AgileAus reaches 15th year supported by volunteers
There are three months to go until AgileAus23 happens in Sydney! And as we reveal the speakers chosen to tell their stories on the AgileAus stage this year, it is a good time to reflect on the journey so far.
In February we kicked off brainstorming with face-to-face sessions in Sydney and Melbourne and started the process of assembling the program chairs and reviewers; confirming the conference theme and wishlist topics; and inviting keynotes and invited speakers. Submissions were open for a two-week window in the second half of March 2023, and 236 submissions were received. Reviewers gave feedback so submitters could iterate and improve their submissions before reviewing commenced in earnest in April and then chairs led their stream’s shortlisting meeting. Then, in late April, a small group met face-to-face in Sydney to whittle down the shortlists of each stream to produce the final shortlist – resulting in 30 submitters being notified that they had been selected to participate in AgileAus23! With submissions of such a high quality this year, this was by no means an easy (or enviable!) task for those selecting – and quite a coup for those selected. Congratulations to them all!
As speakers prepare to speak at the 15th annual Agile Australia conference, volunteers again are stepping up to be “program guides” where they are paired up with a speaker to be a sounding board in the lead-up to the conference. Program guides are also attending the speaker bootcamps being held in Sydney, Melbourne and online to help speakers refine their messages and attendee takeaways, and for them to feel confident in their delivery.
Speaker bootcamp in Sydney