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Speaking at AgileAus21

AgileAus is delighted to invite those at every stage of their Agile journey who have a story to share to put their hand up to speak at AgileAus21 at the Hilton Sydney on 8-9 December 2021!

Speakers at AgileAus21 will share their passion, insights, successes, failures and innovations with a welcoming, in-person audience of about 500 (depending on COVID restrictions). In attendance will be a cohort of curious minds, keen agilists and those interested in better ways of working.

Speaker EOIs are now closed

Submitting an Expression Of Interest (EOI)

AgileAus21 will pivot on the theme of What Matters Most, with the program built with the help from the community EOIs (that’s you!) as well as invited, keynote and sponsored talks.

We invite those with stories to share to throw their hat in the ring by submitting short and sweet ’kernels’ of talk or speaker ideas that they think will be beneficial for the AgileAus audience to learn from. EOIs will then be reviewed by a community of volunteer reviewers who will determine which ideas should progress and be fleshed out in the next stage.

Please note that as this Conference may not have a virtual component, NSW and ACT based speakers will be given priority to be included on the program due to the topsy-turvy world we live in!

In 2021, EOIs will be submitted via a public EOI system from which 15-20 talks will be chosen to be part of the final program (depending on venue capacity and COVID restrictions).

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 (the shorter the better – as long as the essence of the talk is clear)
  • Update their submission(s) at any time within the ‘open for submissions’ timeframe

What are the key dates and deadlines?

Thursday 3 June 2021

EOI system opens for 2 WEEKS ONLY

Friday 18 June 2021

EOI system closes. Reviewers whittle down EOIs and produce a shortlist

Late June 2021

Shortlisted submitters are asked for more information over Zoom or email

Submitters not shortlisted are notified

Early July 2021

Tentative speaker acceptances are sent to EOIs selected for the final shortlist

Mid-July 2021

Speakers and topics go live

Late July 2021

Full program announced (full schedule)
July 2021

Speakers refine their talks at community-led practice runs (online or in-person)

End July 2021
Speakers and program guides* confirm they are happy for their talk to go ahead
Mon 23 – Tue 24 August 2021
AgileAus21 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 Agile Australia?

Speakers will have a total of 5, 20 or 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
AgileAus21 will include some speakers who have been invited to speak by Slatterys, the organisers, to address any gaps in the program.

Sydney based speakers who were previously selected through the EOI process in 2019 and were not able to speak at AgileAus20-1 will also be asked to participate this time around!

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 to keep the discussion open and intimate.

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.

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 help tease out the value of EOI – are there points that need to be clarified? Are the learning outcomes obvious? Is this a unique perspective?
  • 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 just a suggestion 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 AgileAus21?

The Agile Australia 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 AgileAus21 receive a complimentary registration to the Conference, an invitation to the Community 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 AgileAus21.

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 blog, social media platforms and more.

*Please note that to minimise travel-related risk, NSW and ACT based-speakers will be given priority to be featured on the program.

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