Speaking at AgileAus22

Share your story of better ways of working

AgileAus is delighted to invite those with a story of better ways of working to put their hand up to speak at AgileAus22 which is being held at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park on 17-18 October 2022!

Speakers at AgileAus22 will share their insights, successes, failures and learning curves with a welcoming, in-person audience.

Submitting an Expression Of Interest (EOI)

The AgileAus22 program will be comprised of talks chosen from 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 an EOI over a two week period (16-31 May) in the form of a short and sweet ’kernel’ that you think will bring value to your peers.

The idea behind kernels is that you don’t need to have a fully fledged talk ready before you make a submission. Kernels are all about making it easy for you to put your talk idea forward for consideration. If all you have at the moment is a half-baked idea for a talk (and you can put together a few sentences about the key things you’d cover), then that’s enough for us at this stage!

All EOIs will be reviewed by volunteer reviewers. The reviewers will whittle down to EOIs to a shortlist of 25-30 kernels. The submitters of these kernels will be invited to attend a workshopping session (in Sydney, Melbourne or online) to help them flesh out their idea – and hopefully develop it so it is ready for AgileAus22.

Those submitting EOIs will be encouraged to:

  • Submit up to three EOIs anonymously between 16-31 May 2022
  • Submit an EOI for a 40 minute talk, 20 minute talk, a 5 minute lightning talk or another length/format altogether!
  • Write as little or as much as you want (the shorter the better – as long as the essence of the talk and takeaways are clear)
  • View all the EOIs submitted and vote ‘I want to hear this!’ on other submissions
  • Update your submission(s) at any time within the ‘open for submissions’ timeframe.

You can get an idea of what kind of content we’re after by checking out this blog »

What are the key dates and deadlines?

Wednesday 25 May 2022 @ 2:00pm AEST

Information session (held via Zoom) for submitters to ask questions and get more info on how to create an EOI
Please RSVP to team@agileaustralia.com.au if you’d like to attend!

Monday 16 May 2022

EOI system opens for 2 WEEKS ONLY

COB Tuesday 31 May 2022

EOI system closes. Reviewers begin whittling down EOIs and produce a shortlist

Week beginning Monday 13 June 2022

Shortlisted submitters are invited to attend in -person workshopping sessions in Sydney, Melbourne or online

End June 2022

Tentative speaker acceptances are sent to speakers selected to speak at AgileAus22

Submitters not selected to progress are notified

Mid July 2022

Speakers and topics start being announced on the website

Mid – late July 2022

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

Week beginning Monday 1 August 2022

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

Week beginning Monday 5 September 2022

Full program announced (full schedule)

Monday 17 – Tuesday 18 October 2022

AgileAus22 Conference

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

FAQs

Who else speaks at Agile Australia?

Invited speakers

AgileAus22 will include some speakers who have been invited to speak by TeamSlatts, the organisers, to address hot topics and 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 and keynote speakers are encouraged to participate in interactive Deep Dive sessions where attendees can pick their brains by asking any questions they have. Deep Dive sessions are capped to keep the discussion open and intimate.

How long do I speak for?

Talks

Speakers will generally 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. When submitting an EOI however, there will also be an opportunity to suggest your own format/length!

Presentation rooms are typically set up theatre style and audiences range from 100-300.

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.

Please note that any confirmation emails coming to you from the submission system may get stuck in your spam folder so be sure to check there if you are missing them!

Information sessions (held via Zoom) for submitters to ask questions and get more info on how to create an EOI will be held on Friday 20 May 2022 @ 12pm & 4pm AEST.
Please RSVP to team@agileaustralia.com.au if you’d like to attend!

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: doctor@agileaustralia.com.au

How does feedback work?

As a submitter you may receive feedback in some of the following ways:

  • Comments and votes on your EOI from reviewers and/or the wider community
  • If your EOI is shortlisted: face-to-face at the workshopping sessions
  • If your EOI is unsuccessful: via email or phone, by request
  • Feedback is intended to help submitters refine and iterate their EOIs and 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 comments in the submission system 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.
  • Any comments in the submission system which are deemed to be not useful will be removed. If you notice something that is not helpful, please let us know via email to eoi@agileaustralia.com.au
  • If you are sent a conditional invitation to speak at the Conference your talk will only be confirmed once both you and your program guide are happy for it to progress.

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 contribution!

Why speak at AgileAus22 and how will I be compensated?

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 AgileAus22 receive a complimentary registration to the Conference, an invitation to the Community Dinner with fellow speakers, and are eligible for travel and accommodation grants where applicable.

To ensure they can share the love – AgileAus speakers receive a discount code for their colleagues, clients and network to attend AgileAus22.

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 and be given social media materials to share.

What we are looking for

Shaping a program that represents, nourishes, surprises and delights the community is a balancing act!

AgileAus22 is themed Leading with Empathy. We encourage those submitting talk ideas to consider how their idea might help their peers to empower and nourish their teams; build and deliver products and grow sustainable, resilient organisations.

To help ensure the program consists of stories that have potential to inform, enlighten and inspire – the AgileAus community has created some criteria to help attract content that could do just that. You can find out more about these criteria and check out some hot topics we are looking for here »

Stay in the loop

To receive updates about AgileAus and be subscribed to the mailing list, send us an email with your first name, last name and email address to signup@agileaustralia.com.au.

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