Announcing the Byteconf React CFP

Today, I’m happy to open up the Byteconf React Call for Papers (CFP). If you have a talk that you’d like to present at the conference, you can submit it here. If you want to learn more about what kind of talks we’re looking for, how the presentation process will work, and more, keep reading :)

By the way, if you ended up here and you haven’t heard about Byteconf––the free, two-day React conference streamed via Twitch on August 30–31––I’ve got just the thing for you:


Over the last two months, the Byteconf community has grown by leaps and bounds. The attendees of a conference are a huge part of what makes it great, but the other magic piece are the speakers.

Learning from great speakers is like that part in the Matrix where they upload a floppy drive of martial arts skills into Neo’s brain––a conference takes the best parts of a cumulative century of experience in a topic, and distills it down into short talks that help you do new stuff, or level up in the things you already know.

This, but for GraphQL, please

We’re excited about how Byteconf React can be different than other conferences––not only are we bringing together incredible speakers, but without requiring anyone to spend a lot of money on travel, lodgings, etc., we have the opportunity to build something truly global. Obviously, this has advantages for attendees, but more interestingly, it allows us to build a truly diverse set of speakers: one that isn’t bound by being able to afford travel, or the ability to fly across the world.

It’s with this in mind that we’re hoping to see a huge range of experience levels and backgrounds represented in the CFP submissions — we’ll be doing our part to reach out to commonly underrepresented speaker groups as well, to make sure we have the opportunity to hear from everyone at Byteconf React.


I’ve talked a lot about the high-level details of the conferences and what we hope to see in the CFP submissions, but what about the actual details? For instance, when are submissions due? What does the format of the talk look like? On to the details now…

Why should I submit a talk to Byteconf React?

Great question! We’re excited to organize Byteconf React, but we know that it’s a ton of work for our speakers. We also really believe in doing things fairly, so we won’t try and get you to talk for “exposure” or any of that BS. We’re paying our speakers! We’ll pay for you to speak at the conference, and, with your permission, the ability to sell your talk as part of an archived version of the conference in the future. We pay royalties on that, too. We’re pretty excited about this!

Wow, cool! So where can I submit my talk?

You can submit your talk at the Call for Papers (CFP) submission form here. We’ll ask a couple questions about you and your talk, but it shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to submit your initial proposal. We may reach out for additional questions, but generally, you should receive a single confirmation email when you submit your talk, and then a follow-up once we review all the submissions and choose our speakers.

How long is the CFP open for?

CFP submissions will be open from May 14th to June 24th, 2018. We’d like to have everything ready for review by the end of the day on June 24th, but if you’re running a little late or have extenuating circumstances, just get in touch with us! We’re happy to facilitate specific needs you have around submitting your talk.

How long are the talks? How many will you be selecting?

Byteconf React is a two-day, single-track conference. We’ll be selecting sixteen 45 to 50 minute talks, with eight per day being presented at the conference.

What happens when the CFP closes?

Time to review submissions, and pick a great lineup for Byteconf React 2018! We’re still finalizing the way we want to do the review process: if you have ideas or suggestions, please reach out! We’ll publish our process as we get closer to the CFP closing date, so we can get feedback on it as well 👍

Once we’ve chosen the speakers for Byteconf React, we’ll notify the chosen speakers via the provided email (make sure you provide a good, working email!) and begin planning your talk submission.

How do I deliver my talk to Byteconf React?

Byteconf React is streamed on Twitch. Practically, this means that the talks will be prerecorded, and should be delivered to our team ahead of the conference. If you’ve ever recorded a screencast, this should be familiar territory. If you haven’t, we can walk you through the process.

Even though the talk is pre-recorded, we’re open to interesting or innovative ways of presenting your talk! Maybe you want to start your talk in the forest before moving to coding, or bring in some special guests via video chat for a part of your presentation. Anything that excites you is fair game!

If your talk is chosen, we’ll get in touch early to let you know the deliverable due dates, so you have plenty of time to plan and produce your talk.

This sounds really cool! My company wants to sponsor Byteconf React 💪

We’d love to chat! We have a ton of interesting sponsor opportunities we’re currently filling as we get closer to the conference. Check out our Sponsor Interest Form here!

What about [x]? I need help with [y]!

Did we miss something? Still have a question about the CFP or presentation process? You can contact me via Twitter, or get in touch with us via email: conf@bytesized.xyz.

Kristian Freeman is the organizer of Byteconf, a software engineer, teacher, and podcaster.

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