Jeff Triplett

DjangoCon: DjangoCon US Talks I’d Like to See: 2017 Edition

Filed under: djangocon

A common question I get asked every year is “What topic should I submit to DjangoCon US?” So many people are unsure of what to talk about.

Since our DjangoCon US CFP deadline is a little over two weeks away, I thought I’d build an overwhelmingly long list of topic ideas to help anyone who’s struggling to come up with a talk idea.

Essential Skills

I hate the term “soft skills” so I’m calling these “essential skills.” Every year some of our best presentations come from this category.

  • 12 Factor App
  • Accessibility
  • Community Development
  • Documentation
  • Hiring and Interviewing
  • Kickstarter Howto
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Problem-Solving
  • Project Management
  • Public Speaking
  • Raise Negotiation
  • Self Care
  • Time Management

If your topic falls into “not Django,” but is not listed here, submit it anyway!


My frontend topics are far from comprehensive because I don’t dabble as much here. If I’m missing something obvious or if there is something new and cool, let me know!

  • CSS

  • Design
    • Material Design - I don’t think anyone has covered material design previously.
  • Native Apps (iOS / Android) - I have no idea if this can be covered in a 45-minute talk, but I’d love to see someone attempt it.

  • Javascript
    • Flux, Reflux, etc
    • React.js - Are there best practices for covering a large app?
    • Vue.js
  • Typography

  • VR / AR - Last year we had a great talk on how to get started with VR and Django. I’d love to see someone dig a little deeper to build an app.


If one of these topics looks appealing to you but you aren’t sure what to talk about, then please consider a getting started, best practices, scaling, or an advanced usage type of talk.

  • AI and Machine Learning
  • Automation
  • Chatbots
  • Debugging
  • Django Channels
    • Mix with a JS technology like React.js, Vue.js, Reflux…
  • Containers
  • Docker
    • You have Django running in a Docker, now what?
  • Image management
  • Notifications
  • ORM
    • Advanced Model Design
    • QuerySets
      • Advanced Lookups
      • Transform
    • Lookups
    • Query Expressions
    • Conditional Expressions
  • Popular Django app? If you manage a popular Django app, then consider talking about it.
  • REST / APIs
  • Search
  • Security
  • Testing
  • Voice Technology
  • What’s new in Django 1.11
  • What’s new in Django 2.0?

Your Feedback:

What did I miss?

If you aren’t into public speaking or if there’s a topic that you’d like to see covered, then please let me know on twitter and I’ll add it to the list. Thank you!

Thanks to Heather Luna aka. :fire:, Rebecca Kindschi, Emma Delescolle, Markus Holtermann, and Jannis Leidel for advice on and corrections to a draft of this article.