This Call for Speakers closed on midnight of July 15, 2013 (CEST).

We are inviting the CSS community to submit proposals for the upcoming (September 13, 2013, Berlin, Germany).

This is what we call a “Hybrid CFS”: If you think you have something great to talk about, tell us all about it and we’ll consider your entry. If you know someone who has something great to talk about, nominate them. And if you are interested in hearing about a particular topic, nominate the topic and we can try to find a match.


First and foremost, we’re interested in topics that make us go, “Oh, wow! Yes! Cool! That!”

If you need some suggestions to get your ideas flowing, we are particularly interested in:

We Can Help

Not everybody is a natural talent on stage. Not everybody can produce kick-ass slide-decks. Not everybody is a live-demo god. Not everybody knows they have something great to talk about.

There are about a million reasons why you don’t consider yourself a speaker. We are here to prove you wrong. If all you have is a gut feeling that you should be on stage, we are here to reach out and help you to develop or hone the skills you think you lack to deliver a great presentation.

Get in touch: [email protected] (just don’t use this to submit a proposal).

If you need more encouragement, check out Tiffany Conroy’s site We Are All Awesome. Tiffany is a JSConf EU co-organizer, and her site is full of great advice.

The Perks

If your proposal is selected, here’s what you will get:

If your employer can cover your travel and hotel, we are happy to list them as an awesome company sponsor. The money we save will be used to make the conference more awesome.

You’re welcome to bring your family. If you need childcare, get in touch. We want to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

The Selection Process

Here’s roughly how we select our speakers:

We expect many more excellent submissions than we have speaking slots. This process helps us to select the best ones.


All talks are in English.

Talks are usually 30 minutes long (for longer talks we’ll get in touch with you directly). This includes 3-5 minutes of Q&A. We will be on a tight schedule and will enforce the end of a talk rigorously. We suggest timing your presentation in advance.

Make sure you care, and make sure we see you care. Typos, sloppy formatting and all-lowercase submissions make our reading of your proposal tedious. These things will definitely count against your proposal.

Don’t overdo it either. If you need more than two paragraphs to get to the point of your topic, we will ask you to slim things down. With the amount of submissions we get, the quicker you can to make a good impression the better.

“I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time” — Blaise Pascal

Original Topics. One of the things we want to do with is push the community forward. We can’t do this if the same people talk about the same things all the time. Thus, we favor original content. If you want to present a topic that you have talked about elsewhere, try to add a twist or new research or development—something to make it unique.


We plan to record and publish all talks on the internet for free, along with a recording of the slide deck, live-demo, or other on-presenter-screen activity.

We do this for the benefit of the larger CSS community and those who can’t make it to the conference. We hope you want to help out, but if you are uncomfortable about this in any way, let us know and we will work things out.

Finally, since you retain full ownership of your slides and recording, we’d like to ask you to make your materials and recording available under a Creative Commons (we default to no commercial reuse) or other open source license.

Many thanks to JSConf EU for letting us borrow from their experience, process, and words.

We are proud to support and uphold the Conference Code of Conduct.

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