Perth, Western Australia - 6th to 10th January 2014

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Getting your CFP abstract accepted 101


Conferences such as are really wonderful, encouraging and motivating events that often spur us on to go home and start contributing to the free and open-source community - whether that be in code, documentation, or community.

There's been plenty of talks about how you can boostrap yourself into contributing. This is not one of those talks.

But now that you are contributing, whether with your own project, or have joined a project, you are well on way to becoming a rockstar in your own right. The problem you now face is how do you take the next step - to start _speaking_ at conferences about the great stuff you've been doing.

How do you go from project contributor to conference speaker?

You might have put a proposal into a conference and got rejected. Why? What did you do wrong? I mean, you had some **really** awesome things to say - why didn't that stupid papers committee accept you? And you've done this for 3 years straight, and they **keep** on rejecting you. Those pompous self-righteous gits...

But now you're feeling a little depressed, feeling that the path of fandom might just be beyond you. Is this path reserved for only the uber-outgoing gregarious members of our community? What can you do about it?

Come to this talk! What we'll attempt to do is to:
* Take a light-hearted look at some real talk proposals from (with names/project names redacted :-) to see why they got rejected
* Look at repeat offenders and see whether they've improved over time
* Look at what you can do to get your abstract accepted next year

The outcome will hopefully be a new sense of direction and purpose, finding out the secrets as to how you can get your proposal accepted at the next open-source conference that comes along!

Michael Davies

Michael Davies is a software developer who has worked on everything from embedded operating systems to web applications and everything in between. Suffering withdrawal pains after leading the team that hosted in Adelaide back in 2004, he has been involved with that conference's papers committee ever since. You can't really notice the twitch unless you know what to look for.