Interop Las Vegas and Cloud Connect Summit Call for Speakers

Call for Speakers Open: July 7, 2014 - October 10, 2014

Interested in becoming one of Interop’s next thought leaders? We are looking for speakers who will equip our audience with expert guidance and actionable takeaways that will resonate long after the event has ended. Join the industry’s leading vendor-neutral conference and expo as one of Interop’s esteemed instructors. If you believe you have material will challenge and inspire Interop’s community, we encourage you to submit today!

The evolution to the cloud-enabled enterprise is well underway, challenging established technology providers and reshaping the CIO and IT organization as we know it. We’re looking for thought leaders, people with strong opinions and provocateurs! If it doesn’t bend our minds, spark debate, or upset someone in the audience, we’re not interested! Please see below for guidelines and follow the above link to the Cloud Connect Call for Speakers!

Submission Guidelines

When suggesting a topic, please make sure:

  • Your content is interesting, vendor and product agnostic. Conference sessions are meant to educate attendees on current IT innovations, challenges and trends only, and we do not accept product-related submissions. If you would like to publicize a product, please contact our for information on exhibiting and other vendor opportunities, including vendor tech sessions.
    • Please note that it is a red flag when the primary speaker is in a sales or marketing role. We give priority to speakers in technical roles. Especially speakers that are in IT roles.
  • Contact info for the primary speaker of the submission is included. We require direct contact with presenters to expedite questions during the submission review process and will not consider submissions where we are unable to do this.

Timeline

  1. Submit your proposal by October 10th, 2014
  2. Review: The Interop track chairs will review your submissions by mid-November
  3. Notify: We will notify you by email about the status of your submission by late November, 2014.

Criteria

What we are looking for when we review the submissions:

  • Is the presenter someone who can credibly address the subject in-depth?
  • Will attendees receive information by attending the session that would be unique, fresh, germane to their interests and challenges, and could not be located easily in some other fashion.
  • Does it sound like it is actually a useful vision or best practices versus a vendor pitch?
  • High-level intros that address key pain points.
  • Panel discussions with end-users.
  • Real-world case studies.
  • Actionable sessions that dive into a specific and common pain point.
  • Relevancy. Does the talk answer a question the market is struggling with?
  • Controversy. Is the answer interesting or counterintuitive or does it just address conventional wisdom?
  • Real world. Does the talk show that people are really doing this, or is it just in-theory?

Speaker Expectations

If your proposal is selected, we expect you to:

  • Commit to presenting—no last minute switch outs. This is an opportunity for the individual, not for the company.
  • Share your presence at the event with your social networks. Speakers that are active online and help drive attendance are more like to be asked to return to speak again (pending good reviews).
  • Meet the deadlines outlined in the online speaker center for hotel booking, slides, abstracts, etc.
  • Contribute one informational blog post or short video about the content of your session to be posted on the Interop Blog or Video Page and Social Media.

Presentation Formats

Single & 2+ Speaker Presentation:

Issue-oriented, provides concrete examples, and contains both practical and theoretical information. Postmortems and case studies are included in this category. In multiple speaker presentations each speaker should present on different subjects with unique points of view.

Keynote:

Topical, visionary, inspirational – that’s what we are looking for on our keynote stage. Keynote speakers can be C-level, network architects, venture capitalists, and other visionaries.

Panel:

Panels take many different viewpoints on a topic or issue and combine them in one debate session with a moderator. Debate among panelists (with very different opinions) is welcome and audience participation time should be accounted for.

Full, Half, or 2 Day Workshops:

Workshops teach attendees new skills and a new understanding of a subject. Think of this as informal classroom training. It can be interactive; you can have the attendees work in teams; give them challenges; include competitions. The result of the time period must be that the attendee feels they've learned something truly useful in Information Technology. This can be a skill, a method, theory, technology/area of study or even the mastery of a tool.

 

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