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 July 22, with the expectation that they will schedule practice sessions between July 27 and August 14.
We ask the coaches to take the lead on scheduling the practice session via a video conference (BlueJeans, Talky.io, 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.