We’ve all been there—you consider speaking at an industry conference, but then talk yourself out of it. You think, “I’m not an expert, why would someone want to listen to me?” Give yourself the credit you deserve: you know more than you think you do.
Speaking at DockerCon Europe 2015 is a great way to establish yourself in the community, learn, and connect with your peers! If you’re still not convinced, read on for five reasons to submit your speaking proposal before September 1, 2015.
1) Share your knowledge: cultivate a community
Consider some of the top challenges you or your organization have faced. How great would it have been if you could have found a solution faster? This is precisely the reason to share what you’ve learned with the Docker community. Attendees have experienced similar issues, and want to know how Docker and containers helped you overcome those challenges to ship better, faster code.
The more experiences that are shared, the more the Docker community grows. So, you’ll know just who to turn to the next time you encounter a challenge.
2) Challenge yourself: hone your voice
Public speaking can be intimidating—it’s time to step out of your comfort zone. Whether you’re a newbie or seasoned conference speaker, speaking at DockerCon is a great way to challenge yourself both personally and professionally. And while you may present alone, the Docker team has your back to make sure you shine in your session.
3) Stand out: develop your presence in the industry
• Demonstrate how you or your team solved a problem or came up with a unique use case with Docker.
• Showcase innovation in your organization and your teams.
• Start a conversation about a business problem or solution that helps the Docker community grow.
• Build your resume and network.
4) Learn from your peers: foster collaboration
When you attend DockerCon as a speaker, you’re more approachable and will experience more networking opportunities than the typical conference attendee. Leading a session promotes collaboration and learning during the event and leads to even more collaboration post-conference. Often you’ll find that an audience member may share a solution that you have not considered. You’ll leave the conference with more contacts, and even more information about new tools and techniques to share with your organization.
5) Cut down on travel costs: attend DockerCon Europe for free
And last, but certainly not least, conference speakers receive a complimentary pass to DockerCon Europe! Let your boss know that you are a team player that keeps their travel expenses low.
Please note that only one complimentary conference pass will be given for each accepted talk.
Don’t believe us? Simon Eskildsen, Software Developer at Shopify, has presented at both DockerCon Europe 2014 and DockerCon 2015.
Here are Simon’s top four reasons why he speaks at DockerCon:
1) Engage with the community by receiving and giving feedback
2) Be a part of shaping the future of containers
3) Promote your workplace as a technology frontrunner and an amazing place to work
4) Practising public speaking and developing your personal brand
“Containers solve real problems and are inevitable part of the future stack, but we’re still trying to figure out what the future looks like. It’s exciting to be part of the moulding early stages, but it’ll still be years till we hit truly mainstream adoption in the industry. Speaking at DockerCon allows me to partake in the acceleration of that container adoption by sharing all the hard-earned lessons at Shopify. I believe this contributes to the movement as a whole by helping notorious solutions evolve within the community.”
Remember, you know a lot more than you give yourself credit for—share that knowledge at DockerCon Europe 2015 in Barcelona!
But also remember, don’t be this guy:
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