SwanseaCon 2018 - Call for speakers is now open


SwanseaCon 2018 - Call for speakers is now open.

The call for speakers for the forth year of SwanseaCon is now open and will close on Friday 16th February 2018!

SwanseaCon is an agile development and software craftsmanship conference which is taking place on Monday September 10th 2018, at the Village Hotel, in Swansea, South Wales(UK).

Whether you have never spoken at a conference, a relatively new speaker or spoken at many events - we want to hear from you!


We’re really pleased to announce that this years opening keynote will be by the fantastic Hadi Hariri (JetBrains), we will be announcing the closing keynote speaker very soon! We already have some speakers lined up including David Stokes (Oracle), Sander Hoogendoorn (DITISAGILE.NL), Kim Van Wilgen (ANVA), and Mashooq Badar (Codurance) - but we have lots more space and so we’re putting out a call for speakers.


We’re happy for you to stand up and present a talk about your experiences or something you’ve done, but we also strongly encourage interactive sessions that generate conversation with the audience, group discussion, or hands-on experiences.

One of the themes of the conference is agile development. If you work or have worked as part of an agile team to deliver software we’d love to hear from you. The other theme is software craftsmanship, it’s about well-crafted software, adding value to the software that you help to develop and deliver.

Whilst we ask for talk submissions around agile development and software craftsmanship, below are just some of the talk titles that were submitted, accepted and run at previous SwanseaCon events.

SwanseaCon 2015 Sessions
  • What Is Continuous Inspection, Anyway?
  • Managing global teams : Lessons learned
  • Level Up Your Tests
  • Taking back BDD
  • Use your type system; write less code
  • Scala in GOV.UK Digital Services
  • Spreadsheets are Code
  • How to use Theory of Constraints to scale big agile development teams?
  • Software architecture vs code
  • It doesn’t work that way in enterprise
  • The differences between US and European startups from a technical leadership point-of-view.
  • Lean UX and Agile development taking the Public sector to new levels
  • Exploring alternatives to software estimation with #NoEstimates
  • Refactoring mount doom: the story of a story
  • Common mistakes in TDD – can you guess?
  • Bringing Agile Concepts to Operations
  • Legacy Code is Fear
  • Designing and building a micro-services architecture. Stairway to heaven or a highway to hell?
SwanseaCon 2016
  • Let’s Do Kano Analysis of SwanseaCon
  • It doesn’t always have to be Scrum
  • Introducing Eager Design
  • A Toolset for Creating a Potentially Releasable Product Increment
  • Seven ineffective coding habits many F# programmers don’t have
  • Education for Engineers
  • From Scrum to Flow using Actionable Agile Metrics
  • How deep are your tests?
  • Tech Communities as Fandoms
  • How and Why to Love Cucumber
  • User-Story Point estimation: a new approach
  • Scaling MySQL
  • Software Craftsmanship vs Lean Product
  • An Insider’s View Of Agile In The Public Sector
  • KISS me quick; The battle against complexity
  • Organisational Wide Agility
  • Migration - from ‘Jurassic Park’ to MicroServices
  • SonarQube to manage our technical debt and increase value
  • Teal Organisations: A Living Example
  • Skills For Crafts
  • Why so serious?
SwanseaCon 2017 Sessions
  • Pair-Programming From a Beginner’s Perspective
  • Harnessing Culture for Great Agile Relationships
  • Building a REPL for Phunkie, with Phunkie
  • The Future is Serverless
  • Scaling Continuous Delivery is not black magic
  • Serverless with Azure Functions - the rebel service
  • Scale @ Netflix
  • The Domain-Driven Coding Architect
  • Agile life lessons - looking beyond the processes
  • Acceptance Testing on Mobile
  • 10 things you need to know about BDD, Cucumber and SpecFlow
  • Defining MVP with Scenarios
  • Unit Tests: Let’s get skeptical
  • ‘I am Groot’ - Learning Agile Testing
  • Building Empowered Teams at Scale
  • Developing an agile mindset: leading teams to think beyond the tools, techniques and process.
  • Turning Development Outside–In
  • The trouble with culture
  • Making Agile safe again: resisting the Borg
  • Test Driven Deployment
  • Branching strategies: choose wisely to minimise costs
  • Limiting WIP in the kitchen sink (aka ‘shamelessly capitalising upon an argument with my wife…’)
  • Live coding a chatbot in less than 15 minutes
  • Travel guide to continuous delivery
  • Motivation for You, your Craft, your Team and your Org

If you do have a talk that’s a bit different, please do not be put off - submit it or get in touch (hello@swanseacon.co.uk) and we can discuss it with you if you’d like?


Some of our previous attendees have held the following positions:

  • Developer
  • Tester
  • Professor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Apprentice
  • Trainer
  • Delivery Director
  • Software Architect
  • Business Analyst
  • Scrum Master
  • Director of Digital Services
  • Blogger
  • Product Owner

Ready to submit?

We would love you to submit! Please head over to the call for speakers page and we will be in touch soon.

For more advice or information

We hope the above provides enough information about SwanseaCon and the types of sessions we are looking for.

If your stuck or have any questions please get in touch. We’re happy to provide further advice if you need more help before submitting your session.

Email: hello@swanseacon.co.uk Twitter: twitter.com/SwanseaCon

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Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.