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CFP Deadline Extended Until March 30th!

Procrastinators rejoice! We’re extending the deadline for our Call for Proposals until 11:59 PDT on Friday, March 30th.

Not sure if you want to speak at Open Source Bridge? Of course you do! We’d love to have you and your ideas be a part of this year’s event, and we have some tips for you:

  • Look over previously accepted talks: You can get an idea of what we’re looking for by reviewing the proposals we accepted as sessions for previous years (2009 talks2010 talks, and 2011 talks).
  • Be specific, but also clear and concise: Let us know the question and give an idea of the answer. Make sure to give clear details about the content of your talk.
  • Write well and use standard English: Use proper spelling, capitalization, grammar, and punctuation. Use the active voice. Proposals without these things are difficult to read. Our content committee has a lot to read through; please don’t make this process more difficult.
  • Provide a good title: A title can make or break a talk. It should be concise, yet comprehensible. Clever, but not overly so. Sparking curiosity is good, but make sure people can tell what you’re going to be talking about. If your title accurately reflects both the subject matter and the tone of your talk, your ideal audience will find you.
  • Explain why you’d give a good talk: You don’t need to be an expert, but if you are, let us know. Don’t assume we’ll know who you are even if you’ve given a bunch of talks all over the world. Also don’t assume that we won’t pick you if you’ve never spoken. Have you given this talk at a user group with overwhelming success? Let us know in your proposal’s Note to organizers field.
  • Spread the word: Open Source Bridge allows public viewing and coments on all proposed submissions. Advertise that you’ve submitted a talk so that people can comment and let our selection committee know they want to see your talk.
  • Ask questions: Not sure if your talk would be appropriate for OSBridge? Have other burning questions that are keeping you from submitting? The co-chairs and content commitee are available to answer your questions: content@opensourcebridge.org.

And did we mention that if your proposal gets accepted, you get into the conference for free?

We know you’ve been brewing some great ideas for a session or two. Well, now you have an extra fortnight to get your ideas to us!

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