10 tips for writing a successful submission

A major goal of droidcon Berlin is to be inclusive to the largest number of submitters, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible. Yet, many people would like to share their knowledge at droidcon, but don't feel comfortable handing in a paper. In order to encourage those people, we've prepared some tips on how to effectively submit.

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If you are working on exciting topics and projects with a special focus on architecture, design, IoT, game development or anything else related to Android – droidcon Berlin is open for your ideas. Anyone no matter if experienced or new to the stage is welcome to propose a session. The most exciting topics will complete the program:

  • first of all: all presentations must be non-commercial. Product-related submissions will be sorted out.
  • have in mind that the first thing people see is the title of your talk. If you want to draw the reader's attention then you should come up with a catchy but also solid (and short) title.
  • know your audience and what the topics of the conference are. Include keywords that attract the right people and that are in line with the main subjects of the conference.
  • avoid beginning your session description with the phrase, “In this talk I'll…”, or “In this talk you'll learn…”. Instead use an introductory phrase that connects directly with the paper’s title. A rhetorical question, or an interesting industry data point is also a good way to start your session abstract.
  • be thorough and provide enough information for the committee to be able to judge your entry. But don't be too detailed and/or complicated. Keep your abstract short and concise.
  • tell us one "story" that is part of the larger picture, so the readers know in which direction you'll be heading.
  • pick a topic that excites you and that you care about: your enthusiasm will also inspire the audience.
  • choose a relevant and original subject. Participants want to see new presentations on innovative applications, actual use cases and best practices.
  • ask your colleagues if the topic sounds like something they'd want to see at a conference.
  • A good guideline for abstracts is:

    Paragraph 1: What is the problem and why should people care?
    Paragraph 2: What is your approach and your result?
    Paragraph 3: Conclusions, and why people should listen to you.

Why all this effort?

  • a well written proposal serves as your free entry to droidcon Berlin 2016.
  • after your talk you'll have a professionally recorded video of your presentation.
  • it also opens up doors for making your work visible and for establishing connections with other committers in your field of interest.
  • by writing an abstract you'll think about your work in different ways and angles.

We can't wait to see your proposals!


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