Karl Hughes, Start-up Enthusiast & Software Engineer

Karl Hughes is a start-up enthusiast and software engineer and the creator of CFP Land. CFP, Call For Proposal, helps manage and keep track of speakers and conferences worldwide. Karl walks us through the backend of CFP he has set up using airtable.

Welcome to BuiltOnAir, a podcast and video series about all things Airtable. Each episode, we talk with someone active in the Airtable community to discuss their experiences and showcase an interesting way they’ve used Airtable in their work.

In today’s episode, we speak with Karl Hughes: start-up enthusiast and software engineer. After Karl started speaking at conferences in 2017, he noticed how difficult it was to find a good resource on applying to, and tracking the dates of, the many speaking opportunities that come up each year. Thinking this might be a gap he could fill with his experience in tech, he set off to build CFP Land.

CFP stands for Call for Proposal. When an event is scheduled, a Call for Proposal goes out to invite speakers to apply. CFP Land catalogues data from hundreds of events, worldwide, for conference speakers to access in one place.

In his own words, Karl has long been an advocate for building digital products with off-the-shelf tools, so Airtable was an obvious choice for the first iteration of CFP Land. In today’s episode, he shows us how he manages the back-end of CFP Land in Airtable, and blends in his own programming skills to create one sleek, smooth-functioning site.

Catch CFP Land on Twitter @cfp_land

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