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Speaker Center


Welcome to the DesignCon Speaker Center! We are thrilled you will be speaking at our event. The Conference will be held Tuesday, January 28 – Friday, January 31 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.

This Speaker Center is designed to help you prepare for an exciting week of presenting, learning, and sharing ideas. It covers general information associated with being a speaker at the event. We are looking forward to seeing you in January!

Your Role as a Speaker

As a speaker at DesignCon, it is your responsibility to submit an electronic version of both your class notes/slide presentation and a technical white paper (1,500 word minimum). Both will be posted to the Proceedings website for registered attendees to download prior to the conference. Please do not send hardcopies of these materials. These notes should be submitted electronically, directions below.

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Presenter Webinar

If you weren't able to attend the DesignCon Presenter Webinar, click here for the recorded version.

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Important Deadlines

Signed Speaker Agreement: Due Immediately

We require all DesignCon speakers to sign and return a speaker agreement. This agreement confirms your intent to speak at the event, and gives the DesignCon Conference the right to post your contributions to the online conference proceedings while you maintain your right to use your work elsewhere.

Technical Paper (not required for tutorials or panels): Due Monday, November 18, 2013

Please refer to the Technical Paper Templates, including proper naming of files. We ask that all speakers use the DesignCon Technical Paper Template to provide consistency throughout the event. Those speakers who fail to provide the proceedings materials by the deadline may not be considered for the Best Paper Award. Templates and instructions to submit proceedings are below.

Presentation Slides: Due Friday, January 3, 2014

Please refer to the Presentation Slide Template and Submission instructions, including proper naming of files. Those speakers who fail to provide the proceedings materials may not be considered as future speakers for the DesignCon Conference. Directions to submit proceedings are below.

Accommodations & Travel: Due date Thursday, January 9, 2014

Take advantage of the lowest hotel rates available for DesignCon. Book your rooms now while they last!

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
5101 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, California 95054
DesignCon rate: $205 per night
Reservations by phone: (800) 233-1234 or (408) 200-1234
Ask for the DesignCon special rate when you call.

Avatar Hotel
4200 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, California 95054
DesignCon rate: $153 per night
Reservations by phone: (888) 573-9078 or (408) 217-6659
Ask for the DesignCon special rate when you call.

Rates are based on hotel availability are guaranteed up to the cut-off date, all rooms and rates will be based on availability. Visit our Venue & Travel page for more details.

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Audio Visual

Each of the conference session rooms will include the following:

  • 1 wired lavalier microphone
  • 2 tabletop microphones
  • 1 LCD projector with VGA cable
  • Screen

Note: Speakers will be responsible for providing their own laptop, presentation slides, and slide progression. If you are using a Mac, please remember to bring a dongle.

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Mobile evaluations have arrived! Evaluations will be sent by email to attendees for each conference session they attend 15 minutes before the session concludes. They will be able to complete the evaluation on their phones or opt to complete later when they have access to their computers. Response rates have improved at sister conferences with the advent of mobile evaluations, and it helps DesignCon be green by reducing paper waste.

Evaluations are comprised of the following questions, rated on a scale of: Excellent, Good, Fair and Poor.

  1. Overall Session Rating
  2. Technical Quality of Session
  3. Organization of the Session
  4. Speaker Rating (for each presenter)

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As a speaker, you are entitled to a complimentary conference pass. We ask that you complete the quick registration process online. There is a dedicated link that was included in your speaker kit. Once on-site, proceed to Speaker Registration which is located in the second floor of the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Onsite Registration Hours
Tuesday, January 28 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday, January 29 7:30am - 6:00pm
Thursday, January 30 7:30am - 6:00pm
Friday, January 31 8:30am - 11:00am

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Speaker Benefits

Trade/Business Publications; Online/News Services

Reporters from industry trade publications, newspapers and wire services must provide a sample of an article published within the past six months that clearly displays authorship.

Complimentary Registration

As a speaker, you receive complimentary registration to DesignCon. There is no need to register for specific classes, as you will be given a badge providing you access to all the classes and all of the special events, including the keynotes.

Access to the Speaker Lounge

The Speaker Lounge will be available for your use during the week of the conference. You will have space to prepare for your sessions, relax and network.

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Please submit speaker agreements, papers, and slides to this email address:

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the following:

Content & Program

Megan Pulver
Content Program Coordinator
UBM Tech
303 Second Street, Suite 900 South Tower
San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: (415) 947-6927