Speak at Data Driven Government 2020

Call for Speakers Washington, D.C. 2020

October, 2020

Venue: Washington DC
Speaker proposal deadline: May 1, 2020 (Note you may still submit, even though the deadline has passed, if you’d like to be on the reserve list in case of speaker cancellations). 
Speakers and Panelists will be notified by: May 31, 2020


All Speakers and Panelists: Please read this call for speakers and panelists in its entirety before proceeding to the speaker proposal form (below).
Software vendors: If you are a software vendor, read this restriction on speaking.

Thank you for your interest in speaking at Data Driven Government. Before completing this form, please read the entire call for speakers and panelists information and instructions.

Data Driven Government: October, 2020 in Washington, DC

Data Driven Government is the only conference of its kind, advancing the deployment of analytics and machine learning within Federal, State and Local government. Predictive analytics reduces fraud, waste, and abuse, automates manual processes, and drives smarter decisions by extracting actionable insights from the vast quantities of data within government agencies.

Data Driven Government is brought to you by the producers of the leading business event that covers the commercial deployment of this technology, Predictive Analytics World (June in Las Vegas, October in London, November in Berlin – see pawcon.com)

Data Driven Government is for government executives, program and financial managers, investigators, auditors, and analytics practitioners, covering today’s deployment of analytics and AI across government agencies and across software vendors. The conference delivers case studies, expertise and resources, empowering Federal, State, and Local government to achieve these objectives:

  • Drive Smarter Decisions from Data: Government agencies overwhelmed with vast quantities of data transform this challenge to an asset, employing predictive analytics to discover relationships and patterns hidden to the human eye that serve as actionable insights to drive smarter decisions.
  • Reduce Fraud, Waste, and Abuse: Recover and prevent improper payments using predictive analytics to score potential payments, claims and benefits for errors, fraud, waste, and abuse.
  • Automate Manual Processes: Employ analytics of both structured and unstructured data (text analytics) in order to streamline approvals of claims and benefits, and find documents of interest (E-discovery).
  • Prioritize Resources and Maximize Productivity: Use predictive analytics to score cases where there are an overwhelming number to quickly process, search, or audit – including payments, hotline tips and complaints, applicants for benefits, cargo shipments, products pending approval or patents, and others – ranking them so that managers, investigators, and auditors are more productive and efficient, spending their time on the most valuable cases.

Data Driven Government showcases case studies from application areas of machine learning in the Public Sector including:

  • How are public sector agencies using analytics & AI? Where are they headed?
  • How can we make analytics mainstream? How can we build a culture of innovation?
  • How can advanced analytics convert insights from data into successful mission strategies for the public sector?
  • How do you build cohesive data strategies that focus on mission value?
  • What are the next-generation analytics & AI technologies relevant to the public sector?
  • How do you build high-performing analytics teams? How do you attract and develop the right talent?

Present Your Case Studies

Data Driven Government provides speakers and panelists the opportunity to present analytics case studies, deployment successes and lessons learned. At this event, potential consumers of machine learning solutions witness proof demonstrating it’s more than just a bunch of great ideas – analytics is actively applied to optimize many government functions across Federal, State, and Local agencies. And predictive analytics practitioners have the opportunity to gain from the lessons you’ve learned, whether by serendipity, or – more likely – the hard way.

Evaluation – how well did it work? Case study proposals will be given highest consideration if specific measurements of deployment performance are included, especially when measured in comparison to a control group.

Name and Include the Company That Benefited

As a government technology event, we emphasize named case studies. Naming the organization that benefited makes your session much more effective. It is a strong selling point to attract attendees to your session, rendering the case study more concrete and adding credibility. Attendees will feel, “I want to know what that agency is up to!”

If you are an analytics vendor or consultant, check with your clients for permission to be named during your presentation.

Even better, ask if your client would be interested presenting themselves, or co-presenting. Most case study sessions do include the client as a presenter. Many analytics “users” would jump at the chance to present (and receive a free pass to attend), and their presence during the session gives another boost to credibility, ensuring an informed view of the organizational context and the deployment results.

Present Your Lessons Learned

Your case study presentation tells a story – be sure to include the story’s moral. Every predictive analytics initiative provides at least two or three lessons learned. Seek out the strongest and most concise way to state these lessons. Where possible, make them generally-applicable in that they apply across agencies and levels of government. What turned out to be the greatest challenges regarding the project’s management processes, analytical processes, technical integration and model deployment? What turned out to be the most effective solutions to meet these challenges?

Present a New App: Your Innovative Deployment of Predictive Analytics

Predictive models provide a predictive score for each payment, contract, benefit, or claim to serve decision automation and decision support. But predictive analytics also goes beyond fraud and improper payment detection.

Data Driven Government welcomes submissions across this spectrum, since all such commercial deployments share a great deal of overhead, concepts, challenges and requirements. They leverage the same core predictive modeling technology, share many of the same data preparation requirements, integration requirements and management processes, and employ the same methods to evaluate model performance and forecast return-on-investment.

Present Your Analytics Methodology

An alternative to presenting a case study is to illustrate the advantages of a particular analytics methodology. Such presentations must demonstrate the deployed value of the approach, ideally across one or more case studies. The methodology described must be proven as applicable today, as distinct from R&D efforts that show promise or potential for the longer-term.

Make Your Presentation Accessible

While we urge you to make your case study presentations detailed and concrete, many presentations atData Driven Government are intended for a general government audience with no required analytical background or expertise. Make sure the value of your analytics deployment and the lessons learned are clear to this audience.

Data Driven Government’s “Expert/practitioner” track includes more technical presentations on special topics such as new, cutting-edge analytical innovations. If you are submitting a proposal for an “Expert/practitioner” session, please indicate this on the speaking proposal form where requested. Even so, within Data Driven Government’s technical sessions, the focus is commercial deployment rather than R&D. We ask you plan to make at least the first 10 or 15 minutes friendly to the non-practitioners in the audience.

Tell a Good Story – Attract an Audience

Submit a topic that is clear, focused and appealing – your session title and description is the content that will attract an audience to attend your session.

Vendor-Neutral Content

Your session must present substantive content such that the audience can implement and benefit from what is learned without necessarily buying any particular product or professional service. Your session title and description may not name any analytics software vendor or tool, other than non-promotional free software tools (although you may name the vendor and tool during your presentation at Data Driven Government).

Restriction for Software Vendors

As a vendor-neutral event, Data Driven Government’s core program is booked exclusively with enterprise practitioners, thought leaders and adopters, with no analytics software vendors speaking or co-presenting. If you represent an analytics software vendor, or a vendor of a software solution designed to support the development or deployment of analytics, regardless of whether the solution itself generates the analytical model or analytical component to be deployed, you are not eligible to submit the speaker proposal form below. As an alternative, you are encouraged to consider Data Driven Government sponsor presentations and other sponsorship opportunities, and to suggest your clients submit a proposal to speak (point them to this web page).

Speaker and Panelist Benefits – What You Get:

  • Widen your reputation as an expert in analytics
  • Strengthen your agency’s reputation as a leader in analytics
  • Gain exposure to consumers of analytics
  • Receive free registration to attend the Data Driven Government one-day conference (pre- and post-conference workshops are not included)
  • Post your bio and a link to your site on the Data Driven Government website and in the conference program guide

Speaker Responsibilities

Given the speaker benefits above, speaking at Data Driven Government is considered a valuable opportunity, for which there is great competition. This opportunity entails the significant speaker obligations listed below.

By submitting the speaker proposal form you agree to the following speaker requirements and restrictions:

  • Vendor-neutral content.
    Your presentation may contain no “sales pitches” or sales-oriented material. Although positive exposure is generally a natural side-effect of presenting at Data Driven Government, your session must focus entirely (with the exception of a brief, “non-salesy” mention of the software solution employed, if relevant) on substantive content that the audience can implement and benefit from.
  • Named case study.
    If your submission indicates you have authority to share the name of the organization or department that benefited from the deployment of predictive analytics, you must attain, prior to submitting the speaker submission form, such authorization, both for it to be named within your presentation materials, as well as within Data Driven Government’s event publicity materials and listings. If for any reason the organization subsequently revokes authorization to be named (i.e., “changes its mind”), the session will be cancelled from the Data Driven Government program.
  • Travel expenses.
    Data Driven Government does not have a budget to cover speaker travel expenses. Speakers and Panelists are responsible for their own travel expenses. You certify that you have secured funds (or secured authorization for such funds, where applicable) to fully cover your travel expenses as needed in order to attend the event at which you are proposing to speak.
  • Speaker cancellation.
    You certify that you have the means and opportunity to attend and present at the Data Driven Government event at which you are proposing to speak, and that you have attained any pertinent authorization, such as that of your employer, prior to submitting the speaker submission form. If your submission to speak at Data Driven Government is accepted, cancellation subsequent to Data Driven Government speaker registration for any non-medical reason is against Data Driven Government policy and is considered an infraction against meeting your professional obligations. If your submission is accepted, Data Driven Government will rely on your participation and will turn away qualified speakers in favor of including your session. Data Driven Government begins publicizing your session immediately upon confirmation in order to attract attendees to the event. If medical conditions preclude your attendance at Data Driven Government, you agree to make best efforts to notify Data Driven Government as early as possible; in such a case, while assistance finding a replacement speaker is requested and appreciated, Data Driven Government must screen any prospective replacement speaker, and retains the right to find a replacement speaker on its own.
  • Agents and PR staff.
    If the person completing the speaker submission form is not the speaker (e.g., an agent, assistant, or PR staff), you must enter both your email address as well as the speaker’s, as indicated on the submission form. You certify that you are authorized as an agent to submit the speaker proposal form on her or his behalf, and that the speaker has been consulted regarding, and is willing to agree to, the provisions listed here; upon acceptance, the speaker her- or himself will be required to explicitly agree to these provisions via the Data Driven Government Speaker Agreement.
  • Co-presenters.
    If not included within your speaker submission, co-presenters may only participate at Data Driven Government after attaining prior permission from Data Driven Government, and after they have undertaken Data Driven Government speaker and panelist registration.
  • Client co-presenters.
    If you are an analytics services vendor or consultant co-presenting with a client, per Data Driven Government policy, the cancellation of your co-presenter will result in the cancellation of your overall session.
  • Session length.
    You agree to participate in a speaking slot ranging from 20 to 60 minutes, at the discretion of Data Driven Government, as determined by its conference program constraints and requirements.

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Speaker Proposal Form

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Hints & Tips for Writing Your Submission

Imagine yourself an attendee sitting in the audience when you give your presentation. What would you like to hear (or not)? What would make a positive impression and make you feel your time well-spent? Consider those questions carefully when you write your abstract.

For starters two quick rules: Don’t be commercial, and don’t overuse buzzwords. Both will lessen your chances of being accepted.

Say enough, but don’t say too much. One sentence – or a list of bullets – is definitely not enough. More than 100 words is usually too much. Express your message fully but succinctly.

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