I want to talk about a new project I have called “The CFP Report” and invite you to join.
Definition: C.F.P. – Call for Papers (a.k.a Call for Speakers, or Call for Presentations)
An invitation by a conference for potential speakers to submit abstracts of talks they would like to present. In the lives of speakers and people who want to be speakers, these are important events not to be missed.
A few months ago, I was chatting with my good friend Brandon Savage when he posited an idea. “What if we setup a mailing list for people who wanted to know about open CFPs?” As Brandon and I do often, we chased the rabbit for a while before getting back to work. (Everyone should have a friend like Brandon , he is part idea generator, part bullshit screen.)
The more I thought about it, the more I kinda liked the idea. I did some research and yes, there are other good services that are doing similar things. However, I couldn’t find anything that would do the job I wanted done. Specifically, I wanted not only to know about CFPs, I wanted to know if they were CFPs to which I would want to submit.
So I sat down and started thinking about exactly what I needed to know before I would submit. Surprisingly, my personal criteria is pretty short.
- Am I already committed during the dates?
- Do they cover travel?
Other people wanted to know more though, so I added a few more fields. I know some developers that are only interested in speaking at community conferences. Others will only speak at conferences with a Code of Conduct. So we – the Lovely and Talented Kathy & I – gathered together everything we thought that a speaker would need to make a decision on speaking at a conference, and we built a system around it.
The CFP Report is mostly a mailing list, except not quite. I like to think of it as a push notification service for web developers who want to share what they have learned.
The CFP Report will only be delivered by email. We don’t make the information available on a webpage (there are good services doing that already) and we don’t tweet them out to you.(Again, being done, and very well) We send you an email once a week with everything we have found that is still open.
Web Developers Only
As soon as we launched, we were asked if it would include:
- Design conferences
- Mobile conferences
- IoT conferences
These are all great things, but no, that is not our focus. We focus on web and developers. So currently we are only listing CFPs that are of interest to developers who use:
We are focused on developers who really want to share what they know. Honestly, if you aren’t passionate about sharing, why would you signup in the first place? This isn’t for every developer, it is for every developer who wants to help other developers. We understand that not every developer wants to share. We are fine with that. However, for those that do, we want to make it easy for you to decide where to share.
If you understand that you know something other developers haven’t yet figured out, the the when is simple, now! Don’t wait, sign up now. As soon as you do, we send you your first email. Then we send you one every Wed morning, that’s it. One email a week to help you figure out how to share, and share more.
Start a Habit
We want Wednesday morning to become “Conference Morning”. We want you to get in the habit of receiving the email, scanning it, and figuring out if there are any conferences you want to submit to. Then we want you to take that one final step and submit a talk. We want you to do this every Wednesday morning. We want it to become a habit. We want you to get in the habit of sharing what you know, sharing what you have learned. When you share, all of us get smarter, including you.
Inevitably, the conversation turns to “How much is this gonna cost me?”. I can say with all sincerity that I have absolutely no plans to ever charge developers or conferences for access to “The CFP Report”. I don’t plan on making premium features. I don’t plan on giving conferences a way to “buy the top slot”. Doing either of these would – in my opinion – create a caste system. Big conferences get preferential treatment, speakers with the budget could get better access. Nope, that is not why we made it. It actually goes against why we made it.
The CFP Report is free for developers & conferences.
If you are not the customer, you are the product
Become a Sponsor
Looking to attract the attention of developers? Specifically developers who like sharing what they know, advertise with us. (Unless you are a conference, we won’t accept you if you are.)
What are you waiting for?
Even if you have never spoken at a conference before, join The CFP Report and see what is available to you. While you are at it, bring one friend with you.
Share what you know, help us, help yourself.
Until next time,
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