[ovirt-announce] FOSDEM16 Virt & IaaS Devroom CFP Extension, Speaker Mentoring, CoC

Mikey Ariel mariel at redhat.com
Mon Nov 23 17:55:18 UTC 2015

The CFP for the Virtualization & IaaS devroom at FOSDEM 2016 is in full 
swing, and we'd like to share a few updates with you:

Speaker Mentoring Program

As a part of the rising efforts to grow our communities and encourage a 
diverse and inclusive conference ecosystem, we're happy to announce that 
we'll be offering mentoring for newcomer speakers. Our mentors can help 
you with tasks such as reviewing your abstract, reviewing your 
presentation outline or slides, or practicing your talk with you.

You may apply to the mentoring program as a newcomer speaker if you:

* Never presented before or
* Presented only lightning talks or
* Presented full-length talks at small meetups (<50 ppl)

Submission guidelines:

* Mentored presentations will have 25-minute slots, where 20 minutes 
will include the presentation and 5 minutes will be reserved for questions.

* The number of newcomer session slots is limited, so we will probably 
not be able to accept all applications.

* You must submit your talk and abstract to apply for the mentoring 
program, our mentors are volunteering their time and will happily 
provide feedback but won't write your presentation for you! If you are 
experiencing problems with Pentabarf, the proposal submission interface, 
or have other questions, you can email iaas-virt-devroom at 
lists.fosdem.org and we will try to help you.

How to apply:

* Follow the same procedure to submit an abstract in Pentabarf as 
standard sessions. Instructions can be found in our original CFP 

* In addition to agreeing to video recording and confirming that you can 
attend FOSDEM in case your session is accepted, please write "speaker 
mentoring program application" in the "Submission notes" field, and list 
any prior speaking experience or other relevant information for your 

Call for mentors!

Interested in mentoring newcomer speakers? We'd love to have your help! 
Please email iaas-virt-devroom at lists.fosdem.org with a short speaker 
bio and any specific fields of expertise (for example, KVM, OpenStack, 
storage, etc) so that we can match you with a newcomer speaker from a 
similar field. Estimated time investment can be as low as a 5-10 hours 
in total, usually distributed weekly or bi-weekly.

Never mentored a newcomer speaker but interested to try? Our mentoring 
program coordinator will be happy to answer your questions and give you 
tips on how to optimize the mentoring process. Email us and we'll be 
happy to answer your questions!

CFP Deadline Extension

To help accommodate the newcomer speaker proposals, we have decided to 
extend the deadline for submitting proposals by one week.

The new deadline is **TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8 @ midnight CET**.

Code of Conduct

Following the release of the updated code of conduct for FOSDEM[1], we'd 
like to remind all speakers and attendees that all of the presentations 
and discussions in our devroom are held under the guidelines set in the 
CoC and we expect attendees, speakers, and volunteers to follow the CoC 
at all times.

If you submit a proposal and it is accepted, you will be required to 
confirm that you accept the FOSDEM CoC. If you have any questions about 
the CoC or wish to have one of the devroom organizers review your 
presentation slides or any other content for CoC compliance, please 
email iaas-virt-devroom at lists.fosdem.org and we will do our best to 
help you out.

[1] https://www.fosdem.org/2016/practical/conduct/

Mikey Ariel
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