JavaScript and Friends Conference

Location: Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Pl, Columbus, OH 43240

Date created: Mar 5, 2020


The JavaScript and Friends Conference (JS&Friends) is a not-for-profit conference, organized by a team of volunteers. We are all active or aspiring software professionals, and we are excited to bring together a diverse group of JavaScript enthusiasts and friends to learn and network.

With this conference, we want to contribute to the cultivation of a welcoming, inclusive, and dynamic tech scene throughout the Midwestern United States, and beyond! Thank you for your interest in submitting a session/workshop for JavaScript and Friends Conference - 2020 (JS&Friends)!
Important Info! All submissions and applicants are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct.
Please read the Code of Conduct from our website.Please read this Call for Proposals thoroughly. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have questions!
Who Should Apply You! We welcome speakers of all experience levels and backgrounds. Your technical AND non-technical experience is valuable to the community! As a speaker you can submit maximum 4 Proposals.
Format We have two options available for speakers to submit proposals for: Workshops (Day 1): 4 hr duration in length, focused on hands on instruction in a classroom style setting.Sessions (Day 2): 50 minutes in length, standard presentation formatThemes and Levels of Expertise  We are looking for talks at all experience levels.
Technical Skills: Your talk doesn’t have to relate to JavaScript, but it’s more likely to be accepted if it does. That said, use your imagination! We are a diverse group with diverse interests!  Professional/Human Skills: Sometimes called “soft skills,” these talks don’t need to be related to JavaScript at all. We look to these talks to help us become better communicators, contributors, mentors, and general humans.  Rather than specifying themes, we’d like to share what we hope your talk would do for the audience. Your talk could:  
Help solve a common challenge or sharpen our skills Alert us to new or neglected challenges
Present us with new, important information
Make our daily lives easier
Help us achieve better work/life balance
Encourage or guide new developers
Show experienced professionals how to lift up new and aspiring developers
Demonstrate something unique or entertaining
Speaker Selection ProcessRead through this Call for Proposals (reach out if you need help or have questions!) (required).Submit a completed application by Call for Proposals end date (required).If you will need financial assistance, reach out to our CFP team before proposal end date. While we cannot guarantee any level of assistance, we will do all that we can based upon available sponsorship and ticket dollars.Our review team will go through the abstracts in anonymous mode. Speaker details will be hidden to our review team during the process.We will announce first round of speakers by 04/27/2020 and final round of speakers by 05/04/2020.See you at the conference on 08/13/2020 - 08/14/2020!

Speaker Perks & Accommodations  Speakers will receive a free admission to JS&Friends Conference and Workshops (both days).
If you have any special needs or circumstances we should know about, please contact us as early as possible, but no later than Call for Proposals end date! A special need might include (but certainly isn’t limited to) an extra ticket for a spouse or caregiver, wheelchair access, reserved seating, ramps, etc. Please contact us at  
Financial Assistance  In order to keep admission prices as low as possible for our second year, we strongly encourage speakers to ask for travel assistance from employers. However, we acknowledge that this often results in a far less diverse group of speakers.
If you will be unable to travel to and attend JS&Friends Conf without financial assistance, please contact Though we cannot provide any assurance at this time, our team will try to do the best as we near the conference dates.
If you or your company would like to sponsor a speaker’s travel, we have a sponsorship level for that! Contact for more info!  
New Speakers!  Welcome to speaking! If you are looking for some written guidance, CodeMash offers excellent advice in their Call for Speakers. We specifically recommend the section entitled “How to write a good submission.”
If you would like a human mentor, we can help connect you with a mentor. Please let us know at

Date conference starts: Thu Aug 13, 2020

Date conference ends: Thu Aug 13, 2020

Date CFP opens: Mar 4, 2020

Date CFP closes: Apr 10, 2020