Frequently Asked Questions
Can a speaker submit more than one proposal?
Yes. A speaker may submit more than one proposal, but each proposal must be submitted separately through the CFP system by June 1, 2021 to be considered.
If I am selected to speak, what is the deadline to accept?
Selected speakers will be notified by June 25th and must accept their invitation to speak and provide speaker release form, bio, session abstract, and photo by July 1.
Am I required to come to the physical event in Washington, DC if I
am chosen as a speaker?
No. When you submit your session for consideration, you can choose if you would like to conduct your session live at the event or pre-record it for the virtual platform.
Will selection preference be given to speakers who agree to be
on-site in Washington, DC?
No. We are happy to accommodate speaker preference. All sessions, whether presented in-person at the event or virtually, will be featured on the virtual platform and available to in-person and virtual attendees.
What if I change my mind, once I have chosen whether I want to
speak in person or virtually?
We understand the fluidity of health and safety concerns and are glad to accommodate changes in preference, where possible. We encourage you to let us know as soon as you can if your preferences change. The ability to present in person will be dependent on available space. In addition, virtual sessions must meet the event content development deadlines in order to be included in the event.
Will all virtual sessions need to be pre-recorded?
Yes. Virtual sessions must be completed and submitted by early September. If your session is accepted for the event, you will be provided a schedule for content development deadlines at the time of acceptance.
Will all live presentations at the event be recorded for on-demand viewing?
Yes. Live sessions will be recorded for on-demand viewing at the conclusion of the event.
What health and safety precautions are being taken for the on-site
event in Washington, DC?
We are hoping for and planning an in-person event with a virtual element. We will adhere to CDC and local Washington, DC recommendations for health and safety, and will continue to provide updates on our website as soon as they become available.
What if I have a great idea for a topic after the submission
deadline has passed?
We are reserving a very limited number of spaces for emerging topics. The deadline for submitting emerging topics is August 27.