Writing a proposal
Ruby Manor is nothing without your talk proposals. We think that almost everyone has something interesting to talk about, so please think about that fun or unusual or difficult or surprising thing you’ve done recently and submit a talk (or several talks!) to Ruby Manor so we can hear about it.
What can I talk about?
You may propose a talk about whatever you like. Talks which are directly or indirectly about Ruby are always popular, but you are welcome to submit a proposal about whatever subject you think will be interesting to the audience. If the audience are indeed interested, your proposal will be successful in the voting and you will get to give the talk on the day. If they’re not interested, your proposal will sink slowly and inexorably into oblivion and nobody will ever know the truth of what happened. The Ruby Manor team will be actively leaving suggestions on each talk proposal to help get the ball rolling. However, if you’re not quite sure your idea is ready for public feedback yet, or just want some reassurance that you’re on the right track, please do get in touch with us and we’ll give you some pointers.
You should take a look at list of things people are hoping to get out of Ruby Manor for some inspiration.
How long should my talk be?
Talks will be a maximum of 30 minutes + 10 minutes Q&A, but if you have something interesting that can be said in less time, that’s great too. We’ll build the schedule around the best proposals chosen by the community.
Who will I be talking to?
Your audience will consist of people who are interested in coming to Ruby Manor: this mostly means Ruby programmers from London and the surrounding area, but there will also be many people who come from much further away. There may be people who don’t use Ruby, or aren’t programmers, or both. Primarily however, it’s a Ruby-focussed and deeply-technical crowd.
Why should I give a talk?
It’s a good opportunity to be heard by a large slice of the Ruby community, and we’ll put together a high-quality video of your talk that you can share with everyone who couldn’t get there on the day.
How anonymous does my proposal have to be?
Although the proposal system is completely anonymous, we can’t prevent you from including identifying information either within the proposal itself or on the wider internet. Sometimes this is inevitable: if you want to give a talk about this great programming language called Ruby that you developed in 1995, it’s not going to take too much detective work to reveal your identity. That’s fine, and there’s no need to go to ridiculous lengths to conceal your identity if it makes the proposal more difficult to write, but just respect the spirit of the process: as far as is sensible and practical, we would like for talks to be chosen because of what they’re about, not because of who is giving them.
Do I have to go through with it if I propose something?
Of course not! No one is going to force you to give a talk just because you proposed it! You always have the option to withdraw your proposal if change your mind or discover you can’t make it to the conference.