NOTE: Our Call for Proposals has closed for Mile High Agile 2020. Stay tuned for the announcement of the program in January.

Program Deadlines

Mile High Agile 2020 program deadlines are:

    • CFP Open: August 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019 (12:00pm MST)
    • Session Evaluation: December 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019
    • Program Selection Review: January 1, 2020 – January 15, 2020
    • Notifications to Presenters: January 15, 2020
    • Acceptance Deadline: January 21, 2020
    • Program Announced: January 30, 2020

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When will the call for speakers be opened and closed?

Our CFP schedule is tracked on the speaker info page. Please check there for updated schedule dates.

How does the committee review speaker proposals?

During the first round of feedback review, reviewers and program chairs will consider the abstract, description, learning objectives, outline, and other information the speaker submits. The team will use a rating system based on a scale of 1-to-5 to determine the highest rated sessions. Later, a second review and discussion occurs, starting with the highest rated proposals. The team will make trade-offs based on topic, track, speaker experience, target audience, etc. to create the best possible schedule for attendees. If needed, a committee member may ask a follow up question for clarity, wanting more details to make a better decision and without those details the proposal can be considered incomplete.

What makes a good submission?

It is important to remember that this conference targets both beginner and mid-career Agilists, both of technical and non-technical backgrounds.  When preparing your proposals, keep in mind that historically over 50% of our attendees are repeat visitors to this conference. We are seeking presentations and workshops that are:

  • simple and clear
  • authentic and true
  • original (possibly avant-garde, counterintuitive, controversial)
  • entertaining (better yet, funny)
  • experience-based (as opposed to theoretical)

You may find help reviewing the O’Reilly guide to conference submissions. This is a fantastic guide to formulating what conference committees generally look for in a submission. Finally, sessions and workshops can involve more than one speaker. However, if you plan on more than 2 speakers total, please contact mha@agiledenver.org in advance to discuss.

What will I need to submit?

For your submission, we are asking for the following information:

About you:

  • A profile picture
  • An email address and phone # where you can be reached
  • Your job title, organization and country of residence
  • A biography of up to 500 characters.
  • # of years of industry experience
  • Personal profile page

About your session:

  • A title for your presentation of up to 100 characters
  • An abstract of your talk for the conference program (750 character maximum). This summary is for selling the audience on attending your session.
  • The suggested agile expertise for your audience: novice, intermediate, advanced, or all levels.
  • The track that you feel your talk best fits. The selection committee may also suggest a different track after reviewing your submission and others.
  • Co-presenters, if any. Please reach out to us if you are planning on having more than 2 co-presenters.
  • The target audience for your talk, session type and duration requested.
  • A longer form description that includes the following info. These sections are for selling the reviewers on selecting it for the conference.
    • (optional) Session prerequisites -What should participants know or do before attending or bring to this session?
    • (required) Outline/structure of your session
    • (required) Learning outcomes
    • (optional) Links to slides and video if you have presented the talk previously.
    • (optional) Links – Provide links to past public talks, your blog on this topic or anything else that will help people decide if they want to attend your session.
    • (optional) Session requirements -What logistics, infrastructure, room layout, seating arrangement, etc. would you need from the organizers?
  • Last, we offer the opportunity to add keywords or tags for your talk.

Note: Mile High Agile is committed to providing support for aspiring new speakers. If you have not spoken at a conference before and wish to get the experience, please contact mha@agiledenver.org for support. We also have monthly meeting speaking opportunities that are less imposing.

What kind of compensation do speakers receive?

Each speakers will receive one complimentary registration for the two-day conference. In addition to the complimentary registration, a joint speaker & organizer team dinner is held on the night before the conference.

Do you provide speaker compensation?

Mile High Agile pays a stipend in the amount of $350 for speaker’s time and commitment to providing quality content for our conference. Our policy for issuing these stipends are:

  • Speakers may only receive one stipend per conference.
  • Only one stipend will be paid per session regardless of the number of speakers.
  • Stipends are provided upon check-in at the conference.
  • If you are unable to accept the stipend due to work policies, we will donate them to Purple Door Coffee, a local nonprofit in Colorado that focuses on homeless youth and young adults by providing meaningful employment.

In addition to the stipend, speakers receive a free conference ticket, and an invitation to our speaker dinner the evening before the first day of the conference.

If you have any questions about this policy, please email mha@agiledenver.org for more information.