Because I get so many speaking proposals, I’m opening up the call for speakers for the 2013 Streaming Media East show earlier than usual. Now in its 16th year, the East Coast show will take place at the Hilton hotel in NYC from May 21-22 and will also include the special Streaming Device Pavilion. The Content Delivery Summit will once again be co-located with the East show and will take place on May 20. The Streaming Media East agenda will consist of 4 pre-conference workshops, 2 keynotes and 35 sessions.
Of the 35 sessions, at least 15 of them will be stand alone, how-to presentations. The deadline to submit your proposal is January 14th, but do not wait until the last-minute to send it in. If you are submitting a speaking request on behalf of a vendor, you are REQUIRED to submit with a customer. Those new to the speaking submission process or submitting for a vendor are encouraged to read this blog post which details how the speaker selection process works.
There are two kinds of speaking opportunities:
- How To Presentation: Technical experts who are willing to share their practical tips, tools, or strategies for deploying online video, please consider volunteering to speak at Streaming Media East. We need presenters who can show people how to do things step by step as a stand alone presenter in a 45-60 minute session. We are NOT looking for product pitches or product demos. Previous how-to presentations have included topics such as: “how to encode video for idevices”; “how to build an html5 video player”; “how to setup a live webcast”; “how to create closed captioning for video”.
- Round Table Panels: These sessions consist of four speakers and a moderator discussing topics pertaining to business models, monetization strategies and industry trends in a 45-60 minute session where no presentations are required. The sessions talk about different business, technology and content topics across the broadcast, media, entertainment, advertising, enterprise and education industries.
While many other conferences ask you to pick from an agenda when you submit a speaking request, I don’t. I create the agenda based on your submissions and what topics you want to speak on. After I look through all the submissions, I will publish an advance program the first week of February that will contain all of the how-to and round table topics. Then I will start placing speakers and filling in the agenda. But do NOT wait until I publish the advance program to let me know you want to speak.
If you want to moderate or organize a session, you need to reach out to me ASAP so we can start talking about it now. At this time, due to the large number of speakers, we are not able to pay any travel or lodging related expenses, but I do have a budget for those who want to step in and help moderate and create sessions. Please don’t wait till the last-minute to pitch me an idea. I get so many great speaking proposals after it’s too late and the agenda has already closed, so it’s important you get them in on time. If you have questions or want to discuss your idea before you submit, call me at 917-523-4562. It’s much easier to discuss on the phone and I am always available.