Speaker Proposal Submission & Guidelines
NB: The deadline for submitting proposals for jboye08 was Friday, May 30th, 2008.
It is always a good idea to submit proposals well in advance of this date. However, we will still accept proposals after the deadline just in case any relevant openings become available.
We always receive more excellent proposals than we can fit into our program. Please do not be discouraged if you are not selected. We do multiple events, and may be able to fit your presentation into a related event or next year's conference.
Just like previous years, we work hard to recruit a fabulous group of speakers, who are ready to help you solve your biggest challenges.
All our speakers are highly experienced and carefully selected to make jboye08 a high-quality event.
Would you like to be a speaker?
We are currently looking for interesting presentations to fill our program.
This conference has been carefully designed to ensure that it focuses on everything businesses need to know to successfully plan and implement web projects. The conference content is not based on the latest buzzwords, specific product releases, the need to sell analyst reports, or a need to supplement an exhibit floor. Our conferences are designed to foster interaction between all stakeholders in the content technology community, with the ultimate goal of increasing the successful implementation and deployment of content technology.
Because we are strictly neutral with regard to vendors, analysts, press, enterprises, and consultants, we have been able to maintain a constant dialogue with each group. We have learned from all the groups and we encourage everyone to participate in our events as speakers, attendees, and exhibitors.
How to Submit a Proposal
Visit the conference site and review the information on the conference and the topics to be covered.
E-mail a relevant proposal to email@example.com. Please include a 100-200 word abstract, 200 word speaker bio, and speaker contact information.
Pay attention to the deadline. We are happy to accept proposals anytime, even before we issue a call for papers, or after the deadline has passed.
We do not accept sales pitches or marketing presentations. PR firms should only forward proposals submitted by the actual presenter.
If you will be coordinating a speaker's participation, please provide all your contact information in addition to that of the speaker.
You will be contacted if your proposal is accepted or being considered. Feel free to e-mail us with inquiries about your proposal. However, PR firms calling 4 times a day are not helping their client.
Most of our speakers are active stakeholders in some part of our industry. The biggest benefit of presenting at our conferences is to share your experiences with your peers, and to interact with the most influential content management experts from vendor developers, analysts, and consultants, business and IT professionals implementing content technology. Because of the high quality of our speakers, we promote our speakers and their backgrounds on our website and sometimes in press releases. Speakers receive a complimentary full conference pass.
As a speaker we ask that you:
- Allocate time for at least one conference call with your session moderator and/or fellow session speakers 30 days before the conference.
- Provide a professional quality presentation on the agreed topic.
- Provide your presentation to us in electronic form for distribution to the conference attendees before the conference begins.
- Stick to the time allocated for your presentation.
Most presentations will be part of a conference session covering the same topic. Times for presentations can range from 10-45 minutes, but the vast majority is 20-30 minutes followed by 5-10 minutes of Q&A.
If your presentation is supposed to be 20 minutes long, getting through 45 slides is almost impossible. Also, remember that slides with lots of builds take more time than a slide with no builds. A good rule of thumb for most people is 1 slide for every 3 minutes of presentation. The best thing to do is to time yourself in advance!
Make sure your slides are legible. In general, nothing below 18pt type is going to be legible by anyone who is not sitting in the first few rows - 24pt and up is usually safe.
Speaker substitutions are generally not allowed. Our speakers are chosen for their knowledge and communication capabilities, not because of who they work for. If for some reason you need to cancel, please let us know ASAP, and provide replacement recommendations in case we do not already have a speaker on the waiting list for that particular topic.
Although most of our speakers are businesses presenting case studies, analysts providing market insight, or experienced consultants and authors providing "how to" guidance, we welcome speakers from the vendor community to provide non-marketing presentations. Vendor speakers often have the most detailed knowledge about new technologies and use-cases.
Sponsors & Exhibitors
Our sponsors and exhibitors are a critical part of our events, and our high-value interactive environments would not be possible without them. We are pleased when we can include a sponsor or exhibitor representative as a conference speaker, but a speaking slot is never guaranteed. All accepted presentations are based on the merit of the proposal, the individual speaker, the relevance of the topic, and a speaking slot being available.