Call closed 11:59pm 02/22/2013 EST.
It’s midsummer, and we’re already working on the seventh annual Tools of Change Conference, happening February 12-14, 2013 in New York, NY. In the months since TOC 2012, we’ve been witness to (and part of) some incredible publishing innovations. These inspiring ideas, projects, and the people behind them share one common uniting principle—they place optimizing the user experience above all else.
For TOC 2013 (and beyond), we want to make that focus on user experience our rallying cry. No matter what category of publishing you are in, no matter what media—crafting a quality user experience in every aspect is a goal that everyone in our community aspires to.
With this in mind, we invite you to submit your program proposals for our TOC 2013 program. The 2013 theme of “Connect/Explore/Create” is the “how” to our community mission of creating the best possible user experience. In addition, we’ll be placing a great deal of emphasis on all things “open” (such as platforms, standards, and systems) and shining a spotlight on the concepts of collaboration and connection—within the industry, and across industries; authors to publishers/authors to readers/publishers to readers.
If you have a presentation you’d like to make or a session you’d like to lead, we’d love to hear from you. Topics we’re especially interested in include publishing-related advanced technical sessions, in-depth explorations of successful experimental publishing models, and the latest research from industry experts.
The following list is what we’ve been thinking about for TOC 2013, but there’s no need to limit your proposals to the topics below. Ultimately, we’re interested in what most interests you.
We’re looking for presentations and sessions that will help our attendees:
Submitting a video clip of the speaker or speakers with your proposal is mandatory this year. Proposals that don’t include a link to a video clip of the speaker giving a talk or somehow showing us their presenting skills will not be considered. If you don’t have video of the speaker(s) in action at an event, please create a very short clip (2-3 minutes) of the presenter(s) proposing his/hers/their session. We don’t care at all about the quality of the video; we care about the quality of the speakers. Feel free to use your phone or Flipcam to take the video, and don’t worry about editing it in any way. If your video isn’t already online, post it to a third-party site (YouTube is fine), and then share the link with us.
We’d love to see proposals that go beyond “talking heads” panels and speech-style presentations with slide decks. Tell us how you plan to organize and present your information; keep in mind we are especially interested in presentations with a conversational or interactive format. We encourage you to propose topics for debate, as well as round tables or “ask the expert” sessions.
We are currently accepting submissions for:
We’ll be doing a separate call for Ignite talks and Startup Showcase companies later this year. Make sure you are following us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and are signed up for the TOC email bulletin to be notified when they open.
A limited number of speaking opportunities are also available through conference sponsorship. Contact Scott Harvey at (617) 499-7574 or email@example.com for more information.
The submission deadline for all proposals is September 6.
Proposals due: September 6
Proposers Notified of acceptance: Early November
Registration Opens: Early October
For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the conference, contact Scott Harvey at firstname.lastname@example.org
For media partnerships, contact mediapartners@ oreilly.com
For media-related inquiries, contact Maureen Jennings at email@example.com
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