Register for PASS Summit 2020

Community Call For Speakers

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When and where is PASS Summit 2019?
  2. Who can submit an abstract?
  3. How do I submit an abstract?
  4. When is the abstract submission deadline?
  5. What is a technology focus?
  6. I still can't submit my abstract, what's wrong?
  7. On the personal details page, can I edit previous speaking history?
  8. Can we review abstracts submitted by other speakers?
  9. What are the tracks for PASS Summit 2019?
  10. What other information does PASS provide to help speakers?
  11. How are speakers selected from this Call for Speakers?
  12. What criteria does the PASS Program Committee use to review abstracts?
  13. Will session evaluations from previous Summits be taken into account during the abstract review?
  14. What about links provided to videos? How will these affect the abstract review process?
  15. When will I find out if I have been accepted to speak?
  16. Why should I speak at PASS Summit 2019?
  17. What will I receive as a speaker?
  18. What happens if I get selected as a speaker after I've already paid the registration fee?

When and where is PASS Summit 2019?

PASS Summit 2019 will be held November 6th to November 8th, at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, WA. Pre-conference sessions take place November 4th and 5th. 


Who can submit an abstract?

The PASS Summit Community Call for Speakers is open to anyone in the community with at least three prior speaking engagements. You may submit a total of three abstracts across any combination of categories, skill levels, and tracks.


How do I submit an abstract?

  1. Login to your PASS membership account. (If you don't have one, register for one now)
  2. Review the Definitions and FAQ.
  3. Fill out your Personal Details. Please ensure your bio conveys your key area of data-related expertise and number of years of data-related experience. 
  4. Read and digitally sign the Speaker Contract before submitting any abstracts.
  5. Submit your abstracts

*Submitted abstracts will be considered. Saved abstracts are not considered submitted.


When is the abstract submission deadline?

The deadline for submission is Tuesday, April 2 at 23:00 UTC. Please double check the actual submission deadline within your own timezone. 


What is a technology focus?

To help ensure our Abstract Review team can correctly review all submitted abstracts, we have included a Technology Focus field to the submission form. You will select one of the following choices: Advanced Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing, Cloud Solutions, Data Governance/Privacy, Data Platform Strategy, Database Administration, DevOps, Development, Hybrid Infrastructure, Professional Development (Other), or Security. 


I still can't submit my abstract, what's wrong?

You may not have filled in three prior speaking engagements on the Experience tab of the Personal Details page. If you have any questions, or have any further issues submitting your abstracts, please email programs@pass.org.


On the personal details page, can I edit previous speaking history?

If you need to edit any of your previous speaking history which has already been created, you will need to create a new version and delete the old one.


Can we review abstracts submitted by other speakers?

Yes, you may view submitted abstracts here. We have also added a virtual representation to show how many abstracts per Technology Focus have been submitted.


What are the tracks for PASS Summit 2019?

You can learn all about the Tracks on our Definitions page. If you have a question about where your abstracts might be categorized, please email programs@pass.org


What other information does PASS provide to help speakers?

Speakers are welcome to view sessions already submitted for PASS Summit 2019. You can also visit our Speaker Page on PASS.org with helpful links on how to write an abstract, writing biographies, as well as presentation tips and techniques. On that page you will also find a list of all our upcoming Call for Speaker opportunities. 


How are speakers selected from this Call for Speakers?

The program committee will select sessions that align with topics based on the Summit content framework as well as topics that meet the needs of Summit attendees. Speaker expertise in the topic is also very important so please highlight your area(s) of expertise in your bio. Timely and updated content are also factors the program committee will take under consideration. Selections will be based on the abstract submitted, the speaker’s knowledge, experience, and several other variables to balance the Summit program.


What criteria does the PASS Program Committee use to review abstracts?

The program committee will review all abstracts with the following in mind: 

  • Is the content updated and relevant? Will it be interesting to attendees?
  • Is the content being put forward in an inventive and updated way?
  • How does the abstract align with the goals, session level, and prerequisites?
  • How much knowledge expertise does the speaker have based on the content submitted?
  • What are the submitter's previous speaking experiences?

Will session evaluations from previous Summits be taken into account during the abstract review?

Yes, previous years of Summit session evaluation ratings will be reviewed if applicable. 


What about links provided to videos? How will these affect the abstract review process?

The optional video link on the Personal Details page will be reviewed as part of the abstract review process if insight into a speaker’s presentation style is needed. 


When will I find out if I have been accepted to speak?

The abstract review period runs from the close of the Call for Speakers to the beginning of May. Speakers will be notified of their selection in early July. The official program selection will be announced shortly after. 

For more information on our timeline, including Targeted Speakers, please click here.


Why should I speak at PASS Summit 2019?

Speaking at PASS Summit allows you to get involved and help others by sharing your knowledge, stories, and experiences while also building your reputation with the community as a professional speaker. 


What will I receive as a speaker?

The main presenter of an accepted general session will receive a non-transferable 3-day PASS Summit registration and a speaker shirt* (Pre-conference sessions can be purchased at an additional cost).

No PASS Summit registrations or speaker shirts are provided to co-presenters or those selected for a 10-minute Lightning Talk.


What happens if I get selected as a speaker after I've already paid the registration fee?

If you are selected as a speaker, but have already paid your registration fee, you will be refunded the full amount of registration.


Have more questions? Please email us!

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