2020 North American Snow Conference
Call for Presentations
April 19-22, 2020
Deadline for Proposals: September 30, 2019
(There will be no extensions to this deadline.)
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.
Four easy steps to submitting your proposal:
- Read this page for Call for Presentations info and directions
- Click the “Submit Proposal” button below
- Login or create your unique Call for Presentations account
- Follow the prompts to complete your proposal
Share your knowledge, experience, and vision for the future!
The APWA North American Snow Conference provides education and solutions for public works snowfighters and those that support them. This highly anticipated annual conference provides opportunities for more than 40 education sessions, technical tours and a variety of opportunities for collaboration and networking.
The education program at NASC provides a dynamic forum for information exchange, problem-solving, and collaboration. The speakers are public works professionals, just like you, who are eager to help their public works colleagues more successfully manage winter/snow operations, take advantage of emerging technologies, understand and prepare for the challenges that lie ahead, and provide better service to their communities.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for speakers with new perspectives, solid best practices and/or innovative twists to the usual winter maintenance issues:
- Clever solutions to age-old problems
- Best practices for winter maintenance planning and operations
- Anti-icing techniques and tips
- Chemical usage and selection
- Environmental impacts of winter maintenance practices
- Trending technologies and expanded uses for current technologies: (GPS, AVL, RWIS, smart city technologies, mobile apps, asset management, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, etc.)
- Snowfighting equipment
- Strategies for plowing and disposal
- Effective operator training programs
- Community outreach/citizen interaction
- Winter fleet operations
- Emergency management of severe winter events
What kind of presentation can I create?
Session Timeframes: On the submission form, you will be asked to select one of the two options below:
- Traditional Timeframe: I want a traditional education session timeslot/format (50 minutes, 75 minutes). Because of the content and/or number of speakers that will be on my panel, this education session cannot be shortened or adapted to another type of format or timeframe.
- Flexible Timeframes: I am willing either present a traditional session or have it adapted to another format and timeframe, such as a 20-minute Lightning Round, a combined presentation with a panel of speakers on a similar topic, a Point/Counterpoint session with another speaker, or a Jam Session that encourages audience participation.
Education Session Formats:
Please review the options below for the type and length of format you may select. APWA offers 10 different formats to ensure dynamic education sessions.
- Education Session: (50 minutes)
50-minute education sessions may be delivered by a single speaker or a panel consisting of 2‐3 speakers. The content includes best practices, how to’s, case studies, insightful stories, emerging trends and technologies, new perspectives, etc.
- Education Session: (75 minutes)
75-minute education sessions may be delivered by a single speaker or a panel consisting of 3‐5 speakers. The content includes best practices, how to’s, case studies, insightful stories, emerging trends and technologies, new perspectives, etc.
- Lightning Round: (75 minutes ‐ three 20-minute presentations, 15 minutes for Q&A.)
APWA’s version of Lightning Round format consists of three‐20-minute presentations scheduled within a 75-minute timeframe. The remaining 15 minutes may be devoted to audience Q&A. You will be asked on the Call for Presentations form to indicate if (1) you intend to plan the whole Lightning Round yourself including finding the 3 speakers or (2) you are willing to allow your presentation to be assigned as a 20 minute presentation within a Lightning Round even though you do not know the other speakers by choosing the “Adaptable Session Type”.
- Dare to Ask: (50 minutes)
Do you have an issue for which you’d like feedback from your public works colleagues? In this type of session, you pose a question to your audience and then let everyone think out loud about what the issue means for public works. Essentially it is an opportunity to brainstorm, network, and provide inspiration. We’re looking for topics that will challenge and engage the audience. If you have such a topic and would like to lead this type of dialogue, please describe the topic in the description block on the Call for Presentations form. It could be the type of issue that is always like the “elephant‐in‐the‐room”. It is influencing policy, operations, staff morale, etc., but no one is really addressing it.
- Pecha Kucha: (50 minutes)
The Pecha Kucha (20 x 20) requires each member of the speaker panel to present no more than 20 slides. Each slide stays on the screen for 20 seconds, so the total amount of presentation time for each speaker is 6 minutes, 40 seconds. We recommend that you form a panel of 4‐5 speakers. Each will speak for 6 minutes, 40 seconds. Then, you may use the remaining time left in the 50-minute timeslot to answer audience questions. Pecha Kucha is a great format for your panel to explain their ideas or tell their story in a concise manner. It will be your responsibility to find the speakers for your panel.
- Jam Session: (50 minutes)
APWA’s version of the jam session format begins with a facilitated discussion where you first set the stage by posing questions to get the audience thinking about key concepts. Then like jazz, you let the discussion go off on the tangents that audience members want to explore. Depending on the size of the audience, you can keep the whole group together or if it is a large group, you can break participants into smaller groups that can follow the tangents into whichever direction the conversation leads. You will be asked on the Call for Presentations form to indicate what topic you’d like to pursue and provide a brief description of why that topic is suitable for a jam session.
- Thought Leader Presentations: (20 minutes each presenter)
Thought Leader presentations will be done in the manner of Ted Talks. We’ll set aside a room where a series of speakers will share an inspiring story or an insight into emerging trends, or a leadership perspective. Each speaker will get no more than 20 minutes, then you must move along for the next speaker to set up. We’ll allow you to use slides but keep them at a minimum and don’t rely on slides to tell your story.
- Innovation Trends Presentations: (20 minutes each presenter)
Innovation Trends presentations will be done in the manner of Ted Talks. We’ll set aside a room where a series of speakers will share information about innovative solutions, technologies, and trends. Each speaker will get no more than 20 minutes, then you must move along for the next speaker to set up. We’ll allow you to use slides but keep them at a minimum and don’t rely on slides to tell your story.
- Point‐Counterpoint: (50 minutes)
This type of presentation will feature conflicting perspectives on a public works issue. This could be a fun exercise in which panel members use a debate format to inform the audience about different ways to approach a public works project, issue, or challenge. The panel can take turns listing the advantages and disadvantages of each approach. When you fill out the Call for Presentations form, please list who your speakers will be and the topic you will debate.
- Workshop: (120 minutes)
The workshop format is for topics that need a deeper dive than a shorter timeframe can provide. They usually delve into a particular concept or teach a specific skill. They may include demos or provide exercises so participants may practice what they are learning. Workshops are usually approximately 2 hours (120 minutes) in length, depending on the timeframes available during the overall conference.
How are education sessions selected?
Review Criteria: All submissions are reviewed and evaluated by the NASC Program Review Committee comprised of experts in snow and ice control and winter maintenance planning. Click here view/download instructions on how to write appropriate learning objectives.
Your success in the selection process depends on how well your proposal supports these primary criteria:
- Practical application: Provides information that can be used by participants in their day-to-day work settings; offers lessons-learned, and how-to-do-it strategies, and offers solutions for sustainability and resiliency of public works operations.
- Leading-edge: Addresses emerging trends and technologies, innovative concepts and approaches, solutions that provide improvements to the provision of public works services.
- Relevance and clarity: Content is interesting and useful to a significant number of expected attendees. Learning objectives are clearly stated using active verbs that indicate how the participants will benefit from the information presented.
- Learning Objectives: All proposals must include three (3) learning objectives that indicate how the attendee will benefit from the presentation. The learning objectives must be worded in response to the phrase: “At the conclusion of this session, participants will be better able to________”.
What are the rules?
No sales pitches please! Direct promotion of a speaker’s/company’s products, services, or monetary self-interest are not appropriate for education sessions. The public works audience appreciates learning about technologies, services, concepts, and new approaches; but are sensitive to the sales promotion approach. We recommend that you describe in your proposal how the public works/end-user perspective will be featured in your presentation.
Paid professional trainers and speakers are welcome to use the Online Submission Form but be sure to check the “paid speaker” box.
Speaker registration and travel expenses: Speakers at the North American Snow Conference (NASC) are also considered attendees and are expected to pay their own travel expenses and the appropriate member or non-member NASC registration fee. If you plan to attend NASC only on the day of your presentation, you may qualify for a complimentary single day registration. However, if you plan to attend the entire NASC event or an additional day beyond your presentation day, you must register and pay the applicable registration fees.
When will I know?
Review process and schedule: The review process involves reviewers and is lengthy. Submitters will be notified via email of the accept/decline status of their proposal by early 2020.
How do I apply? Please read the following before clicking the Submit Proposal button.
Important FYI: Proposal Account
After clicking on the Submit Abstract Button, you will be prompted to create an account for proposal submission. This login is for proposal submission only and is not related to any other APWA account login you may have. All correspondence sent to you about your submission(s) will be to the email address you list in this account. If you have a highly restrictive work email account, please consider using a personal email address. You will receive notification of submission selection via email.
If you are submitting to both the 2020 North American Snow Conference (NASC) and 2020 PWX (Public Works Expo) you may use the same account to submit all of your proposals. If you plan to submit abstracts to both PWX and NASC this year, you can have the same passwords and login account BUT you will be redirected to separate landing page for the separate events. You must login into each event separately.