I confess I have never fully appreciated the contributions of those who have organized the many conferences I have attended. Let me just make a total mea culpa right now, because I had no idea of the agony and the ecstasy, so to speak!
Thankfully, our program committee of Susan Sweet, Pat Sabena, and Sarah Davies had a strategy to get the job done brilliantly. Having listened carefully to our vision, they crafted a call for presenters, and sent out quite a few personal notes to the best and the brightest in the industry inviting them to submit a proposal.
And did we get riches in those submissions! Wow! If you submitted something and are not on the program, I can only tell you that the competition was stiff indeed, with more than 70 proposals. The committee calls were lively and vocal, as everyone made their case. The Google Docs engine was put through its paces as we ranked, rated, debated, lobbied for our favorites content.
To get on stage at this event, you must sound interesting to your peers. Susan, Pat and Sarah may seem like sweet souls, and they are, but they are uncompromising when it comes to building a program to delight the attendees.
All speakers at this event are main stage or poster presenters (more on that in a future post!) Most get only 20 minutes, so have to distill down to the essential nuggets of their message. Presentations are organized into groups that run back to back, so you get a full dose of ideas in between your tea breaks.
It’s a heady mix, and we are absolutely thrilled with the program. We’ll be telling you more about it over the next few weeks.