Think about your audience
Just like our call for proposals, our Summit is open to everyone whose work touches government technology and civic innovation.
Here’s what you need to know about attendees to make sure your proposal meets peoples’ needs:
- About 60% of our attendees are new to the Summit. Think about whether your content is introductory level, or more advanced.
- 45% of our 2020 registrants worked in government and 55% of our 2020 registrants were volunteers or worked in nonprofits, the private sector or philanthropy.
- Many of our attendees are involved with the government and civic technology world in some way. For example, they are public servants (both technical and non-technical) who are involved in delivering government services, representatives of technology vendors who work with governments, non-profit advocates and change agents, and local volunteers with Code for America Brigades across the country and with Code for All international chapters.
- Our attendees represent a wide range of local, state, and federal audiences from across the country and more.
Choose a session
Across our two days of Summit, we’ll be choosing around 20 sessions. Sessions last an hour, and you should allow for at least ten to fifteen minutes for questions and answers. We strongly encourage no more than four people be a part of an hour long session: three plus the submitter. We’re eager to see how you would structure an hour long session, whether that’s a series of short talks, or discussion panel, or interactive activity – please do specify and share how you’ll use the time to deliver quality, engaging material.
Get your submission ready
For your submission, you’ll need to let us know:
- About you: your name, contact information, title and organization name,
- About your submission: your target audience, your chosen track, title and description
What happens after you submit
What happens after you submit
Here’s what happens next:
- The submission deadline was 11:59pm on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.
- We aim to let you know if your submission has been chosen by Friday, March 26, 2021.
How we’re choosing sessions
All submissions are reviewed by our Content Committee – your peers in the government technology and civic innovation community. We review submissions based on the quality of title and description, how well they fit in with our 2021 theme of Designing an Equitable Government Together and other submissions, and most importantly, for diversity, equity and inclusion. Our Content Committee is looking to create a coherent agenda that complements the theme across all four tracks and may work with submitters to “mix-and-match” speakers or sessions if necessary.
A diverse, equitable, and inclusive Summit
At Code for America, we strive to foster a diverse, equitable and inclusive attendee experience that meets our vision and values.
We prioritize this vision at the Code for America Summit because government must work for everyone by including everyone in the conversation.
Please note that we may not accept submissions, especially for larger panels where all the participants are homogeneous, and we strongly encourage you to include a wide range of perspectives in your proposals.
If our committee finds that your submission topic is relevant to our attendees, but doesn’t meet our diversity, equity and inclusion goals, we will contact you to make sure the session is representative.
What you’ll get:
All session speakers will receive one complimentary registration for the Summit.
Ready to share what you know and inspire your peers? Let’s go!
We receive hundreds of submissions, so make sure you’ve reviewed our guide to help make your proposal the best it can be.
Ready? Submit your session, and good luck!