Submit an Abstract

Submit your abstract!

Please use this form to submit a session abstract for Social Connections 13 (Philadephia, April 26-27 2018).

All sessions should be delivered in English (and thus the title and abstract should be in English too).

All accepted speakers will be granted complimentary access to the event (or have their paid tickets refunded), and are invited to an exclusive VIP reception. Unfortunately, travel and accommodation costs cannot be covered.

Abstract submission closes on Monday 12th March at Noon (CET). Please make sure to submit before that.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions about submitting a session or about presenting at Social Connections.

Please follow these suggestions from Engage website when providing your picture and bio.
Please read this blog from Gab Davis for tips on creating an abstract.

We are offering a selection of session durations:

  • 15 minutes - solely for Spotlight sessions (see below)
  • 30 minutes - the standard session length, used for ~75% of our session slots. You will increase your chance of being selected by opting for this session length
  • 60 minutes - for in-depth technical sessions, where it is difficult to get to grips with the content in 30 minutes

We are inviting sessions in the following tracks:

  • Administration - sessions relating to administering Social Business platforms. It could be the design and build of infrastructure, upgrading, managing users, migrating to the cloud, integration with other services or platforms etc. Sessions relating to cloud, hybrid or on-premise infrastructures are welcome! (30-minute and 60-minute slots)
  • Case Study - sessions focused on telling the story of existing Social Business projects. We love case studies! And the more honest the better! Ideally these sessions should feature at least one speaker from the company that uses the platform, but they could be accompanied by a vendor or partner. (30-minute slots only)
  • Development - how and why to develop for these services. We'd love you to share your tips, techniques and experience of developing solutions or applications, where you might hit issues, and how you overcome them. (30-minute and 60-minute slots)
  • Future of Work - sessions in this track should explore topics around the area of improving the productivity of individuals and organisations through the use of social technologies. (30-minute slots only)
  • Management and Adoption - sessions that take a higher-level view of the issues, challenges and opportunities that surface when deploying social platforms. (30-minute slots)
  • Spotlight - this track is designed to give new (or experienced) speakers the chance to present a short session on a topic of their choice. Think of it as being akin to TED talks, but within the framework of Social Connections. You can choose to use a presentation deck or not, to prepare earnestly or to speak from the heart, the choice is yours. What we're after is insight, interest and passion - the rest is up to you! (15-minute slots only)
  • Watson Work Services - We're branching out for the first time, wanting to include sessions on IBMs big focus area right now - IBM Watson. (30-minute slots)
  • Analytics - We also would like to invite sessions in the analytics field, it is becoming more and more involved in anything data related, and we would like to hear how it can be applied especially to social business. (30-minute slots)
  • Security - We also would like to invite sessions in the Security area, it is becoming more and more important(30-minute and 60-minute slots)
  • Sponsor - for those organisations that are sponsoring the event at Gold level or above, there is the option to submit a Sponsor session for the conference. (30-minute slots only)

Submit Abstract:

Session track (see list above)*

Cloud / On Prem

Requested Session length *

Session title * (max 140 characters)

Abstract * (max 1,000 characters)

Details - Speaker 1:

First name*:
Last name*:
Mobile / Contact number*:
Twitter ID:
LinkedIn profile:
Facebook page:
Company website:

Bio - this will be used for the site & handouts* (max 1,000 characters)

Profile picture* (Max 4 Mb)

Details - Speaker 2 (optional):

First name:
Last name:
Mobile / Contact number:
Twitter ID:
LinkedIn profile:
Facebook page:
Company website:

Bio - this will be used for the site & handouts (max 1,000 characters)

Profile picture* (Max 4 Mb)