@knicklabs I agree based on how we currently find presenters for DevTricks the way we have done it is sufficient.
@nbering raised a good point about people having conversations about a topic they might want to present and that conversation not being captured for all of the community to know about; we can support that person.
The example being that Person X (who has not presented before) talks to Adam about some topic and Adam says that would be great can I slot you in for next month and Person X says I am not ready but get back to me in 2 months. So Adam goes to Japan for two months, and Nick is organizing a DevTricks and can't find presenters and doesn't know about Person X.
Essentially, papercall.io would si-CRM for potential talks.to be Person X would be directed by Adam to list their topic in papercall.io and any organizer could look it up for future DevTricks.
Still, I think that is overkill for DevTricks. We could use a forum post with a tag "future talk". However, some people are apprehensive about discussing in the open and papercall.io would help protect people from being exposed to comments before they are ready.
I do think we could come up with another event series that might be a more extended format that would have people presenting in a more conference style way and papercall.io might be useful for that.
As the community grows, creating a speaker series would be a subtle evolution.
Brock has a speaker series for the business school called "Terry O’Malley Lecture on Advertising and Marketing." I could see something like that drawing people from outside the community as well.
My response has been long. I think papercall.io is overkill but at the same time it is free and if we want to experiment with it, it can't hurt. We should be careful not to alienate someone that wants to present and doesn't want to use the software.