Speaker FAQs

General Information

The 2017 Education Business Forum will be held December 5-6 in Washington DC at the Mayflower Hotel.

Please keep the following in mind as you prepare your application.

1. The topic addresses a priority topic related to the conference theme: Developing a Growth Mindset. Possible topics include:

  • Artificial Intelligence/ Machine learning
  • Virtual Reality
  • Internet of Things
  • Blockchain
  • Raising Capital
  • Industry Trends
  • Leveraging Shifts in the Digital Learning Space
  • New markets/Alternative Markets
  • Growth strategies
  • Alternatives in Financing Growth
  • New Paths to Revenue and Profit
  • Business Development/Partnership Strategies
  • Higher Education Trends

2. The description is clear as to the purpose and what attendees will learn.
3. Your presentation plan allows time for attendees’ questions and observations.

Are conference registration fees waived for presenters and facilitators?

No. Most presenters and facilitators attend and participate in the entire conference. We do offer a $100 discount to presenters and facilitators.

What presentation formats are offered?

Panel Presentations (50 minutes) 

Rooms are set theater style. Teams of experts share insights related to the conference theme.

Breakout Sessions (50 minutes) 

Rooms are set to facilitate guided discussion on topics related to the conference theme.

Roundtable Discussions (40 minutes followed by report outs) 

Rooms are set with round tables for up to 8 participants. The facilitator is expected to share information at the beginning of the discussion (~10 minutes) to frame up the conversation and incite ideas. At the end of each roundtable, the facilitator will share their table’s discussion and key takeaways with the full audience.

How many proposals may I submit?

You may submit as many proposals as you’d like, however each attendee may participate as a speaker in only one session on the program.

May I have a co-speaker?

Yes, please. We rarely accept proposals from solo presenters. You do not need to identify your co-speakers prior to submitting your proposal. Our roundtable and breakout sessions are great opportunities for you to create and organize sessions with multiple speakers. Please consider including one or more educators in your session to help your audience understand your topic from the customer point of view.

May I share information about my company and our offerings?

No, however we do offer sponsorship packages that will enable you to have a table to share your company’s offerings with EIS participants.

Where can I submit a proposal?

You may complete and submit your proposal online here: Call for Speakers.

When is the submission deadline?

The deadline for receipt of proposals is midnight EST on Friday, September 25. If you submit your proposal after this deadline it will not be considered.

Are there any restrictions in submitting a proposal?

Restrictions include the following:

  • Selling or promoting products is not allowed in presentations. You may describe how products and services are used to help address a business challenge but your presentation cannot otherwise include product or company information. If you wish to promote or sell a product at EIS, please contact Christine Griftner at cgriftner@siia.net for sponsorship options.
  • Please observe copyright and trademark rules. If you plan to use copyrighted or trademarked resources or songs, you must obtain appropriate permissions prior to submitting your proposal.
  • Each presenter may present 1 session on the program, although multiple proposals may be submitted

What should I consider when writing my title and description?

Most attendees decide whether to attend a presentation by looking at the title and description in the program book. A description that is engaging and tells briefly and specifically what you plan to do during your presentation is most helpful to the program committee and the conference attendees. Consider the following:

1. The proposal addresses a priority topic for the industry.
2. The proposal makes clear what attendees will learn from the session.
3. The proposal plans for attendees’ active participation in the session, if appropriate.
4. Everything else being equal, preference is given to proposals submitted by SIIA members and those that contribute to our efforts to bring ethnic, gender and age diversity to the program.

What information is included in the program book?

The online program listing includes the title, description, speaker names. Photos and bios are included in a separate speaker list.
SIIA and the EBF Steering Committee reserve the right to edit presentation titles and descriptions as necessary.

Other questions?

Feel free to email dblubaugh@siia.net with any other questions.