This is why you should apply as a speaker of our conferences, how to do it best, useful information on how to write your abstract and choose an effective title.
Why you should propose yourself as a speaker
Proposing yourself as a speaker at a conference allows you to:
- make yourself known in the field of your interest;
- become a point of reference about the topic of your talk;
- do personal branding;
- networking with other people, who will want to get in touch with you to talk about your talk;
- increase your network both by using the conference channels and during the conference itself;
- be able to participate for free in an event that covers topics of your interest.
Speaker Pack for GrUSP events
To thank you for being a speaker during our conferences, we have provided a speaker pack as a thank you.
You can find the specifications and details of each speaker pack on each CFP but in general:
For online events:
- GrUSP Season Pass: ticket that gives free access to all online conferences of the current year;
- a free bronze sponsorship for your company (or a discount of the same value if you purchase a higher level sponsorship).
For face-to-face events:
- conference ticket with coffee breaks and lunch;
- speakers’ dinner the evening before the event;
- reimbursement of expenses (check what is included in each CFP).
How to write your abstract
The abstract is a short and accurate summary of the content you will talk about during your talk.
Your aim is to intrigue the reader and leads them to listen to your talk during the conference.
A practical tip for writing your abstract is to put yourself in the shoes of those who are trying to understand through the title what the talk will be about: they will try to understand the content in a few lines to check the level of the talk and its interest.
Be concise and immediately go to the essential points and particular characteristics of your work, without going into detail on the theoretical context that will be explored during the talk.
Try to have in the abstract:
- a clear indication of the topic;
- a presentation of the structure and articulation of the talk;
- a summary of the content and any conclusions/results achieved.
Information taken from atuttatesi.it/laurea/guide-tesi/abstract-tesi-di-laurea-come-write it
Choose an effective title
The title of a talk, like for a film or a book, is the business card to bring people, who are potentially interested in what you have to offer, closer and earn the opportunity to tell your story.
In over a thousand hours of talks of all kinds, we have learned that the title makes the difference. But how to write the right title, the magnetic, nice, tantalizing and stimulating one that can push people to take a step towards you and explore your proposal?
Five types of titles
- Normal: Organize an effective webinar
- Question: How do you organize a webinar?
- How: How to organize a webinar
- Numbers: 3(+1) ways to host a webinar
- Reader reference: What you absolutely need to know to host a webinar
When you write a title with numbers that create quantity and bring to mind the question “What are those 3 ways to organize a webinar? And that +1? Does that mean that I don’t know one and that I’m missing something?”. In addition, you can refer to the reader, his experience and his way of dealing with the topic.
Clarity: the first ones on the list are much clearer, direct, specific and refer to the direct experience of the reader. The last two are open and generate possible alternatives in the mind of the reader.
Keep these principles in mind:
- Maximum clarity and simplicity in the creation of the title of the talk (and not only)
- Pay attention to spelling and the combination of sounds of words
- Use the numbers and quantify the results they will get by participating
- Use key terms such as “strategy”, “method”, “infallible”, “secrets” – but without exaggerating!
- Always aim for a title that attracts attention, that is not exclusively serious and that activates the mind of the reader.
- Always use creativity and make sure that the title has not already been heard or does not fit the usual clichés.
Content taken from webinarpro.it/2013/10/consigli-pratici-per-scrivere-il-tuo-prossimo-titolo
Tell us about yourself
When you write your bio, it talks about you, your experiences and your passions. In CFP you will find two different questions in which we ask you to talk about yourself:
It is the bio that we will publish on the site so it must be short, clear and concise. Remember to use the third person singular and the conference language you are applying for, talk about your experiences, and what sets you apart.
Your motivation as a speaker
We would like to get to know you better, to know who you are, what your passions are and what you do. Tell us about your studies, if you already have experience as a speaker and why you would like to attend our conference and bring your talk. If there are videos of your previous talks, or other useful links you can insert them in this field. Also, if it is your first time you can request support, we will be happy to help.
Safety and access to the conference
Conferences takes place in a physical venue and access to the conference is subject to current legislatio for all the participants (speakers, staff, sponsors and attendees) who must show the EU Digital COVID Certificate (“Green Pass”), respect the distances, wear masks and in general respect all the indications coming from the venue and GrUSP staff.
The conference will also be broadcast online and therefore also accessible remotely. If sanitary conditions will not allow it, the conference will be held online only.
You can find more info here.
Code of conduct and Diversity
We have a code of conduct for all conferences and initiatives promoted by the association. We expect you, as a speaker, to use an inclusive language and attitude that will allow each person to feel included and comfortable with them. Avoid inserting sexist, racist jokes or any quotes and images in your presentation that may harm the sensibilities of others even if you think you might get a smile and a laugh. If you have any doubts ask us for advice, we will be happy to help you.
We have a fund dedicated to diversity and inclusion thanks to which we can carry out the scholarships program dedicated to those who are part of under-represented groups within the tech world or for those who cannot afford the costs of the conference. Help us spread this opportunity!
We also work hard on the accessibility of our events and the content we make available. This is why in the section dedicated to your talk you will find useful information on how to create an accessible presentation.