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2019 AGC IT Forum Conference Call for Speakers

Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America

AGC is excited to announce its 2019 AGC IT Forum Conference and seeks speakers to contribute to this outstanding event.  Our goal is to offer attendees fresh, new, cutting-edge information to enhance their conference experience and provide great learning and takeaways.

This year, the conference is organized into three General Sessions with supporting concurrent Breakout sessions as well as our signature Affordable Solutions session and captivating opening keynotes each morning – a total of 12 sessions available for assignment through this Call for Speakers.

The AGC seeks speakers for the following topics for General and Breakout sessions:

I.  General Sessions

These are 45 minute full-assembly sessions. We are seeking content on the following topics to fill the General Sessions.

  • Cybersecurity. This topic continues to prove itself as a key component in IT operations as threats continue to adjust around deployed countermeasures.  The ideal speaker candidate for the Cybersecurity general sessions is dynamic, engaging, and can intelligently present the current state of cybersecurity issues in our industry, advise of trends or predicted behaviors expected to impact our industry, and demonstrate any examples or exhibit using audience engaging methods/content.
  • Emerging Technology. Information Technology or Construction Technology...or both?  The lines of traditional Information Technology are being blurred with Construction Technology, yet technology, even if it isn’t network/infrastructure related, still requires support and collaboration with IT.  In this General Session, we are seeking a passionate speaker able to evangelize about emerging technology and how it impacts the way we provide services in the construction industries…from the trenches of the field crews, to the front line of on-site project teams, and behind the desk of corporate IT.  Demonstrations, videos, and eye catching visual aids are highly encouraged to reinforce the messages expected in this General Session.
  • “Cloud-sourced”. Pun intended with this play on the phrase “crowd-sourced,” we are seeking an energetic speaker able to present content relating to evaluating available services, outlining strategy pertaining to “cloud-sourcing”, as well as common misconceptions associated with the Cloud.  This General Session should contain tangible content for a range of attendees from an amateur IT professional to a veteran IT leader.
  • Process Change Improvement – Contractors are quickly realizing that the return on IT investment is doubled or tripled if the technology is applied correctly to improve business processes. The IT Forum would like an inspiring general session covering the broader topic of process improvement. This can include supporting subjects like managing change in the organization. Emphasis should be on structured methods for process assessment, process change and integrating the tech solutions necessary. Case studies and before/after discussions would be welcomeII. 

II. Breakout Sessions:

These are 60 or (2) 30 minute presentations held in breakout rooms. Attendees will have a choice to attend one of three concurrent breakout sessions immediately following a General Session. We are seeking content which supports the topics and messages delivered in the General Sessions.

  • Consider the following ideas for breakouts supporting the Cybersecurity General Session:
    • What weapons are needed in this cybersecurity war?
    • Everyone loves a good lessons learned session; what are the epic failures associated with cybersecurity?
    • Consider a beginner/immediate session for those new to the process.
  • Consider the following ideas for breakouts supporting the Emerging Tech General Session:
    • Case studies demonstrating innovative uses of technology
    • Presentations on VR/AR/Mixed Reality highlighting IT involvement
    • Use cases supporting BIM, 3D Printing, Drones, Laser Scanning, etc. and impacts on IT landscape
    • Enhancements to fundamental processes using emerging technology
  • Consider the following ideas for breakouts supporting the Cloud General Session:
    • What are the most important strategies to consider when investing in cloud hosted solutions?
    • How do you evaluate different cloud options?
    • Myth-busting common misconceptions relating to cloud hosted solutions.
  • Consider the following ideas for breakouts supporting the Process Change Improvement General Session:
    • Integrations
    • Development Partnerships
    • Training
    • Managing Current State vs. Laying Foundation for Future State
    • Implementation and communication of Process tool

Administrative Details:

What’s in it for you? 

Speakers will receive a complimentary one-night hotel stay as well as a waived conference fee, allowing you to share knowledge and experience with the more than 350 Construction IT professionals who attend the AGC IT conference every year!

Speaking will enhance your professional profile and increase exposure for your business or practice. Speakers are able to network with dedicated construction IT professionals and influence other thought leaders and decision makers. In addition, you will contribute to the advancement of your profession and help to solve common challenges across the construction industry.

Rules on Presenting:

  • Provide appropriate and catchy title which accurately reflects presentation content.
  • Engaging PowerPoint or other presentation platforms- No “death by bullet points”
  • Font size that is readable from anywhere in the ballroom
  • Elevate audience engagement – speakers must include a poll in their presentation to keep audience engaged
  • Key actionable takeaways and real-world examples to empower attendees
  • These presentations are not Product Demonstrations but when applicable live demonstrations are encouraged.
  • Demonstration of the real world application of a concept or solution mentioned in the presentation

How to Submit

All proposals must be submitted online at https://proposalspace.com/calls/d/1030  by Wednesday, May 15, 2019.  To submit a proposal you will need to create a free Proposal Space account, then select the 2019 AGC IT Forum Conference Call for Speakers from the list of programs to begin building your proposal. Individuals will only be able to submit a maximum of two proposals.

  1. Create a free Proposal Space Account https://proposalspace.com
  2. Click on Start a Proposal
  3. Select 2019 AGC IT Forum Conference Call for Speakers
  4. Start building your proposal 
  5. Proposals can contain presentation ready content or abstract content

All proposals must be received by COB Wednesday, May 15, 2019. 

Selection and Notification 

Proposals must meet or exceed the criteria listed in the submission instructions. Submission of a proposal does not guarantee inclusion in the Conference schedule. All proposals will be reviewed and the point of contact notified whether or not their presentation was selected by Thursday, June 6, 2019. 

Presenters selected for a General or Breakout Session will be expected to provide a rough draft of presentation content by July 1, 2019 and go through a dry run over a virtual meeting the week of July 29, 2019.

For questions regarding the Call for Speakers, please contact Brad Teague at teagueb@agc.org. For more information on 2019 AGC IT Forum Conference, please visit the Conference website at http://meetings.agc.org/itforum/

NOTE: Presentations cannot be sales pitches. If you are a consultant, product or service supplier to the construction industry, you MUST add a contractor co-presenter. Submissions that DO NOT include contractor(s) will not be considered, except under extraordinary circumstances.

This call is no longer accepting submissions.

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