Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

General Questions
We give speakers choice to speak live or send us a pre-recorded session. Consider what would work best for your session goals.
  • Pre-recorded session and live Q&A - during the session speaker interacts with audience in chat
  • Pre-recorded first half, second half live with the audience interaction
  • Live session - speaker can recruit their colleagues to help them out with the audience interaction
A talk is where you talk using slides and demos to an audience that listens. A talk is either 20 or 40 minutes long, make sure you reserve time at the end for Q&A. If speakers wish to continue with the Q&A after their time slot, there will be a dedicated place for it. Feel free to recruit your colleagues to interact with people in chat while you are talking. A talk has one primary speaker, optionally another (secondary) speaker.

A talk should be bite-sized and focused on a certain topic. This means that you should not expect to be able to cover multiple broad areas in one talk. You can submit more than one proposal, to cover a set of topics, but we cannot guarantee their final scheduled order. Therefore, we recommend topics be structured in a way so as to minimize their interdependence so that they do not need to be presented in a specific order.

We give speakers a choice to speak live or send us a pre-recorded session. We understand pre-recording your session requires extra time and extra set of skills and we are currently considering ways to make it easier for you. If you choose to pre-record your session, remember it only needs to be as good as you would do live. This is not a Hollywood movie :)

A discussion is a bit where you lead/moderate a discussion with a group of knowledgeable panelists where they answer prepared questions or questions from the audience as selected by you for appropriateness to your topic and session’s goal. It is more interactive than a talk because you could engage with the audience during the session. If you are willing to open the discussion to attendees, consider holding a fishbowl discussion where you start with a group of speakers and an empty “seat” which could be filled by active audience members in the course of a discussion.

A discussion is 40 minutes long. If speakers wish to continue after the 40-minute slot, there will be a dedicated place for it. A discussion has a dedicated moderator and up to 5 active speakers.

Discussions are delivered live. We do not accept pre-recorded discussions.

A workshop is a hands-on demo where you and other workshop leads interact among each other and with audience members on chat, sharing your knowledge and experience on a particular bite-sized topic. The goal of a workshop is to teach or practice a skill. You should not expect the audience following each step of the worksop live, however, they should have all necessary instructions if they wish to. As a result workshops should be actionable and goal oriented.

A workshop is 40 minutes long, although we will consider exceptions. The number of attendees is not limited like it would be in an in-person event.

We allow up to 3 active presenters in a workshop. You must designate one of them to be the primary session leader. Feel free to recruit your colleagues to interact with people in chat while you are talking.

All workshops are conducted live. We do not accept pre-recorded workshops. However, you may find it useful to pre-record demo components of your workshop.

Meetups and booths are open to all participants, they serve as a place for open discussions, sharing the latest project developments and interaction with contributors and attendees.

We recognize that adjusting booths and meetups to the virtual environment is very challenging and we are considering steps we can take to ensure high meetup and booth traffick. We are working on a list of suggestions for virtual booths and meetups. We are open to working together with booth staff and meetup organizers in order to find the best possible solution in the virtual environment.

Contests are easy to set up, there should be an intro meeting for those who want to join and then they can work on their own. We will provide a chat channel to help and monitor the contest.

Schedule / CfP Questions
We hope to release the schedule in January 2021.
We receive an amazingly large number of high quality submissions. Our track teams that review the talks have to work a lot to read and decide on them all. We have expect to send out the first round of acceptances around November 30, 2020.
Registration Questions
Admission to DevConf.CZ is free and only requires that you register for a free ticket. Registration details should be available in Januray 2021.
We use registration to manage several logistics issues around DevConf.CZ, most importantly our virtual platform requires registration.
Speaker Questions
Yes, you can set the co-speaker by yourself in CfP tool until the end of the CfP open window. If you'd like to add a co-speaker to a submission or an accepted session, no worries! Please email us at info@devconf.cz with your update.
We will be publishing our schedule there and having your preferred email address for that service lets us give you some editing rights for your session. Some speakers may use a different address for sched.org so we want to collect that from them. If you don’t have a preference or don’t have one already, just provide any email address you read and we will do the rest.
Yes. Our intention is to record every talk and make it available on YouTube and via a live-stream. If this is a problem, please contact us at info@devconf.cz as soon as possible so we can determine if we can accommodate your request.
Diversity & Inclusion Questions
In past years, we've offered diversity scholarships and coaching for new speakers. We'll be offering programs for our virtual event as well. We will pair coaches with new speakers to help with presentation content as well as video production. This option will be available on the acceptance notification. More details on this and other efforts will be added to our site in the near future.