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JW Marriott Indianapolis
Indianapolis IN
Conference Dates: August 5th – 9th, 2014
Conference Theme – IT: Racing to Innovate
Workshop Dates: August 6th – 8th, 2014

We are seeking dynamic, engaging, and knowledgeable presenters for the 2014 National BDPA Technology Conference.


The primary conference audience consists of multiple levels of IT professionals, from entry-level technologists to senior level managers and corporate executives. Entrepreneurs and educators will also be in attendance. Workshop content and instruction should be geared to a level that is appropriate for the target audience.



Proposals are solicited for 60-minute presentations that are interactive, creative, dynamic, and feature best practices in IT. The presentation timeframe will include introductions, presentation material, question and answer session, and evaluation. Attendees should leave with specific knowledge and skills about various aspects of the topic and how it relates to their future development. Presentations should provide attendees with educational value and refrain from promoting a specific business, product, or service.


  • Cyber Security
  • Big Data, Records and Information Management, and Information Sharing
  • Mobile Technology
  • Cloud and Virtualization
  • Innovation
  • Leadership/Management
  • Green IT
  • Business Intelligence
  • Evolving Interfaces
  • Social Networks

If you have an industry topic that is leading edge and within the areas of focus but is not on the list above, we encourage you to submit your idea for special consideration.





The Youth Workshop Forum audience will include middle and high school students. Your presentation’s objective is to enhance the students' capacity to explore and utilize emerging technology. The presentation should also inspire and empower these future professionals to embrace and effectively use Information Technology in their academic and professional careers.



Proposals are solicited for 120-minute hands-on presentations that are interactive, creative, dynamic, and feature best practices in IT. Attendees should leave with specific knowledge and hands-on skills about various aspects of your topic and how it relates to their future development. Also, presentations should provide attendees with educational value and refrain from promoting a business, product, or service.



  • · Trends in Technology
  • · Innovation
  • · Soft Skills for Career and Professional Development
  • Educational Enhancement

YOUTH WORKSHOP TOPICS (also see topics under Professional (Adult) Workshop Forum)

  • Android Development
  • Building a Website
  • Communication Skills/Soft Skills
  • Resume writing
  • Interviewing Best Practices
  • Gaming Technology
  • Video Production
  • Music production
  • Etiquette





I. A complete workshop slide deck will is required within 30 days of your acceptance as a presenter.



All information must be submitted online at by January 25th, 2014 extended until February 1st, 2014 


Submitting the Workshop Abstract

Workshop abstracts are submitted online. You must complete a separate abstract for each distinct presentation you wish to submit by January 25th, 2014  extended until February 1st, 2014

All submitters will be notified of acceptance, regret or wait listed by February 10th, 2014. Presenters are encouraged to upload a photograph and a bio at the time abstracts are submitted. Bios are limited to a maximum of 100 words. The goal of the presenter bio is to provide us with a high-level view of your career and your major accomplishments. Photographs and presenter bios will be included in our marketing materials.

Bio Guidelines

  • Full name, current job title and organization’s name
  • Description of your role in the organization and the products/services it provides
  • Highlights from your career as it relates to your current position
  • Key civic activities and personal interests
  • Degrees, certifications, awards, honors and authored publications


Photo Guidelines

  • High resolution 300 dpi JPEG file
  • Cropped head to shoulder in a medium close up shot

Company Logo Guidelines

  • High resolution 300 dpi JPEG file


Submitting the Full Presentation

Upon acceptance, a NBDPA 2014 Conference Power Point Presentation template will be provided for the creation of your workshop presentation to be delivered at the conference. Also, a speaker agreement and disclosure form will be given.

PowerPoint Presentations should be submitted to The reference line should read "2014 CFP Presentation (Your Name)”:

  • Presentations should be submitted no later than May 1st, 2014.
  • Presentations should be saved with the following naming convention: Current Year, Underscore, Workshop Title, Underscore, First Initial and Last Name. Example: 2014_IT Project Management_JDoe.

Presentations that do not meet the aforementioned requirements or the submission deadline will be automatically wait-listed.



As a presenter for the 2014 National BDPA Technology Conference your conference registration is discounted by 50%. The registration includes access to all workshops and seminars, plenary sessions and the Awards Gala. Conference registration fees are not waived for co-presenters.

Additional benefits include access to the BDPA discounted room rates. BDPA does not pay presenters an honorarium or speaker fee. Presenters are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. Visit and click on "2014 National Conference” for additional conference information.



A variety of workshop presentation formats are desirable at the conference and may include lecture format, panel presentation, or roundtable discussions. Handouts may be appropriate, depending on the complexity of the topic. Presenters are responsible for providing copies of workshop handouts and any equipment that will be used during presentation this includes laptops or iPads.




  • Abstract Submission Due:  January 25th, 2014
  • Acceptance/Regret/Wait listed Notification Sent:  February 10th, 2014
  • Full Presentation Due:  May 1, 2014

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