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DevOpsDays Birmingham (UK) 2022

event starts

5 May 2022

event ends

6 May 2022

location

Millennium Point Birmingham, England, United Kingdom


From fledgling startups to established industry, the Midlands is home to a large, vibrant technology community. Birmingham, in particular, has been a flurry of activity in the past five years, drawing attention from around the world.

DevOpsDays Birmingham brings development, operations, QA, InfoSec, management, and leadership together to discuss the culture and tools to make better organisations and products. The 2022 event will be the eighth time we have held DevOpsDays Birmingham, and it'll be the first multi-day tech conference in the Midlands!

The format of DevOpsDays Birmingham includes a single track of 30-minute talks in the morning of each day, followed by Ignite talks (5-minute lightning talks). We spend the rest of the afternoon in Open Spaces, which are considered a key portion of the event.

We expect 350 people this year and will be holding the event on May 05-06, 2022 at Millennium Point Birmingham.

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Call for Speakers
CfS opens at 12:00 PM

01 Dec 2021

CfS closes at 11:59 PM

20 Feb 2022

This event is in GMT Daylight Time (UTC+01:00) timezone.
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There are two ways to propose a topic at devopsdays:

  • A 30-minute talk presented to the entire conference audience, usually in the mornings.
  • An Ignite talk presented during the Ignite sessions (scheduling varies). These are 5 minutes talks with slides auto-advancing every 15 seconds (20 slides total).

General Guidelines:

  • Be concise, but include as much detail as is necessary to convey your idea.
  • Please provide at least three concrete takeaways that the audience will get from your talk
  • Multiple entries are welcome.
  • Submissions must be made by one of the proposed presenters; we do not accept proposals submitted on behalf of others
  • All presentations must conform to the code of conduct.
  • Proposals must be submitted via Sessionize. If you have questions about our CFP process, please email [birmingham-uk@devopsdays.org]

Ideas:

This is what we would like to know. Do you have an answer?

  • DevOps movement has been around for a few years now: Has it really helped your organisation? Are there numbers for this?
  • Did the culture of DevOps spread to other parts of your company? If not, why?
  • Is DevOps the magic silver bullet that solved all your problems? What are the problems it didn’t solve (although you thought it would)?
  • Was there one tool or methodology, in particular, that was key to your organisation's DevOps transformation? Tell us about the role it played and how it moved the needle.
  • Were there unexpected problems during your cultural change into DevOps?
  • Did the required skill-set of people change after starting to do things DevOps-Style?
  • Did people leave because you “went DevOps”? Was this good or bad or both?
  • Have there been technical changes after the culture in your team changed?
  • Did the change affect the business/sales/marketing side?
  • And of course: Has DevOps affected you personally? How do you feel about the change it brought to your work?

Our main criteria to make it to the top selection are:

Broad appeal: How will your talk play out in a room of people with a variety of backgrounds? Technical deep dives need more levels to provide value for the whole room, some of whom might not use your specific tool.

New local presenters: You are the only one who can tell your story. We are very interested in the challenges and successes being experienced in our local area. We are happy to provide guidance/coaching for new speakers upon request.

Under-represented voices: We want to hear all voices, including those that may speak less frequently at similar events. Whether you’re in a field not typically thought of as a technology field, you’re in a large, traditional organization, or you’re the only person at your organization with your background, we are interested in your unique experience.

Original content: We will consider talks that have already been presented elsewhere, but we prefer talks that the local area isn’t likely to have already seen.

No third-party submissions: This is a small community-driven event, and speakers need to be directly engaged with the organizers and attendees. If a PR firm or your marketing department is proposing the talk, you’ve already shown that as a speaker you’re distant from the process.

No vendor pitches: As much as we value vendors and sponsors, we are not going to accept a talk that appears to be a pitch for your product. If you’d like to demo your product or service, you should sponsor the event and demo it at your table.

Open Space Fodder: Will this talk help generate discussion during the Open Spaces?


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