Diversity & Inclusion
We want an event that everyone can be proud of. Last year we achieved 55% of our speakers coming from typically underrepresented demographics, so we encourage you to submit and share with your network to submit so we have a large and diverse submission pool to select from. We want to ensure we have an inclusive event, for this reason, you will be required to legally bind yourself to our code of conduct in our contract process, and we will investigate you as a speaker to ensure we see the quality and exemplary behavior.
None of the content at #fstoco should be beginner level, our focus is on professional development, anything at a beginner level will only be considered in the IoT, SoftSkills, and New Tech stream as these are introductions to other topics. Your sessions should clearly outline what the attendee will learn, why it is important, and how it relates to a professional environment.
You will be required to submit your slides ahead of time to ensure you a quality thought out presentation and for our mobile app to have slides for the attendees to follow along too as the rooms are quite large.
#fstoco is a non-profit, all of the funds we raise go into putting on our events, this includes covering travel and lodging. We can not offer payment for speaking services. Travel and Lodging will be done on a reimbursement basis following the event using the below pay structure based on regions. We can not pay all of our speakers, so if your employer can sponsor you, we will give them free advertising on our site. All reimbursement will be in Canadian dollars and we will not reimburse for banking or PayPal fees please take note of this for international submissions.
Original Content is preferred, for this reason when you select that you would like to be reimbursed you will be placed into a lottery if you have given this talk you are submitting at another major conference. Having practiced it at a meetup or your office is completely fine, but it is hard for a non-profit event to compete when the content has already made its way around the circuit.
We understand that making a presentation is a lot of work and that not getting paid for that time can suck, however, we have found that this process weeds out anyone that is just speaking for the publicity, to pitch ideas, or doesn't value the grassroots sharing that makes our events unique. We have a non-commercial policy in the code of conduct you can not advertise products, services, or your employer during your presentation, our attendees are here to learn about your content.