Call for speakers
As in past years we have received many more high quality speaking proposals than we have room for on our programme.
We’ve added an additional conference track every day to make more room for compelling sessions.
At the moment, we only have openings for case studies presented by customers on the Making SharePoint work conference track. Please don’t submit a proposal if you work for an agency or system integrator.
Details on how to submit can be found below.
Do you have a story to share?
We are covering a multitude of topics. We would like to hear from you if you if you can answer ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions:
- Have you been part of developing or transforming the way your organisation is communicating online in terms of content, design, user involvement or internal processes?
- Is your intranet, enterprise collaboration solution or ideation platform making a real and measurable impact on the business?
- Have you deployed useful applications or self service solutions that have made a difference?
- Has your organisation managed to get a grip on its presence on the various channels – and are you able to talk about how you got there?
- Have you got an effective governance framework; a setup that works?
- Have you recently gone through a vendor selection- or implementation process (e.g. WCM, search, portal) giving you insider views to share?
- Has you got concrete examples of how your organisation has worked with “digital leadership”?
- Are you willing to share your expert perspective on one of our conference tracks or host a 3 hour workshop?
As a speaker, you:
- Get to share your experiences with your peers and in return get feedback and input from fellow participants
- Can interact with the most influential web and intranet professionals
- Receive advance feedback on your presentation and your slides
- Receive a complimentary conference pass, including access to the evening social event, for the day you are presenting
Who can submit?
- Users / practitioners: To present a case study from your organisation or your perspective on a subject
- Analysts, authors and consultants: To provide market insight or “how to” guidance
- Vendors: To provide expert / thought leadership presentations without marketing or “sales-hype”
All presentations are assessed on the merit of the content, the individual speaker, the relevance of the topic and a speaking slot being available. This is the case for all types of entries.
How to submit a proposal?
- Before submitting, please review the topics to be covered and the information about the conference.
- E-mail a relevant proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a) a 100-200 word abstract, b) 200 word speaker bio, c) photo of speaker, d) speaker contact information, e) which conference track you believe your talk would fit on
- We will contact you to let you know if your proposal is accepted. Feel free to e-mail us with inquiries about the processing of your application.
Please note: 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
As a speaker we ask that you:
- Allocate time for at least one conference call with your session moderator and/or fellow session speakers around 30 days before the conference.
- Provide a professional quality presentation on the agreed topic (The format is flexible; it does not necessarily have to be a classic slide presentation).
- 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.
- Stay around and attend the conference including the social events. We are looking for speakers genuinely interested in the topics we cover and interested in engaging in conversations with other conference attendees. We politely ask “hit-and-run speakers” to consider other conferences.
Delivering a good presentation
Most presentations will be part of a conference session covering the same topic. Each speaker session runs for 45 minutes, but you should only plan to have content for half of that time (20-25 minutes). The rest of the session should be left open for interactive discussion and Q&A.
If your presentation is supposed to be 20 minutes long, getting through 45 slides is almost impossible. Remember that slides with many builds take more time than a slide with no builds. A good rule of thumb for most presenters is 1 slide for every 3 minutes of presentation. Please time yourself in advance!
Make sure your slides are legible. In general, nothing below 20pt 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 skills, not because of the organisation 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.
Who is the audience?
This conference is a practitioner conference and the majority of our participants are hard-working web & intranet professionals with titles such as digital manager, project manager, intranet manager, community manager, editors, IT strategists on the buy-side.
Participants travel to Aarhus from all over the world to attend the conference. In 2013 we had 16 countries represented.
Vendors and agencies are also very welcome to attend and speak, but we typically have very few speaking slots for vendors.
How big is the audience?
We expect 300 participants at the conference. With 6 parallel tracks each day, that means you can expect between 25 and 100 for your talk, depending on how popular it is. People are free to mix and match the programme and move between tracks during the day. We do ask participants to indicate their topic interests in advance, giving us an indication of how many are likely to participate on the respective tracks.