The Analytics Engineering Conference

Speak at Coalesce 2022

Our call for speakers is currently open, and we're excited to welcome speakers with a wide range of experience and subject matter expertise to apply. This year we have revised our speaker selection process, which will help us create the strongest lineup yet. We're committed to building a diverse, inclusive event that reflects the diversity of the Community. We welcome everyone with a compelling story to apply. This means it doesn't matter if you've just started with dbt or if you are a power user! We want to see a proposal from you. To get your wheels turning, tell us about:

  • the data projects, interesting problems or new ideas that you're working on
  • practices that are (and aren't) working for you
  • industry “standards” that you want to challenge
  • how your team is evolving
  • what else is on your mind

The Call for Proposals (CFP) will close on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

Types of speaking opportunities

This year, we are offering in-person and online speaking opportunities. Please let us know which you're applying for (or if you don't have a preference). We will place speakers to maximize the experience for both you and our attendees.

Before you submit, consider nominating someone else as a speaker.

Consider whether anyone in your network from underrepresented voices would be a great fit for this conference. If you'd like to nominate a speaker, contact us and we'll encourage them to submit a proposal.

Feeling uneasy about submitting?

Schedule a brainstorming meeting to organize your ideas. So you saw the Coalesce call for proposals, but maybe...

  • You've never given a conference talk before and aren't so sure where to start
  • You have some ideas that you aren't sure how to weave into a narrative
  • You're curious but nervous and want to learn more from friendly humans who are excited to hear from you
  • You submitted a talk last year, and it wasn't accepted and are hesitant to submit it again
The goal of the meeting will be to activate your pride and get you feeling comfortable with using your voice to share your unique perspective. There's no expectation that you submit a proposal, but it's fantastic if that's the outcome.👩🏼‍🎤

Share your ideas in #coalesce-2022-pitch-party. Join this slack channel to crowd-source ideas and get feedback from the community before submitting a proposal.

Proposal FAQ

What is the due date for proposals?

All proposals must be submitted by 11:59 pm Pacific Time, 31 May 2022.

What's involved in submitting a session proposal?

You will submit a form that collects your contact information and proposed session details. We will ask you some questions as part of the process. Check out the full form here.

The video component is a fun part of our process that allows us to get a feel better feel for your ideas and session. We ask that you submit a 2-5 minute video giving a high-level overview of you In this video we want you to tell us the main idea behind your session, and what audience members will learn.

We recommend using Loom - feel free to share your screen if you want to use a doc or slides to run through your session at a high level. If you haven't used Loom before, be sure to check out this help article.

Why is there a video component of this Call for Proposal process?

The pitch video is a great proxy for your proposed session and helps us assess proposals reliably so we can gauge and make sure to deliver on speaker support needs.

How do I know if my idea is the right fit for Coalesce?

The best way to assess this is to consider whether your content is relevant for our attendees. Here are a few of our thoughts:

  • Analysts: Familiar with BI tools. May have experience with LookML and derived tables, and might not understand why they want to work like a software engineer
  • Data engineer, Analytics Engineer: Comfortable with git, working in the command line and writing code. Sees themselves modeling software engineering best practices. Often have a background as a data analyst, and understand the value of business context.
  • Data Scientist, ML Engineer: Spend most of their time working in R, Python and SQL. Used to cleaning their own data, competent in software engineering best practices and prefers to operate independently because data engineering teams and workflows usually slow them down. Will immensely benefit from access to well modeled data they can reuse in their work and an easy (CLI) interface to do this without messing up their Python environment
  • Managers (Data Team Manager, Head of Data, Head of Analytics, etc.): They have likely been through the trenches of poor data team practices. Maybe they have come up through a data engineering background. Attracted to reducing administrative effort and enabling analysts.
  • Decision Makers: CIOs, CTOs, CPOs, thought-leaders, C-suite professionals thinking about business outcomes. This person is ultimately on the hook for the success and failures of tech adoption. Has led data teams, and is vocal about new ways of work.

What type of session can I submit?

We are open to a number of different formats for sessions. Show us something new! Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Anchor talks: Forward-looking talks establishing an underlying theme, delivering a core message that is part of setting the Coalesce tone
  • Community talks: Talks focused on how to solve a business problem with analytics engineering
  • Panels: Conversations diving into a relevant data topic led by a variety of community voices/perspectives
  • Workshops: Technical deep dive of tools and techniques
  • Other: We're open to your format ideas, too!

What makes for a good proposal?

First and foremost, have a specific problem or closely related set of problems in mind. You should investigate or even propose a solution to these problems in a way that delivers value to the audience. You should be able to tell us about a problem, propose a solution or new way of viewing the problem, and then explain concretely how you will argue for your ideas.

Everything from a deeply technical session on custom snapshots to one about building a diverse data team is welcome at Coalesce.

Generally speaking, successful proposals come from folks who have already come up with a problem and a solution, with a narrative roadmap from start to finish. That said, be empowered to get creative with your narrative format. How you choose to tell the story is up to you!

The talk proposal you submit should demonstrate ample forethought. The more concrete you can be, the more chance your talk will make an impression on us (and audiences at Coalesce!). Don't get hung up on needing to be a superstar—we'll work with you on delivery.

How will you select proposals?

We'll review each proposal based on the strength of the proposal and topic fit for Coalesce. Once we've decided on topics, we work them into an agenda, considering:

  • what timezone the speaker is based in, and whether we can fit them in on the day that best matches that timezone
  • the method the speaker will deliver their talk - virtually or in-person
  • content that's relevant to different attendees, and a variety of formats according to the day's topic focus(es)
  • whether lead talks will take place during a time of day that reaches the most attendees
  • we don't choose topics that are repetitive
  • whether we are missing out on an important topic area

We will review every proposal thoroughly taking these factors into consideration, and you can expect to hear back from us in late June.

Will I get feedback on my proposal if my proposal is not selected?

Last year, we had over 125 proposals, and we expect even more this year. As a result, we are unable to provide individual feedback on proposals.

I've never spoken at a conference before, can I apply for Coalesce?

Yes, we welcome and encourage first-time speakers! You may notice that our application process doesn't ask for any information about previous speaking experience, as we don't want to filter first-time speakers out of the process. If selected, we'll work with you to make sure your talk is the best it can be.

My team is not using dbt — am I still eligible to submit a proposal?

Yes! We're looking for talks that are relevant to members of the dbt Community — in most cases, these talks will come from teams that are using dbt. However, if you're familiar with the modern data stack, you'll likely have things to say that are relevant to the community. We've had a number of talks in these categories: how to write about your work, hiring, assessing offers, structuring data teams and more.

Other questions?

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