Hello, I'm Andy. I'm the host of Brighton Ruby.
I've run this friendly event for four years and I do my best to make being a speaker as fun as possible.
I'm looking for talks about programming in Ruby and topics of interest to Rubyists, as both programmers and human beings.
We have a history of helping speakers get onto the stage for the first time and trying out new ideas: we've had a gameshow and a live musical performance! If you’ve never given a talk before, I will help you develop it and support you all the way. I've given conference talks myself and seen hundreds.
If you are nervous, consider a 5 minute lightning talk. They are a great way to try out public speaking and they're often the highlight of the day. Despite the nerves... you'll do great.
If you're from an under-represented group, we are a welcoming and friendly audience. We are, after all, Rubyists. Please submit.
The CFP process for Brighton Ruby is not an anonymous process; more of a "benevolent dictatorship". I am looking for a balance of topics, voices and variety throughout the day.
For 2018 I'm primarily looking for technical Ruby and Rails related talks. Although the day is a mixture of technical and non-technical talks, I'd like to specifically encourage technical talks with a twist for this year.
I am unlikely to choose speakers who have given their talk at another UK conference or popular meetup (e.g. LRUG) in the previous 12 months. It's not fair to attendees in a single track to see a bunch of talks they have likely seen before.
I cover travel and accommodation (and reimburse any costs very quickly). I also provide a speaker honorarium.
If your company covers conference costs as a benefit of your employment, we'll happily make them a sponsor. And that makes my life easier too!