Speaking Opps at Upcoming Conferences

We’ve started compiling a list of upcoming conferences where there are calls for speakers. Here are some fast-approaching deadlines if you are interested in submitting something.

April 9-10 Green Festival, San Francisco, CA
Link to Call for Speakers
Deadline: Not mentioned
Speakers at Green Festival® are articulate, powerful advocates for a just and sustainable world. From authors and filmmakers to politicians, musicians and scientists, these renowned individuals inspire packed audiences with their expertise—one of the most compelling draws to Green Festival® since 2002.

May 14&15 Green Festivals, Chicago, IL
Link to Call for Speakers
Deadline: Not specified

May 24-26 Blogworld Expo East, New York, NY – DETAILS TBA

June 21-23 mLearnCon, San Jose, CA
Link to Call for Speakers
Deadline: APRIL 15
mLearnCon 2011 is where every aspect of mobile learning will be explored in-depth. From the management strategies to the best practices to the technical details, you’ll find the answers you need here. Whether you are working in an academic, corporate, government, or military setting

June 23-25 Type-A Parent Conference (Formerly Type-A Mom Conference), Asheville Renaissance Asheville, NC
Link to Call for Speakers
Deadline: Not specified
For parents looking to take blogging/social media to the next level.

July 7-9 EVO Conference, The Canyons Resort Part City, Utah
Link to Call for Speakers
Deadline: Not specified
Join us for evo ’11—a conference that blends workshops, networking, parties and the wind-in-your-hair relaxation that can only be found by spending summertime in the mountains.

8/4/2011 Women Create Media 2011, Joan B. Croc Center For Peace Studies San Diego, CA
Link to Call for Speakers

Deadline: Not specified

OCT 12-14 IABC New Orleans – International Association of Business Communicators,  New Orleans, LA
Link to Call for Speakers
Deadline: APRIL15
Founded in 1970, The International Association of Business Communicators provides a professional network of about 15,000 business communication professionals in over 80 countries.Speakers from all over the world are welcome to submit their information to be considered for this event. Potential speakers need to submit the form by April 15, 2011. If you have any problems with the file, please email Courtney at clsnola75@gmail.com.

And if you’re looking for some advice for submitting, here are some Tips for Proposing a Panel for Blogworld 2011 from Deb Ng that can apply for most conferences where you can pitch panels.

Where are you speaking this year or where have you proposed to speak?


SheCon: The New MEdia Expo – Call for Speakers

Quick post to let you know about this speaking opp:

For the past year, SheBlogs.org has been connecting an amazingly diverse group of female bloggers with some the best-known and hidden gem brands in the country. After a successful year, we’re taking our community out of the digital world and taking over Ft. Lauderdale, FL for the first ever SheCon!

Call for speaking proposals is now open.

A Call for Speakers: Announcing @BrandsConf

Entrepreneur and all around mensch Jeff Pulver has announced a new conference:

@BrandsConf, a conference taking place in early December 2010 that will explore the “Humanization of Brands” and the underlying effects this is having on business.

If you are interested in speaking at: @BrandsConf, please submit your speaking proposals over at: http://brandsconf.com. The deadline for speaking proposals is: Friday, November 5th but the first to submit will be the first I consider for the event.  You can also feel free to please tweet speaker nominations/suggestions to #BrandsConf.

From his announcement:

After watching thousands of brands become alive on twitter, rather than just being an observer of such trends I thought the time was right to invite up to people to come forward and participate in the discussion.

With today’s “Call for Speakers” I am looking for creative, out-of-the-box thinkers to come forward and pitch me something relevant they would like to discuss from inside the respective worlds of the business segment they are operating in. Brands transcend business sectors and my hope is to have a variety of industries represented at our first event.

In the tradition of the #140Conf events, individual presentations will be 10 minutes long and panels will run 15 to 20 minutes.

The conference will explore a range of topics from best practices to the legal issues to the natural conflict of personal and corporate branding. Plus a wide range of related topics that I hope to hear from the people who come forward to speak at this conference. I’m looking for first-hand accounts of how the humanization of branding is being applied and the impact it is happening in across the business world. My goal is to bring together a great group of Characters to both lead and contribute to the discussions.

The take-aways from this event will provide the attending delegates knowledge, perspectives and insights to the next wave of effects the real-time Internet will have on brands and business.


Think about what YOU could contribute to the dialog, and who you may know who would be interested in being part of this exciting event.

If you are interested in speaking at: @BrandsConf, please submit your speaking proposals over at: http://brandsconf.com. The deadline for speaking proposals is: Friday, November 5th but the first to submit will be the first I consider for the event.  You can also feel free to please tweet speaker nominations/suggestions to #BrandsConf.

#BrandsConf is the twitter hashtag for the event. Help spread awareness of this new conference.

on Smashmag: Upcoming Web Design and Development Conferences in 2010

Smashing Magazine has compiled a list of web design and development-related conferences and events that will be taking place in the next six to eight months.

Great list!

Are you speaking at any of them? Are there ones you are interested in speaking at but not sure where to begin? Let us know, and we’ll see what we can do to help.

Resource: WikiCFP – A Wiki for Calls for Papers

WikiCFP is a Semantic Wiki for Calls For Papers in various science and technology fields. There are more than 10,000 CFPs posted and tracked by about 15,000 registered users. Up to date, about 100,000 researchers use WikiCFP each month.

Categories include:

communications 527
artificial intelligence 555
image processing 200
data mining 316

I’ve never heard of 99% of these conferences, however, the list is extensive and international.

Let us know if you are speaking at any of the conferences listed or are going to submit something to speak.

Deadline for Papers for CrowdConf Extended: Sept 6

There is a new conference on crowdsourcing that is taking place next month:

CrowdConf 2010: The 1st Annual Conference on the Future of Distributed Work
October 4th, 2010, San Francisco, California at the St. Regis Hotel.

I really wanted to speak at it. I had every intention of doing so, however, when I got to the “call for papers” section, I was paralyzed – and still am.

For some reason, I can’t make heads or tails of what I’m supposed to do to submit to present at the event. I don’t know if it is just that my brain won’t compute (and yes, I’ve had my coffee) or if this is simply a process for sourcing speakers that I’ve never encountered before.

For example, the information below is pretty much Greek to me:

Specs for papers:

Unpublished, 10 pages max., ACM format, include an abstract of < 250 words. May be selected for publication in the conference proceedings, and/or for “full” or “spotlight” presentations.

Specs for posters, presentations, or demonstrations:

Must be an abstract of < 500 words. May be previously published or presented. Are eligible only for “full” or “spotlight” presentations.

I look at this, and I immediately stumble at “AMC,” at “abstract,” at “posters.” I feel like I’ve entered a world with new words and language and expectation that my already enormous fear of submitting presentation descriptions and summaries to conferences is exacerbated. I panic that I don’t have the right credentials, that I don’t know what I’m talking about, that I can’t figure out the format.

I’ve struggled all my life with filling out forms but somehow push through that fear to submit to conferences to speak (mostly rejected). Suddenly, I’m faced with a new process. The world flips upside down in my head.

I was really excited about the information I wanted to share – an actual case study of a wine company crowdsourcing input from their “crowd” on their Facebook Page to influence the name, logo and labels of several new wines that hit the shelves this year. Crowdsourcing product development for a consumer product using a social network! That seemed interesting, to me at least.

But I got to this step for submission and froze:

Follow formatting guidelines used for WWW 2010. Those guidelines are available here.

WWW 2010? Formatting guidelines? The language on the instructions page only escalated my feelings of inadequacy:

Refereed papers and posters must be submitted as PDF documents. No other format will be accepted. It is the responsibility of all authors to produce PDF documents that can be read and printed on any platform. Please check to ensure that you can produce PDF documents well before the submission deadline. The inability to produce a PDF document will not result in an extension of the paper submission deadline.

Refereed papers? Posters? I was so confused by those words that the fact that I know how to produce a PDF was no solace to me. Even something as simple as this sentence made me cringe:

Refereed papers can be prepared using either LaTeX or Microsoft Word.

What was LaTeX? Certainly not a rubber-like substance. And Microsoft Word? What if I boycott Microsoft and only use NeoOffice? Would the Save as Microsoft Word doc function be acceptable?

I finally gave up when I got to this sentence:

These are modified versions of the ACM proceedings style files.

ACM proceedings. I tweeted about this and a friend informed me that it meant that this was an academic something or other kind of event.

That’s when I knew I couldn’t submit. I’m not an academic. I don’t even have a college degree. I’ve had a long, successful business career and never once felt that my lack of a college degree stood in my way…until now.

But don’t let my neurosis and funky brain keep you from submitting a paper or a poster or a presentation with the very specific formatting. I know you can do it. You are a stronger woman than I.

Can anyone out there please offer some tips and translation to other women who may want to submit something but don’t have the experience responding to these kinds of formal calls for paper?