This year, we are looking for proposals that go beyond speech-style presentations with slide decks. Tell us how you plan to organise and present your information. Do keep in mind that we are especially interested in presentations with a conversational or interactive format. We encourage you to propose topics for debate, as well as round tables or “ask the expert” sessions. We are currently accepting submissions for the following type of sessions:
- 30 minute sessions (case studies, IoT deployments or ‘How To’ type presentations (example: “How To Get Your Hardware Manufactured”) – these can be solo presentations, interview style discussion between two speakers, or a panel discussion or debate with more than three presenters.
- 3 hour workshops – these extended format classes are designed to give participants hands-on, practical, in-depth guidance in using new technologies that are critical for publishing in the 21st century.
- 1.5 hour workshops – workshops goal of informing and supporting participants to grasp and apply innovative principles and practices.
Tips for submitting a successful proposal
Help us understand why your presentation is the right one for our Conference. Below are some tips for writing a successful proposal:
- Pick the right track and type for your talk to be sure it gets in front of the right advisory committee.
- Be authentic. Your peers need original ideas in real-world scenarios, relevant examples, and knowledge transfer.
- Give your proposal a simple and straightforward title. Clever or inappropriate titles make it harder to figure out what you’re really talking about.
- Include as much detail about the presentation as possible. Longer talks should provide more details.
- If you are proposing a panel, tell us who else would be on it.
- Keep proposals free of marketing and sales.
- If you are not the speaker, provide the contact information of the person you’re suggesting. We tend to ignore proposals submitted by PR agencies and absolutely require that we can reach the suggested participant directly. Improve the proposal’s chances of being accepted by working closely with the presenter(s) to write a jargon-free proposal that contains clear value for attendees.
- Keep the audience in mind: they’re professional, and already pretty smart.
- Context is important. If your talk is about something truly ground-breaking, it’ll be helpful if you describe it in terms of things that attendees might already know of.
- Limit the scope: in 30 minutes, you won’t be able to cover Everything about Framework X. Instead, pick a useful aspect, or a particular technique, or walk through a simple program.
- Explain why people will want to attend: is your topic gaining traction? Is it critical to business? Will attendees learn how to use it, program it, or just what it is?
- Repeated talks from the conference circuit are less likely to be appealing. If you speak at a lot of events, be sure to note why this presentation is different.
- Don’t assume that your company’s name buys you credibility. If you’re talking about something important that you have specific knowledge of because of what your company does, spell that out in the description.
- Indicate in your proposal notes whether you can give all the talks you submitted.
- We welcome sessions for attendees with a variety of skill levels. Indicate the experience and knowledge level of the audience that you are targeting: novice, intermediate, or expert.
We prefer multi-speaker talks this year, as they received the best feedback in the previous edition. Each talk proposal would need the following details:
- List of topics/sub-topics covered
- Key takeaways that audience attending this talk would gain (bullet points)
- Details of speakers presenting proposed talk