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How to share your Redis geek story at RedisConf ‘19

It’s that time of year! No, I don’t mean the seasons changing. It’s RedisConf CfP time!

This is your opportunity to talk about Redis in front of a gathering of fellow geeks. RedisConf ‘19 will be held April 2-3 at San Francisco’s Pier 27. That might seem like a long time from now, but we’re already busy putting together a schedule of sessions to ensure that April will be great.

In the past, we’ve run into people who wanted to talk at RedisConf but were worried that they didn’t know everything about Redis, or that their work wasn’t impressive enough to submit. This is proof positive of how impostor syndrome runs rampant in the tech community. If Redis has solved a problem for you, made your work easier or brought you joy in some other way, we want to hear about it! Don’t worry if it’s not some massive, earth-shattering revelation. And well, if it is earth-shattering, that’s good, too.

The process for submitting a presentation is quite simple; I’ve outlined the steps below:

  1. Go to our conference site and click “Submit Papers,” or go directly to the form.
  2. On the next page, enter your email address.
  3. Then, you’ll need to tell us a little bit about yourself. This merely requires some simple biographic information — we just want to get a better idea of who we’ll be working with.
    1. On this page, you’ll also need to tell us about your previous speaking experience. It’s totally fine if you don’t have extensive experience; just let us know either way!
    2. You’ll also need to submit a bio. For me, this is the hardest part of any CfP — I hate talking about myself, but we really just need to know how you’d like to present yourself to attendees. It doesn’t have to be long; a couple of sentences will suffice.
    3. The last personal component you’ll need to include is a headshot. A selfie is completely acceptable —  just make sure it’s only of you.
  4. The next page is easy — this is where you will tell us about your talk. Pick a few topics, a title and a short (less than 300 words) abstract or summary of what you want to talk about. You’ll be able to wrap up your submission with a couple more pieces of information and then you’re done! Easy.

There are a few extra pages that are optional, if you want to take additional steps like submitting a co-speaker, but once you get done with step 4, you’re submitted. It should take you about 15 minutes.

After you submit your presentation, our committee will take a look at it and provide feedback if necessary. It’s a very simple process that looks great on a resume/CV or when you’re trying to impress a date: “You know, I presented at RedisConf” is a great conversation starter.