Are you an expert in building or managing mobile apps
for Android phones and other devices with solid teaching experience and credentials?
AnDevCon IV: The Android Developer Conference is seeking proposals from speakers for half-day (3 hour) workshops, two-part full-day (6 hour) workshops, 75-minute technical classes and 150-minute two-part sessions.
AnDevCon is for everyone building or managing Android apps. Our attendees are independent developers driving start-ups. They work for commercial software companies. They're enterprise IT professionals.
What do these developers all have in common? They're into Android apps. And they'll be at AnDevCon IV, Dec. 4-7, 2012.
AnDevCon IV kicks off on Tuesday, Dec. 4, with deep-dive, half-day and full-day workshops. Wednesday through Friday are packed with dozens of 75-minute classes and 150-minute two-part sessions.
When you propose a workshop or a class, be clear about the audience. Details matter. Expect to teach to your session description. Don't promise something and fail to deliver it. For example, if you say that your session is advanced, it must be advanced. If you say your session is hands-on, it must be hands-on. If you say that your session covers three specific frameworks, you must cover all three frameworks. If you say that you'll show code, you must show code.
Bear in mind, attendees are paying a lot of money to attend AnDevCon. There's not merely the cost of the conference, but also travel costs, such as airfare, hotel and meals. They are taking valuable time out of the office. They expect you to be a well-prepared instructor who will teach them new skills and provide real understanding, as described in your session description. Don't let them down.
We are seeking sessions in the following four topic areas for AnDevCon IV:
Developer Essentials: These technical classes and workshops are for all Android developers, and cover all programming topics.
Android Business: These classes and workshops cover the most effective ways of distributing and selling Android apps, including how to maximize profit through Google Play.
Tablets and Beyond: These classes and workshops are specific to commercial devices beyond smartphones, including tablets, Google TV, and other platforms.
Embedded Android: These classes and workshops are for developers working close to the hardware, such as on custom devices, or diving deep into the internals of embedded Linux.
Classes and workshops at AnDevCon IV are taught at three levels: Overview, Intermediate and Advanced.
Attendees rarely complain that a session has too much detail – but they will be disappointed if your content is fluffy. Don't forget: This is a developer conference, and the attendees are programmers. In all sessions, attendees want to know the details. And, except for sessions focused purely on Android business topics, attendees expect to see lots of code.
Overview: No previous knowledge of the class's subject is required, and the session will be a high-level introduction of the topic. (Note: We accept very few overview classes.)
Intermediate: These broad technology sessions emphasize capabilities and how things work. As appropriate, the instructor will show examples or code. (Note: We accept very few intermediate classes. We suggest you take the session to a deeper level and make the class advanced.)
Advanced: These sessions teach attendees how to implement a solution. As appropriate, the instructor will include detailed samples or code. (We plan for at least two-thirds of sessions to be at the advanced level.)
In your session proposal, please tell us:
• The proposed title of your session. We reserve the right to change it.
• A session description of at least 150 words, and we prefer 300 words. The more detail, you provide, the better for everyone.
We reserve the right to change it.
• Which of the four topic areas fits best: Developer Essentials, Android Marketing, Tablets and Beyond, or Embedded Android.
• If you will be showing code
• If your session is a lecture format, or if it's a hands-on with students following along on their laptops.
• If you commit to providing your presentation and/or handouts at least a week before AnDevCon.
• Tell us if your session is Overview, Intermediate or Advanced.
• Whether you are proposing a 3-hour or 6-hour workshop, a 75-minute class, or a 150-minute two-part class.
Also, explain what prerequisite skills or knowledge should be expected. Be specific!
Acceptance of your class proposal will be based not only on your topic's timeliness and relevance, but also on your personal credentials as an Android expert and experience as an instructor. Be sure to communicate clearly what your class will be about, who will benefit from taking it, any prerequisite knowledge, and what the student will learn. A muddled, confused submission is likely to get rejected.
The ideal instructor is someone with real-world experience building Android applications. You should have proven experience teaching practical solutions to real-world challenges, presenting new skills, and offering students an information-packed learning experience. If that describes you, please submit a session proposal!
TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL PROPOSAL
Our experience shows that a class taught by more than one instructor is generally not as satisfying as a class taught by a single instructor. If you are proposing multiple instructors, be sure to explain why — and define the role that each instructor plays in the class. (Only the lead instructor in a multiple-instructor class will receive a free pass to AnDevCon .)
Teaching at AnDevCon means more than just showing up at the conference. Please pay attention to the deadlines for submission of handouts and other materials. These deadlines help us ensure that the conference provides a quality educational experience for all attendees, and your cooperation is appreciated.
Part of the value of having an expert speaker at AnDevCon is that you'll stick around for the conference and interact with attendees and other speakers. We expect our instructors to commit to the AnDevCon experience, and not just parachute in for a class, teach, and then disappear. Of course, speaking at AnDevCon IV gives instructors a free pass to the rest of the technical conference.
|Tips for Getting Invited Back
- No parachuting. We want you to fully engaged in the show.
- Get your agreement and other conference materials in on time.
- Get your slides and other class and workshop materials in by the deadline you have been given.
- Do not pitch a product, service or book during your class or workshop.
- Start your class or workshop on time and end on time.
- Test your AV beforehand to ensure it will work. Also have a contingency plan in the event things don't work on site.
- Make sure you can work offline in case there is a problem with the classroom wireless network.
- Double-check that what you are teaching covers everything promised in your session title and abstract.
- Talk up the conference and your participation via Twitter, your blog, and your professional network.
- Share ideas to help make the conference content better, and recommend other excellent speakers.
Proposals are from individual instructors, not from companies. You are proposing something that you personally wish to teach at AnDevCon . If we accept your proposal, our agreement is with you, not with your employer. We expect you to personally and professionally committing to attend the conference and teach the classes that you have agreed to teach. If you change employment, we expect that you will honor your professional agreement to teach your class.
Attendees come to take technical classes — they don't want to hear a sales pitch, no matter how thickly veiled. Please do not submit classes that are intended to persuade attendees to buy your product, use your services, or hire you as a consultant. AnDevCon classes are for teaching, not for marketing. ("It was a sales pitch!" is a complaint we never want to hear from conference attendees.)
AnDevCon doesn't accept session proposals “from companies.” We are looking for experts who wish to teach— not for companies seeking a marketing opportunity. Therefore, we don't accept any session proposals from PR agencies or marketing departments. If we receive such proposals, we will request that the proposed instructors contact us directly. No exceptions.
SCHEDULE AND DEADLINES
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012: Pre-Conference Workshops
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012: Technical Classes
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012: Technical Classes
Friday, Dec. 7, 2012: Technical Classes
Speaker Deadline: July 13, 2012.
PREPARATION OF SUBMISSION
Please include the following information in your speaker proposal. Incomplete submissions may not be accepted.
• Title of your session.
• The length of your session (half-day, full-day, class, two-part class).
• The area (Developer Essentials, Business, Tablets or Embedded).
• The level of the session (Overview, Intermediate or Advanced).
• Abstract/description, 150–300 words, explaining what will be covered in the session what attendees will learn from it.
• Describe whether your talk is hands-on, requiring that students bring a laptop with the SDK and tools, or if it's a lecture/discussion.
• Tell us if you will show code or not.
• Your bio, 125–150 words, with a summary of your teaching expertise.
• Your name, mailing and e-mail addresses, telephone and cell phone numbers.
• Your hi-res digital headshot, see http://www.bzmedia.com/photo.htm.
Twitter and blog addresses (if you have them).
Please submit your information electronically as a text e-mail or as a Word document to Katie Serignese, Conference Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note that we will edit class titles, descriptions and bios to fit our style, and to ensure that the description clearly presents information about your session to attendees.