Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
We are excited to be back in person with you!

General Questions
Yes, we can provide a visa invitation letter to accepted speakers and registered attendees. Please fill out the form to request a visa invitation letter. If you need the visa invitation letter before our acceptance letters are sent out or before registration opens, specify the reason in the 'Additional Information' section of the form.
We are moving our official chat communication over to Matrix. Matrix offers a more open, federated, and extensible communication ecosystem that aligns better with our goals of fostering collaboration and adhering to open-source principles. We believe this shift will enhance the overall experience and accessibility for our local and remote attendees. We encourage you to join us on Matrix for all chat-related discussions during the event. Telegram and Discord channels will be deprecated.
You should be prepared to meet all appropriate government regulations for the duration of your visit to Boston, MA.
No. You should be prepared to meet all appropriate government regulations for the duration of your visit to Boston, MA.
You can find the latest Covid regulations here:
CfP Questions
A talk is where you present, usually with slides and demos, to an audience. The default time slot for each talk and Q&A is 35 minutes (we recommend 25-minute talk and 10-minute Q&A). A talk has one primary speaker and, optionally, a secondary speaker. Consider recruiting your colleagues to interact with people online while you are talking live at the conference.

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 independent so that they do not need to be presented in a specific order.

Please note that this year all presentations will be delivered in person.

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 35 minutes long. If speakers wish to continue after the 35-minute slot, there will be a dedicated place for it. A discussion has a dedicated moderator and up to 5 active speakers

Please note that this year all presentations will be delivered in person.

A workshop is a hands-on demo where you and other workshop leads interact with the audience with the goal to share your knowledge and experience on a particular bite-sized topic. The goal of a workshop is to teach or practice a skill. As a result, workshops should be actionable and goal-oriented.

A workshop is 80 minutes long. We allow up to 3 active presenters in a workshop. You must designate one of them to be the primary session leader.

All workshops are conducted live and are not recorded by default.

Meetups are organized as in-person meetings. They are open to all participants, and they serve as a place for open discussions during the dedicated time, sharing the latest project developments and interaction with contributors and attendees.

A meetup is 80 minutes long. We allow up to 3 active presenters in a meetup. You must designate one of them to be the primary session leader.

All meetups are conducted live and are not recorded..

A booth is a staffed table at the event. Booths are open to all participants at all times, and they serve as a place for conversations about the project and interaction with contributors, users, and attendees.

There must be at least one person at the booth at all times and there must be at least two staff members registered. Preference is given to booths that will run all three days.

We will release the schedule in June 2024.
We receive a large number of high quality submissions. We plan to send out acceptances by May 2024.
We have put together a document with guidelines on how to write a good proposal.
We will release the schedule in June 2024.
Registration Questions
Admission to DevConf.US is free and only requires that you register. Registration details will be available by June 2024.
We use registration to manage several logistics issues around DevConf.US.
Speaker Questions
All speakers are required to give their presentation in-person in Boston.
Yes, please indicate on the CfP submission if you'll be co-presenting. If you'd like to add a co-speaker to a submission or an accepted session, no worries! Please email us at with your update.
You can use any presentation slide deck you wish. We also put together a DevConf.US slide deck template in 16:9 and 4:3 format for your convenience.
To assist you with producing your talk, we are collecting a list of suggestions for both virtual and in-person speakers in the speaker guide.
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 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! When you confirm your session acceptance, you will be asked whether you would like to have a speaker coach and will be matched with one.
The speaker confirmation form invites new speakers to sign up for practicing their talks via a video conference ahead of DevConf.US and invites experienced speakers to coach new speakers through such practice. We hope that participating in this program will improve the experience of new speakers and improve the quality of talks at DevConf.US, and highly encourage experienced speakers to sign up as coaches. We have a speaker guide and a speaker coaching guide available to support speakers and coaches. People who sign up, will receive their coaching matches by mid June 2024, with the expectation that they will schedule practice sessions between mid June 2024 and early August 2024.

We ask the coaches to take the lead on scheduling the practice session via a video conference (BlueJeans,, Jitsi Meet, Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, etc). The speaker can choose to invite other audience members to the practice. In the practice session, the speaker delivers their practice talk, and the coach and other audience members provide feedback on the talk and slide deck.

Speakers and coaches agree to abide by the DevConf Code of Conduct both during the conference and in any pre-conference coaching, practice, or other program related activities.
Yes. Our intention is to record every talk and make it available on our YouTube channel after the conference. If this is a problem, please contact us at as soon as possible so we can determine if we can accommodate your request.