Public speaking, inclusivity, conference experiences, and a call to action

I’m still reflecting from the Codeland conference and what an inclusive and wonderful experience it was. This week, I wanted to share with you some articles written about the conference and encourage you to submit a CFP of your own. (I took the guesswork out of it for you and included a list of open ones below!) Our “Conference Talk of the Week” is about public speaking and only six minutes long. Make sure you check it out for some extra inspiration!


What it’s like to be a first time speaker at the most inclusive tech conference ever: from Stephanie Nemeth.

Inside Codeland — the most inclusive developer conference yet: from Quincy Larson of Free Code Camp.

#Codeland by CodeNewbie is inspiring me to do more: My writeup and takeaways from the conference.

Codeland Storify: Tweets from the conference wrapped up in one place!


The Recompiler Mag Podcast Episode 35: Interview with Zara Rahman and Tom Walker: Christie and guests, Zara Rahman and Tom Walker, chat about the use of technology and data for social change.

Greater Than Code Episode 32: Curation vs Algorithms: Who Is Writing Our History?Amy Unger joins the show to chat about accessing and preserving history, categorizing information, and digital vs human curation.

Conference Talk of the Week:

This talk is part of our “Favorite Talks” YouTube Playlist. Check it out and subscribe! 

Why So Angry, Soo? Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Public Speaking” by Soo Choi

Public speaking is hard. Soo Choi gave this short talk at DevOpsDays: Seattle about how she overcame her fear after bad experiences. To summarize, “Let’s get through this together.”

Upcoming Events:

All conferences have been screened and abide by clear and strict Codes of Conduct.

ACT-W: A Conference for Women in Tech
Monday, May 15th – Tuesday, May 16th: New York City

An Event Apart:
Monday, May 15th – Wednesday, May 17th: Boston, MA

Salt Lake City DevOpsDays:
Tuesday, May 16th – Wednesday, May 17th: Salt Lake City, Utah

Continuous Lifecycle London: DevOps, Continuous Delivery, and Containerization
Wednesday, May 17th – Friday, May 19th: London

Wednesday, May 17th – Thursday, May 25th: Portland, Oregon

AccessU Summit:
Thursday, May 18th: Virtual Conference!

Friday, May 19th – Saturday, May 20th: Detroit, Michigan

Monday, May 22nd – Wednesday, May 24th: Austin, Texas

Monitorama: An Open Source Monitoring Conference & Hackathon
Monday, May 22nd – Wednesday, May 24th: Portland, Oregon

PHP[tek]: The Premier PHP Conference
Wednesday, May 24th – Friday, May 26th: Atlanta, Georgia

Out Of Office: An Online Remote Work Event
Tuesday, May 30th: Virtual Conference!

Music City Code:
Thursday, June 1st – Saturday, June 3rd: Nashville, Tennessee

PyCon CZ:
Thursday, June 8th – Saturday, June 10th: Prague

CircleCityCon 4.0:
Friday, June 9th – Sunday, June 11th: Indianapolis, Indiana

Friday, June 16th: Arlington, VA

O’Reilly’s Fluent Conference: Building a Better Web
Monday, June 19th – Thursday, June 22nd: San Jose, California

O’Reilly’s Velocity Conference: Build Resilient Distributed Systems
Monday, June 19th – Thursday, June 22nd: San Jose, California

Open Source Bridge
Tuesday, June 20th – Friday, June 23rd: Portland OR

We RISE Women in Tech Conference:
Friday, June 23rd – Saturday, June 24th: Atlanta Georgia

Saturday, June 24th: New York City

Joy of Coding:
Friday, June 30th: Rotterdam, Netherlands

PolyConf: The Universe of Programming Languages
Friday, July 7th – Sunday, July 9th: Paris, France

An Event Apart:
Monday, July 10th – Wednesday, July 12th: Washington, D.C.

Thursday, July 13th – Friday, July 14th: Denver, CO

GopherCon: The Largest Go Conference in the World
Wednesday, July 12th – Saturday, July 15th: Denver, CO

Kansas City Developer Conference:
Thursday, August 3rd – Friday, August 4th: Kansas City, Missouri

PyCon Australia:
Thursday, August 3rd – Tuesday, August 8th: Melbourne, Australia

That Conference: Summer Camp for Geeks:
Monday, August 7th – Wednesday, August 9th: Wisconsin Dells, WI

Deccan RubyConf:
Friday, August 12th: Pune, India

Sunday, August 13th – Friday, August 18th: Spokane, Washington

FOSS4G: International Conference for Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial
Monday, August 14th – Saturday, August 19th: Boston, MA

Uptime Conf: by Code & Supply
Thursday, August 24th – Friday, August 25th: Pittsburgh, PA

Wednesday, August 23rd – Saturday, August 26th: Portland, Oregon

An Event Apart:
Monday, August 28th – Wednesday, August 30th: Chicago, IL

Wednesday, September 22nd – Friday, September 24th: Atlanta, GA

Strange Loop:
Thursday, September 28th – Saturday, September 30th: St. Louis, MO

Friday, September 29th – Saturday, September 30th: Budapest

Saturday, October 7th – Sunday, October 8th: Raleigh, NC

All Things Open:
Monday, October 23rd – Tuesday, October 24th: Raleigh, NC

Monday, October 23rd – Thursday, October 26th: Las Vegas, NV

Sunday, October 29th – Friday, November 3rd: San Francisco, CA

An Event Apart:
Monday, October 30th – Wednesday, November 1st: San Francisco, CA

Monday, November 6th – Friday, November 10th: Malmö, Sweden

An Event Apart:
Monday, December 11th – Wednesday, December 13th: Denver, CO

Call For Proposals:

Tech Inclusion – Apply Anytime!
Full Stack Fest – Closes May 15th
Pacific Northwest PHP – Closes May 15th (Offers Speaker Benefits!)
Twilio SIGNAL: London – Closes May 31st
Seattle JS – Closes May 31st
Utah JS – Closes May 31st
Non Binary in Tech – Closes June 1st (Offers Travel Assistance!)
Wonder Woman Tech – Long Beach: Closes June 1st; Washington DC: Closes September 15th
DevOpsDays Chicago – Closes June 17th
DevOpsDays Kansas City – Closes June 30th
Elixirocks – Closes June 30th
.NET/FRINGE/(Travel Expense Reimbursement Opportunities!)
DevFest Siberia – Closes July 1st (Travel Expenses Covered!)
Keep Ruby Weird – Closes August 27th

Do you know an upcoming conference or CFP that should be included? Email leads to

Want to hear more?

Mandy Moore, also known around the Internets as @therubyrep, is a podcast production expert, mother of orange tabbies, and sucker for bad reality television. She adores her 7-year-old daughter, Reese’s peanut butter cups, and sitting around fire pits while listening to country music. She is a huge advocate for STEM education and women in technology. She is also the show manager and maintainer of Greater Than Code

Photo credit squirrel83 (CC BY 2.0)