Call for Speaker Proposals

Call for Speaker Proposals - STPCon Spring 2020

Speak at STPCon

The Software Test Professionals Conference is known as the place where testing professionals come to learn, a testing conference, by testers. STPCon specializes in creating a program that showcases new ideas, proven methods and dynamic presenters who face the same day-to-day challenges as our participants and can share their experiences and knowledge with an engaged audience.

Do you have a story to tell, a methodology to share, or a new technique to pass on to your peers? Submit your proposal to speak today. Our practitioner-led program committee would be interested in reviewing your proposal.

The submission deadline for STPCon Spring 2020 was Friday, October 18th. If you are interested in speaking at STPCon Fall 2020, please submit a proposal.
SUBMIT A PROPOSAL TO SPEAK

3 Tips For Improving Your Chances of Selection at STPCon:

Make your title extremely appealing.
Many attendees will scan through the conference schedule, and a strong title will catch their eye and take them further into reading your abstract. Think of creative ways of catching their attention. Numbers usually get them (for example “10 things you can do to improve your testing experience”). Hot topics get them as well (for example “why is everyone using Selenium and why am I not?”). Catchy titles get them to read further as well (for example “How Obama helped me learn to test” or “Angry Birds Testing”)

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Catch their attention with an opener that makes them feel like you understand them.
In other words, if you ask a question in the opener or state a fact, it makes them feel a connection. For example “Does your senior management respect your testing team?” or “Do you find it hard in your testing organization to keep your automation scripts updated” or “It has been stated many times that 7 out of 10 people will always miss a simple change in a product – and not test it”. Once you have their attention, then give them specifics on “WHY” they should be there. Imagine yourself reading your abstract and ask yourself “if I knew nothing about this, would I be interested in it”? Then design your description so that when someone reads it, they can’t stop – they are racing from word to word so that they can get to the takeaways and see more and more on this abstract.

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What’s in it for me?
Imagine you are the attendee. Imagine you are reading this abstract. What would make you want to come to this conference? What things would you want to be shared with you in this session or workshop that would be so useful that you could take it back and use it right away? Make your bullet points sell your product. Guarantee them things you know you can deliver. But don’t overdo it. Don’t say “I will give you the secret to testing and you will know how to improve testing by 500%”. We know we can’t do that. But you could say that one of your takeaways would be “5 tips to improving the communication between your testing organization and the CXO staff”. After you’ve written your 3-5 takeaways, go back through them, and imagine that you’re not the speaker. Would you want to have these takeaways? Would they appeal to you? Attendees will read abstracts and descriptions, but the takeaways are the appeal. Promise them what you can deliver, and make them say in their mind “I need to attend this – I can use this RIGHT NOW!”


The submission deadline for STPCon Spring 2020 was Friday, October 18th. If you are interested in speaking at STPCon Fall 2020, please submit a proposal.
SUBMIT A PROPOSAL TO SPEAK

Compensation:

  • If you are selected to present a conference SESSION, you are awarded a $150 stipend, 1 night paid at the conference hotel, and a free conference pass to the main conference.
  • If you are selected to present a 3-hour pre-conference WORKSHOP, you are awarded a $500 stipend, 2 nights paid at the conference hotel, and up to $400 in travel reimbursement in addition to a free conference pass including the workshops.
  • KEYNOTE compensation is negotiated separately.

Please Note:

  • Compensation for sponsor speakers may differ from the typical compensation.
  • Hotel room nights are only reimbursed if the speaker stays at the conference hotel.
  • All travel reimbursements must be supported by actual travel receipts equal to or in excess of the reimbursement amount.