Call for Presentations 2018

Application and Instructions

DOWNLOAD: Application/Proposal: UEDA Annual Summit 2018 Call for Presentations

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Speaking / Presentation Instructions & Proposal Format

Planning is now underway to identify topics and presenters for concurrent sessions at the 2018 UEDA summit. The summit theme is “Disruptive Economic Development: Higher Education Ecosystems as Engines of Change.”

Economic change is happening rapidly. Regional ecosystems need to be able to adapt to changing forces, both internal and external, to discover success. By disrupting the normal trends of economic development, regions become more agile to these forces and can realize greater long-term, sustainable growth. Higher education is poised to serve as a leader in disruptive economic development–fostering cultures of innovation, creativity, design thinking, and entrepreneurship. While higher education institutions play a critical role in any economic ecosystem, in a disruptive environment their importance only expands.The 2018 UEDA Annual Summit will elaborate on the concept of disruptive economic development.

Also as UEDA’s Foundations for Strategy and Practice study has shown the three major areas of innovation, talent and place drive disruptive change. Universities play a significant role in this development and the 2018 summit will highlight these activities.

The summit committee strongly encourages session proposals to integrate a variety of formats. Panels are welcome, but feel free to propose interactive sessions, interviews or other ideas. The only requirements are that sessions must relate to the summit theme and provide a true learning opportunity for participants.

The Theme

Disruptive Economic Development:
Higher Education Ecosystems as Engines of Change

Universities do not operate in a vacuum. They are an integral part of their surrounding communities and region: they provide a talent pipeline for local business, they discover and develop disruptive new technologies and they create physical and online spaces to for collaboration and learning experiences. And they must develop partnerships throughout their region to realize their highest potential.

The 2018 summit will focus on how to grow successful partnerships and how to interact with the local community to introduce, adapt to, or respond to disruptive change and accomplish joint goals.

Recommended Presentation Topic Areas

Topics for the summit should address the main theme and subtopics which are the same as the Awards of Excellence categories. Topics should address the concept of innovation, talent or place or any combination of the three with a regional impact.

Talent includes the spectrum of knowledge transfer activities by which universities educate people, developing human capital for the 21st century Knowledge Economy. This category includes life-long learning, both degree and non-degree programs, experiential education and discovery-based learning programs, active alignment of curricula to industry needs, etc.

Talent + Innovation
Projects and initiatives that synergistically connect TALENT and INNOVATION, to create innovators of many kinds—business entrepreneurs, idea or product makers, and problem-solvers. Entrepreneurship education projects/initiatives and experiential learning projects/initiatives to connect students with entrepreneurs are just two examples of the types of projects/initiatives included in this category.

Innovation begins with basic research, but then builds on knowledge creation to encompass knowledge transfer and application in ways that are useful and relevant to society. This category encompasses basic research; applied, translational, problem-oriented, and industry-contracted R&D; cooperative extension services; technology transfer; etc.

Innovation + Place
Projects and initiatives that synergistically connect INNOVATION and PLACE, to create physical places that attract and build concentrations of talent and innovators—knowledge communities. This can be construed as either or both (1) a specific site, such as a university research and technology park, incubator, accelerator, etc., or (2) a larger community, area, or region, such as an innovation district.

Place is defined as the many and diverse ways in which institutions contribute to making attractive, competitive communities—places where people want to live, create and take jobs, raise their families, participate in civic life, and age and retire. Competitive, successful communities and regions are attentive to the health, education, environment, housing, safety, and entertainment needs of community members. Campuses and sites like research parks are components of place-making, but the focus of this definition is broader, on communities, or even on regions.

Place + Talent
Projects and initiatives that synergistically connect TALENT and PLACE in ways that enrich discourse, promote civic participation, and otherwise enhance quality of place. Just a few examples include K-12 school improvement partnerships; local government training institutes; and higher education involvement in regional government, economic development organizations, and community and wellness projects/initiatives.

Types of Presentations

UEDA is seeking diverse and unique presentation styles to fill concurrent session spots. Workshops, roundtables, interactive activities, etc. are all encouraged – the more engaging the better! Preference will be given to sessions that encourage audience participation and engagement. Each session will generally be about one hour and fifteen minutes in length and should include time for Q&A, as well as a small amount of time at the beginning and end of the session for participants to arrive/depart. Electronic presentations, PowerPoints, videos, etc. are welcome, however, speaker bio/presentation deadlines must be adhered to in order to ensure appropriate publication deadlines can be met. Innovative and creative sessions topics and styles are strongly encouraged.

Panel Discussion

Typically, for panel discussion sessions there is a session moderator and 2-3 panelists. Specialty needs (e.g. presentation audio/video, etc.) should be identified up front.


Workshop sessions at the Summit should include an introductory portion for presenters to introduce their presentation, followed by a more interactive and intensive group discussion surrounding the topic presented. Specialty needs (e.g. presentation audio/video, etc.) should be identified up front.

Lightning Round – New for 2018

The new UEDA Lightning Round provides best practices around a single broad topic in a quick, lightning-round format. Each presenter will have five minutes to present their idea in a quick, engaging, and inspirational way while using limited presentation materials. Immediately following the presentations, a question and comment session with the audience will take place for all presenters. Note: there is a separate application for Lightning Rounds.

The topic, “Disruptive Economic Development,” is intentionally broad. The Lightning Round relies on each presenters’ interpretation of the topic and ideas and initiatives being generated in their regions. Presentations can be highlighting an existing program or initiative, a conceptual idea, or research around the topic. DOWNLOAD: Lightning Round Application

Review Criteria

UEDA’s Annual Summit agenda committee will review all proposals and will be selected based on content (clarity of purpose and appropriateness to the topic and audience); relevance (alignment of proposal to conference theme); and balance (diversity of topics against other proposals). The agenda committee may work with session leaders to refine topics and ideas or potentially combine similar session proposals.

DOWNLOAD: Application/Proposal: UEDA Annual Summit 2018 Call for Presentations

DOWNLOAD: Lightning Round Application

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