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Call for sessions

Interested in speaking at GitHub Constellation? Here’s everything you need to know before submitting a session proposal.

Key dates to keep in mind


Jan 26: Call for sessions(CFS) opens

Feb 11: CFS closes

Feb 16: Submissions are reviewed by GitHub’s content committee

Feb 23: Speakers are notified whether or not their session has been chosen

Explore our main content themes


AI

From chatbots to coding assistants and so much more, AI has transformed how we work. It frees us from the toil of boilerplate and allows us to be our most productive, creative, and happy selves. Developers are coding faster than ever before, closing skill gaps more efficiently, and finding their work more satisfying. The next frontier in the development of AI is happening now and we want to hear from experts and practical leaders on the impacts of AI on developers and organizations, issues of trust, and where they see AI headed next.

Security

Security is integral to every stage of the software development cycle. This means protecting your software supply chain from dependency-based vulnerabilities, using AI-powered and proactive security features to prevent and fix vulnerabilities in your own code, and understanding the latest compliance standards, threats, and research. If this is your area of expertise, we invite you to share your knowledge with our attendees.

Developer Experience

What does developer experience mean to you? Less friction, more productivity? Finding more time for creativity, collaboration, and innovation? How do you stay in the flow? How do you leverage GitHub’s platform and features? We are looking for industry experts and impactful practitioners who are driving collaboration, simplifying tech stacks, reducing onboarding times, and prioritizing developer-first security for the betterment of their teams, their customers, their careers, and their communities.

Community

The open source community powers the future of software development. We’re looking for all types of stories from sustainable open source consumption and contribution best practices, to education and social impact.

Session types


General Session (25 mins)

These sessions feature presentations and live demos, as well as audience engagement through questions, group discussions, polls, and games.

Lightning Talk (10 mins)

A brief presentation or a live demo to convey a specific idea or a solution. There won’t be any audience engagement.

Benefits of speaking at Constellation


Speakers at Constellation are part of a collaborative and passionate community who gain career-enhancing connections with attendees and speakers alike. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Share your thought leadership with GitHub’s community of millions of developers
  • Keep a record of your session to share once it’s live on Youtube

Tips for writing your CFS proposal


  • Think about your session title as the subject line of an email—keep it short and persuasive. What would get an attendee to add it to their schedule?
  • Be specific with your key takeaways. What exactly will someone leave your session knowing that they didn’t know before?
  • Have a friend outside of your industry review your content before you submit. They might not understand the technical language but a fresh perspective is always helpful.
  • Sessions are intended to be educational, not a sales pitch. Keep that in mind when writing your description.
  • When using an acronym, spell out the full word and then include the acronym after in parantheses. Ex: software development lifecycle (SDLC).
  • Reference these examples from GitHub Universe 2022 of session titles and abstracts for inspiration.

Resources


  • Offline form: We recommend you first fill in this offline form. Then, copy and paste your responses into the online submission form. This option is the best way to avoid losing valuable work and information. You must enter your session information via the online submission form (not the offline form) to formally apply to speak at Constellation.
  • FAQ: Have a question about the call for sessions? Take a look at this list of frequently asked questions for information on deadlines, submission criteria, and other guidelines you should be aware of.
  • Samples: reference these session titles and abstracts that performed well at last year’s Universe for inspiration
  • Additional questions? Please contact constellation@github.com