PASS Virtual Summit 2020

Community Call For Speakers

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When is PASS Summit 2020?
  2. Why is PASS Summit 2020 going virtual?
  3. I’ve submitted a session in the first Call For Speakers, should I submit again?
  4. Who can submit an abstract?
  5. How do I submit an abstract?
  6. When is the abstract submission deadline?
  7. What is a technology focus?
  8. I still can't submit my abstract, what's wrong?
  9. On the personal details page, can I edit previous speaking history?
  10. Can we review abstracts submitted by other speakers?
  11. What are the PASS Summit Streams?
  12. What are the PASS Summit Spotlights?
  13. What are the tracks for PASS Summit 2020?
  14. I’ve never presented at a virtual conference before. How do I keep my audience engaged?
  15. What other information does PASS provide to help speakers?
  16. How are speakers selected from this Call for Speakers?
  17. What criteria does the PASS Program Committee use to review abstracts?
  18. Will session evaluations from previous Summits be taken into account during the abstract review?
  19. What about links provided to videos? How will these affect the abstract review process?
  20. When will I find out if I have been accepted to speak?
  21. Why should I speak at PASS Summit 2020?
  22. What will I receive as a speaker?
  23. What happens if I get selected as a speaker after I've already paid the registration fee?

1.
When is PASS Summit 2020?

The Virtual PASS Summit 2020 will be held November 10-13. Pre-conference sessions take place November 9 and 10.

2.
Why is PASS Summit 2020 going virtual?

The safety of our community is our top priority and consideration for PASS Summit 2020. After assessing the recommendations of health authorities in Houston and globally, our financial situation, and having re-evaluated the possibility of hosting an in-person conference this year, it was decided that the safest and most successful path forward was to proceed with a virtual PASS Summit conference. Attendees can expect all of the amazing networking, training, and speaking opportunities available at our in-person event, as well as exclusive access to sponsors, delivered through this new virtual experience.

3.
I’ve submitted a session in the first Call For Speakers, should I submit again?

As you submitted sessions in the first Call for Speakers, you are still being considered and do not need to re-submit. The abstract review of the first call for speakers, is still underway. Submissions from the re-opened call for speakers will be incorporated and considered along with those from the original call for speakers. Our goal is to complete the abstract review by the end of June, or early July, and will send out notification emails of results at that time.

4.
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.

5.
How do I submit an abstract?
  1. Login to your PASS membership account. (If you don't have one, register for one now)
  2. Make sure you’re familiar with the Definitions and FAQ pages
  3. Fill out your Personal Details. Make sure your biography conveys your key area of data-related expertise and number of years of data-related experience.
  4. Read and digitally sign the Speaker Contract. 
  5. Submit your abstracts on the My Submissions page

Please note that only submitted abstracts will be considered. Saved abstracts are not considered submitted.

6.
When is the abstract submission deadline?

The deadline for submission is Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 23:00 UTC. Please double check the actual submission deadline within your own time zone. 

7.
What is a technology focus?

Technology focus is the area in which your session abstract identifies with. It helps categorize your session for our review team, and also for attendees. 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.

8.
I still can't submit my abstract, what's wrong?

You may not have completed the speaking engagements section 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.

9.
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.

10.
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.

11.
What are the PASS Summit Streams?

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

12.
What are the PASS Summit Spotlights?

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

13.
What are the tracks for PASS Summit 2020?

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

14.
I’ve never presented at a virtual conference before. How do I keep my audience engaged?

We will be providing resources to support speakers presenting virtually, including webinars from fellow speakers with best practices. We are working on compiling those resources and will message it out to speakers when they become available. If you are an experienced virtual speaker and would like to contribute resources, please contact programs@pass.org

15.
What other information does PASS provide to help speakers?

Speakers are welcome to view sessions already submitted for PASS Summit 2020. 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. 

16.
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 biography. 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.

17.
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?
18.
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. 

19.
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. 

20.
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 end of June. Speakers will be notified of their selection in mid-July. The official program selection will be announced shortly after. 

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

21.
Why should I speak at PASS Summit 2020?

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. 

22.
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.

23.
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.

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