So, I've been asked to come and present Mailpile at a privacy/blockchain-themed conference.

Pros: I like going to cons now and then. I like presenting my work. Since current work is funded by the Bitcoin lottery, we're quite on-topic. Interesting location.

Cons: Takes time, money. All male speaker list. Blockchain community is notoriously toxic, not sure I want to be affiliated with it TBH.

Maybe I should set aside my prejudice and just check it out? Or is that just enabling?

@HerraBRE any opportunity to practice and engage with audiences outside your usual comfort zone is beneficial. It forces us to think and describe things differently which can have a personal/project benefit before you even start, it also helps your project/company's visibility. BUT if you've decided it's going to be wank before you start, it's probably going to be wank. If something is notorious, you should check it with your own eyes. The all male things is fucking shit though!!!!

@HerraBRE what i's say about 'all male' line ups it's incredibly hard to know if that is a result of misogyny or if women didn't want to talk. I can think of twice before in my life that conference managed by equally male/female split have had all male line up. It's unfair to make anyone speak as a requirement to support their gender. Yet i guess if you don't do anything to support a gender split in lines ups, it won't happen either. Maybe you could ask the female attendees why they didn't speak

@finux Yes, finding women who are willing to speak is more work.

But, I also think it is important work and I prefer to speak at and support events which agree with me on that.

I have met a whole bunch of interesting women in the digital privacy sector, who speak regularly. If they couldn't even find one then either they didn't try very hard or they failed to convince the women that it would be a pleasant experience for them.

Neither is a good sign.

@HerraBRE @finux When I used to speak at events (this was several years ago) much of it has been through invitations by the organizers (and the nature of the events don't involve CFPs). So you have to have to be known (by your project/work) in the first place to be invited. So it's a mixture of the two - making the effort to cast the net, and making the effort to be more known.

But yes, there is also time + money to go and speak at these events (and time + money to attend!).


@superruserr @HerraBRE tried to tag you in this, but i'm shit apparently at mastodon

Sorry, was agreeing though :D

@finux @HerraBRE i have a goal to speak at an event by the end of this year - could be a meetup, online only event, free event etc. just to do with timing after moving a lot / changing industries / roles.

already keeping track of cons that i'm interested in.

also sent a link to an event in vienna coming soon to a colleague although i won't be in the region during that time.

there may be one in the middle of this year that suits what i do.

i think online people use hashtags like #cfp to track

@superruserr @HerraBRE so i see you're based in Berlin and have interests in infosec/network etc. Have you considered BerlinSides? It's a BSides like conference, and it's CFP is now open

@HerraBRE @superruserr also there is a website here that tracks CFPs for info hacking/infosec/tech conferences too

@superruserr @HerraBRE and if you get this today (10th) and fancy a trip to Ljubljana (which is very beautiful imho) then BSidesLjubljana CFP closes today. I've spoken there twice before and i've genuinely been impressed with the conference all-in-all.

and i'll stop bombarding with toots now ;)

Sign in to participate in the conversation

Server run by the main developers of the project 🐘 It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!