Call for Speakers
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
In 2015, the Interop conference program was bursting at the seams with exceptional content and eager-to-learn attendees! We saw our highest speaker ratings in years, along with overflowing sessions and workshops. In 2016, we're looking for speakers to continue the momentum and help us build the best educational program yet. Join the industry's leading vendor-neutral conference and expo as one of Interop's esteemed instructors. Challenge yourself and our audience - aim to make your session standing-room only!
The Interop program offers content in the following areas:
- InfoSec & Risk Management
- Software-Defined Architecture
- Software-Defined Networking
If you think you have what it takes to inspire the Interop community, please submit a proposal before September 10, 2015. Please see below for 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.
- Submit your proposal by 11:50pm Pacific, September 10, 2015.
- Review: The Interop track chairs will review your submissions by the end of September.
- Notify: We will notify you by email about the status of your submission by mid to late November, 2015.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 or Half-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.