Our call for proposals opens March 21st. Whether you’ve submitted a proposal in the past or this is your first time, read on for what should be familiar and what’s changing this time around.

Why Should I Present?

  • You’ve got knowledge to share.
  • You want to help your peers make the web a better place.
  • It’ll look great on your resume (and bolster your Lanyrd profile).
  • Discounts, free registrations, speaking honoraria… the good stuff.

What’s New

For the first time, we’re asking for half-day workshop proposals.

If you’re an experienced speaker with a great idea for a topic that requires more time and a hands-on approach to learning, we want to hear from you.

Workshop proposals will be held to a very high standard. You should be prepared to provide an outline for your three-hour workshop as well as a list of activities your attendees will perform.

Recognizing that there’s much more time needed to properly prepare and lead a workshop, we’re offering a $1200 honorarium for accepted workshop proposals.

What You Get

  • Everyone who submits a proposal gets a 10% discount on their registration. We’ll email this code to you before registration opens.
  • Accepted speakers will receive a complimentary registration.
  • Accepted half-day workshop proposals will receive a $1200 speaking fee and a complimentary registration. (Limit one speaking fee and two complimentary registrations per workshop)

Session Types

Drop some knowledge on your fellow attendees. Just you, a projector, a screen and 45 minutes of mind-blowing knowledge bombs. Concluding with a mic drop is optional. (1-2 speakers)

Mini Workshop
Put on your safety goggles because you and your fellow attendees are going to roll up your sleeves and get dirty with some interactive exercises. You’ll have 90 minutes to dive deep into the “how to” of your topic of choice. (1-2 speakers)

Expert Panel
Assemble your very own Justice League of Superheroes and prepare to fight for web standards, accessibility, better redesign, or any other digital crusade. It’s all fair game in these 45 minute panel discussions. (3-4 speakers)

Public Square
King Arthur’s Round Table had nothing on our Public Square. Step into the square and lead a 30 minute conversation with a room full of attendees who share your passion. (1 speaker)

Half-Day Workshop
Put on your scuba gear and prepare to lead your attendees on a deep dive into your topic of choice. Your 3-hour tour will include multiple hands-on activities that get attendees actively engaged in your topic. (1-2 speakers)


Anything related to user interface and user experience design as it relates to institutions of learning (higher-education, libraries, and museums) is welcome.

Preference is given to presentations that offer practical methods and ready-to-use techniques and tools. You can look at our programs from the past couple years for inspiration (2015, 20142013) or come up with something so totally fresh, mind-blowing, and new that we can’t possibly imagine this year’s conference without it.

Save and Continue

You can now save your proposal and come back to it later. Not only will this allow you to work on it incrementally, you can also send the link to fellow panelists so they can fill out their own bio info. Just look for the “save for later” link at the bottom.

Call for Proposals Timeline

  • Opens: Monday March 21, 2016
  • Closes: Monday April 18, 2016
  • Decision notifications: May, 2016