Call for Papers

CampJS call for papers is now open! We are looking for both talks and workshops! This year, CampJS runs from 10-13th August at Koonjewarre, QLD.

Submit a talk/workshop

Submissions close midnight 29th April 2018. You will hear back from us before 1st June.

The conference format

Out in the wilderness, CampJS is a very laid back atmosphere and is a great opportunity for first time speakers!

This time around we are having two main tracks:


Featured speakers (this is you!) with time scheduled for unstructured lightning talks

Workshops & non-tech activities

Longer-form learning opportunities for beginners or advanced campers.

Attendees will have the opportunity to choose between talks or workshops. Where possible we will align related talks and workshops so attendees can do both, and put speakers in touch with workshop organizers to collaborate when it makes sense.

🗣 Submit a talk

We’re open to a wide range of topics relating to Javascript, web development, technology and the industry as a whole.


All talks are in English.

Talk Duration

Under 30 minutes. Questions at the end if time permits

Successful talks in the past have included elements of:

  • The latest developments in the Javascript world
  • Introductions to new frameworks & ideas (ideally which campers can build on through the weekend)
  • New browser technologies and how they work
  • Making art with code (audio, video, games)
  • Your experiences getting stuff done
  • Server-side Javascript tech (NodeJS, serverless, the cloud)
  • Reflection on the state of the industry
  • How to improve yourself as a developer
  • Virtual & augmented reality
  • Hardware, robotics and Internet of Things
  • Infosec & keeping your apps safe
  • Anything else! This is your conference!

We want to hear from a range of voices, so if you’re on the fence as to whether your proposal is a good fit, please submit it anyway!

🏫 Submit a workshop

Workshops at CampJS are an opportunity for attendees to learn a skill and walk away having been taught or built something.

Ideally workshops plant a seed that will grow over the weekend. This might be teaching a skill, setting up a competition, or encouraging attendees to continue hacking on something on their own through the weekend.


Workshops are of variable length. In the past workshops have run from half an hour to the full day


This is fairly open. You get a room with space to present, and space for attendees to make/hack/create a thing of their own.

Some successful workshops in the past have involved:

  1. Kite making with JS hardware
  2. Wearable electronics
  3. Guided adventures for beginners using workshopper-adventure or similar
  4. Knitting and e-textiles (see Kris’s writeup)
  5. NodeBoats remote controlled boats (See the NodeBoats repo on GitHub)

If you are running a workshop you are welcome to have your company sponsor the materials and be listed on the sponsors page.

Workshops are a great way to get involved and teach a skill. If you’re on the fence as to whether your proposal is a good fit, please submit it anyway!

💸 What you get

CampJS is a volunteer run organisation which arrives to keep tickets as cheap as possible. We rely on our speakers volunteering as well.

However we have several options which hopefully suit your situation:

  • If your employer pays for your ticket and travel expenses, we will list them as a speaker sponsor.
  • If you’re paying your own way we can heavily discount your ticket
  • If you need financial assistance, we can cover your ticket and some of your travel costs.
  • Something else? Let us know in the CFP form

How talks are chosen

This year we will have fewer talks and have a commitment to improving diversity in our speakers.

To achieve this our process for chosing speakers and workshops is as follows:

  1. Submissions are received by the due date
  2. Submissions are anonymised
  3. Talks are reviewed, shortlisted, and voted on by our team of organisers based on the value added to the community (relevance, clarity, originality, whimsy)
  4. Submissions are de-anonymised and the final schedule is chosen
  5. Speakers are notified at this time (regardless of the outcome)

We’re very keen to help speakers out as part of this process. If you want feedback on your submission, please let us know and we will get back to you with any critique and feedback.

Code of conduct

By applying to speak you agree to follow the conference Code of Conduct. We are committed to providing a harassment-free, professional and welcoming environment for all attendees.

Speakers should pay particular attention and avoid using visuals, audio or language that may potentially be considered offensive or harmful.

Please ensure you understand the Code of Conduct before submitting your proposal.

Past talks/workshops

Check out the talks from some of our past events

More info

For more info, you can contact one of our organisers or tweet us at @campjs.