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Tech Talk Speaker Nomination FAQs

June 28, 2023 Leadership

Interested in submitting a nomination for the 2023 Tech Talk speaker event and want to learn more about the process? We’ve compiled a list of questions and answers that provides a great summary of the event! If you have any further questions, please contact Ann Arbor SPARK and we’ll get back to you.

What is Tech Talk?

Tech Talk is an influential event that provides a platform for thought leaders and experts to share their insights and learnings about an emerging technology or philosophy. It aims to inspire, educate, and shape the future of technology.

Tech Talk is a flagship event within the a2Tech360 series, produced by Ann Arbor SPARK. a2Tech360 is a comprehensive lineup of events that celebrates and showcases the vibrant technology and innovation ecosystem in Ann Arbor and the surrounding region. Tech Talk is consistently one of the most popular events in this series.

When and where is Tech Talk?

The 2023 Tech Talk event will occur at Michigan Theater (603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor) on Tuesday, September 19 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

How long is the speaking slot?

Each speaker will have approximately 10 minutes to deliver their talk. This format encourages concise and impactful presentations, focusing on key ideas and thought leadership in emerging tech industries.

What is the format of the event?

New this year, Tech Talk will be held in the evening and will include a networking reception allowing attendees to mingle with speakers while enjoying light bites and a full bar.
Agenda (subject to change):
• Welcome Remarks at 5 p.m.
• Speakers (10 min each) 
• Headliner
• Cocktail Reception at 6:20 p.m. 
• Conclusion at 7:30 p.m.

Who can apply to be a speaker?

We welcome self-nominations from individuals who have deep knowledge and expertise in emerging technology, ranging from seasoned industry professionals to rising stars in the field. If you have an innovative idea or a unique perspective to share, we encourage you to submit your nomination. Preference will be given to individuals who are based in Washtenaw County. Submit your nomination.

When is the deadline for speaker nominations?

The deadline for speaker nominations is Thursday, July 20. Make sure to submit your self-nomination before this date to be considered.

Can I nominate someone else?

While we primarily seek self-nominations, if you know someone who would be a great fit for Tech Talk, we encourage you to share the nomination information with them, so they can submit their own application.

What are the criteria for selection?

Our selection process is based on various factors, including the uniqueness and impact of the proposed topic, the speaker’s expertise and experience in the field, and their ability to deliver a compelling and engaging presentation. We value diversity, inclusivity, and fresh perspectives in our speaker lineup.

Is there any compensation for selected speakers?

As a non-profit event, we are unable to offer financial compensation to speakers. However, being a Tech Talk speaker provides an invaluable opportunity to showcase your ideas, expand your network, and gain recognition as a thought leader in the industry.

How do I submit my self-nomination?

To nominate yourself as a speaker for Tech Talk, please visit our website and fill out the speaker nomination form. Provide a brief overview of your proposed topic, your background, and any relevant supporting information.

When will I know if I have been selected?

The selection process may take some time as we carefully review all nominations. You will be notified via email regarding the status of your nomination. Please ensure the email address you provide in the nomination form is accurate and regularly checked.

What will be needed from me if I am chosen?

If selected as a speaker for Tech Talk, we will provide you with detailed guidelines and support to help you prepare for your presentation. You will be expected to develop and refine your talk, ensuring it aligns with the event’s theme, audience expectations, and time constraints. Additionally, you may be asked to participate in pre-event rehearsals to fine-tune your delivery. We will request presentation materials such as slides or visuals, if they will be used, in advance.

On the day of the event, we will provide all necessary technical equipment and support to ensure a seamless experience. Our team will work closely with you throughout the process to ensure your talk is impactful and well-received by the audience.

Can I submit multiple nominations?

While we appreciate your enthusiasm, we request that each individual submit only one self-nomination. This allows us to ensure equal opportunity for all interested speakers.

Do you have any examples of past Tech Talks?

Yes! Here are some of the most-watched Tech Talks from previous years. As a rule of thumb, we’re looking for speakers who can speak to innovative and pioneering ideas. This is not the audience for selling or pitching.