I’d like to speak at a conference. What is the procedure?
DMI holds three major conferences per year: Europe in spring, West Coast in late spring/early summer, and New England in October.
DMI works with conference co-chairs to develop a topical, yet, practical theme, usually 12-6 months before a conference. Then we solicit design leaders who we feel can specifically address the topic. We also use our database for potential leads through speaking experience and topic proposals.
Individuals and organizations interested in speaking are asked to submit a presentation proposal for review by the DMI conference selection committee, nine to five months before the conference you are targeting.
If you’re interested in presenting, please submit:
CV/bio, and speaking history
Links to past speaking sessions
1-2 paragraphs on your proposal, including describing the scope of the presentation, the major points to be made and the benefit to the audience.
Please include a working title, and any special notes or requirements
The typical audience is articulate and visual. They are design professionals; senior business managers, or university professors (graduate level). They are all involved in promoting design for competitive business advantage. They expect presentations that are high-level and focus on strategy, management, and design leadership, rather than sales pitches or portfolio shows.
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