Speaker Agreement and Expectations
*Session proposals will be accepted from November 16th to December 16th, 2017. Keep an eye on our blog and twitter feed.
By submitting a session, you agree that your presentation:
is fresh content (not presented at other conferences)
is entirely your work, completely owned by you (and your co-presenter)
can be shared publicly (sample scripts as well as presentation materials will be available and downloadable for attendees)
You also agree to the following deadlines:
7 days after acceptance
You MUST complete your attendee profile (bio, pic) on sched.org within 7 days of your welcome email.
01 MAR 2018
10 MAR 2018
07 APR 2018
28 APR 2018
Final presentation due (speaker to post on sched.org site for attendees to review/download)
You will co-present at least two sessions
Attend and participate in the conference all four days (May 14-17)
Co-lead at least one Ask-the-Experts session or Nerds of a Feather (NoF) session
Collaborate with another presenter for your sessions. (All sessions will have two presenters) Wear your speaker shirt daily and make yourself available to attendees.
Engage with attendees - help them see the value of the community.
MMS is a deep technical conference. We expect level 300, 400, and deeper content. During slide review, we may ask you additional questions to ensure that your content will meet our attendee expectations.
Meet Deadlines! The deadlines mentioned above are crucial to ensure a well-flowing (and cost-effective) conference. Missing deadlines could result in canceling your reimbursement or acceptance to speak.
Promote MMS in your social media presence.
Promote MMS by using the speaker logo in your email signature and blog posts when possible.
We will reimburse your flights here and back.
You must submit your receipt on time (by Feb 17 2018)
You must co-present at least two sessions
We're excited about our fourth annual event, and look forward to having you as part of the MMS 2018 speaker team!
Session Selection Starting Soon!
We start session selections in January, meeting weekly until all slots are filled. If none of your sessions are selected, we might come ask you to co-speak with someone else's session or run a Birds of a Feather session. Session proposals will be accepted from November 16th to December 16th, 2017. Keep an eye on our blog and twitter feed.
Tips for session submission
Plan for 75 min of content and 30 min of Q & A
How deep is your content? Give us (and attendees) an idea of the target audience. Think of use cases on how your content will apply to the target audience.
Goals of the session - we find that it's helpful to include information in your description that helps attendees understand what they will learn and the value they will obtain.
We know that tech evolves fast - if you want to submit content on something that is not yet released, or expected to change before MMS, please include this information in your proposal - we will work with you to refine the session description as we approach the conference.
We love co-presenters! In fact, we love co-presenters so much, that we require each session to have two presenters. From experience, we have learned that some presenters prefer to present on their own. We also learned that many of our presenters last year really enjoyed the opportunity to work with someone else. Many times, it was someone that they had known (or known of) for several years, but never really worked together or got to know. If you wish, we can pair you up with someone (and might have to if they're booked for another session at the same time).
Four (co-presented) sessions max for each speaker! Many of our speakers have been overworked in the past – we are limiting speakers session count (not including Nerds of a Feather and Ask-the-Expert sessions).
Help us get to know you. We know several of you, but we don't know all of you. When you submit your sessions, include information to help us learn more about you - your LinkedIn profile, blog posts, and other places on the web that you share content. This will help us determine if you (and your content) are a good fit as a presenter at MMS.
MMS is a deep technical conference. We expect level 300, 400, and deeper content. Of course, 'levels' are subjective. If you say it's a 400 level session, tell us how it's a 400 level session.