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Conference Speaking – Submitting the Right Proposal

Over the last few years I have spoken at a large number of conferences, from small meetups to really big developer conferences. Some talks I get invited to, some talks I know the organiser and agree on a talk, and most are through call for papers (CFP). I have been on the agenda committee for NDC Sydney for a couple of years, so I understand exactly what the people are looking for and how the selection process work, at least for that conference. It is not a straight forward process once you consider all the factors, and a single tweet from a fellow speaker made me consider what the process is.

This is a great question, if you are new to conference speaking, or just aren’t sure how the process work. There aren’t a black and white approach to this, but let me attempt to fill in some of the gaps.

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5 Things You Didnโ€™t Know Windows Phone Could Do

Tonight I shared my thoughts on 5 things I thought most people wouldn’t know about. The event was What Do You Know in Melbourne, and I was last to give my 5 minute talk out of 11 speakers. That just meant I could go a little over time…. woops.

The 5 things in the talk were:

  1. Nokia Mix Radio: The API and the integration points you can use inside your next Windows Phone app.
  2. The amazing cameras on Windows Phone and the Nokia Imaging SDK.
  3. Custom URI Schemes to integrate platform settings into your app.
  4. Magic powers: Name that Tune, QR code reader, Local Scout.
  5. Make You Rich!!: Microsoft pays out more money than Apple and Google.

The presentation can be downloaded from here.

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DDD Brisbane 2013

On Saturday 7 December I presented at the developer conference DDD Brisbane on my favourite topic of Windows Phone. Despite some flight issues I managed to get to QUT and deliver my talk Building Your First Windows Phone App. The audience was very keen to learn about Windows Phone, and there was a lot of great questions and discussions during the 60 minute session. I managed to convince most that Windows Phone is the superior platform and best opportunity for developers (at least if you ask me). The attendee with the best and most thoughtful questions I decided to give a brand new Nokia Lumia 625 generously sponsored by Nokia Australia. I also gave out Nokia Luna headsets and trial subscriptions to Pluralsight, so people can go watch my online training courses on Windows Phone.

Me explaining how awesome Windows Phone is.

Me explaining how awesome Windows Phone is.

The conference also had a special guest speaker in Scott Hanselman, who talked about all the new amazing features in Visual Studio and what is to come in the near future. Scott also joined a panel of Joe Albahari from Linqpad, Joel Pobar from FaceBook and Hadi Hariri from JetBrains in a panel Q&A session, which was very interesting and very unscripted.

Me and Scott Hanselman

Me and Scott Hanselman

I hope to join everyone at DDD Brisbane again next year and if you want more photos check out Bronwynโ€™s blog post. Thanks also to my awesome employer Kiandra IT for getting me to Brisbane and supporting my efforts in Windows Phone world domination.