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  • Broadcast Engineering Conference
  • Broadcast Management Conference
  • Cloud Computing Conference
  • Disruptive Media Conference
  • Military Government Summit
  • Technology Summit on Cinema
  • General Topics

The NAB Show® Call for Speakers is open! Nearly 100,000 media and entertainment professionals from 156 countries, including more than 1,700 industry press representatives, attended the 2014 NAB Show. We invite you to be part of the 2015 event.


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Proposal Requirements and Deadlines

  • Proposals featuring original content, research or rarely-seen yet highly regarded speakers will receive very favorable consideration.
  • Proposals promoting company products or services will not be accepted; however proposals explaining the underlying technologies used in broadcast products or services will be considered. NAB Show offers Info Sessions on a space-available basis for companies seeking to promote their services. Click here for Info Session particulars.
  • Proposals must be submitted by October 17, 2014 to be considered. In order to be fair to all submitters, this deadline will not be extended.
  • Proposals are reviewed based on relevant topic and target audience. Review the target audience for each conference per the information below prior to submitting. Click here to view a sample proposal.
  • NAB Show reserves the right to include additional speakers, edit titles and descriptions, and replace moderators as deemed necessary for the overall success of the session and accepted proposal. All such improvements will be reviewed with each submitter.
  • All submitters will be notified no later than the week of December 31, 2014 of the status of their submission via email to the address submitters provide on the submission form.

Proposals are due October 17, 2014.


Conferences

NAB Show offers seven Conferences featuring 500+ skill-building sessions covering a wide range of topics in media and entertainment.


Conferences are subject to change.


Types of Submissions

NAB Show encourages all types of submissions. Technical Papers are offered exclusively within the Broadcast Engineering Conference program.


Formats for Speaker/Session Submissions may be:

  • Keynote or Lecture – Solo speaker, suitable for consideration as a Conference Keynote, Super Session or General Session presentation.
  • Panel Discussion – Moderator-led panel featuring experts discussing a particular topic. NAB Show recommends no more than four panelists and a moderator for these sessions.
  • Round Table Discussion – Facilitator-led round tables featuring dynamic interaction with attendees discussing a variety of related topics.
  • Workshop – Structured education presented progressively over the course of 4-6 hours. Typically workshops at NAB Show are presented within one day, but can be broken up across two days if required.
  • Case Study – Industry-led success story around a particular project or implementation. NAB Show expects that all case study submissions include participants from the end user (industry) as well as the trading partner for the project or implementation.

Once you have submitted your proposal, you may modify it until the submission deadline of October 17, 2014.

Broadcast Engineering Conference

The six-day Broadcast Engineering Conference (BEC) attracts the world's most experienced practicing broadcast engineers and technicians, and has been doing so since 1946. Presenters deliver technical papers which are then published in NAB's prestigious Broadcast Engineering Conference Proceedings. Selected papers are eligible for the Best Paper Award, honoring the author(s) of a paper of exceptional merit.


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For questions, contact John Marino, VP, Technology at (202) 429-5346 or via email.

Target Audience

Broadcast engineers and technicians, engineering consultants, contract engineers, broadcast equipment manufacturers, distributors, R&D engineers plus anyone specifically interested in the latest broadcast technologies.


Conference Format

  • Paper presentations are limited to 30 minutes in length, including 5-10 minutes of audience Q&A.
  • Selected papers are grouped and presented within a particular topic area (for example, Implementing Mobile TV) as determined by the BEC Programming Committee.

Submission Requirements

  • Proposals should be no more than 200 words in length and explain precisely what attendees will learn.
  • Papers promoting company products or services will not be accepted; however papers explaining the underlying technologies used in broadcast products or services will be considered.
  • Proposals must be submitted by October 17, 2014 to be considered.

If Selected

  • Submitters will be responsible for providing a 150-word abstract for their paper, no later than December 16, 2014.
  • Full manuscripts of the accepted Paper will be due via email by January 19, 2015 in order to meet publication deadline.
  • Papers must be at least 2,500 words and educational in nature. Papers must be submitted in Adobe Acrobat PDF file format. Full manuscript formatting instructions will be provided upon acceptance of submission.

Relevant Topic Areas

  • Advanced Technologies for Radio
  • Advanced Technologies for Television
  • Advancements in HD Radio Technology
  • Advancements in Television Production
  • Advancements in Transmitter Technology
  • AM Revitalization
  • AOIP Interoperability
  • Apps for Radio and Television
  • Artist Experience (Graphics for IBOC Radio Display)
  • ATSC 3.0
  • Audience Measurement Technologies
  • Automation in Broadcasting
  • Broadcast Facilities
  • Broadcast Facilities Monitoring
  • Broadcasting – A Global Technology Perspective
  • CALM
  • Centralizing Technical Operations for Radio and Television
  • Channel in a Box Solutions/Opportunities
  • Cloud Applications for Broadcast
  • Cloud Based Storage and Distribution
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Digital Radio
  • Distributed Transmission Systems
  • Emergency Operations – Planning and Recovery
  • Engineering Case Studies for Radio
  • Engineering Management in Challenging Times
  • Green Engineering
  • Hybrid Radio
  • Hybrid Television
  • IP For Radio Engineers
  • IP for Television
  • IP Network Security for Broadcast
  • Loudness Measurement and Control for Television
  • LTE as a Broadcast Service
  • ATSC M/H Technical Status, Measurement and Optimization
  • Maintaining the IBOC Signal
  • Maximizing Spectrum Efficiency for Television
  • Measuring Audience Anytime Anywhere Viewing
  • Media Archiving
  • Media Asset Management
  • Mobile TV Update Domestic and International
  • Monitoring Data Services for Radio and Television
  • Multimedia and Social Media for Radio
  • New Radio Data Applications
  • Next Generation Sports Production and Delivery
  • Next Generation Television
  • Optimizing RF Coverage for Radio and Television
  • Other
  • OTT Issues
  • Professional Development for Broadcast Engineers
  • Radio Technical Challenges in Need of Solutions
  • Receiver Technology – Radio in the Automotive Center Console
  • Remote Monitoring of Broadcast Operations
  • RFR Exposure and FAA Issues
  • Security Issues for Broadcast
  • Social Media and Broadcasting
  • Spectrum Auctions and Repacking – Technical Aspects
  • Studio and Transmitter Facilities (Construction/Upgrades/Maintenance)
  • Technical Regulatory Issues
  • Television Quality Assurance
  • Television Technical Challenges in Need of Solutions
  • Tests and Measurements in the Broadcast Plant
  • The Evolution of Newsgathering
  • The Next Digital Transition for Television
  • The TV Second Screen
  • TV Anytime Anywhere
  • Ultra High Definition Television
  • Video Description and Captioning for Web Content
  • Video File Workflow Methodologies
  • Wireless Solutions for Ancillary Broadcast Services
  • Workflow for Radio
  • Workflow for TV

Broadcast Management Conference

The 3-day Broadcast Management Conference is where media CEOs, station managers and other corporate executives gather to learn about the mission-critical issues facing media companies today. In addition, broadcast management and strategy topics span the entire content development lifecycle.


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For questions, contact Denise Brassé, VP, Convention Education via email.

Target Audience

CEOs, Presidents, COOs, CTOs, CIOs, CFOs, station managers and other corporate senior managers. Finance, legal, policy, advertising, marketing, corporation communications, public relations and business development managers.


Conference Format

  • Moderated panel presentations are typically limited to 60 minutes in length, including 5-10 minutes of audience Q&dA.
  • Keynote presentations are typically 60 minutes in length, including 5-10 minutes of audience Q&A.

Submission Requirements

  • Proposals should be no more than 200 words in length and explain precisely what attendees will learn.
  • Papers promoting company products or services will not be accepted; however papers explaining the underlying technologies used in broadcast products or services will be considered.
  • Round table and workshop formats are also welcomed. Program lengths will vary depending on the format and topics covered.

Relevant Topic Areas

  • Leadership
  • The impact of FCC Policy
  • Radio and Television Business Models
  • Technology from a non-technical perspective
  • New revenue streams for radio and television
  • Cross-platform marketing and audience measurement
  • Newsroom developments and trends
  • Music licensing copyright compliance
  • Emergency communications

Cloud Computing Conference

The Cloud Computing Conference demonstrates how software developers are addressing two major concerns with respect to cloud-based solutions for video delivery – reliability and security. Presentations should feature executive overviews of how cloud-based solutions positively impact each stage of the content distribution chain, from collaboration and post-production to storage, delivery and analytics.


submit speaking proposal

For questions, contact John Marino, VP, Technology at (202) 429-5346 or via email.

Target Audience

Senior-most executives involved in digital distribution and delivery (CTO, CIO, COO, chief engineers); media managers; systems integrators; heads of research and development.


Conference Format

  • Moderated panel presentations are typically limited to 50 minutes in length, including 5-10 minutes of audience Q&A.
  • Keynote presentations are typically 20 minutes in length, including 5 minutes of audience Q&A.

Relevant Topic Areas

  • Cost advantages of cloud solutions
  • Security concerns and the cloud
  • File-based workflows in the cloud
  • Implementing cloud storage of content
  • Big Data and the cloud

Creative Master Series

The Creative Master Series brings together key players in the motion picture, TV, advertising and online communities to shine a light on the craftsmanship of content. Preference is given to submissions featuring a particular project, with a deep dive into the content creation process from the perspective of directors, producers and showrunners, key creative crew and artists; and studio and network production and postproduction executives.


submit speaking proposal

For questions, contact Denise Brassé, VP, Convention Education via email.

Target Audience

Those engaged directly with "below-the-line" activities such as cinematography, film and visual effects editing, and production management across all delivery segments including films, television, online and mobile. Content owners, programmers and aggregators.


Conference Format

  • Moderated panel presentations are typically limited to 60 minutes in length, including 5-10 minutes of audience Q&A.

Relevant Topic Areas

  • Developing original content for the Web
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Film and television show development case studies
  • Branded Entertainment
  • Show runner and Director Q&As

Disruptive Media Conference

The Disruptive Media Conference gathers broader-casters® who oversee mobile, digital, branded entertainment and interactive divisions within their companies to explore developments in online video and mobile entertainment. The two half-day programs cover disruptive media as well as more traditional OTT technologies and how these are impacting business models for distribution and consumer engagement.


submit speaking proposal

For questions, contact Denise Brassé, VP, Convention Education via email.

Target Audience

Chief executive level (CEO, CIO, chief product or revenue officers) responsible for managing digital or new media, or interactive divisions within their companies.


Conference Format

  • Moderated panel presentations are typically limited to 60 minutes in length, including 5-10 minutes of audience Q&A.
  • Keynote presentations are typically 30 minutes in length, including 5 minutes of audience Q&A.

Relevant Topic Areas

  • Monetizing the multi-platform system
  • Viewer engagement
  • Branded entertainment
  • New distribution models
  • New audience measurement and ratings developments

Military and Government Summit

The three-day Military and Government Summit bridges the gap between military needs and cutting-edge commercial video applications and related technologies. Government and military attendees will learn how commercial applications can often provide the perfect solutions. Non-government attendees will learn about requirements of military and government programs and how to do business with the government. The objective for this Summit is to bring military, government and commercial interests together in order to facilitate new business relationships.


submit speaking proposal

For questions, contact John Marino, VP, Technology at (202) 429-5346 or via email.

Target Audience

Manufacturers of high-end video and telecommunications products and applications, systems integrators, researchers, engineers and scientists attend from the commercial sector. High-level executives, officers and staff from military and government organizations typically attend along with others seeking to learn about emerging technologies and applications.


Conference Format

  • Presentations are limited to 30 minutes in length.
  • Selected presentations are grouped and presented within a particular topic area (for example, Real-Time Input Briefings) as determined by the Military and Government Summit Technical Advisory Committee.

Relevant Topic Areas

  • Commercial off-the-shelf technologies for military/government application
  • Broadband and networking for military/government
  • Communications during emergencies
  • Security and surveillance
  • Mission critical video streaming
  • Portable/handheld devices and applications
  • Digital asset management
  • Conducting business with the government
  • Producing, editing and packaging video for dissemination
  • Systems integration
  • Command, Control and Communications
  • Emerging satellite technologies
  • Local and wide area networking for military and government
  • Encryption technologies
  • Field operations and data security

Technology Summit on Cinema

The Technology Summit on Cinema (TSC), produced in partnership with SMPTE, provides an in-depth global view of the new wave of technology coming soon to your local multiplex, with an eye toward how it might later affect the broader media ecosystem. Submissions are encouraged from technology innovators, filmmakers, movie theater operators, manufacturers and other experts encompassing the many perspectives of advancing the state of the art in cinema.


submit speaking proposal

For questions, contact John Marino, VP, Technology at (202) 429-5346 or via email.

Target Audience

The TSC targets a cross section of theatrical exhibitors, distributors, filmmakers and others working in the business, engineering and technical side of the cinema.


Conference Format

  • Moderated panel presentations can vary in length depending on topic, technical depth of presentation, and screened content. Sessions are typically limited to 60 minutes in length, including 5-10 minutes of audience Q&A.
  • Keynote presentations are typically 60 minutes in length, including 5-10 minutes of audience Q&A.

Relevant Topic Areas

  • Image and sound advancements
  • The latest on higher-frame-rate stereoscopic 3D
  • New business models for alternate content to the theater
  • The latest on laser projection systems
  • The latest developments in 4K and beyond
  • Key industry trends for the next three years

General Topics

NAB Show® encourages all types of submissions for a range of topics. If none of the conferences noted are of interest, you may submit a "General Topic of Interest" session idea for consideration within our existing Conference program or for our General Session or Super Session Series.


submit speaking proposal

For questions, contact John Marino, VP, Technology at (202) 429-5346 or via email.

Once you have submitted your proposal, you may modify it until the submission deadline of October 17, 2014.

Proposal Requirements and Notification Process

  • Proposals should be no more than 200 words in length and explain precisely what Attendees will learn.
  • Proposals featuring original content, research or rarely-seen yet highly regarded Speakers will receive very favorable consideration.
  • Proposals promoting company products or services will not be accepted; however proposals explaining the underlying technologies used in broadcast products or services will be considered. NAB Show offers Info Sessions on a space-available basis for companies seeking to promote their services.
  • Proposals must be submitted by October 17, 2014 to be considered.
  • All submitters will be notified within the week of December 31, 2014 of the status of their submission via email to the address submitters provide in the submission form.

The Content Lifecycle at NAB Show

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