Open Conference Expectations
This document lays out some baseline expectations between conference speakers and conference presenters. It was prepared by three experienced conference speakers -- one of whom has also organized conferences -- and influenced by many others. Its goal is to let speakers know what they might reasonably expect from a conference, in exchange for the hours we expect them to spend researching, preparing, and rehearsing, and the time they will spend away from home and family.
We believe that all speakers should reasonably expect these things, not just speakers who are known to draw large crowds, because no one is a rockstar but more people should have the chance to be one. We believe that conferences are better -- and, dare we say, more diverse -- when the people speaking are not just the people who can afford to get themselves there, either because their company paid or they foot the bill themselves.
These expectations should serve as *a starting point for discussion between sp