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Thanks Kyle, that was a really nice thing to say. You made the whole team grin from ear to ear.
Perhaps this year isn't the year for you, but I must urge you to start practicing writing conference proposals—you might get knocked back a few times, and you'll just need to get better and better at explaining yourself. Try to imagine and articulate what would excite you, then pop it into a few proposals… if you get turned down, make sure that you ask for feedback.
It can be really hard for a team to give you feedback, because they will likely receive hundreds of proposals… but you never know what you might learn to change that'll make a huge difference for next time.
Also, it can't hurt to try speaking at a local meet up or do guest lecturing at a local university. Both will really help you become more confident in front of an audience.
All the best, hope you get a proposal in somewhere, soon.
No sweat — we spend every dollar on the conference and we're pretty lucky to be able to have it all work; Its by no mistake, but by an insane amount of work by the whole team here.
When you consider that the first of our announced speakers are all international, you can start to appreciate that we're flying them around the world, and making sure that they're looked after while they're here. That adds up quickly cost wise — and for many people, travelling elsewhere in the world to attend conferences to see these people speak is impossible! (and far, far more expensive).
We run CSSConf because its the kind of event that we'd want to go to. I've spent a lot of time attending conferences around the world over the last few years, and I really want to be apart of an event that we can be proud of here in Melbourne.
Right now, we've reached out to a bunch of volunteers and have a full staff of people to help out. Of course, if you want to drop me an email, I'll add you to the next spot in line. You never know when you'll need an extra pair of hands :-)
Thanks so much! Please do your best to get a proposal in before Saturday. You've got until 5pm AEST :-)
I totally understand, financing travel and conferences yourself is a really tough deal… you must pick and choose.
Good luck with everything, hopefully we can have you here for CSSConf one way or another soon.
Good question, I totally missed that — The talk slots are 30 minutes. We don't do question time, instead we ask that people attend our fringe events and spend time with other speakers and attendees. (I mean, its more fun that way anyway!)
In terms of format, walkthroughs, case studies, live demos, fun, formal, its entirely up to you. Everyone loves a good story — it doesn't have to be technical either.
Australia is not a cheap country — CSSConf is a not for profit organisation and we rely on our really generous sponsors to make everything work financially.
If we were exposing the real costs of running this event (and paying ourselves for the 4 months of work we put into it), then the costs would be even higher.
The usage of jQuery is absolutely justifiable.
I'm pretty disappointed with the level of cheapness that you folks are showing here. Download for free to test the icons out, see if they work for you… then pay a few damn dollars for them.
What, you mean like this? http://www.huxtaburger.com.au/
I've always found it strange myself… but you know what? They're making bank.
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