A letter to prospective NVDACon co-chairs: position details and expectations
Dear NVDACon organizers:
With the permission of the current co-chair, I’d like to formally welcome prospective applicants to the co-chair election process. The below letter is intended to spell out what co-chair position means, who should apply, and expectations.
When I started NVDACon in 2014, the organizer was just one person: me. But I wasn’t alone in organizing that first meeting in March 2014: I received advice and help from many, including users, translators, developers, and the community as a whole. Some of you may remember emails I sent around that time, asking around for venues, time zone differences, topics, and a dialogue with NV Access people in bringing that community talk concept to life through keynote.
Fast forward to 2019, and the NVDACon community has grown. We had folks willing to help out in many ways, we had people organizing regional NVDACon meetings, and companies have begun showing interest in speaking at our meetings. Because of the fact that we are now a committee of volunteers, it has become essential to have folks who know what they are doing lead the organizing effort, and thus serve as one of the visible faces of NVDA Users and Developers Conference.
As Derek Riemer, who succeeded me as chair (and now a co-chair) announced, some of you might be thinking about leading this effort for months and years to come. Before you send in your application, please go over what the chair/co-chair position entails:
I’m sure current NVDACon people wrote basic qualifications for being a co-chair. Here are some additional things you should think about (at least based on experience as an organizer):
I’m intentionally setting personal requirements really high due to reasons I outlined above (mostly the first group).
To whoever receives the co-chair positions through the upcoming election, I wish you best of luck as you organize NVDACon 2019 and beyond. To folks electing their next leader, consider the candidates carefully and choose the one you believe the community can rely on as their support, guide, listener, and a visible face of this community. As always, if you need assistance or advice, I’m just an email away.
Joseph S. Lee (founder, NVDACon)