CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

Proposal deadline: January 10, 2011

1. Read the General Overview:

Overview Review Process and Program Advisory Committee Proposal Deadline Submission Requirements

2. Review the following details...

Topic Areas to be Covered Presentation Formats Key Dates and Speaker Deadlines Speaker Terms and Conditions Questions & Inquiries
Then... 3.Submit your proposal here

Overview

The Semantic Technology Conference (SemTech) is the foremost conference on semantic technologies held each year, and covers a wide range of topics.  This page describes the speaking opportunities available at the conference, and some guidelines for submitting your proposal. 

Competition for speaking slots has increased each year, and unfortunately we often have to turn down many excellent proposals because of limitations on the agenda. In an effort to deal with this high demand, we are changing the format of some speaking opportunities in 2011. Please take note that the following opportunities are available:

Reviewed and Invited Presentation formats:

  • Full Conference Sessions – 50 minutes
  • Half-Conference Sessions – 25 minutes
  • Half-Day Tutorials – 3 hours

Presentation Opportunities for All Conference Registrants

  • Lightning Talks – 5 minutes (Registration required)
  • Poster Sessions – Showcased on the Exhibit floor (Registration required)
  • Affiliated Conferences and Meetings
  • Communities of Practice
  • Sponsored Session – Product/Company Showcase
  • Face-to-Face

These formats are designed to optimize the mix of educational presentations, case studies and discussion panels, as well as provide more opportunities for product developers and entrepreneurs to bring their work to the attention of customers, business partners and investors. A more complete explanation of these formats is available below.

Review Process and Program Advisory Committee

SemTech has always been noted for the high quality of its educational conference. This is because the formal educational conference comprises presentations that are reviewed by a committee of industry experts and the best are invited to participate. The 2011 Program Advisory Committee is listed here:  http://semtech2011.semanticweb.com/PAC.htm

 

Proposal Deadline

The deadline for making your speaking proposal is January 10, 2011. We will notify you by January 31 as to whether your proposal has been accepted onto the program.

Questions

Questions regarding speaking opportunities can be addressed to Tony Shaw at tony@semanticweb.com.

 

What You Will Be Asked To Provide...

NOTE BEFORE YOU BEGIN: We recommend you copy your bio/abstract from a text editor (ex. Notepad, Wordpad) instead of directly from Word.  The CFP form works best with plain text.

    • Speaker Presentation Conditions, Requirements and Benefits

    • You will be asked to agree to the "Copyright and Reproduction Terms" and to provide an unprotected PowerPoint file to us by May 6, 2011 (we request an unprotected file so we can produce the presentation in various formats for publication. However only copy-protected PDFs are ultimately distributed to conference attendees).

    • Speaker Information

    • Contact information for the speaker
    • Is there a second contact? If so, what is that person's role?
    • You will also have the option of uploading a speaker portrait photograph
      (90 dpi or greater JPG file format preferred)
    • Speaker Biography (up to 150 words. Do not include a resume)

    • Session Information

    • Type of presentation proposed
      • Conference Session - (Full Session at 50 ninutes or Half Session at 25 minutes)
      • Panel Session (50 minutes)
      • Community of Practice - (50 minutes facilitated discussion on the given topic. This can also be a User Group)
      • Tutorial - (2 hour and 45 minute duration)
      • Lightning Talk (5 minutes - requires the speaker to register for the conference at regular fees)
      • Poster (in Exhibit Hall - requires the speaker to register for the conference at regular fees)
    • Session title
    • Brief description (under 30 words)
    • Full description/abstract (150 word description and 4-5 bullet points)
    • Additional information about presentation (anything else you think is pertinent, including books, articles, publications, etc.)
    • Speaker biography (150 word limit. Do not include a resume)
    • Speaker portrait image
    • Audio Visual requirements (note that one wireless lavaliere microphone, data projector and screen will be provided as standard equipment)
    • Do you have the necessary financial and travel approvals from your company in order to attend and speak at the conference?
    • Have you given this presentation before? If yes, please explain when and where.
    • Audience Level
      • Introductory
      • Intermediate
      • Advanced
      • Business/All Audiences
    • Identify the track(s) your session would best fit into
    • Identify the target audience

    • Other Notes

    • After you have successfully submitted your proposal, you will receive an automatically generated email confirmation

 


CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
Detailed Description

Topics to be covered at SemTech 2011 include:

  • Enterprise Applications
  • Web Applications
  • Semantic Information Architecture
  • Content Management
  • Enterprise Data Management
  • Linked Data
  • Search
  • Semantics for SEO
  • Knowledge Engineering and Management
  • Social Networks
  • Text Analysis
  • Rules
  • Quality, Trust and Provenance
  • Security
  • Semantic Software Development
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Collaboration & Wikis
  • Web Authoring and Publishing
  • Open Government
  • Project Management and Implementation
  • Visualization
  • Reasoning and Inference
  • Real-time and Continuous Semantics
  • Products and Tools
  • User Interfaces
  • Standards
  • Industry and Business Trends
  • Networked Knowledge
  • Web Services

Presentation Formats

Reviewed and Invited Presentation formats:

  • Full Conference Sessions – 50 minutes
  • Half-Conference Sessions – 25 minutes
  • Half-Day Tutorials – 3 hours

Presentation Opportunities for All Conference Registrants

  • Lightning Talks – 5 minutes (Registration required)
  • Poster Sessions – Showcased on the Exhibit floor (Registration required)
  • Affiliated Conferences and Meetings
  • Communities of Practice
  • Panel Session
  • Panel Member (Registration required)
  • Sponsored Session – Product/Company Showcase
  • Special Interest Face-to-Face

Reviewed and Invited Presentation formats:

The following presentation formats are available to speakers for SemTech’s formal educational conference program.  All proposals are reviewed by the Program Advisory Committee (PAC) for quality and relevance, and the best are chosen for inclusion.  Multiple speakers may be proposed. The first (primary) speaker receives complimentary conference attendance. Additional speakers or panelists register at the special speaker rate of $495.

  • Full Conference Session – 50 minutes
    The classic SemTech presentation format is a presentation by one or more speakers, selected for inclusion after a comprehensive review by the conference committee.  This is the typical presentation format for case studies, technical discussions, and instructional presentations.
  • Half-Conference Session – 25 minutes
    Similar in theme to a full conference session only shorter. Half-sessions are usually combined with similar topics to fill a full-hour timeslot. Half-sessions are ideal for shorter case studies, technology overviews, and new ideas. 
  • Half-Day Tutorials - 2 hours and 45 minutes
    In-depth educational presentations, designed to provide the audience with detailed technical information, skills or methodologies. Tutorial speakers receive an honorarium (fee) for their participation, which is $600 for a half-day, plus an additional 25% bonus to tutorial speakers who provide their presentation slides by the materials deadline.

Presentation Opportunities for All Conference Registrants

The following presentation formats are designed to give more opportunities for attendees to discuss their work and meet like-minded colleagues. Some of these are very short and others are discussions rather than presentations, but all formats are published in the conference agenda, thereby enabling you to get the full benefit of exposure to SemTech’s broad audience of potential customers, partners and investors. Some sessions are designed to provide professional networking opportunities with like-minded professionals.  Please note that we do our utmost to fit all relevant proposals onto the agenda from these categories, however they all require that the speaker to be a registered attendee of the conference, either as a paid attendee, reviewed speaker, or sponsor.

Lightning Talk – 5 minutes/10 slides maximum

Lightning talks are 5-minute presentations. Numerous lightning talks are combined into 25 or 50 minute times lots within the formal conference agenda. Lightning talks can be about ideas, solutions, methods, products, research projects or implementation experience and they can be on any topic you like. Lightning talks may have only one speaker. Lightning talks are the most likely way to be selected to speak at the conference because of the short format. They are also a great way to expose your idea to lots of people, because the sessions are always well attended.  Lightning talks can be proposed nearer to the conference date. However the earlier you submit your proposal, the greater your chances of selection.

Poster Sessions – Showcased on the Exhibit Floor

Poster sessions allow any registered attendee to showcase their product or research project on the exhibit floor on the second day of the exhibits. You provide the poster, we provide the backboard.

Affiliated Conferences and Meetings

SemTech hosts many affiliated events, such as user group meetings. Previous user gatherings have included OWLED, TopBraid Users, Jena Developers, Semantic MediaWiki, OpenCalais Users, Rule ML, HCLS Interest Group and Federal Government executives. User meetings can be scheduled before, during or after the official SemTech dates. Because these meetings tend to have special requirements, we recommend you make your proposal through the CFP process and email Tony Shaw at Tony@semanticweb.com with your User Group suggestion.

Community of Practice (CoP)

Community of Practice sessions are generally held early morning or late afternoon and are similar to User Groups in that they are designed to gather a specific community of individuals. Examples would be the participants from a particular industry, or developers and users of specific tools or technologies.

Sponsored Session - Product/Company Showcase

Sponsored Sessions are appropriate for when you have a product or service announcement, or to discuss your company, or simply when you want to ensure that you have a presentation during the educational program and your topic is not selected during the formal review process.  There is a fee payable for Sponsored Sessions, which varies according to the overall level of sponsorship you may be undertaking at the SemTech show.  Contact Frank Fazio for sponsorship details at frank@mediabistro.com.

Special Interest Face-to-Face

Face-to-Face sessions are simply pre-organized discussion groups and/or meetings that we facilitate for you by placing them onto the SemTech agenda and publicizing them for you, with a designated time and meeting point.  Many of them are held at lunch or dinner with sign-up sheets in advance to facilitate networking.

Panel Session

Panel Member


Key Dates

Key Dates & Speaker Deadlines

Proposal Submissions Due
All proposals must be submitted via the online Call for Papers process HERE.

January 10, 2011
Speakers notified of selection January 31, 2011
Speaker Presentation files due May 6, 2011

Speaker Terms and Conditions

Every speaker must agree to the following terms and conditions in order to be accepted:

PRESENTATION DEADLINES, COPYRIGHT and APPROVAL TERMS

  1. All speakers must agree to provide their presentation to Semantic Universe in a standard, editable electronic form (PowerPoint is preferred, not PDF), no later than May 6, 2011. This is necessary to prepare the conference materials. Speakers who do not meet this deadline risk being replaced on the program.
  2. By accepting this invitation, the speaker agrees to the standard copyright and reproduction terms of this event. These terms are:
    • Copyright in original presentation material remains with the speaker
    • WebMediaBrands is granted the right to record, reproduce and distribute each presentation in all forms of printed and electronic conference materials, including, but not limited to, the conference CD-ROM, printed attendee notes, the conference web site, and audio and/or video recordings (digital and/or analog), without royalties or fees payable to speaker.
  3. All sessions will be rated by the audience for commercial content. Any speaker who is judged by the audience to have made an inappropriate sales pitch for his/her own company, book, product or service or who's presentation is otherwise reasonably objectionable during a conference session risks having their presentation interrupted and/or halted, and will not be invited to participate at future conferences.
  4. By accepting this invitation, speaker agrees that he/she has the legal and financial permission from his/her company or others to make the presentation under the terms outlined herein and that the presentation shall not infringe the rights of any third party. If you do not have approval at this time, you may accept the invitation but must indicate your restrictions and/or approval timeframe in the comments field below.

FINANCIAL TERMS

  1. REGISTRATION FEES - Please note the registration requirements for your speaking category carefully:

    • For TUTORIAL, KEYNOTE, CONFERENCE-FULL, and CONFERENCE-HALF presentations, one speaker for each proposed and selected presentation is granted a free pass to the entire conference.

      ADDITIONAL speakers who were originally nominated in the speaking proposal must register and pay for their conference attendance at the reduced rate of $495. Such registration must be completed at least one month prior to the start of the conference in order to be included in the conference program and materials.

      Additional speakers who were not originally nominated in the speaking proposal must register and pay for their conference attendance at the regular registration rates prevailing at the time of their registration. Such registration must be completed at least one month prior to the start of the conference in order to be included in the conference program and materials.
       
    • POSTER SESSION participants must register for the conference at the reduced rate of $495. Such registration must be completed at least one month prior to the start of the conference in order to be included in the conference program and materials.
       
    • For ALL OTHER TALKS, each speaker must register and pay for their conference attendance at the regular registration rates prevailing at the time of their registration. Early payment discounts of up to $300 are available. Such registration must be completed at least one month prior to the start of the conference in order to be included in the conference program and materials.
       
  2. EXPENSES - All speakers are responsible for their own travel and living expenses.
     
  3. HONORARIUM for Tutorials/Seminars will be:
    • $600 per half-day (3 hours), plus a $150 bonus for submitting final presentations by the deadline of May 6, 2011.
    • All other speakers/presentations do not receive an honorarium.

Questions and Inquiries

All questions and inquiries about speaking at the conference may be directed to Tony Shaw via tony@semanticweb.com.

All questions and inquiries about exhibiting and sponsorships may be directed to Frank Fazio at frank@mediabistro.com.

General inquiries about the conference may be directed to: events@mediabistro.com.

Start the proposal process HERE.

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