Last year I’ve been organising the Barcelona instalment of APIdays, where I’ve touched every aspect; from CFP evaluation, venue selection, catering as well as speakers’ travel and accommodations.

I’ve spoken at 40 events over the last three years. I was rejected — a lot — a whole lot, and in some cases I really did not understand why. Now that I have been on the other side of the event, I have a better understanding of how things work behind the scenes.

APIdays Barcelona had 41 speakers from multiple countries and backgrounds. We received 184 CFPs.

If we remove 20% from the total number because of duplicates and people filling the form with invalid data — that still leaves 148 CFPs to consider. …


Vincenzo Chianese

Vincenzo Chianese is an Italian Software Developer focused on WebAPIs and User Interfaces, currently working for Stoplight

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