The Extracurricular: Call for Speakers
The Extracurricular (https://theextracurricular.org/) is a learning event for Salesforce developers and architects interested in advanced and interesting uses of Salesforce and other technologies. It is a community-built mini-event hosted inside TDX at Moscone West. Designed to be conversational, speakers will present real-world projects they have been involved in and be interviewed live by a panel of experts. There is a heavy Q&A portion so that attendees can develop a better understanding of what challenging problems were tackled and how they were solved by each speaker.
There are two types of presentations at The Extracurricular: “main talks” and “quick talks”. Main talks are the core of the event (described in more detail below). Quick talks (also described below) are an opportunity to show off some work you’ve done and share it with your peers. Most of our quick talk speakers in the past have been first-time public speakers and we love that.
A “main talk” speaker for The Extracurricular is expected to be a capable, advanced developer or architect with practical experience building complex things on the Salesforce platform. In addition to technical ability a speaker should be skilled in public speaking and explaining technical topics to an audience. Presentations will be heavy on demo and context-setting, with minimal to no slides. Think of this as presenting a case study to a live audience. Choose one real-world project (not just a single technology, feature or idea, but an actual thing that you built that had complexity to it), and have a conversation about it with the audience. The format will be that each speaker is given a significant chunk of time (25 minutes or so) to present their case study, followed by around 50 minutes of Q&A. The Q&A begins with questions from a panel (the idea being that experts chatting with experts will produce a compelling and technical conversation), and then opens up for questions from the attendees.
Also, as part of the event we will be having people give quick and simple demos of “cool technology things”. The topic is deliberately broad and vague. You’ll have 5 minutes to demo something you’ve worked on or been involved with that you think other people would enjoy hearing about. No slides. Possible examples: show a clever snippet of code, or some slice of an app you’re quite proud of, or a technical challenge you got stuck on and overcame. There will be no Q&A portion to these talks, just a quick demo and explanation and then done.
Submission deadline: April 1
Speakers will be given a conference pass for TDX.
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