February 10, 2015

Technically Speaking - February 10th, 2015

Hi from Berlin and Colorado!

Reminder: our first webinar is this Thursday, February 12th at 4pm EST [sign up], sponsored by Medium! Denise from The Eloquent Woman will be sharing strategies to help women who are nervous about speaking, particularly for putting yourself out there with strong opinions.

This issue we’re including how women speakers can be part of a tech company’s diversity strategy, and a simple formula for a compelling proposal.

If you find our digests useful, we’d love it if you forwarded them to your friends and encouraged them to sign up. For those who hate email, we also tweet.

Our upcoming talks: Cate is speaking at mdevcon in Amsterdam and NSConference (Discount code: TECHSPEAK) in Leicester. Chiu-Ki is speaking at Write/Speak/Code in New York.

Call for Proposals

Event date: April 26 - 27, 2015
Location: New York City, NY
Submission deadline: February 15, 2015
Travel expenses covered: Yes. Flight/train/bus, hotel, and car service to get you to/from hotel.
From @jennschiffer: awesome! great crowd, great organizers, and i loved speaking in my hometown!

Event date: May 19 - 20, 2015
Location: San Francisco, CA
Submission deadline: February 20, 2015
Travel expenses covered: Yes

Link Roundup

This article on improving diversity at tech companies explicitly calls out more diverse lineups at conferences as being helpful [read it], “We encourage our women to speak at conferences, which helps let other women know we value a diverse workforce.”

A recent edition contained loads of information about writing good conference proposals, but this article by @rmurphey is a simple format we find really helpful [read it]. Set context, break the bad news, make a promise.

Have you been to an unconference? Unlike a conference, the talks are determined on the spot, and everyone is invited to lead a session. Read about why @lornajane loves unconferences [blog post], and learn more at the JSUnconf FAQ.

Advice from @jo_miller on how to improve your public speaking in just 15 minutes [read it]. Warning: this involves watching video of yourself, which can be more terrifying than getting on stage.

MapZen have announced they will only be sponsoring conferences with a Code of Conduct in place [read it]. We’re really happy to see more companies taking a stand here!


This talk from @pwnela on what is company culture is insightful but also funny [watch it]. We especially enjoy how she reads out company job descriptions to make her points. She also wrote up a blog post about her experience giving the talk [read it].

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