Great post, Vidya! I’m also a big fan of this conference, and it’s great that you are encouraging people to speak even if they haven’t done much speaking before.
Coincidentally, I also published a post this week with my tips for writing a proposal for GHC. It’s complimentary to your advice, so I wanted to share it here. And like you, I’ll be rooting everyone on as they submit their proposals and give their talks at GHC16!