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Tips to Stand Out to Event Organisers and Get More Speaking Opportunities

Tips to Stand Out to Event Organisers and Get More Speaking Opportunities

How do we select speakers for Business of Software Conference?

Business of Software has gained a great reputation over the years as being one of the best software conferences in the world. As a result, we receive tens of approaches a week to speak at the event, despite only having 15 slots to fill over 3 days. Most of the speakers at BoS are previous and/or regular attendees. Many people who attend the conference would be keynoting at another event but we are lucky to be able to convene so many great people together under one roof to discuss the things that really matter in their businesses.

In the hope this helps your application to speak at any event, we’ve put together a list of things we look out for in potential BoS speakers. Related to this, we’ve also wrote up the 15 traits of the most brilliant conference speakers too.

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BoS USA 2016: Suspended M&Ms and Spaghetti Structures

BoS USA 2016: Suspended M&Ms and Spaghetti Structures

From our breakout session on Monday 12th September, we asked participants to suspend M&Ms from a structure made from materials including spaghetti, marshmallows, strawberry laces and other things they had at hand. Scores were calculated by multiplying the number of individually suspended M&Ms suspended at least 2 inches from the structure by the height of the lowest M&M off the ground. (Simpler than it sounds!).

Below are a few photographs of the mess that was made genius designs they came up with!

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BoS USA 2016: Why Agile Sucks

BoS USA 2016: Why Agile Sucks

From our breakout session on Monday 12th September, we asked participants:

“Why Agile Sucks?”

They have a minute to explain.

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Where’s Neil Davidson?

Where’s Neil Davidson?

“Where’s Neil Davidson?”

“Is Neil coming?”

The two most asked questions from regular attendees at BoS Conferences… Many of you will now that Neil set Business of Software Conference up when he was co-CEO of Redgate Software. He stepped back from the world of software a few years ago to study art history and latterly, fine art. A huge change in personal direction but one that he seems to have embraced with his customary zeal. He has just helped set up an artists’ co-operative, Lot5 Collective, specialising in emerging contemporary figurative artists.

He wrote a blog post that could be as applicable to software developers as artists. Enjoy.

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What’s the big deal about Net Promoter Score?

Industry overview

Business of Software Conference USA 2016 was awarded with a Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 88 by the attendees at the conference.

We’re thrilled because it means you love what we do – so thank you to everyone who contributed to result. But, you might still be scratching your head wondering what on earth this NPS score is about, and why it matters.

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BoS USA 2016: Breakout Workshop Paper Ring

BoS USA 2016: Breakout Workshop Paper Ring

From our breakout session on 12th September 2016. Attendees had a piece of paper and a pair of cheap scissors. The aim of the task was to cut the paper into an unbroken ring and get as many people as possible inside the ring without breaking it.

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