The ‘first time’ story – Part 1

I don’t know where to begin, but I promised Zainab Bawa I would write-up about my experience in speaking at tech conferences and into the open source world. Sorry for the late post. Here is the speaking journey!

The ‘first’ proposal

My first tech talk proposal submission was for JsFoo in 2015. The talk was titled ‘JavaScript SDK for Perceptual Computing using Intel RealSense technology. The talk wasn’t accepted, I was disappointed, but there were some useful lessons learned. My submission was more focused on Intel’s technology and it appeared I was advertising for it. Conference submissions shouldn’t be focused on proprietary technologies or sales pitches, the audience will never like that. The conference reviewers were very kind to give me feedback and I accepted it with a positive note.

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The ‘first’ talk

I worked on the feedback and I submitted my second talk proposal which was accepted and I gave my first tech talk at JSConfAsia Singapore in 2015.

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The ‘first’ international conference

Prior to me submitting my first-ever talk proposal (for JSFoo), one fine morning I woke up to this fantastic email.

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This email was the biggest game changer in my tech life. I had stumbled upon the diversity scholarship from JSConfEU and decided to take a bold step and apply. When I was applying, little did I know that I would bag the scholarship. My joy knew no bounds when I read this email. I can still recall that morning when I had the first dose of confidence++ 🙂

This was just the beginning…. Read More. Below are a couple of places where I have spoken till date:

  • JSConf Asia 2015, Singapore
  • Grace Hopper Conference 2015, India
  • JSConfBP 2016, Hungary
  • JSUnConf 2016, Germany
  • CSVConf 2016, Germany
  • Frontend Union Conf 2016, Lithuania
  • Web Summer Camp 2017, Croatia
  • MozFest 2017, London (Upcoming this year in October)
  • Women Who Code Bangalore
  • Women Who Code Berlin
  • Zalando Tech Meetups

PS: I have a long awaiting to-do to add all of the above links in one place in my website (I hope to do it soon ^_^)

In short, this has been my wonderful journey (and counting) into the speaker’s world.

Success is when, preparation meets opportunity

Words of wisdom

I didn’t achieve all of this over-night. I have constantly persevered and toiled in lot of blood and sweat. The best thing is, I never gave up! And the most important thing – ‘One doesn’t need to be an expert to speak.’

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Link to the tweet

Why should you consider speaking at conferences?

Speak – we need diversity!

  • Speak – you will definitely learn a lot
  • Speak – you will teach others what you have learned
  • Speak – to get a confidence boost
  • Speak – you know you are awesome
  • Speak – the community needs new people and new ideas
  • Speak – you have nothing to lose!

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