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Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, LA

August 9-11, 2018

Conference Theme: "Experience The Future Now"


We are seeking dynamic, engaging, and knowledgeable presenters for the 2018 National BDPA Technology Conference and Job Fair



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.



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.






  • 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.




A complete workshop slide deck will is required immediately upon your acceptance as a presenter.



All information must be submitted online at


All submitters will be notified of acceptance, regret or wait listed by 3/10/18  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


PowerPoint Presentations should be submitted to  The reference line should read "2018 CFP Presentation (Your Name)”:

  • Full Presentations should be submitted no later than 3/31/18
  • Presentations should be saved with the following naming convention: Current Year, Underscore, Workshop Title, Underscore, First Initial and Last Name. Example: 2018_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 2018 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 a honorarium or speaker fee. Presenters are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.

 Visit and click on "2018 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: 3/10/18
Acceptance/Regret/Wait listed Notification Sent: 3/20/18
Full Presentation Due: 3/31/18


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