Call for Proposals

Submit your Proposal

The CFP officially closes on Oct 18, 2020
(but sometimes we have a hard time saying no)

Call for Proposals

Types of sessions
We're looking for remote hands-on labs (2h), as well as lightning talks of 4-7 minutes, and workshops of 8h - 24h (split in 4h chunks).
Should I submit my idea?
Yes, definitely! Submitting proposals is your job. Worrying about what fits the program is ours. When in doubt, submit it. To aid both new and experienced speakers, we offer support to help you develop your unfinished ideas into a great session
Besides topics directly related to Domain-Driven Design, we're interested in pretty much everything that somehow relates to software design:
  • Software analysis, modelling, and design
  • Case studies, experience reports, post-mortems
  • Visualisation and collaboration techniques
  • Software architecture
  • Systems Thinking, Complexity theory, …
  • Testing and refactoring
  • Strategy, organisation, bridging technology and business
  • Distributed systems
  • Ideas that challenge Domain-Driven Design. Be prepared for intense debate!
  • Practical session
  • Crazy experiments
  • … Anything you believe would be valuable for smart, experienced, and passionate software developers and architects.
Hands-on & workshops
We love practical sessions! An ideal workshop, open space, or hands-on session:
  • ...favours practice over theory
  • focused on a domain, a methodology, or an approach, rather than a technology
  • ...can range from experimental to well-known formats
  • ...puts the 'work' in 'workshop': modelling, drawing, writing, discussing, coding, …
  • ...encourages collaboration between participants (eg pairing or team work)
  • ...makes you want to go to the office on Monday and change the way you work!
Programming languages & Technologies
The conference does not focus on any particular programming language or technology. If your session has code, that's fine, but participants should be able to understand it even if they don’t know the language or tech. We do make exceptions, usually for hands-on sessions or workshops.
Spoken language
All sessions are in English. If you have ideas but can't do it in English, let us know, we might have other options outside of the conference.

Submission Process

Submission Process
  1. Send us as many proposals as you’d like, before the submission deadline.
  2. Even before the deadline, we might start accepting proposals, so being early helps.
  3. We might ask you to have a short conference call with us. Sometimes we like to ask for clarifications, or suggest changes to the contents or the format. If we contact you for such a call, it is not a guarantee your proposal will be accepted.
  4. We’ll notify you in the weeks after the submission deadline whether your idea is accepted or not. We'll ask for a final confirmation before announcing you.
  5. Even after the you've been accepted, we'd like to help you make the most of your presentation or workshop. We'll put you in touch with other speakers, to help you develop your material, be your soundboard, and give you feedback. We might also ask you to do the same for others. We've found that even for experienced speakers, a bit of back and forth can greatly improve the presentation or workshop.
Increase Your Chances
Evaluating a submission based on nothing but an abstract is hard. Help us get to know you and your ideas by:
  • Sending us links to your content.
  • Blogging about your topic.
  • Talk about it at a local meetup. There are plenty of DDD (and other) meetups across Europe, and most of them are happy to have new and inexperienced speakers.
  • Record your own video, ... Be creative!
  • We generally prefer talks that are not technology-specific, although exceptions are possible. Code examples in talks are welcome, but should be understandable by developers not familiar with your programming language.
  • Building a program involves lots of trade-offs, and often we have the painful task of refusing great proposals for other reasons than the topic. If yours is not accepted, please consider this an invitation to try again next year.
  • If you would like to pitch your product or service, we provide plenty of sponsorship opportunities. A 1-minute pitch at the beginning or end of your talk is acceptable.

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