469

  5. 469

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  7. One month to submit.

  8. It’s hard to chose.

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  10. But we had to.

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  12. 15.95%

  13. Those odds aren’t that bad.

  14. CFP-App

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  16. It’s a Rails app.

  17. It’s open source.

  18. You can contribute.

  19. https://github.com/ rubycentral/cfp-app

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  21. So use it for your conf.

  22. Make it better.

  23. CFP-App helps.

  24. A lot.

  25. This is what CFP-App looks like.

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  27. title

  28. tracks

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  33. And this is what we don’t see:

  34. Who the speaker is.

  35. Other reviewer’s rating.

  36. Helps protect us from our own bias.

  37. We only see other ratings after we rate.

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  39. It helps when:

  40. You’re being too harsh.

  41. You’re being too nice.

  42. It’s helps achieve consensus.

  43. We can also send comments to the candidate.

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  45. We help you improve your proposal.

  46. Does it work?

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  49. That’s not good enough.

  50. But we’ll do better next time.

  51. We focus on good writers first.

  52. But it doesn't stop there.

  53. We later move beyond anonymous reviewing.

  54. Because who you are does sometime matter.

  55. Or your experience is relevant.

  56. Or you’ve taught workshops before.

  57. I only reviewed 180 proposals.

  58. They reviewed a lot more.

  59. Akira Matsuda

  60. Marty Haught

  61. Kinsey Ann Durham

  62. Sarah Mei

  63. Coraline Ehmke

  64. Hug these people.

  65. Submit a proposal!

  66. RubyConf 2015

  67. RailsConf 2016

  68. TurbolinksConf 2017

  69. EveryConf

  70. HomeConf

  71. Come talk to us if you need help.

  72. We need your voice.

  73. ❤ @olivierlacan