Speak at posit::conf(2024)!

posit conf(2024) call for talks with the outline of the Seattle skyline

posit::conf(2024) is coming August 12-14 to Seattle, WA. As you might spot from the dates, we’re trying out a new format this year with just one day of workshops. Along with the other changes we’ve made to reduce ticket prices, this will substantially decrease the total cost of conf and hopefully make it accessible to more folks.

But the focus of this post is on the talks and, more importantly, how you can speak at posit::conf! (You’ll hear more about the program, how to register, and scholarships in future blog posts.) 

We are looking for talks about:

  • How you’ve used R or Python to solve a challenging problem.
  • Projects and teams where R and Python live together in harmony.
  • Your favorite R or Python package and how it makes life easier or unlocks new capabilities.
  • Your techniques for teaching data science to help reach new domains and new audiences.
  • Your broad reflections on data science, packages, code, and/or community.
  • Anything else you think the Posit community would love to hear about!

Talks are 20 minutes long and can be in-person or remote. Since we know we won’t be able to accept all the wonderful talks that you submit, we’ll also include a couple of sessions of lightning talks. These 5-minute talks are drawn from the main pool of talk proposals, i.e., there is no separate application process.

Speakers receive complimentary registration for the conference and needs-based travel assistance. All speakers also receive coaching from Articulation Inc. This means your past speaking experience isn’t as important as the quality of your ideas: if you have an interesting topic, we encourage you to apply, regardless of your background, experience, or job title. Speakers in previous years have found the coaching to be both fun and very worthwhile; it’s a great opportunity to polish your speaking skills while getting to know the other speakers.

To submit a talk, you’ll need to create a 60-second video that introduces you and your proposed topic. In the video, you should tell us who you are, why your topic is important, and what the attendees will take away from it. If you’re interested, please submit a proposal at pos.it/conf-talks-2024. You can learn more about the selection process in our blog post from last year, which also includes a few examples of submissions that did particularly well. If you haven’t made a video like this before, be sure to check out the tips and tricks that Rachael Dempsey shared on LinkedIn.

Edit 2024 February 08: Submission closes at midnight on February 19 anywhere on Earth, and we’ll communicate decisions by mid-March.