DSE puts out call for 2012 speaker proposals

June 28, 2011 by Dave Haynes

It’s hard to think this far out, but  Digital Signage Expo is already furiously getting itself organized for the next gathering of the industry clans in early March 2012 in Lost Wages.

The call is now out for speakers, or more accurately, proposals to get microphone time at the educational sessions.

Educational Oversight Committees comprised of industry experts gathers at an old NORAD bunker in Wyoming each fall to chant, invent new secret handshakes and recommend topics, review proposals and approve presentations for each of the seven tracks in the DSE conference.

“These Educational Oversight Committees will evaluate each proposal for its insight, perspective, relevance, usefulness and timeliness,” says Richard Lebovitz, DSE’s Editorial Director. “While topics other than those recommended will be considered, the proposal must make a clear case for its inclusion. DSE is especially interested in proposals from end-users, network operators and brand marketers willing to share their real-world digital signage experiences.”

Each committee’s recommendations are now posted. Please review them prior to selecting your proposal topic at: http://www.digitalsignageexpo.net/DigitalSignageExpo/DSE2012SeminarTopics.aspx

The conference schedule in 2011 looked like the full academic calendar for the University of Michigan, and that has wisely been stripped back to a more manageable number for 2012. Still, there are several tracks:

The DSE 2012 Tracks:

• Digital Signage Fundamentals

• Digital Out-of-Home Networks (please check back, coming soon)

• Marketing & Advertising

• Content University

• Hardware, Software & Connectivity (please check back, coming soon)

• Network Design, Management & Operations

• Interactive Technology

You can also submit proposals for the DSE 2012 Pre-Show DOOH Advertising Summit.

“Our attendees, who include 40 distinct end-user types from the US and 59 foreign countries, are primarily interested in how to successfully deploy and manage a digital signage system within their particular venue or venues,” says Lebovitz. “We are therefore looking or thought-provoking topics that will help our attendees achieve those goals.”

Here’s the Speaker Proposal form

My advice and plea: Speak if you have something valuable to say, not so you have a chance to sell subtly or overtly peddle your pots and pans. Do a good job advancing people’s knowledge, and the business will follow.


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