Happy New Year! Call for Speakers 2024 is open!
Start 2024 off right and get your talk ready!
2023 was a great year for the rebooted Carolina Code Conference and we’re kicking off 2024 by opening our Call for Speakers on Sessionize! The Call for Speakers opens today, January 1st and will remain open through April 15th.
Each speaker can submit up to 3 presentations and each presentation can apply for multiple time slots (5-10 minute lightning, 15-30 minute moderate, 45-60 minute keynote). If you have a talk that can be adjusted for length, you can select each length with a single submission and we highly encourage you to do so. Last year we feature 15 speakers with 2 keynotes, 6 moderates and 7 lightning talks.
Topics range from Programming and Software Development, DevSecOps, Cybersecurity, Product Development, Career and more! We’re always interested in highlighting technologies that are more obscure, less mainstream, combine technologies for unique benefits or potentially actively used but just not as popular as they once were (Perl, COBOL, etc). Any talk that fills a gap which wasn’t covered last year will also get some special consideration this year as well, such as cybersecurity, game development, embedded technologies, etc. If you are passionate about it, that passion will come through in your talk.
After selling out in 25 minutes during the 2023 event, we're growing in 2024 to 300 attendees and a 2 day event on August 23rd and 24th as the debut conference for the new Crescent ONE building in beautiful Greenville, SC. Within 3 hours we can easily reach Charlotte, NC, Atlanta, GA, Augusta, GA, Charleston, SC and Knoxville, TN. Extending our reach to this entire quad state region will become a major focus of the conference moving forward.
As a speaker, our goal is to promote and amplify you. You can look forward to a committed single track event where you will be speaking to everyone in attendance. All talks are professionally recorded and published online to multiple channels (YouTube, X/Twitter). We've also started a podcast, the Carolina Code Cast, following the event this past year to which creates additional promotional opportunities as well.
Each selected speaker will receive 2 tickets to the event so that you may bring a guest if you wish.
It's going to be a good time and we hope you join us!
Single Track Commitment
Even with our growth, we're committed to remaining a single track conference where each speaker will have access to address the entire group of attendees with their passion.
Rather than a multi-track format where you may have to worry about winning your time slot once selected, we stagger the length of talks throughout the day in order to keep the audience engaged so speakers are asked to submit talks for multiple length formats: Keynote (45-60 minutes), Moderate (20-30 minutes) or Lightning (5-10 minutes). Keynote talks will open the day and follow our lunch hour, while Moderate length and Lightning talks will alternate throughout each day (2023 schedule).
If a speaker drops out at the last minute, we may reach out to you to increase the length of your talk to fill the slot. This format was very well received last year.
Social Media Promotions
If you have anything going on professionally that you'd like us to share on social media, we will be happy to do so. Again, our goal is the amplify you. Just ask. We're planning to utilize a more focused marketing budget for this year's event to amplify and focus our social media presence. We're most active on LinkedIn, X/Twitter, Instagram and Mastodon (since March 2023) and YouTube (since September 2023). We'll also distribute speaker features to our growing email list as well.
Unfortunately, we cannot make any guarantees for travel assistance just yet. We're actively cultivating sponsors for the 2024 event and hope to have budget available to provide some help here but we simply cannot make any guarantees. We expect to be able to cover hotel rooms for our speakers though.
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