Give a talk at a Docker Meetup

Has Docker technology made you better at what you do? Is Docker an integral part of your company’s tech stack? Do you use Docker to do big things?

Speak at a local chapter or university event and give concrete, first-hand examples which tell attendees about your Docker usage and challenges. By sharing your learnings, you can give attendees take-aways for using Docker to accomplish real tasks. You can also share your code and do a demo heavy deep-dive talk on what you have been able to transform with your use of the Docker stack. Entice your audience by going deeply technical and teach them how to do something they haven’t done. To submit a talk propsal, email us at community@docker.com 

Proposal Dos:

Clarify your message

The best talks leave the audience transformed: They come into the session thinking or doing things one way, and they leave armed to think about or solve a problem differently. This means that your session must have solid take-aways that the audience can apply to their use case. We ask for your three key take-aways in the CFP. Make sure to be specific about your audience transformation, i.e. instead of listing “the talk covers orchestration,” instead write, “the talk will go through a step-by-step process for setting up swarm mode, providing the audience with an live example of how easy it is to use.” This is also a great place to highlight what you will leave them with, i.e. “Attendees will have full unrestricted access to all the code I’m going to write and open-source for the talk.”

Using Docker

Has Docker technology made you better at what you do? Is Docker an integral part of your company’s tech stack? Do you use Docker to do big things? Infuse your proposal with concrete, first-hand examples about your Docker usage, challenges and what you learned along the way, and inspire us on how to use Docker to accomplish real tasks.

Deep Dives

Propose code and demo heavy deep-dive sessions on what you have been able to transform with your use of the Docker stack. Entice your audience by going deeply technical and teach them how to do something they haven’t done.

Get specific

While you should submit a topic that is broad enough to cover a range of interests, sessions are a maximum of 40 minutes, so don’t try to boil the ocean. Stay focused on content that support your take-aways so you can deliver a clear and compelling story.

Inspire us

Expand the conversation beyond technical details and inspire attendees to explore new uses. Past examples include Dockerizing CS50: From Cluster to Cloud to Appliance to ContainerShipping Manifests, Bill of Lading and Docker – Metadata for Containers and Stop Being Lazy and Test Your Software.

Be open

Has your company built tools used in production and/or testing? Remember the buzz around Netflix’s Chaos Monkey and the excitement around it when it was released? If you have such a tool, revealing the recipe for your secret sauce is a great way to get your talk on the radar of Docker meetups 2018 attendees.

Show that you are engaging

Having a great topic and talk is important, but equally important is execution and delivery. In the CFP, you have the opportunity to provide as much information as you can about presentations you have given. Videos, reviews, and slide decks will add to your credibility as an entertaining speaker.

 

Proposal Don’ts

Sales pitches

No, just don’t. It’s acceptable to mention your company’s product during a presentation but it should never be the focus of your talk.

Bulk submissions

If your proposal reads as generic talk that has been submitted to a number of conferences, it will not pass the initial review. Granted that a talk can be a polished version of earlier talk, but the proposal should be tailored for Docker meetups 2018.

Jargon

If the proposal contains jargon, it’s very likely that the presentation will also contain jargon. Although Docker meetups 2018 is a technology conference, we value the ability to explain and make your points with clear and easy to follow language.