The Role of a Program Committee Member: A Behind-the-Scenes Look

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Joran at JSNation Amsterdam 2023

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a tech conference? While attendees marvel at the seamless flow of talks and workshops, there's a dedicated team working tirelessly to curate the program. I have been part of the committee for both the JS Nation as well as JS Nation US conferences for close to a year now, time to spill the tea! 🫖

Enter the Program Committee – the unsung heroes responsible for crafting the conference agenda and ensuring a memorable experience for all.

Understanding the Program Committee's Responsibilities

So what does the committee do, exactly, apart from getting together in top secret meetings ahead of a conference?

Keeping Up with Trends

One of the primary tasks of the Program Committee is to stay up to date with the latest trends in the industry. From emerging technologies to evolving methodologies, we aim to include topics that resonate with our audience and reflect the current and future state of the JavaScript ecosystem.

Crafting a Cohesive Program

We ensure that every talk, workshop, and panel discussion aligns with the conference's goals and objectives. We review submissions to curate a diverse and engaging program that caters to attendees of varying backgrounds and interests.

Advocate for Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity is not just a buzzword – it's a guiding principle of our committee. We strive to represent a broad spectrum of voices and perspectives, fostering an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and heard.

Identifying Potential Speakers

Scouring the tech community for standout speakers is a thrilling yet challenging task. Whether it's reaching out to industry giants, GOATS or discovering rising stars, we're constantly on the lookout for individuals who can inspire and enlighten our audience.

Leveraging Expertise

Each member of the program committee brings their unique expertise to the table. We all have JavaScript expertise and everyone brings something extra to the table. My personal perspective brings particularly frontend development, UI / UX design or engineering management topics to the table. Our diverse skill sets enable us to cover a wide range of topics and ensure a well-rounded program.

My Role on the Committee: A Personal Perspective

Contributing to Program Development

As a member of the program committee, I play a role in shaping the conference agenda. From participating in group discussions to reviewing content submissions, I actively contribute to the creation of an engaging program.

Staying Informed and Engaged

Staying informed about the latest trends and advancements in the field is key to fulfilling my role effectively. I dedicate time to research and networking, ensuring that I can provide valuable insights and recommendations to enhance the conference experience.

Promoting the Conference

Beyond program development, I actively promote the conference via social media channels and professional networks. By spreading the word and generating excitement, I help attract top-notch speakers and ensure a successful event.

The Path to Becoming a Committee Member

A Journey of Connection and Opportunity

My journey to joining the program committee began with a simple connection – speaking at the JS Nation conference. Through continued engagement and collaboration, I was invited to join the committee, expanding my involvement in the tech community.

Perks and Rewards

While the role of a program committee member comes with its challenges, the rewards are plentiful. I’ve gotten to meet people like Wes Bos, Kyle Simpson, Evan You, but also people who are very passionately working on their tools or products and happy to chat. It's an enriching experience that offers numerous benefits.

The Cost of Commitment

Very little in life comes for free and this is no different. From attending meetings to sifting through and reviewing 400+ submissions per conference, it demands time, effort, and dedication. Yet, the opportunity to shape the future of tech conferences makes it all worthwhile.

In conclusion, being a member of the program committee is both a privilege and a responsibility. It's a chance to make a meaningful impact, connect with fellow enthusiasts, and contribute to the vibrant tapestry of the tech community. So, the next time you attend a conference, if you encounter us, take a moment to high five one the dedicated individuals behind the scenes – the Program Committee.

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