PASS Summit 2020

Pre-ConferenceCall For Speakers

Open: February 11, 2020
Close: March 03, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When and where is PASS Summit 2020?
  2. Who can submit a pre-conference 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. What are the PASS Summit Streams?
  9. What are the PASS Summit Spotlights?
  10. What are the tracks for PASS Summit 2020?
  11. What other information does PASS provide to help speakers?
  12. How are speakers selected from this Call for Speakers?
  13. What criteria does the PASS Program Committee use to review abstracts?
  14. Will session evaluations from previous Summits be taken into account during the abstract review?
  15. What about links provided to videos? How will these affect the abstract review process?
  16. When will I find out if I have been accepted to speak?
  17. Why should I speak at PASS Summit 2020?
  18. What will I receive as a speaker?
  19. What happens if I get selected as a speaker after I've already paid the registration fee?

When and where is PASS Summit 2020?

PASS Summit 2020 will be held November 10-13, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX. Pre-conference sessions take place November 9 and 10.


Who can submit a pre-conference abstract?

The PASS Summit Pre-conference Call for Speakers is open to anyone with a minimum of 2-3 years experience in leading and presenting full-day conference sessions, workshops, training events, and/or credit based classes at an accredited college or university, and/or PASS Summit or similar conferences and events. You may submit a total of three abstracts.


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.


When is the abstract submission deadline?

The deadline for submission is Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 20:00 UTC. Please double check the actual submission deadline within your own time zone. 


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


What other information does PASS provide to help speakers?

You can 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 pre-conference 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 March. Speakers will be notified of their selection in early April. The official pre-conference selection will be announced shortly after.


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. 


What will I receive as a speaker?

Pre-conference speakers receive:

  • One complimentary, non-transferrable, 3-day registration to PASS Summit 2020
  • A $75 honorarium per paid registered attendee
  • A travel stipend of $300.00

Please review the Speaker Contract for complete details.


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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