I have been a part of the Toronto Agile Community since I moved to Toronto from Waterloo four years ago. I loved how they welcomed me in to collaborate with fellow agile enthusiasts and experts.
The last few years we have had talks from awesome people that have shared a lot of knowledge with people. However, it seems the same people are doing most of the talks. They (and myself) have been the local thought leaders sharing our ideas and experience.
I believe it is time to pass the torch and give a platform for new speakers to be facilitating sessions. This will develop the next generation of conference speakers. What role can the seasoned speakers play? We can be mentors or pair with these new speakers to co-facilitate. We can help them draft proposal submissions, help them prepare, and support them to be the presenter! I have done this the last two years and I will volunteer to do it again next year. Thoughts?
I would also like to suggest that if conference organizers are interested in presenting sessions at the same conference they are organizing, that they get an independent group selects the sessions. I would rather have two up and comers use those spots.