Instructions on How to Submit a Speaking Proposal

Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal to present at The eLearning Guild’s DevLearn 2016 Conference & Expo. Please read the information below before you complete the submission form. If you are not contacted by the end of May, your session will be placed on the standby list and be considered as a substitute session.

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FAQs About Speaking at DevLearn

What are the event dates?

The conference will be held Wednesday, November 16 through Friday, November 18, 2016.
Pre-conference workshops will be held on Monday and Tuesday, November 14 and 15, 2016.
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When are speaking proposals due?

Proposals are due by Friday, April 15, 2016.
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Where is the event located?

The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
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What is DevLearn all about?

DevLearn is, by far, North America’s top eLearning event. This event is designed for eLearning professionals interested in exploring the leading edge of the emerging technologies our industry will put to work for learning. DevLearn provides a comprehensive program of learning opportunities to meet the needs of learning professionals who are involved in the management, design, development, implementation, and delivery of organizational learning. If you want to know what’s coming next in the world of learning, what the leaders in the field are thinking and doing, and how new technologies impact management, strategy development, and learning development, then you need to be at DevLearn.
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What is the target audience for this event?

The target audience for DevLearn sessions includes executives, managers, and practitioners in corporate, government, and academic settings who are actively focused on the tools, technologies, strategies, and techniques that can be put to work for learning.

DevLearn provides learning opportunities for all those directly involved in the development of eLearning, regardless of:

  • Job title
  • The task they perform on the development team
  • Whether they work in a corporate, government, or academic setting
  • The content or type of learning they are designing, developing, and/or managing
  • The scope of responsibilities—whether as a specialist or a generalist
  • The extent of responsibilities—whether as an individual contributor, departmental manager, divisional director, or corporate executive

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What types and durations of sessions are offered at this event?

  • Optional one-day pre-conference workshops will be held on Monday, November 14 and Tuesday, November 15.
  • Concurrent and stage sessions will be held Wednesday, November 16 through Friday, November 18. Session run times are either 45 or 60 minutes.
  • Both workshops and concurrent sessions may be offered as BYOL® sessions (Bring Your Own Laptop®). For more details on the BYOL® format, click here.

Selected speakers will be assigned a slot by the Guild staff. If you have any scheduling conflicts, please note that on your submission form.

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What is the program focus of the event?

Sessions should address the needs of learning professionals experienced with technology-based solutions. We are particularly interested in sessions in which you share the solution your organization crafted and implemented to solve a pressing learning/business challenge.

Your session is more likely to be selected if your content is focused, in-depth, and offers practical solutions, ideas, strategies, and/or techniques. We are also very interested in sessions that show how cutting-edge ideas and technologies can be used in creative ways to enhance learning experiences.

We are looking for a variety of topics that cover the full spectrum of factors that impact learning and performance including, but not limited to:

  • Learning Stages
  • Case Studies
  • Mobile Solutions
  • Video-based Learning
  • Social Media and Social Learning
  • Experience Design
  • Virtual Reality
  • Serious games and Gamification
  • Authoring Tools
  • Simulations
  • Infrastructure and Systems
  • Augmented Reality
  • Development Techniques
  • Instructional Design
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What is BYOL® (Bring Your Own Laptop®)?

  • BYOL® stands for Bring Your Own Laptop®. Participants of BYOL® sessions are expected to bring their laptops with the software being discussed already installed.
  • These sessions are hands-on and give participants an opportunity to actually work along with the presenter.
  • BYOL® sessions may be either full-day workshops or 60-minute concurrent sessions.
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Who is eligible to present at DevLearn?

  • As a community-based organization, we welcome any and all proposals.
  • Vendors of eLearning products and services will be considered; however, NO marketing or self-promotion is allowed. Sessions must be educational and informational in content. While not required, proposals that feature a case study with a client are strongly preferred.
  • If you are interested in exhibiting at this event and want to find out about promotional opportunities, contact

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Is there compensation for speakers?

  • One free full-conference registration is provided per session. This free registration is given to the main presenter listed on the submission form. This registration cannot be shared or split.*
  • The first co-presenter (if applicable) will be able to register for the conference at a substantially discounted rate (no other discounts apply). This discount cannot be shared or split. Co-presenters must pay the discounted rate by a specified due date in order to present.* For any additional co-presenters, normal conference registration fees and discounts will apply.
  • All presenters must be listed when you submit your proposal. Additional presenters cannot be added to your session without approval of Guild staff.
  • Presenters who are selected to conduct more than one session are given one free registration in total.
  • Full-day workshop presenters may have their travel and hotel costs covered. They may also receive a fee based on workshop attendance.

*Your registration provides access to all conference sessions. Both free and discounted registrations, as outlined above, include conference materials, access to the post-event site, lunches, receptions, and networking activities. Presenters must pay for participation in any additional optional activities, such as co-located events, pre-conference workshops, and/or post-conference events.

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What is required of me as a speaker from a technical standpoint?

  • Speakers must provide their own Wi-Fi-enabled (if use of Wi-Fi is needed for your presentation) computer and any software required to run their presentation.
  • Standard AV provided includes computer projector, screen, speakers for the computer, and wireless access. Other AV equipment requested will be approved case-by-case.

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If selected as a speaker, what information and materials will I be required to submit?

  • A session description for publication on the web and in the mobile app and print materials. (The Guild staff will edit the information you provide to the Guild’s style and length requirements. You will be required to review for accuracy.)
  • A photo for use on the event website and other event materials. Photos must be formatted to be a minimum of 300 dpi, 5”x7” and in TIFF, JPG, or PNG formats.
  • An AV form that lists any technical requirements for your session(s).
  • Session materials that will be posted for event participants before, during, and after the event. (Concurrent sessions only; workshop materials will not be posted on the resource site.)

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Do I need to submit separate proposals for each event?

To streamline the proposal process, there is one proposal form that applies to all three events.

While you will be asked which event your session is most tailored towards, your proposal will be applied to all three events. If you have a proposal that you think may apply to more than one of the three events, there is no need to submit the form multiple times.
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How do I submit a proposal?

  • Use the online CFP form and complete all areas of the form. Completing a submission takes approximately 10 minutes.
  • You may submit more than one proposal. You must submit a separate form for each session proposed.
  • If you need to exit the form without submitting, be sure to use the “save and continue later” function found at the top of the proposal form.

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Who should I contact if I need help?

If you have any questions about the form, these instructions, or the event, or if you are unsure about whether or not your topic is appropriate for this event, please contact our programming team at

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