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STC Fall Conference
October 1-4, 2013
Snowbird, Utah
 

Overview/Background

The Society of Telecommunications Consultants (STC) is an international organization of independent telecommunications and information technology consultants who serve clients in business, industry, service organizations, and government. STC members share a common commitment to provide independent consulting services, and thus adhere to strict professional standards and a rigorous Code of Ethics.

The STC conducts an annual conference to provide educational and networking opportunities for our consultant members as well as members of our Vendor Advisory Council (VAC). These are carefully planned and targeted events featuring presentations by industry leaders on emerging technologies, client applications and practice management. STC members attend the conferences to gain information on the latest breaking applications, technologies, regulations and standards to provide a high level of value to their clients.

Speakers selected to present at STC conferences have the opportunity to network among consultants, end users and industry leading vendors in an atmosphere of collaboration and creativity. It's a fertile ground for the formation of strategic alliances, joint ventures and creative partnerships.

The STC Fall 2013 Conference will take place from October 1st through 4th at the Snowbird Resort just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. Because of the unique location, STC is looking to put a different twist on traditional conference sessions. With this very generic request for a departure from STC's normal session format, the Speaker Selection Committee is looking to continue to look for:

  • Social media and the contract session
  • Practice management session on social media

  Session Topics and Formats

The STC Fall 2013 Conference Planning Committee welcomes innovative suggestions for session topics and formats. The submitter should feel free to propose a session he/she believes would be of interest to our conference attendees.

It is important to note that sessions presented at the STC conferences are not intended to be a "sales pitch” for a vendor's product or service. A particular product or service may be discussed in the context of a solution for a customer, as part of a case study, or as an example of an application solution (i.e. video teleconferencing). This guideline will be strictly enforced. Presenters must provide their presentations (in Microsoft PowerPoint™ format), and although presentations that don't require PowerPoint are also welcome and encouraged, those that choose to use PowerPoint must provide those presentations to the STC prior to the conference to ensure conformity with these requirements.

In order to provide suggestions on session topics and formats, the types of presentations which our members and recent conference attendees have found most beneficial are listed below.


Panel Discussions (Of Primary Interest to Attendees)

The STC Fall 2013 Conference will offer the opportunity for speakers to discuss an industry topic from various points of view. Based on the panel discussion proposed, session length may be 50, 80, or 110 minutes.

In-Depth Workshops: Advanced and Beginner Topics

The STC Fall 2013 Conference will also offer the opportunity for several in-depth workshops. Planned with a length of 50-110 minutes, these in-depth workshops allow for detailed information to be presented on a specific topic. These sessions may be formatted as introductory or advanced in nature.

The style of the in-depth workshop may be a lecture, a case study overview, audience interactive, or a combination of these styles. The submitter is encouraged to be creative in his/her submission for workshops because of their length, complexity and strong attendee interest.

Consulting Practice Management Session

STC consultants come from consulting firms of various sizes, complexity and service offerings. All are business people trying to ensure that their practices are successful. There is always strong interest from conference attendees in sessions aimed to increase business and practice management skills. Sessions of this type are normally 50 minutes in length.

Suggested practice management sessions may include such topics as marketing, consulting tools, growth planning, succession management, social networking, international challenges, etc. The submitter should be creative with his/her submission ensuring that attendees are able to interact with the presenter.

Technology Sessions: Introductory or Primer

With the convergence of the information technology and telecommunications functions within many organizations, it is important for STC members to have an educational edge in current and emerging technologies. Sessions in this format are typically 50 minutes in length. Such topics of interest include:

  • Unified Communications
  • Social Media
  • Mobile Networks, Devices, and Applications
  • Cloud Communications & Solutions
  • WebRTC
  • Hosted and Premises Based Solutions
  • Video Communications
  • Carrier services
  • E-911 and NG-911
  • Network and systems security
  • New applications and services
  • Real World Issues and Solutions (case studies)

 ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS:

SPEAKER SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
SUBMISSION FORM
FULL COPY OF SPEAKER DOCUMENTS (PDF)

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