Thursday, January 29, 2015

RSA Conference’s new crowdsourced submissions program

The US RSA Conference is adding something new for 2015, a crowdsourced submissions track.  RSA gets a stunning number of submissions each year, and it takes a long time to sort through them all- leading to a common grumble about the long lead time between submissions and the conference.  And as with almost any event, some question why certain talks were accepted over others.  RSA has been listening, and is trying this new crowdsourced track to address some of the feedback they have received.  You want a short leadtime for talks to allow for recent topics?  You want a say in some of the talks which get accepted?  The new track will add 12 sessions to answer these requests. 

The Call for Papers opened today, January 29, and will close on February 27 (less than two months before the event).  Given the size and scope of the RSA Conference, it is significant that they have taken this step.

I am excited to be one of the judges for this program, joining industry leaders Alex Hutton, Eve Maler, Jennifer Minella, and Rich Mogull.  Our role is to make sure the submissions follow the guidelines, aren’t sales pitches, and to filter out any “ballot stuffing” which might happen.  See the Crowdsourced Submissions FAQ for details.