How do I write a good talk proposal for a FOSS programming conference?

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Published on 2011-02-28T12:13:43Z Indexed on 2011/02/28 15:33 UTC
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I'm hoping to give a talk at RubyKaigi this year, and I'd like to know what makes a good talk proposal.

RubyKaigi is a conference run by Ruby enthusiasts (as opposed to it being a trade conference, or an academic conference). The proposal form can be seen here.

So far, my draft proposal about a program I'm working on mentions:

  1. What the program is useful for and why it is relevant.
  2. How it works.
  3. What topics it touches upon (such as metaprogramming and testing)

Is there anything that I should mention in my proposal?

Also, how thorough should I be in my "Details of your talk" section? Should I be exhaustive, or only have a couple of short paragraphs?

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