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Speaking at AgileAus20


The AgileAus Conference is an opportunity for you to share your stories with a welcoming community of agilists, grow your networks and inspire your peers!

Speakers at AgileAus20 are invited to share their passion, insights, successes and failures with ~1000 like-minded agilists, technologists and those interested in better ways of working.

Submitting an Expression Of Interest (EOI)


The AgileAus20 program will be built with help from EOIs of ideas/topics that you are invited to suggest via google form.

From the EOIs, only about 25 talks will be chosen to be part of the final program. Please note that EOI submissions will be open for 2 WEEKS ONLY!

If you submit an EOI you will be able to:

  • Submit up to three EOIs 
  • Write as little or as much as you want 
  • Receive face-to-face feedback from the AgileAus community at a Squid Tank* in a city near you in the first two weeks of March.

* 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 17 February 2020

EOI system opens for 2 WEEKS ONLY

First 2 weeks of March 2020

Squid Tanks are held across multiple cities

Third week of March 2020

AgileAus brainstrust meets to build the program

End of April 2020

Tentative speaker invitations are sent

June 2020

Speakers and topics go live

July 2020

Full Conference program announced

September 2020

Speaker refine their talks at community-led practice runs

Friday 11 September 2020

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

Monday 12 – Tuesday 13 October 2020

AgileAus 2020 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?

When submitting an EOI, you will be asked how big you envisage your audience to be. Got a topic with broad appeal? Perhaps you’ll need a big room. More niche topic? We have cosier rooms for that. Please keep in mind that due to logistical constraints we cannot promise your room will be the exact size you suggest.

We ask that you are mindful that audiences vote with their feet. Even after 12 years, our best-educated guesses as to how things will play out can still leave us bamboozled!

Talk session lengths range from 5 minutes (Lightning Talk), 20 minutes to 40 minutes. Please keep in mind your timebox includes an introduction and thank you by an MC and any Q&A so don’t waste precious time introducing yourself. Presentation rooms are set up theatre style and audiences range from 50-400. Typically, 4-5 sessions run concurrently at the Conference.

Invited speakers
AgileAus20 will include some speakers who have been invited to speak by Slatterys, the organisers, to cover must-have topics or perspectives and 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.

How do I submit an EOI?

EOIs are accepted via a google form.

You are permitted to submit up to three EOIs and select from talk lengths of 5 minutes (Lightning Talk), 20 minutes or 40 minutes.

You are encouraged to view your EOI as a teaser or ‘kernel’ which gets your idea across but has plenty of room to develop!

You are welcome to include as much or as little information as you like.

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

To learn more about what kind of content is preferred please refer to this criteria.

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 is on hand to offer advice and answer 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?
You are welcome to receive feedback face-to-face from welcoming members of the AgileAus volunteer community at an AgileAus Squid Tank that are being held in the first few weeks of March. You will be able to RSVP to a Squid Tank once you’ve submitted your EOI/s. There will also be opportunities after the EOI process concludes to request further feedback which will be supplied via email or over the phone.
Why wasn’t my idea chosen?
AgileAus receives 200+ EOIs each year. With very limited spots available we have no choice but to be very selective with the talks that make it to the final program. When choosing presentations, AgileAus gives preference to EOIs that fit the Conference theme well, offer a novel element, cover a gap in the topics, and are as diverse as the community we serve. Of course, this is not an exact science and many excellent EOIs that meet all these criteria still do not make it. AgileAus relies on a team of over fifty volunteers to develop potential talks and give helpful feedback at the squid tanks. This diversity of views helps to keep a fair and balanced selection process. For more specific feedback, please feel free to contact us on 03 9663 3093. We are happy to talk you through the feedback your EOI received or put you in touch with a member of the reviewing team for more detailed feedback.
Why speak at AgileAus20?

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 heart 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 AgileAus20 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 AgileAus20.

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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