EdgeCon 2021 Call for Proposals

We hope you are safe and well during this time of immense change. We all face significant challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The truth is that it will be more important than ever to come together as a community to discuss technology breakthroughs and best practices that will advance our organizations of higher education, primary and secondary education, and government (state/municipal).

In response to the pandemic, we’re working diligently to plan for a conference that will happen in person, online, or a mix of both. Feel free to submit your session proposal with the confidence that EdgeCon 2021 will take place in some form no matter the circumstances come January, and your participation will ensure its status as a worthwhile, valuable event for our community.

* As an added incentive, the conference registration fee is waived for accepted presenters. Please note that 1 presenter (inclusive of any moderator) may be admitted to the conference with free registration. Any additional presenters will pay the full conference registration fee.

Please click on the headings below to learn more about Proposal Submission:

Proposal Submission Requirements

Proposals must be submitted online, using this form, by September 14, 2020 at 11:59 PM (ET).

Accepted workshops receive up to 2 complimentary full conference registrations, to be used by presenters or panelists participating in that workshop and included in this proposal.

Complimentary registrations are not transferable and do not apply to presenters added later.

AV and room set-up requests will be collected after acceptance.

Program Track Themes & Categories

The following tracks of special interest are intended to inspire but not limit you:

  • Organizational Maturity: Maintaining Institutional Effectiveness Among Rapid Change (rising cost, demographic shifts, etc.)
  • Security, Privacy, and Ethics
    (securing the enterprise utilizing social engineering, governance, risk and compliance, identity management, operations and architecture)
  • Emerging Trends and Innovation
    (EdTech innovations, esports, AR, VR, future of work)
  • Forces Shaping the Future of Science and Discovery
    (collaborations supported by an interconnected world, cyberinfrastructure, multi-institutional collaborations, next gen researchers and data scientists, funding models, COVID-19)
  • Collaboration and Partnerships Across the Enterprise
    (remote campus relationships, creating a modern workforce, diversity, equity and inclusion)
  • Tricks of the Trade: Emerging Practices, Methods, Tools, and Technology
    (accessibility and inclusion, tools and technologies, diagnostic assessment)
  • Retooling Enterprise Technology for Business Continuity
    (infrastructure services and enterprise architecture/systems, strategies for effective service management)

Presentation Categories

On the online submission form, you will be asked to identify the type of presentation you are proposing:

Research Workshop: Session based on research by the presenter.

Panel Workshop: A focused discussion hosted by a facilitator who introduces panelists and topic, keeps conversation focused and flowing, and moderates a Q&A.Formal Presentation: “Lecture style” – a traditional 45- minute presentation featuring knowledgeable presenters. Formal presentations should include ample time for audience questions, discussion and interaction.



  • April 11, 2020
    Call for Proposals Opens
  • September 14, 2020
    Proposal Deadline
  • Late September
    Presenters Notified
  • Early-October
    Conference Agenda Live
  • January 6, 2021
    VALE Conference
  • January 6, 2021
    Preconference Workshops
  • January 7-8, 2021

Once You’ve Submitted a Proposal…

Presentation proposals will be accepted and reviewed on a case by case basis. Once the call for proposals is closed, the selection committee will make the final decisions on the conference program and will notify selected presenters by email.

*Please note that 1 presenter (inclusive of any moderator) may be admitted to the conference with free registration. Any additional presenters will pay the full conference registration fee.

Please note that a laptop/projector will be in the room on the day of the session for your use. If your proposal is accepted, a presentation is due no later than December 5, 2020. Presenters will receive an EdgeCon template for their proposal as well as specific guidance regarding form and format for the submission.

Interest in Facilitating?

Facilitators play an important role in assuring the quality of each session, introducing the presenters and providing a brief overview of how the presenters’ topic fits with the conference theme. The facilitator also ensures the presenters remain on schedule, encourages audience engagement, and summarizes the key points from the session. If you wish to lend your expertise to facilitate a session please submit a presenter registration, and indicate your desire to facilitate – there is no abstract or presentation detail needed to register for this role.

Conference Registration for Presenters

If you’d like to reserve your space at the conference while the selection committee reviews your submission, feel free to follow the registration link in the navigation bar above and register as a standard Attendee. If your session is chosen for the conference program, we’ll issue a full refund for the price of your ticket to recognize your participation as a presenter.

Submit a Proposal