Call for Proposals

We’re looking for a wide range of topics related to human-centered software development. We’re aiming to have a balance of talks aimed at diverse levels of expertise.

All talks and speakers must adhere to the conference code of conduct. Submissions are evaluated anonymously in the first phase (in other words we don’t don’t see the speaker details) by a small team of volunteers. Talks with the highest ratings move onto a second round of evaluation where the programme committee evaluates them for programme fit, content, relevant experience, etc. We aim to have a well balanced and diverse talk line-up.

Talks are expected to be 30 minutes long, not including a short Q&A section after the talk. The questions in the Q&A section are screened and moderated.

Note: If your talk is selected, you should be prepared to travel to Helsinki in October to give the talk in-person.

All talks will be recorded and published.

Talks we’d like to see

  • How to recognise the harms of the software we’re developing?
  • The impact of cross-team collaboration to better tools and processes
  • Inequality of treating users as edge cases
  • Prioritising development with values over metrics
  • How to develop sustainable web services?
  • How to enable development team’s creativity to thrive?

Submit your talk on PaperCall

📆 The CFP has now closed and we are currently evaluating the talk proposals. We’ll be in touch with accepted speakers in mid-July.

Speaker Benefits

  • Free entry to OH!2023 (or a full refund if you previously purchased a ticket)
  • Travel and accommodation expenses covered up to a maximum of €500 per session. Expenses are primarily reimbursed against receipts after the event, however we can make other arrangements if this is not possible for you.
    • If ticket or sponsor sales exceed our expectations the amount of travel assistance may be increased.
    • If your employer or another company covers your accommodation and travel they can be listed as a travel sponsor on the conference website.

Note: for sessions with more than one speaker, the travel expenses budget is split among all speakers.