SMX Call for Speakers & Session Ideas

Interested in speaking at an SMX event? Have an idea you’d like to suggest to our programming team? Here’s how it all works!

First, We Ask For Session Ideas

Before an agenda is created, we open up a “suggestion box” for session ideas. At this stage, as we’re developing the agenda, we’re looking for ideas for sessions and suggestions for people we should consider as speakers, but not for speakers for specific panels. That comes later, once the agenda has been finalized. Call for Session is closed.

Second, We Ask For Speaking Pitches

After a show’s agenda is posted, we ask people to pitch to speak on specific panels they’re interested in. Even if you suggested an idea earlier, you must pitch to speak on specific panels to be considered, in most cases. The reason is that we work with a group of talented coordinators to choose speakers. If you don’t pitch, they won’t know that you’re interested

That’s your cue to use our forms and let us know about your interest.

Timeline

These are the general milestones we work from:

  • Session Ideas Form opens when the form will be published on the site and closes not later than 24 weeks before a show
  • Final Agenda posted about 20 weeks before a show
  • Speaking Pitch Form opens when the final agenda is posted, and closes 16 weeks before a show
  • All speakers generally selected and posted to the agenda no later than 1 month before a show

Also, be sure to watch the SMX Blog. When we’re ready for submissions or pitches for any show, we’ll post there.

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