August 16-18, 2021|San Jose McEnery Convention Center| San Jose, CA

Welcome to the DesignCon Speaker Center, we are thrilled you will be presenting at our event! This Speaker Center is designed to help you prepare for an exciting week of presenting, learning, and sharing ideas and provides general information associated with being a speaker at the event. We look forward to seeing you then!

Event Location

DesignCon
August 16-18, 2021
San Jose McEnery Convention Center
150 W San Carlos St., San Jose, CA 95113

Are you speaking at Drive World+ESC?
If so, please visit the Drive World+ESC Speaker Center.

Speaker Registration & Benefits

Registration

As a speaker and/or a technical paper author at DesignCon, you will receive a complimentary All-Access Conference Pass. Show management will automatically register all speakers as listed on the Conference Schedule. If you do not see your name listed, please have your paper lead (who most likely submitted the initial abstract for your paper), contact [email protected] ASAP to have you added.

Technical Session leads (panels, tutorials, boot camps, and Chiphead Theater sessions excluded) – please let Matthew Wilson know who from your paper authors will be speaking at the event ASAP.

Benefits

As a speaker, you get access to many benefits throughout the event cycle.

  • Complimentary all-access pass for the entire event
    We welcome you, as a speaker, to attend the entire event, including all conference sessions, tutorials, demonstrations and exhibits, as well as all meals and social functions. You will be exempt from any conference registration fee.
  • Publicity
    This is an opportunity to raise your profile and network with the electronics design engineering community in the following ways:
    • Your name, title, company, and biography will be featured on the DesignCon 2021 website
    • Your session may be featured in our Attendee Newsletter
    • A chance to have your session promoted on all DesignCon & affiliate social networks
    • Option to feature your session in a blog post to be featured on Design News
    • Speak about your latest inventions, company, and highlight your expertise to some of the most influential engineers and press in the field
    • Last but of course not least, your contribution will make a positive impact on the DesignCon and engineering communities by sharing your knowledge and expertise

Speaker To-Dos

1. Access and complete the Speaker Agreement

2. Make your hotel reservations

3. Check your Speaker Profile for accuracy

4. Check your Session Schedule for accuracy 

5. Download the Paper Template

6. Download the Presentation Template

7. Promote your presence with the official hashtag #DesignCon

Important Deliverables & Deadlines

Please carefully review the following deliverables and deadlines required of all speakers.

 

  • July 2 – Presentation Slides Due
  • July 30 – Last Day to Submit Speaker Edits or Changes to Matthew Wilson
  • August 5 – Speaker Welcome Webinar
  • August 16-18 – DesignCon 2021

Contact Us

Matthew Wilson
Operations Specialist
[email protected]

Naomi Price
Conference Director
[email protected]

Paper & Presentation Requirements & Submission Instructions

ALL paper and slide submissions MUST follow the requirements below. Do not create slides for panel discussion participation unless instructed otherwise by your panel organizer.

* Papers are NOT required for boot camps, panels, tutorials, or Chiphead Theater sessions!
** Slides are NOT required for panels. Panel organizers: if you will be using slides, please work with your panelists to submit ONE PDF for your entire group. If you are a panelist and not sure if you need a presentation, please contact your panel organizer/moderator.
*** If you need to make revisions after you have submitted, please do not upload via the Box widget. Email revised PDF to [email protected]. This avoids any delays in the process and ensures the correct version is provided to attendees.

 


 

Paper Submission:

Due Friday, May 14

Paper upload information will be provided closer to the event

  • Name your PDF file: PAPER_Track#_FirstFiveWordsofSessionTitle_LeadAuthorLastName.pdf
  • In the Description, please put the title of your session and enter your email address
  • Submit the final paper in PDF format only


Slide Presentations:

Due Friday, July 2

Slide presentation upload information will be provided closer to the event.

  • The slide aspect ratio must be 16:9
  • Name your PDF file: SLIDES_Track#_FirstFiveWordsofSessionTitle_ LeadAuthorLastName.pdf
  • In the Description, please put the title of your session and enter your email address
  • Submit the final presentation in BOTH PDF (for proceedings) and PPT (for conference session) format

Audio Visual

Standard conference session rooms will include the following. (Subject to change)

  • 1 Laptop
  • 1 Wired Lavalier Microphone
  • 2 Tabletop Microphones
  • 1 LCD Projector with VGA/HDMI Cable
  • Large Projector Screen (16:9)

Note: The laptops in the room will have your presentation preloaded so you’ll be ready to present. Please bring your presentation on a USB drive as backup.

Press

Note that when conducting your presentation or participating on a panel, press may be present, including members of the Associated Press. Please be advised not to include confidential information in your discussion.

Marketing & Pre-Show Promotion

By agreeing to speak, you have become a vital part of the conference and thus an important element of pre-event promotion. Here's how your involvement in pre-event promotion works:

  • Social Media: If you're on social media, we hope that you'll socialize your participation and engage with your network about your speaking engagement at our event. 
  • Editorial Media: If you're willing and available, we hope that you'll give a pre-event interview by agreeing to speak with one of our staff editors about your scope of expertise and conference session. The world wants to hear about you and how you're influencing your industry. Don't miss the opportunity to get extra exposure by having a professional editorial piece written about you, as this content will be made public on our media sites and potentially included in our press releases.
  • Note that our marketing and editorial teams will be promoting your participation through various media channels throughout the pre-event campaign. Please be prepared to have your name and professional photo used on our marketing platforms, including website, media blogs, and social media.

Social Media Tool Kit

Please refer the social media tools below to help you engage with your network.

  • Event Hashtags: #DesignCon
  • Facebook and Twitter
  • Turnkey Twitter posts:
    • Example 1: Excited to be speaking at #DesignCon on August 17! See you there…
    • Example 2: #DesignCon 2021 is going to be the best yet! I’ll be speaking on XXX

Onsite Instructions

Accommodations & Travel

Hotel and travel information can be found on our Travel Planning page.

Parking

Parking details can be found on the convention center site.

Caltrain commuter rail, Valley Transportation Authority’s Light Rail, BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), and other public transport information can be found on the Visit San Jose website.

Additional Notes

  • Avoid sales pitches and commercial presentations. Experience shows that you will represent your company best by giving an educational, informative presentation. Speakers who include commercial information in their presentation risk not being invited back to speak in future DesignCon conferences
  • Make sure to bring a copy of your presentation with you on-site
  • There will be a laptop in the room with your presentation preloaded on the computer
  • If you have any additional A/V request(s), contact [email protected]
  • No sales/promotional handouts are to be distributed in the conference areas (including meeting rooms). Sales literature distribution is limited to exhibitor booths only. For more information or to learn about DesignCon 2021 sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities, please contact [email protected].