Provide sufficient detail in your submission to enable the reviewers to understand your proposal and clearly identify what an attendee will gain from attending your session. You should include the following information in the submission system:

Authors The details of each of the presenters
Title Title of the presentation (please keep it brief and specific)
Abstract In your abstract you should provide enough details for the reviewers to understand and assess your proposal so ensure that you include the following:

  • Content: Explain what the talk is about in plain English in 2 to 3 paragraphs;
  • Description: Explain in detail how your presentation will be structured, what methodology and technology you will introduce, what examples you will use, etc;
  • Combo: If your presentation combines a Talk with a Workshop , describe how the two components relate and how they will work together to achieve the desired learning outcome;
  • Learnings: Detail the learning objectives for attendees (what will they learn or take away from the talk?)
  • Experience / Background: Please provide a brief overview of your technical and speaking experience. Please provide a link to previous presentations, videos, papers or accolades;
  • Ancillary material: A description of any supporting material (if required), which you will provide before the conference and that we will distribute to all participants via the YOW! West website — this may be text in PDF format and/or code as a compressed file;
  • References: Is there generally available material that attendees may use after the presentation to deepen their understanding of the presented topic material? If so, please list that material.
Keywords List any keywords that will help the program committee and attendees categorise your presentation. Also indicate the functional programming languages that you will be targeting.
Session Format The type of presentation you are proposing:

  • Talk: Talks are a conventional conference presentation of 30 minutes including introductions and questions. They are conducted in a lecture format, providing a focused explanation on a single topic. Some talks are an introduction to a subsequent Workshop or Code Jam (see Combo below).
  • Workshop / Code Jam: 
    • Workshops take the audience through the technical details of a specific technology. They are smaller and more slowly paced than talks and leave plenty of room for questions and discussions. Workshops should provide the attendees with sufficient detail and references to get started on a new technology.
    • Code Jams are an opportunity for attendees to code using their favourite or a new FP language. Attendees will solve the Code Jam problem by writing code together, while being guided by the conductor of the Code Jam. The software requirements and expected background knowledge will be announced in the program, so that all participants can ensure that they are prepared to code right from the start.
    • Workshops or Code Jams are 120 minutes duration.
  • Combo (Talk + Workshop / Code Jam):Many talks provide an introduction to a topic that is covered in more detail in a Workshop or Code Jam. In a Combo, the talk introduces general concepts of a technology and might serve as an introduction to get people interested in the subsequent workshop or code jam. The workshop or code jam provides the in-depth hands-on details needed to use a technology introduced in the talk in practice.
Audience Indicate the level / background of the audience your talk is aimed at. YOW typically is for intermediate or advanced level talks rather than novice level:

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

All submissions should assume that the audience has as understanding of functional programming. Attendees seeking an introduction to functional programming languages and techniques will have avenues to learn functional programming techniques prior to the conference.

The following are some of the topic areas we are looking for submissions on:

  • Core functional programming – the bread and butter of the functional programmer, but pushing the envelope a bit
  • Production functional programming – what cool things are being done with functional programming in production systems which offer lessons to others
  • Cutting edge / different functional programming – The bleeding edge of the field of functional programming as well as un-thought of usages of functional programming languages and techniques

Nothing upsets an audience more than a speaker that stands on stage blatantly promoting his or her company, product or achievements. Please keep the content of your talk on-topic and do not use this speaking opportunity as a sales pitch.

Depending on the number of submissions or the content of your submission, the program committee may ask if you would be prepared to accept a different session length.


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