Speakers Program

What is the program about?

The goal of the F# Software Foundation speakers program is to:

  • Help local communities find speakers willing to present F# content in their meetup or user group.
  • Help discover and encourage new speakers, and give them an opportunity to present F# related content.


How does it work?

  • Any F# Software Foundation members willing to give F# presentations or lead F# workshops/hackathons can be added to the speakers list.
  • Local groups interested in an F# focused presentation contact us via speakers@fsharp.org.
  • The F# Software Foundation helps make the connection between potential speakers and the group. Alternatively, members and speakers can contact each other directly through the F# Software Foundation #speakers channel on Slack.
  • The speaker and the group arrange the logistics of the F# event.
  • The speaker can request travel assistance from the F# Software Foundation.
  • Once the event has taken place, the F# Software Foundation collects feedback from speaker and host; that information will stay private, unless explicit agreement has been given that it can be shared.
  • The speaker receives travel assistance if requested and approved.

Requesting a speaker

 Send us an email at speakers@fsharp.org, with the following information:

  • What speaker(s) or topic(s) are you interested in?
  • Where is the group located?
  • Group website, if any.
  • What dates would work for the group?
  • Any additional information you think useful (group size, F# maturity, why this speaker or topic, ...).

Note: We cannot guarantee that we will be able to arrange exactly what you want. Speakers are volunteers who give their own time to the community.

You can also simply reach out on the F# Software Foundation Slack, in the #speakers channel.

Getting listed as a speaker

Send us an email at speakers@fsharp.org, or a pull request on GitHub, with the following information:

  • Your name
  • An email address where we can reach you
  • Your F# Software Foundation username (Instructions)
  • Your base location, and its latitude and longitude (Instructions)
  • How far you are willing to travel, in plain text ("Norway and Sweden"), and optionally in kilometers from base location,
  • A short biography
  • Optional: your Twitter handle, which will be used to provide a profile picture.
  • Optional: 1 to 5 talk titles.
  • Optional: 1 to 5 tags ("Type-Providers, Introduction").

Travel cost assistance

Giving presentations is hard work, and speakers freely volunteer to give their time to the Community. The F# Software Foundation believes it is important to encourage speakers and help local communities find speakers. We offer some financial assistance for speakers travelling to present F# content; we are aware that this is only a small contribution in comparison to the efforts and costs involved, but every bit helps, and we want to play our part in showing appreciation.

  • Speaker receives $50 for out-of-town travel within the country or state, and $100 for out-of-state or country travel
  • Only F# Software Foundation members are eligible for assistance
  • Payment is made once the event has taken place and feedback has been collected from speaker and host
  • Event has to be free and open to the public, with a publicly visible web address
  • Assistance is limited to once per quarter, per speaker
  • Assistance is limited to once per quarter, per community
  • F# Software Foundation Board Members and Executive Officers are not eligible for financial assistance

Special arrangements and exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis to accommodate situations that require them. Please contact speakers@fsharp.org with any questions.

Note: Due to budget constraints, we cannot promise that we will be able to support every event. The earlier in advance we are contacted, the easier it will be able for us to help. All travel cost assistance is awarded at the discretion of the F# Software Foundation, and may be denied for any reason.

How to make this program better

Do you have suggestions or ideas to make this program better? We would love to hear them! Contact us at speakers@fsharp.org or on the F# Software Foundation Slack #speakers channel.

This section of fsharp.org is entirely community driven.

All content is curated by the F# Software Community, and does not constitute an endorsement by the F# Software Foundation.

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