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Announcing Config Europe: a call for speakers

Azra Daniels
Azra Daniels, Community Marketing, Figma

On September 17, 2020, we’re coming together at Config Europe, a virtual conference created by and for the community. In that spirit, we’re shaping programming around your ideas, experiences, and best practices. Complete our call for speakers form by this Friday, 31 July to propose a talk, panel, lightning round, or workshop—first-time speakers welcome, and encouraged. You can also sign up to hear from us once registration to attend is open.

Earlier this year, we hosted our first user conference, Config, in San Francisco. Our goal was to create a physical manifestation of the community, an opportunity for us to share, learn, and connect in person.

The Figma team shared product updates and announcements, and speakers from all types of roles and companies covered everything from building a design system to open source’s impact on urban planning and infrastructure. While we were so grateful to spend time with the 1,200 of you who joined in person—and many more who followed along online—we also realized that the size and location didn’t make it available to everyone who wanted to attend.

So, we decided to take Config on the road, bringing the conference to cities around the globe with vibrant communities of Figma users. As the world changed week by week, we put our plans on pause. Knowing that so much of Config is about connecting with each other, we were hesitant to move Config online.

But as we thought more about how to bring it to life, it came down to the mission of Config—to amplify the voices of our community, creating a space for all of us to come together to learn and share.

At Config Europe, we’re excited to create that space, virtually. There are two ways to participate: submit a proposal to speak, or join as an attendee.

Submit a proposal to speak

In addition to mentoring opportunities, networking sessions, and social events, we’re building programming around what you all create. Just as we did with Config in San Francisco, we’re opening up the agenda to you.

Content

While you can submit an idea across any theme or format, we’re organizing the day into four main tracks:

  • Building and maintaining design systems: best practices for starting and scaling a design system—building components, refining a style guide, and getting your team on board.
  • Figma deep-dives: tips for speeding up your design workflow in Figma with time-saving features, like plugins, Auto Layout, components, and more.
  • Process, culture, and team-building: learnings about recruiting and hiring, building team culture, or defining processes and norms in our new remote working world.
  • Opening up design: guidance on how to make the design process more inclusive, accessible, and participatory for non-designers.

If you’re looking for inspiration, check out the Config talks from earlier this year.

What to expect

To participate as a speaker, submit your proposal by this Friday, July 31, and you’ll hear back from us by Tuesday, August 11. If your proposal is accepted, we’ll provide IT support and equipment, in addition to a team of product specialists and editors to help you bring your idea to life. If your submission isn’t selected for Config Europe, we’ll let you know if it’s a fit for other opportunities like livestreams and blog posts.

Join as an attendee

Config Europe is open and free to anyone, anywhere. On August 20, we’ll share an agenda and open registration. Sign up to hear from us when it’s live.

Check out the call for speakers page for all the information you need—an overview of the event, FAQs, and a form to submit your ideas. We can’t wait to hear from you.

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