Speaker Proposal Submission & Guidelines
All of our events are conference-oriented educational events. Our conference content is carefully designed by us to ensure the focus is on what businesses need to know to successfully plan and implement content technology solutions. Conference content is not based on the latest buzzword, specific product releases, the need to sell analyst reports, or a need to supplement an exhibit floor. Our conferences are designed to foster interaction between all stakeholders in the content technology community, with the ultimate goal of increasing the successful implementation and deployment of content technology.
Because we are strictly neutral with regard to vendors, analysts, press, enterprises, and consultants, we have been able to maintain a constant dialog with each group, all of whom are our customers, all of whom we have learned from, and all of whom we encourage to participate in our events as speakers, attendees, and exhibitors.
How to submit a proposal
- Visit the specific conference site (e.g., http://gilbanesf.com/) and review the information on the conference and the topics to be covered.
- Email a proposal that is relevant to the topics described to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please include a 100-200 word abstract, 200 word speaker bio, and speaker contact information.
- Pay attention to the deadline. We are happy to accept proposals anytime, even before we issue a call for papers, or after the deadline has passed.
- Be sure to identify which event you are submitting a proposal for.
- We do not accept sales pitches or marketing presentations. PR firms should only forward proposals submitted by the actual presenter.
- If you will be coordinating a speaker's participation, provide all your contact information in addition to that of the speakers'
- You will be contacted if your proposal is accepted, or is being considered. Feel free to email us with inquiries about your proposal, however PR firms calling 4 times a day are not helping their client.
Most of our speakers are active stakeholders in some part of our industry. The biggest benefits in presenting at our conferences are to share your experiences with your peers, and to interact with the most influential content management experts from vendor developer, analyst, consultant and business and IT professionals implementing content technology. Because of the high quality of our speakers, we promote our speakers' and their backgrounds on our website and sometimes in press releases.
Speakers receive a complimentary full conference pass. Speakers may also request a free conference session pass for a colleague.
We do not provide speaker honorariums or reimburse for expenses.
As a speaker we ask that you:
- Provide a professional quality presentation that is on the agreed upon topic.
- Allocate time for at least one conference call 30 days before the conference with your session moderator and/or fellow session speakers
- Stick to the time allocated for your presentation
- Provide your presentation to us in electronic form for distribution to the conference attendees before the conference begins.
Most presentations will be part of a conference session covering the same topic. Times for presentations can range from 10-45 minutes, but the vast majority are 20-30 minutes followed by 5-10 minutes of Q&A.
If your presentation is supposed to be 20 minutes long, getting through 45 slides is almost impossible. Also remember that slides with lots of builds take more time than a slide with no builds. A good rule of thumb for most people is 1 slide for every 3 minutes of presentation. The best thing to do is time yourself in advance!
Make sure your slides are readable. In general, nothing below 18pt type is going to be readable by anyone not in the first few rows - 24pt and up is usually safe.
Speaker substitutions are generally not allowed. Our speakers are chosen for their knowledge and communication capabilities, not because of who they work for. If for some reason you need to cancel, please let us know ASAP, and provide replacement recommendations in case we do not already have a speaker on the waiting list for that particular topic.
Although most of our speakers are businesses presenting case studies, analysts providing market insight, or experienced consultants and authors providing "how to" guidance, we welcome speakers from the vendor community to contribute non-marketing presentations. Vendor speakers often have the most detailed knowledge about new technologies and use-cases.
Sponsors & Exhibitors
Our sponsors and exhibitors are a critical part of our events and high-value interactive environments at our events would not be possible without them. While we are pleased when we can include a sponsor or exhibitor representative as a conference speaker, a speaking slot is never guaranteed. All accepted presentations are based on the merit of the proposal, the individual speaker, the relevance of the topic, and a speaking slot being available.
It is always a good idea to submit proposals well in advance of the deadline. We will still accept proposals after that date just in case any relevant openings become available.
- The deadline for submitting proposals for the Gilbane Conference on Content Management in San Francisco May 18 - 20 2010 is January 19, 2010.
We always receive many more excellent proposals than we can fit into our program. Please do not be discouraged if you are not selected. We do multiple events, and may be able to fit your presentation into another conference.