DockerCon: What Makes a Successful CFP Submission

The call for papers at DockerCon 2022 is now open! DockerCon is one of the largest developer events in the world, with over 80,000 developers signed up for each of the last two events. At the core of DockerCon is an opportunity for community members to share tips, tricks, best practices, and real-world experiences with each other. With the opening of the CFP, I’d also like to share some ideas and suggestions to help you create a submission that is set up for success.

First, it helps to know your audience. At DockerCon, we attract attendees from all over the world with a range of experiences from novice to expert. In general, however, the majority of developers who attend DockerCon fall into these three categories:

  • new developers, who are just getting started with containers, using Docker, and creating cloud-native applications. Sessions that introduce Docker, those that put Docker in the context of popular programming languages ‚Äč‚Äčlike JavaScript, Python, Go, .NET and Java, that help the developer get started and run are very popular. In these cases, sharing the details you wanted to know when you started makes for great sessions and is one of our most viewed content.
  • Experienced developers, who use Docker but are looking for ways to build their apps faster and grow their capabilities (both in terms of features and individual skills). Proposals for sessions that share best practices, case studies from real-world development experience, as well as ways to integrate automation, scalability, and security within an internal development loop. All of this caters to developers with more experience.
  • expert developers, who dig into the command line, build Docker Images from scratch, and contribute to OSS projects. These developers are drawn to “black belt” sessions that dive into the internals of the Docker engine, scalability and integration into other tools like CI/CD, repositories, and CSPs. Examples showing how difficult problems are solved, how the Docker engine works, digging into OSS projects, and showing how you can “run with the scissors” make content compelling on cutting edge topics.

Then, it is important to Communicate with developers in a natural and accessible way. What did you learn from your project? What surprised you? What do you wish you knew before you started your last project? These types of experiences are incredibly valuable, and help your peers move quickly and successfully by learning from your lessons. Mistakes can be the best teacher, feel free to share them and what they taught you.

Finally, think of your session in DockerCon as a file The beginning of someone’s learning journey. I want you to make materials that help speed up the developer’s application of lessons learned in their own projects. Sessions should contain materials that help the developer take what they have learned and quickly apply it in their own application. As you write the sample code, think about how you can package it for use by attendees: create a great author example, Docker Dev Environment, GitHub repository with sample code, or other ways to take your code and deliver it in a way to start your developer learning journey. We prioritize selecting sessions with these assets included in the conversation, but most importantly they will create a better experience for your audience.

I can’t wait to see what great ideas you have for this year’s DockerCon. The deadline is March 3rd, if you have any questions, comments, or just want to get in touch. You can reach me on Community Slack or Twitter at Tweet embed.

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