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CALL FOR PRESENTERS
2016 NATIONAL BDPA TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE AND CAREER EXPO
THE WESTIN PEACHTREE PLAZA, ATLANTA
Atlanta, GA


Conference Dates: August 10 – 13, 2016
Workshop Dates: August 10 – 12, 2016

 

We are seeking dynamic, engaging, and knowledgeable presenters for the 2016 National BDPA Technology Conference.

 

AUDIENCE

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.

 

The Youth Workshop 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.
 

 

CRITERIA

Proposals are solicited for 60-minute – 120 minutes presentations that are hands on, 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.

 

AREAS OF FOCUS FOR ADULTS AND YOUTH

 

ADULTS

YOUTH

  • Cyber Security
  • Mobile Application
  • Big Data
  • 3D Printing
  • Soft Skills for Career and Professional Development
  • The Evolving Interface
  • Data Privacy
  • Wearable Computing
  • E Government
  • Smart and Connected Healthcare
  • Dev Ops
  • Online learning and massive open online courses (mooc)
  • Trends in Technology
  • Innovation
  • Soft Skills for Career and Professional Development
  • Educational Enhancement
  • Android Development
  • Building a Website
  • Communication Skills/Soft Skills
  • Resume Writing
  • Interviewing Best Practices
  • Gaming Technology
  • Video Production
  • Music Production
  • Etiquette

 

 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.

 

 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS & SPECIFICATIONS

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

 

SUBMISSIONS

All information must be submitted online at http://www.bdpa.org/?page=Abstract by January 29,  2016

 

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 29, 2016  

 

All submitters will be notified of acceptance, regret or wait listed by February 19, 2016. 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 2016 Conference Power Point Presentation template will be provided (if needed) 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 presentation@bdpa.org  The reference line should read "2016 CFP Presentation (Your Name)”:

  • Presentations should be submitted no later than May 6, 2016.
  • Presentations should be saved with the following naming convention: Current Year, Underscore, Workshop Title, Underscore, First Initial and Last Name. Example: 2016_IT Project Management_JDoe.

 

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

 

FEES & PRESENTER BENEFITS

As a presenter for the 2016 National BDPA Technology Conference your conference registration is complimentary. 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 www.bdpa.org and click on "2016 National Conference” for additional conference information.

 

WORKSHOP FORMATS

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.

 

KEY DATES

Abstract Submission Due: January 29, 2016 
Acceptance/Regret/Wait listed Notification Sent: February 19, 2016 
Full Presentation Due: May 6, 2016

 

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