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Talk Proposals.

Initial public submissions are closed

Want to throw your hat in the ring for a late submission? Please do fill it out, we're reviewing submissions on a rolling basis as we fill the agenda. Or get a start on next year's invited speakers!

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Accepting applications until January 31st

The Causal Islands programming committee welcomes you to submit proposals for talks and presentation concepts exploring the future of computing in its many shapes and forms. Is there a notion for a distributed system, storage engine, programming language, or user interface that was proposed back in the ‘70s, ‘80s, or ‘90s but hasn’t been developed yet? Do you want to share your own work or research that revolutionizes the way we interact with data, computers, the climate, medicine, and/or each other? Have there been themes and ideas around computing that have been sorely overlooked that you’d like to share with us? We want to hear from you.

The only requirements we ask of your talk are to be:

  • tangentially computing-related!
  • be about something you view as unique and/or inspiring, and/or magical!

We would especially like to hear from you if:

  • you’ve never spoken at a tech conference before.
  • you've found that people like you are underrepresented at programming conferences. We're committed to making Causal Islands a great experience for you! See our Code of Conduct.
  • you’ve found the topics you’re interested in with regard to programming and computing haven’t fit in with topics at other tech conferences.

All talks should be between 30-40 minutes long, but we are amenable to alternatives depending on the idea(s).

Process and Timeline

  • Dec 21, 2022: Call for Talk Proposals Opens.
  • Jan 31, 2023: Call for Talk Proposals Submission Deadline
  • Feb 24th: Final talk title and abstract deadline for accepted speakers.
  • TBD: Deadline for speakers to confirm their participation in the event.
  • April 25–27, 2023: Causal Islands Conference

Speaker Honorarium and Travel/Lodging

Presenting material and/or a topic is hard work. Causal Islands will cover flight travel, a four-night hotel stay, and provide an honorarium of $300USD to all speakers with accepted submissions.


Causal Islands is committed to being a conference available and welcoming to everyone. Causal Islands is for anyone interested in exploring, learning, and forming connections about and through the future of computing while doing so in a fun, engaging and respectful environment. Your talk will be captioned live by a professional stenographer. If you need any other assistance with your presentation, please don’t hesitate to contact us to help make your speaking arrangement as comfortable as possible.