Speaking at Front‑Trends

Have something to say that matters to the web community? We invite you to submit all sorts of technical, coding, inspirational, forward-thinking topics.

Apply to our open call for speakers. We carefully organize each speaker’s trip and stay, so that you can focus on delivering a great talk and enjoying time with your front-end community in Warsaw.

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Event Overview

  • Two full days, May 24-25

    Thursday-Friday, on a single track, with 6-8 talks per day. Depending on interest, we’ll also include lightning talks throughout the schedule.

  • The audience

    The conference is conducted entirely in English. Your audience demographic will be a mix of international people, about half Polish-native speakers, and half coming from all over the globe.

    Their professional backgrounds range from all levels of experience, all tech backgrounds, and many forms of education. Based on historical surveys, the audience is mostly comprised of intermediate-to-advanced web developers working with JavaScript, UI developers (HTML, CSS), front-end agencies, UX and UI designers and team leads.

    When preparing your talk, please be mindful that all presentations will be recorded and available online for hundreds of thousands of YouTube viewers, with no further context of the event.

  • Conducted in English

    While we only accept talks conducted in English, we also ask you to be mindful of trying to use English during conversations at Front-Trends. We welcome guests from all over the world, and want to encourage open communication within a diverse community.

Speaker’s Provisions

  • We organize your roundtrip itinerary and ticketing.
  • We book and cover your stay in Warsaw.
  • We chauffeur your inter-city travel (airport, hotel and venue).
  • We offer a speaker’s compensation fee.
  • We offer professional photos and video recordings.
  • We try to do many more small things to make your trip comfortable and welcoming.

Our Expectations

  • You should provide a well-prepared, well-rehearsed 30-minute talk.
  • You should bring your own familiar laptop and devices used in the presentation.
  • You may include Q&A time within these 30 minutes or exclude Q&A sessions as desired.
  • Talks given under 20 minutes long will be considered below our expectations.
  • You should avoid using visuals or audio that may potentially be considered offensive (sexual, iconography, culturally insensitive, etc.); there’s always an alternative to get your point across.
  • Follow the Code of Conduct.

Hints from the Organizers

Whether you become a Front‑Trends speaker or not, the tips below will be useful for any speaking gig in the future.

On the Stage

Be prepared for a lot of light. Depending on the conditions, you may or may not be able to see the audience well (or at all). There are techniques that will help you prepare for that situation. We’ll illuminate the audience and reduce the brightness of the stage lights for Q&A sessions.

At Front‑Trends, you will use a wireless headset microphone, which gives you the most freedom on the stage, and also provides the best quality sound for the audience (both present at the event and online). Once set up by our technical team, you can forget about the mic, and focus on your talk. There will always be someone to help you at the stage, if any technical problems occur.

Technicalities

Never depend on the conference Wi-Fi connection. Live coding and demoing is tricky. Once you’ve lost your flow, it’s difficult to recover. Yet, there are amazing examples of live coding sessions. Just make sure you have a backup plan offline, and prepare screencasts that can be rapidly switched to if you encounter problems.

Provide enough contrast in your slides, use reasonable amount of text, and keep it big and bold. We’ll display them on a big, bright and sharp LED or HD projection screen, but if you’re thinking of reusing your content on other occasions, it’s good to use the general rule of presentation slides.

Whenever possible, send your presentation before the event and ask the organizers to test your slides or equipment on stage at the venue. It’s an easy way to prevent any catastrophic failures and get comfortable before the real thing.

Make sure your presentation does not contain any copyrighted content unless you can present an explicit permission to use such content. That includes both visual and auditory materials.

More on Public Speaking

You can find a lot of useful presenting tips online. When speaking to a large audience at a professional event like Front‑Trends, the following may come in handy:

Final Thought

Please remember Front‑Trends has a Code of Conduct and we really mean what it says.

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Previous Partners

Sponsors, Meet Your Audience

Front-Trends gathers over 550 global professional web developers and user experience designers, with hundreds-of-thousands more viewers online annually. Unique opportunities are available for every partner.

As a completely independent event, Front-Trends is made possible by the support of brands, companies and sponsors with stakes in the future of the web. You’ll join supporters who have included Mozilla, Google, Microsoft Edge, Adobe, Allegro, T-Mobile, Heroku, WordPress, Nokia, and more.

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