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CloudDevelop 2016 – Call for Speakers OPEN!

CloudDevelop conference is excited to announce that the call for speakers for 2016 opens today and will remain open until midnight on Friday, April 15th.

What are we looking for?
Any topic related to cloud computing is on the table. We are cloud provider, platform and tech stack agnostic. In fact, we are going to greater lengths than ever before to ensure there is a vibrant mix at CloudDevelop 2016. Take a look at last year’s sessions to get an idea of the sorts of topics the conference is looking for; but don’t hesitate to try to break the mold a little and give us an innovative topic idea to consider !

What do I need to submit?

  • An abstract – First, and most importantly, a well-crafted presentation abstract. These should be relatively short, attention-catching, and informative about what will be presented. We highly suggest having your abstract reviewed by several people before submitting to make sure it is as compelling as possible.
  • Your bio – Conference attendees want to know who they are getting their information from. Share a little about what makes you qualified to speak about your topic and maybe some fun facts that make you unique.
  • A headshot – Be famous, get recognized at the conference!
  • Metadata – In order to organize and help us sift through the many submissions, we’ll also be asking for some descriptors about the presentation category (architecture, DevOps, strategy, etc.), cloud platform (AWS, Azure, OpenStack, etc.) and a few more items.

What types of sessions are there?
The majority of our sessions are standard 1-hour presentations.  Last year we had great success with our workshops, so we will also continue to accept workshop submissions.

What’s in it for me?
Earning the enduring admiration and respect of your peers not enough for you, huh?  Fair enough, we understand it takes a huge commitment to present at conference – we’ve been there too!

  1. Free admission to the conference (like that is a surprise!)
  2. Speaker dinner the night before to mingle with your fellow cloud aficionados
  3. A modest “thank you” gift on behalf of the cloud computing community for taking the time to share your passion
  4. Join the conference organizers for an after party to unwind
  5. The enduring admiration and respect of your peers.  Seriously, the best perk of all!

What is the selection process?
Session selection has two phases.

  1. Abstract rating
    • Session submissions are anonymized as much as possible.  The name, email address, organization, etc. are removed
    • All abstracts are rated from 1 (not a good fit) to 10 (amazing)
    • We sum the ratings of all organizers and take the top X highest rated sessions (where X is somewhat more than the number of available time slots)
  2. Balancing
    • We reassess the remaining sessions with a 3-point scale (“meh”, “want it”, “must have”), taking into consideration having a good spread and mix of topics, platforms, etc.
    • We de-anonymize the list of sessions
    • We ensure that no speaker has an unfair load and spread the load accordingly

Speakers may have multiple submissions that we may be interested in. We will reach out to those speakers to confirm that multiple sessions are OK with that speaker.

CloudDevelop – what is that, anyway?
CloudDevelop is a one-day conference on Friday, August 26, 2016. The conference will be held at the Ohio Union on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

You can view more details about CloudDevelop at You can also stay up-to-date with the latest information on our blog at and by following @CloudDevConf on Twitter and liking our Facebook page.

CloudDevelop 2016 – Call for Speakers Opening Soon

The time to bring back together the best and brightest minds in cloud computing are is drawing near. On Monday, March 21st we will open the call for speakers. That gives you a few days to think about what topic you would like to share with the cloud computing community. We will accept submissions until midnight 11:59pm ET on Friday, April 8th.

We will announce more information about the call for speakers on March 21st. In the meantime be sure to follow @CloudDevConf on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and/or sign up for the CloudDevelop newsletter to keep up to date with the latest information.