Be a Speaker

Speaking at AgileAus19

The AgileAus Conference is an opportunity for a diverse cohort of speakers to to tell their stories to a welcoming community of agilists, grow their networks and help their peers by sharing unique experiences!

Speakers at AgileAus19 will share their passion, insights, successes, failures and innovations with over 1000 keen agilists, technologists and those interested in better ways of working.

Submitting an Expression Of Interest (EOI)

The AgileAus19 program will be built with help from EOIs from the community.

The AgileAus community is invited to suggest speakers, ideas and topics that they’d like to see at the Conference.

In 2019 EOIs will be submitted via an open EOI system from which 35-40 talks will be chosen to be part of the final program. Please note that EOI submissions will close on Monday 4 March 2019.

Those submitting EOIs will be able to:

  • Submit up to three EOIs anonymously (or not!)
  • Opt in or out of feedback on their EOI
  • Write as little or as much as they want
  • Attend a face-to-face feedback session (squid tank*) with the AgileAus community in a city near them. 

* The anti-shark tank: a welcoming and gentle environment for those with ideas to receive real time feedback from dedicated members of the AgileAus community.

What are the key dates and deadlines?

Week beginning Monday 4 February 2019

Squid tanks held in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Monday 4 March 2019

EOI system closes. Reviewing and shortlisting begins

Third week of March 2019

Tentative speaker acceptances are sent

End March – early April 2019

Speakers and topics go live

Week beginning Monday 15 April 2019

Full program announced (full schedule)

May 2019

Speaker refine their talks at community-led practice runs

Friday 17 May 2019

Speakers and program guides* confirm they are happy for their talk to go ahead

Tuesday 25 – Wednesday 26 June 2019

Agile Australia 2019 Conference

* Program guides work alongside speakers to help them refine their message, offer context on the AgileAus community and act as sounding boards.


How do sessions work at AgileAus?

Speakers will have a total of 40 minutes to present their session including an introduction and thank you by an MC and any Q&A. Presentation rooms are set up theatre style and audiences range from 100-300.

Invited speakers

AgileAus19 will include some speakers who have been invited to speak by Slatterys, the organisers, to address any gaps in the program.

Sponsored sessions

It is possible for sponsors to purchase presentation spots, and these talks are labelled as such on the program.

Deep Dives

Invited speakers are encouraged to participate in interactive Deep Dive sessions so attendees can pick their brains and ask any questions they have. Deep Dive sessions are capped at 50 attendees.

EOI guidelines and tips

You will need to log in to the EOI system and create an account in order to start submitting your EOIs. To learn more about what kind of content is preferred please refer to this criteria.

How do I know if I’m on the right track?

If you find yourself in need of some extra guidance to help your EOI be the best that it can be, you can request assistance from the AgileAus EOI doctor.

The doctor’s role is to work outside the reviewing process, offering advice and answering questions to those that need it on a one-on-one basis. To be connected with this free service, please email:

How does feedback work?

Feedback is welcomed from the community in the form of comments to help EOIs be the best that they can be.

  • Feedback is intended to help submitters refine and iterate their EOIs. Comments should have the aim of making the proposal better – are there points that need to be clarified? Are the learning outcomes obvious? Are there gaps in the content?
  • Community member names will appear next to all their comments and are visible for all to see. Feedback is expected to always be constructive and fair.
  • Those submitting EOIs are advised that feedback is not binding and represents only one point of view. Submitters are not obliged to take on feedback to be considered for inclusion into the program.
  • Any comments which are deemed to be not useful will be removed. If you notice something that is not sitting right with you, please let us know via email to

If you would like to get involved by checking out the EOIs already submitted, voting for your favourites or adding your comments to the author, we welcome your contributions here!

Why speak at AgileAus19?

The AgileAus Conference introduces all that attend to a wonderful, generous, welcoming community of people who are committed to learning and sharing.

AgileAus is particularly passionate about nurturing, uplifting and celebrating those who speak at the Conference – as they are the beating pulse of the event! We are committed to providing speakers with the right support, coaching and care to suit their individual needs and ensure their message resonates with the community.

If you are a speaker at AgileAus, we have your back. You can view what kind of behaviour is encouraged at AgileAus on the community charter.

All those invited to speak at AgileAus19 receive a complimentary registration to the Conference, an invitation to the Keynote Welcome Dinner with fellow speakers, and are eligible for travel and accommodation grants.

To ensure they can share the love – AgileAus speakers receive a discount code for their colleagues, clients and network to attend AgileAus19.

AgileAus also gives speakers a myriad of opportunities to promote their message as part of the Conference – with invitations to guest post on the AgileTODAY magazine blog, social media platforms and more.

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