Call For Presentations 2017


Application and Instructions

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Speaking / Presentation Instructions & Proposal Format

Planning is now underway to identify topics and presenters for concurrent sessions at the 2017 UEDA summit. The summit theme is “Delivering the Future: Higher Education’s Role in an Ever-Changing World” and will showcase a variety of examples of how various regions have successfully brought together their partners to create robust and exciting collaborations to support overall economic development. UEDA is an organization where participants not only learn from national experts, but where they learn from their peers, too. You can be part of that learning and sharing experience by proposing your own concurrent sessions. For 2017, the emphasis is on regionalism and partnerships. Also as UEDA’s Foundations for Strategy and Practice study has shown the three major areas of innovation, talent and place drive the economic development of a region. Universities play a significant role in this development and the 2017 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


It is no secret that today’s institutions of higher education face adversity at every level. Whether finding innovative funding streams to counter state and federal cuts; or battling regional issues of poverty, drug addition, transportation, or the environment; or justifying their position to state and regional stakeholders, the struggle is real. Institutions and their partners need to find unique ways to survive in a changing world, and can rely on institutions of Higher Education for delivering a more secure future.

The 2017 Annual Summit will focus on Delivering the Future of Higher Education’s Role in an ever-changing world through ideas, initiatives, and tactics that can prove useful to building regional economies in the face of uncertainty.

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! Sessions 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. Typically, for panel sessions there is a session moderator and 2-3 panelists.

Specialty needs (e.g. presentation audio/video, etc.) should be identified up front. Innovative and creative sessions topics and styles are strongly encouraged.

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.

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