DevOpsDays Boston is a self-organizing conference for DevOps practitioners, and part of the worldwide community of DevOpsDays events.
It brings together leaders in Software Development, IT Operations, QA, InfoSec, and IT Management to collaborate and learn from each other. It is both a technical conference and a conference focusing on culture, processes, and structure within organizations.
We encourage people with technology and business background to attend, learn and share experiences.
The 2020 event will be the eighth time we have hosted DevOpsDays in Boston. On Sep. 28th and 29th 2020 we expect 650 people to join us in the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama in Boston's historic south end.
DevOpsDays Boston is a dual track conference with various formats
90min Workshop (hands-on sessions with laptops out)
Open Spaces (self-organized during conference)
In summary, each day will consist of a mix of talks, workshops, and open spaces. There will be an evening party for all participants scheduled for the evening of Sep 28th. A great opportunity for networking, mingling and having a good time.
DevOpsDays Boston 2020 is currently accepting long session, short session, and tutorial/workshop talk proposals from interested speakers.
In 2020, we are actively soliciting programming that addresses these topics:
- Building a Site Reliability Engineering team
- Health, stress, and burnout
- Management culture
- Privacy/data security
- Large-scale container deployment
- Professional development, teaching, training, and mentorship
- Test design and automated testing
- DevOps in the enterprise
We also welcome submissions on perennially popular technical topics from previous DevOpsDays:
- Continuous integration and continuous delivery
- Containerization (incl. Docker/Moby, unikernels)
- Monitoring and alerting
- Infrastructure as code
Our programming is focused on three goals:
We’re eager to provide a platform to our speakers, so if the DevOps industry hasn’t included people like you in the past, tell us about it in your proposal. We want to make a space for the perspectives of people that are underrepresented in or excluded from technology: people of color, women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, students, veterans, and many more. In the more specific context of this event, we want to hear about DevOps from a wide set of roles: QA testers, security teams, DBAs, network administrators, compliance experts, UX designers, government employees, scientists, and other technologists who face unique challenges.
Sure, we know that Kubernetes is hot right now - but what’s going to be hot next year? What about in five years? Present the right idea at the right time, and you could help shape that! To help keep our content fresh, preference will also be given to talks that have never been presented at a conference, or even better, to speakers who aren’t regulars on the “conference circuit”.
Most session submissions focus on how to use a specific piece of technology - and most of those are not accepted. The most memorable talks question assumptions, make predictions, or draw conclusions. It’s even okay to (respectfully) tell someone that they’re wrong - we’d much rather have a disagreement than a room full of nodding heads! DevOpsDays are centered around open spaces, and a good session should act like fertilizer for them, giving people something to start talking about.
We’re also very interested in nominations. Did you see an awesome presentation at another conference? Is one of your friends hoping to break into the conference circuit? Let us know who to reach out to, or send an introductory email yourself! You can reach us at email@example.com
However, please consider that novelty is heavily encouraged as per our guidelines above. These topics are popular, but every year we receive more submissions about them than we can accept.
Please keep these guidelines in mind:
Absolutely no vendor pitches
Many of our most successful talks are by people who sell products in the same area they’re speaking about. But if your talk is only interesting to someone paying money for your product, it’s a bad fit for DevOpsDays.
Follow the Code of Conduct
For example: no threats, no sexualized language or imagery, no insulting audience members.
Explain why your proposal is interesting to the DevOps community
We’d rather have a lackluster abstract about a very interesting topic than a detailed outline of a topic that isn’t a good fit.
Your talk will go through a blind review process
That means that reviewers will receive a version of your talk edited to obscure all names, companies, and so on. Make sure that your proposal still makes sense without this information.
Avoid purely technical talks
We all love technology, but this isn’t a programming language conference or a Docker conference. Talk about tools in the context in which they’ll be used, and relate them to the business or cultural problems that they solve. (Or tell us about how tools can make those problems worse!) You should especially consider whether the technology you’re talking about impacts diversity, retention, ability to learn, etc.
Multiple proposals won’t all be accepted
If you send in five proposals, we’ll accept the one that is the best fit for the conference. It’s very rare that any speaker will speak more than once, because that would lead to very homogeneous programming.
DevOpsDays Boston is a non-profit event, and all proceeds go to charity. We would therefore prefer for employers to cover travel arrangements for their employees. If your employer is unwilling or unable to cover travel expenses, we are able to step in and cover them for domestic flights inside the US and Canada. We are unfortunately unable to assist with international travel at this time.
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