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2020 AGC Virtual IT Conference Call for Speakers

Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America

AGC is excited to re-launch its call for proposals for its 2020 AGC Virtual IT Conference for Construction Professionals, to be held online from August 3rd to the 7th.

The conference has moved to a virtual venue to make sure that our attendees, presenters, and sponsors can participate in a safe manner. This is really good news, as we know that some of our speakers were concerned about the feasibility of performing a traditional event.

If you have already submitted your proposal, there is nothing you need to do (except maybe ensuring your microphone and webcam are ready). If you have not submitted your proposal, please consider doing so – we have extended the submission period until June 14th, 2020.

Our goal remains to offer attendees fresh, cutting-edge information to enhance their conference experience and provide great learning and takeaways along with premier networking and collaboration opportunities, and for that we are working on ensuring the online version of the conference brings to both presenters and attendees the opportunity to engage during and after the sessions.

The conference theme is Accelerate, Innovate, Collaborate and is organized into General Sessions and Breakout Sessions focused on four (4) tracks:

  • Technical/Core IT
  • Process Management and Productivity
  • Professional Development
  • BIM/VDC

As always, we will feature our signature Affordable Solutions session and other ad-hoc, collaborative, open-mic sessions. The session has been spread over five days to allow for “shorter days” (several hours of online meetings are draining), and to avoid competition between tracks, which will lead to increased attendance to each session.

General Sessions

These are approximately 45-minute to one-hour full-assembly sessions. We are seeking content on the following topics for no less than two General Session slots.

  • Cybersecurity. This topic continues to prove itself as a key component in IT operations as threats continue to adjust around deployed countermeasures. We aim to cover 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, Construction Technology,  or both?  The lines of traditional Information Technology are being blurred with Construction Technology, yet technology, even if it is not related to IT infrastructure, still requires support and collaboration with IT. The ideal speaker should be able to evangelize about emerging technology and how it impacts the way we provide services in the construction industry; 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 Migration. We want to show attendees how to evaluate available services, outline a strategy pertaining to cloud migration from on premise hosting, and dispel 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. Case studies of lessons learned experiences are encouraged.
  • Evolving Role of the IT Professional. This concept has developed interestingly over the past few years and deserves to be highlighted as the workplace landscape broadens to include a variety of generations and skillsets. The CIO could be anyone from the former server room intern to the Project Manager with a knack for construction technology solutions. Is there a best fit? What best advice we can provide to IT professionals and managers as they progress in their careers?

Breakout Sessions

These are 25 to 45-minute presentations held in separate online rooms. We will strive to avoid overlapping of breakout sessions, so more participants can join each.

We are seeking content which supports the topics focused on four tracks: Technical/Core IT, Process Management/Productivity, Professional Development, and BIM/VDC.

  • Consider the following ideas for breakouts supporting the Technical/Core IT track:
    • Everyone loves a good lessons-learned session; what have you or your peers experienced, good or bad, with cybersecurity?
    • What are the most important strategies to consider when investing in cloud hosted solutions?
  • Consider the following ideas for breakouts supporting the BIM/VDC track:
    • 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
    • 5G, Prefabrication, Robotics, Wearables, Digital Twins
  • Consider the following ideas for breakouts supporting the Professional Development track:
    • The emerging role of the self-defined construction technologist and their role as a partner to IT
    • IT Strategy and Business Strategy – the convergence of Information Technology and Operational Technologies (OT)
    • Development stories highlighting the journey from the server room to the board room.
    • Is this different for construction professionals?
  • Consider the following ideas for breakouts supporting the Process Management/Productivity track:
    • Integrations
    • Implementation
    • Collaborative Solutions
    • Enterprise Management Solutions Implementation
    • Using data analytics to highlight process/productivity issues and make decisions

What’s In It for You as a Presenter? 

You will have the chance to share your knowledge and experience, and that of your company, 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 can 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.

AGC of America is working intensively to ensure the on-site experience is replicated online, and you can connect with your audience in the most effective way throughout the presentation, during Q&A sessions, and in small-group and 1-on-1 meetings.

Format

Moving the Conference to an online venue has its challenges, and while we are still evaluating the best combination of formats and technology, we are gravitating towards pre-recorded presentations with a live, curated Q&A that will extend after each session.

If the presenter so decides, we can provide virtual breakout rooms during or after the conference.

If you have questions or specific requirements regarding the format, please reach out to us.

Rules on Presenting

  • Please provide appropriate and catchy title which accurately reflects presentation content.
  • Engaging PowerPoint or other presentation platforms- Try to avoid “death by bullet points” or a “wall of words”
  • Readable font size
  • Elevate audience engagement – speakers could 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. When applicable, live or recorded demonstrations are encouraged.
  • Demonstration of the real-world application of a concept or solution mentioned in the presentation
  • Presentations cannot be sales pitches. If you are a consultant, product or service supplier to the construction industry, you must add a contractor as a co-presenter.

How to Submit

All proposals must be submitted online using this link by Sunday, June 14th, 2020. To submit a proposal you can to register for free here, then select the  2020 AGC IT Conference for Construction Professionals Call for Speakers from the list of programs to begin building your proposal. Each individual can submit a maximum of two proposals.

Steps:

  1. Create a free Proposal Space Account 
  2. Click on Start a Proposal
  3. Select the 2020 AGC IT Conference for Construction Professionals
  4. Start building your proposal 
  5. Proposals can contain presentation ready content or abstract content

All proposals must be received by COB Sunday, June 14th, 2020. 

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 their presentation was selected on or around June 19th, 2020. 

Presenters selected for a General or Breakout Session will be invited to two short meetings to let them see what others will be presenting and ensure their presentations align well with those in the same track. We expect to have a 15-minute call in late June (before 7/4) to review slides, and a longer call (providing 30 minutes for each presenter) the week of July 13th.

For questions regarding this Call for Speakers, please contact us. For more information on the AGC's 2020 IT Conference for Construction Professionals, please visit the Conference website.

Call Closed

This call is no longer accepting submissions. For a list of calls that are currently open in ProposalSpace, check out our active calls page.