Developer! Developer! Developer! (DDD) East Anglia is the newest event in the popular series of Developer Days events for the UK .NET Community that have run since May 2005. Although each DDD event has its own particular "flavour", they remain immensely popular and enjoyable, regularly attracting 200-300 attendees and often selling out within minutes.
DDD events were started on the following five principles, which we intend to adhere to in their spirit:
Sessions are submitted by members of the community and selected by attendees. Microsoft speakers are generally not permitted to speak at DDD events, but the exceptions to this rule are Microsoft employees who are active members of the UK .NET community. In short, these are sessions crafted by developers for developers, with no sales pitches allowed!
DDD events are unique in that the conference is made by its attendees. Sessions are submitted by members of the UK .NET developer community (i.e. you can submit a session if you want to), and are voted on by prospective attendees (i.e. you) before registration opens. The organisers of DDD events use the results of the voting to determine which sessions are most popular, and so which will make for the best event for attendees.
The results of voting are weighted to uphold the five principles of DDD events, so we will favour new and local speakers over established speakers or speakers from a more remote geographical location.
Session submissions usually opens a couple of months in advance of the DDD event. This allows us time to collate all the submissions, vote on the submissions, and create an agenda for the day from the results of the voting process.
Sessions at DDD events last for one hour.
DDD sessions are usually single-speaker talks on a specific subject, although some have featured multiple speakers. Technical sessions, particularly those featuring hardware elements (e.g. Raspberry Pi), work well when demos and code samples are included. That said, we also welcome sessions that are based around a new format not yet presented at a DDD event.
Some DDD events have run panel discussions and balloon debates. These are usually at the inception of the event organisers rather than through submissions.
No. One of the aims of DDD events is to grow the local speaker community, which means favouring new speakers as well as local speakers. DDD audiences are interested in hearing about what you've learned about the topic that you are speaking on; being introduced to a new topic, idea, or technology; or hearing about your experiences with a project you have been working on.