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Port80 2014 – Call for Speakers

Posted on: October 1st, 2013 by joel

Hi everyone,

Port80 will be coming back for it’s 3rd event in 2014 so please set your phasers to stun for Friday, the 16th of May 2014. As usual the event will be in Newport, South Wales; easily accessible via road & rail for miles around.

The cherub has got some likely candidates on his/her radar for speakers for next year but all slots are certainly not taken.

Before I give a rough run through of the topics I’m looking to cover in 2014, I just want to go over some of the overarching aims of Port80; maybe this will help guide you as to whether you’d like to speak or not, or to help guide you with some suggestions for speakers (all very much appreciated).

The Spirit of Port80

My aim for Port80 is for it to offer practical advice to the people who build (or are involved with the process of building websites). I like people to have good take-aways which can help them going forward. That’s not to say I don’t like having higher level or more inspirational talks; totally welcome – I just like the balance towards stuff which can be immediately useful.

The typical speakers I’m after have a strong practical grounding in what they do and maybe haven’t even spoken before (or are not regulars on the speaking circuit).

Oh, and in my (limited) experience, the females amongst you are slightly more backwards in coming forwards to speak; please don’t be shy – irrespective of your background. And hey, don’t not speak because you feel that someone out there knows more than you – someone always knows more than you! However, you own your unique perspective? You own that – please feel free to share.

Topics, Schmopics

Let’s move on to the general areas I’d like covered; I’d appreciate if you took a look at this as these are the topics I’m really looking to address.

Content Strategy / Copy Writing

What practical advice can be given to people on the front line of website build and design to help them help clients create better content?


Always interested in how we make the web more open to everybody; does RWD have a11y implications? If so, tell us.

How you work?

There’s no set pattern to how websites are built. If you have insights on your process which could be helpful to others, please share.

CSS, HTML5 etc

Defo interested in any new developments and how they can be applied; don’t be afraid of live coding – show and tell!

The Serverside & Performance

What’s happening in the world of PHP, RUBY, Javascript etc? The Port80 audience contains a mix of people so don’t be afraid to be technical yet, at the same time,  you just need to (try*) put that into context which more folks will understand.

(*not everyone gets every talk at a conference, that’s cool).

Running a business, freelancing etc

I worry a bit that the practicalities of running a business/freelancing and all those other things which go into what we do, get forgotten. That’s one reason why I set up The Business of Web Design (heck, there may be a conference there as well!). So, if you have some insights or angles which can help everyone else; then cool.


Most of us have a handle on what responsive is now so if you’re going to talk about this you probably want to deal with cutting edge issues or solutions etc.


This one is for me! I’m bowled over by the Raspberry Pi, Arduino etc. I’m really interested in iBeacon and Bluetooth LE – there are some damn funky applications in the offing there!

Any other business?

Or, of course, anything else you’d like to speak about – you’re allowed to go off piste 🙂

Don’t be shy!

Please put your hand up if you’re interested. If not, please have a good think about who you’d like to talk – and they may well not be on the typical speakers circuit.

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