Call for Speakers | NextGen 2019

At the Next Generation of Government Training Summit, we aim to have diverse, intelligent and experienced speakers. We are really excited for our 9th summit and are looking for great speakers working in or with government to help us build a compelling lineup.

Speaking at NextGen is an amazing experience and if you have ever attended, you know that the NextGen audience expects presentations with high energy. If you are thinking “I have a great story to share, should I submit my idea?,” then check out the details below to get a good idea of what we're looking for and then submit your application!


Call for Speakers Details:

In order for your speaker submission to be considered, you need to choose an existing session from the office NextGen Summit schedule. We will not accept submissions that do not map to existing sessions.

That being said, our session titles and abstracts can be tweaked if you are selected as a speaker! We will work with you to develop a session that plays to your particular expertise as well as fulfills the needs of our NextGen audience.

Please take some time to familiarize yourself with this year’s NextGen Summit schedule. You’ll notice there are three different types of sessions to choose from this year:

For 20 minute keynote sessions, we’re looking for speakers who:
  • Have a great story to tell and a passion for sharing your knowledge with others
  • Can share a unique perspective on problem-solving, innovation, creativity, inspiration or achievements.
  • Provide clear successful use cases, best practices, teachings and how-tos.

For our 60-90 minute breakout sessions, we’re looking for speakers who:
  • Can facilitate an interactive conversation around a professional development topic
  • Provide clear successful use cases, best practices, teachings and how-tos.
  • Have experience working with or in government and how these tools can realistically be applied within government.
For our 2 hours and 15 minute workshops, we’re looking for speaker who:
  • Are comfortable leading a room of 30-100 Summit attendees through lecture, exercises and feedback for an extended amount of time.
  • Can provide in-depth information on a workshop included in the NextGen schedule.
  • Have experience facilitating a workshop-style session and can keep attendee energy and engagement high.                          
Now that you have an idea of what we’re looking for, here are a few helpful tips for crafting your speaker submission so that you get selected to speak:
  • Outline your talking points - think about why an attendee should give your their time.
  • List what problems your session will address.
  • List and rank your key takeaways.
  • Who is the audience for your story?
  • What is the take-away or action item the attendee walks away with?

Once you have those five things outlined, you are ready to apply to speak at NextGen! When submitting your application, be as precise and descriptive as possible - the more direct you are, the easier it is for our team to understand exactly what you would like to speak about:
  • Let us know what other speaking experience that you have.
  • Be sure to select the NextGen Summit session that maps most closely to your expertise.

The Call for Speakers closes on April 16, 2019. All speakers will be notified of their selection status by May 30, 2019.


Questions? Email us at [email protected]. Thanks very much and we look forward to seeing you at NextGen!