Speak at SwiftLeeds 2024

Each year, SwiftLeeds operates a Call for Papers (CfP), which allows you to submit your talk to present on the big stage.

No matter your experience, colour, race, or gender, we invite everyone to apply.

Submit your Talk

Once the Call for Papers opens, you have around four weeks to submit your talk to us.

Anonymous Review

Our team will anonymously review every talk submitted, providing us with a shortlist.

Receive Confirmation

You'll receive an email letting you know if you were successful for this year.

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We want to hear from you!

Many potential speakers, especially those from under-represented groups or those who have never spoken at a conference, may rule themselves out unnecessarily.

We want to hear from everybody in the Swift community and urge you to submit a proposal. Our team at SwiftLeeds review all talks anonymously.

All our speakers join us for the entire year. This means we offer full speaker training and any support you require throughout the process, from reviewing slides to helping with speaker nerves.

Are you ready?

Call for Papers Opens: Friday 1 March

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Any questions?
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It's a long list, but any talks surrounding the Swift language, the ecosystem (such as tooling, Swift Package Manager, Server-side Swift, or other non-Apple platforms), or any Apple operating system are all fair game. We also allow talks on design, architecture, working in software, indie development, testing, and more.

If in doubt, we would urge you to submit a proposal or discuss it with our team on Slack.

Absolutely. We welcome all speakers, whether it's their first time or their hundreth time. We provide optional speaker training for all successful applicants, and will work with you to answer any questions or concerns. We're here to help.

SwiftLeeds is known for allowing first-time speakers to be on stage and present a talk; many have then gone on to speak at many other conferences worldwide.

You do not need to pay to talk at SwiftLeeds; successful speakers will receive a ticket for both days at SwiftLeeds free of charge. We also pay for two days of accommodation and breakfast and lunch at the venue on both days.

As a community conference and a not-for-profit organisation, we do everything we can to keep ticket prices low and deliver the best conference experience.

Therefore, we always ask speakers if they can contribute to their travel or ask their employers if they want to sponsor the trip. Still, otherwise, we can and will do everything we can to cover travel up to £1,200 for international travellers, up to £500 for EU-based travellers and £200 for UK-based travellers.

Absolutely! We know that some people would like to attend SwiftLeeds regardless of whether their talk is accepted; therefore, we offer a FULL refund if your talk is accepted, no quibbles!

Yes! All talks at SwiftLeeds are recorded, and streamed live to remote attendees. Videos are uploaded to our YouTube channel after the event.

We also photograph every talk too, which are made available on our Flickr.

Absolutely. Let us know by emailing [email protected], and we'll work with you to ensure your needs are met throughout the process and at the venue. Contacting us with your needs will not impact the review of your talk.

In 2023 we had 149 talks submitted to our Call for Papers process from over 100 different speakers, and only 18 slots on the schedule. Choosing which talks to accept takes a lot of time, and is a huge challenge!

We utilise a tool called Sessionize for evaluation of speakers. Our team of volunteers each get randomly served three anonymous talks at a time and must rank them. At this stage we do not see who the speaker is, but only the title and description you provide.

This process is repeated 100s of times with many combinations of talks by each of our volunteers until a ranking is generated, at which point we find out who the speakers are.

With this ranking we work from the top and remove any duplicate talks, and additional talks from the same speaker. We'll then reach out to the top speakers to confirm their attendance, simply working down the list until we have the right number to fill our spots.

Absolutely! We review all talks anonymously and whether you were unsuccessful previously does not have any impact on your proposal this time.

SwiftLeeds receives a lot of talk submissions and we're constantly balancing the types of talks to ensure the best experience for everybody.

You might find it beneficial to ask a friend to review your proposal. We only see the title and description when reviewing, so it's important to give us all the facts and demonstrate why your talk would be perfect this year.

Absolutely! We have had speakers from across the globe. In 2023, we had speakers from Senegal, the US and more. Therefore, we are used to dealing with VISA applications to visit the UK.

This is no problem. You'll be given an invitation letter to upload for the UK VISA application, and we have had substantial success rates with this.

We have also called the UK embassy to help proceed with VISA applications. However, sometimes we do get the odd rejection, but we'll support you through the process.

As you can imagine, reviewing over 150 proposals is incredibly time-consuming, and we make sure that everyone is given a fair evaluation so that this process can take time.

However, after CfP closes (at the end of April), it's our mission to start the evaluation, and we'll usually begin letting speakers know in May & June.

This is based on how long it takes us, so if you've not heard anything, let us know, and we'll update you on where we are in the process.

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