Pittsburgh, PA, United States of America
10:00 AM till 02:00 AM January 18th 2020Book your free ticket
Pittsburgh Code & Supply Co.
5648 Friendship Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Global Diversity CFP* Day is an international event designed to help underrepresented folks in tech get on stage at events. This year we're bringing the event to Pittsburgh!
Ever wanted to speak in public but not sure how to get started? Ever wished that tech events were more diverse and think you should be a part of it? Then this event is for you!
Speaking at conferences, meetups, and other events can boost your career, inspire innovation in your company, and even spur your entire field forward. It’s also a great way to deepen your expertise, gain confidence, and help new engineers or designers grow. But it’s scary to hit send on that first proposal—especially when you’re not used to seeing people like you on stage.
- an overview of the logistics and mechanics of choosing your topic
- crafting a proposal
- describing yourself and writing a bio
- giving a dynamic talk
- some current conference CFPs that are open
There will be break out sessions to work on your own materials and gather feedback from peers and mentors. We'll end the day with a group discussion of key topics and some casual networking.
We'll have experienced mentors on hand to answer questions, provide personalized feedback, and help all feel welcome.
We value the diversity and inclusion of underrepresented and marginalized people in tech. Before signing up, please take a moment to read the event's Code of Conduct as well as Code & Supply's Code of Conduct.
* CFP is call for proposals, a request from an event or conference to ask speakers to propose their talks.
Reason for being involved in workshop: I have attended GDCFP days in LA and NYC, and it is by far one of my favorite events. I love to share my experience and encourage new speakers, and each year have left GDCFP day inspired to continue growing my own speaking career, too. I am excited to be part of a workshop in my home city of Pittsburgh!
About Lara: Lara Schenck is fascinated by the profound, yet subtle, overlap between programming, computer science fundamentals, and HTML/CSS. She spreads her enthusiasm for this topic at her day job as a Design Engineer for Penske Media Corporation, where she leads the design systems effort for big media publications powered by WordPress, and through speaking and community involvement. Lara writes about her work and life on her blog (https://notlaura.com/blog/), illustrates friendly monsters (https://notlaura.com/monsters), and inspires all of us who work with the web to seek a deeper understanding of the code we write and the tools we use.
Reason for being involved in workshop: I've been a tech conference public speaker for 5 years and I love it, and after years of helping other speakers in other communities out with their first CFPs, I wanted to work on Global Diversity CFP Day as soon as I had heard about it. I wasn't able to run an event last year and so I'm excited to run one this year!
About Sarah: Sarah Withee is a polyglot software engineer, public speaker, and hardware/robot tinkerer in Pittsburgh, PA. She's had a passion for tech since writing her 1st program in 1st grade. She captivates audiences with her popular technical and anecdotal talks. She teaches programming and hardware workshops to students of all ages. She's also mentored youth robotics teams to championships, organized 5 conferences, been on a Google Year in Search video, and started the viral hashtag #SpeakerConfessions.
Getting to the venue
Is there a public transportation stop near the venue? Yes
Are public transportation stops accessible to people using mobility devices? No
Are public transportation stops accessible to people using service animals? No
Are public transportation stops accessible to people who are sight impaired? No
Is the area around the venue safe and well-lit? Yes
There are some potholes on the streets near the location. Both the front and back entrances are lit by street lighting.
How close is parking to the venue?
There is a parking lot behind the building and parking along the streets around the building.
Are there costs associated with parking?
Street parking may have a cost. Check for parking meter kiosks or use the Go Mobile PGH app.
Is the parking lot well-lit? Yes
Is the parking lot gated? No
Is the parking lot guarded? No
Accessing the venue
Is there any building security? Yes
What is the process for entering?
The building has secure doors which we will have unlocked during the duration of the event. We have security cameras as well as people by the doors guiding people in.
Are there steps going into the building or space?
Yes. It is on the third floor, but there is an elevator inside the back door (off of the parking lot) and stairs inside the front door (off of the street).
Are there ramps or elevators?
Yes, both in the back door off of the parking lot
Are elevator buttons of an appropriate height for wheelchair users to reach?
Is there affordable childcare at or near the venue?
Is there a quiet room? Yes
We have multiple call rooms and meeting rooms that someone can go to if need be.
Is there a nursing room for parents with a newborn? Yes
We have two restrooms but also a private call room.
Is the venue safe for small children? Yes
Is the space easily navigable for people using mobility devices or service animals? Yes
Do chairs in the venue have arms? Yes
Some do and some don't. People can be accomodated either way.
Are food and (non-alcoholic) drinks allowed in the space? Yes
How many bathrooms (both single and multiple occupancy) are available?
How many wheelchair accessible stalls are there?
How many gender-neutral bathrooms are available?