Interested in speaking at BarCamp Nashville 2013? Here’s what you need to know.

Attend SpeakerUp

SpeakerUp is typically held a couple of days prior to the official opening of submitting session topics. It’s a laid-back event where you can get your questions about speaking at BarCamp Nashville answered by a panel of people who have done it before. Attending SpeakerUp is not a requirement to submit a session, but it is helpful for first-timers!

SpeakerUp for BCN13 was held on October 7. Check out a full replay of the event, complete with presentation and speaking tips.

Submit a Session

Once the announcement is made that session creation is open, go ahead and submit your session topic. You’ll need to have a title, a short description of what your session will entail, the session format (case study, hands-on, in-depth, introductory, panel/discussion) as well as a session category. You’ll also want to create a custom hashtag for your proposed session.

Each session will be 35 minutes in length. Please be sure to allow some of that time for Q&A at the end of your presentation.

Please note: Each user may only submit one session proposal. If a user wishes to submit both an individual session and a session in which he/she plans on being a part of a panel, another member of the panel should submit the session proposal to avoid confusion.

SESSION CREATION IS NOW CLOSED. Good luck to our hopeful speakers!

Session Voting

A change for BarCamp Nashville in 2013 is the selection of sessions by the event’s attendees. On the day of the event, Nov. 2, there will be an opening vote for morning sessions and a lunch vote for afternoon sessions.

As a potential speaker, you’ll be able to choose whether you want to be on the “ballot” for the morning or for the afternoon, or for both. You’ll make this distinction during the submission process. The sessions with the most votes in each voting period will be placed on the schedule for the day.