CALL FOR SPEAKERS

AN EXCEPTIONAL PLATFORM FOR SUPPLY CHAIN PROFESSIONALS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA.

CALL FOR SPEAKERS 2020

SAPICS has been providing an exceptional platform for supply chain professionals in Southern Africa to exchange knowledge and practical experiences.   SAPICS invites you to participate in the 42nd Conference which has been dubbed the leading event in Africa for supply chain professionals.

“Achieve Perfect 20/20 Supply Chain Vision”

Sharp vision, foresight and focus are essential to achieve complete Supply Chain Mastery, which in turn has an undeniable impact on the financial success of an organisation.  Supply chain professionals attending SAPICS 2020 will have their eyes opened to cutting edge global supply chain perspectives and innovative best

practices guaranteed to help senior management improve business performance.  Ensure that your supply chain vision is 20/20 by joining this annual gathering of supply chain specialists from around the world as they meet to share their knowledge and experience of working in this ever evolving, vital profession.

NEW SPEAKER SUBMISSION

THE IDEAL SAPICS 2020 SPEAKER

All speakers are selected on merit and relevance to the desired topics as outlined below.

In addition to speakers who have already been invited to speak at SAPICS 2020, the remaining speakers are carefully selected by a Speaker Selection Committee which is made up of supply chain professionals from across various industries in the profession.

The conference audience is particularly interested in hearing from fellow supply chain practitioners who have experiences combined with practical solutions to share.

Presentations which directly promote specific products, services or monetary self-interest will not be selected. SAPICS does, however, offer exhibition space for this purpose.

HOW TO BOOST YOUR CHANCES OF BEING SELECTED:

The Speaker selection is based on the following criteria:

  • Subject relevance and the drawcard appeal which ultimately will attract delegates to the conference.

  • Subject interest

  • Topicality

  • Quality of submission

  • Professional expertise

  • Speaking expertise

THE FOLLOWING PRESENTATION FORMATS WILL BE CONSIDERED:

TOPICS REQUESTED BY DELEGATES:

Each year we say we will not add a list of topics as emerging trends and case studies are always what is wanted.  The more interactive the session the better.  Who wants “death by PowerPoint” these days? NO ONE!

However, every year we are asked for guidance on what to submit.  So here are some topics requested by delegates from the 2019 conference feedback.  Submissions can include these but there is no restriction to topics.  If it is interesting, relevant and factual it stands a good chance of getting selected.  Keep it real.  Keep it simple and make sure it’s relevant.  If you can add in awe-inspiring then that’s also good:

SPEAKER GUIDELINES

The Annual SAPICS Conference and Exhibition is concerned with speakers who can provide relevant and topical content that enhances knowledge, generates new thinking, new ideas, etc.

DEADLINES

24 JANUARY 2020: Speaker submission deadline (early submission is recommended),

28 FEBRUARY 2020: Notification of acceptance or otherwise.

22 MAY 2020: Submission of white paper and presentation visuals.

The above deadlines will enable SAPICS to promote the conference and selected speakers as actively as possible. Missing any of the deadlines may jeopardise the opportunity SAPICS has to properly promote your session, and may reduce attendance at your session.

PROCESS

To apply, please either complete the process online via the SAPICS website –  www.sapics.org.za.  The application must clearly indicate if the paper is being submitted for the Annual Conference and if it may be considered for the Spring Conference*.

THE COMPLETED SUBMISSION FORM MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE FOLLOWING:

  • Speaker biography (150 words in narrative form, not CV format please) – per speaker. The narrative should ideally be written in the 3rd person.

  • Colour Photo – jpeg format – (head and shoulders preferably and high resolution).

  • Previous speaking experience (but don’t be deterred if you haven’t spoken at a conference before).

  • Link to video of a previous speaking engagement (1st 3 slides of a presentation) or pre-recorded example of your speaking ability (if available).  If not available please record a brief introduction – no more than your name, job title, where you work and what your proposed topic is to be. Your submission will not be presented to the speaker panel without this.

  • Details of published works (if any).

  • Session objective.

  • Abstract (50-100 word paragraph).

  • 3-4 bullet points summarising delegate takeaways.

FOUR TIPS TO GET THE VIDEO RIGHT

The video should not necessarily be a professionally produced film but should rather be seen as an “elevator pitch” to enable our selection committee to determine your ability to address an audience eloquently and with confidence.Click edit button to change this text.

WRITTEN PAPERS

Written papers are requested from all speakers but not mandatory. White papers are wholly encouraged however and highly sought after. Please indicate on the submission form if you are planning on providing a white paper if selected to speak.

SPEAKER AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED AT THE CLOSING OF THE CONFERENCE ON JUNE 24TH AS FOLLOWS:

*SAPICS SPRING CONFERENCE – FOR SUPPLY CHAIN PRACTITIONERS

This event, a more intimate version of the SAPICS Leading Event in Africa for Supply Chain Professionals, will be held in Johannesburg in October 2020.  The purpose of this event is to create an opportunity for those practitioners who are unable to attend SAPICS 2020 due to time or budget constraints.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN SELECTED

Speaker fees are not paid. However, full free conference registration will be awarded to one presenter per topic. Other speaker benefits will be outlined in the formal acceptance letter.  As a not-for-profit organization only limited funds may be available to foreign speakers for travel and accommodation and those wishing to apply for this must submit a written motivation together with their submission.

SAPICS will initiate active campaigns to promote the conference in general while highlighting some of the programme topics. Speakers are encouraged to promote the attendance of their session to potential delegates in the lead up to the conference. Active, insightful participation (not spam) on the various SAPICS social media platforms, as well as the distribution of conference information to your own supporter base are two of the easiest ways to get delegates interested in your session.

Finally, by submitting the application you are agreeing to the terms and conditions below.

We look forward to receiving your submission and to learning from you!

The submitted paper attached to this form is provided to SAPICS under the following terms and conditions.

  1. The Speaker Selection Committee, at its sole discretion, will determine the acceptability of the submitted presentation. In addition, the Conference Committee will determine whether or not to publish a submitted paper either in whole or in part.   SAPICS agrees to provide the author of the submitted paper appropriate credit if the paper is published.
  2. Authors of the submitted work/paper freely give to SAPICS permission to publish the submitted work/paper in any media so selected free of any compensation and/or royalty claims.
  3. Authors of the submitted work/paper testify that the submitted paper does not contain confidential and/or proprietary information not owned by the author.
  4. Authors of the selected work/paper testify that the work is original and has not been used at previous events in South Africa.
  5. Speakers must adhere strictly to the duration selected on the application form. Time should be allocated by the speaker for questions and answers within this duration.
  6. Persons submitting an abstract are doing so with the understanding that they agree to abide by the conditions, deadline policies and the decisions of the Conference Committee.
  7. Once the submission has been accepted, the accepted speaker agrees that this presentation shall be used exclusively for the SAPICS 2019 Conference and that only after it has been presented at this conference may it be presented at other events in South Africa.
  8. If for any reason an accepted speaker is subsequently unable to attend the Conference, substitutions will NOT automatically be accepted and the paper and substituted presenter shall be accepted solely at the discretion of the Speaker Selection Committee.
  9. The written paper must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document for publication in the conference proceedings. Papers will be edited and formatted before being returned to the author for final approval.
  10. Presentations must be in Microsoft PowerPoint format and utilise the standard conference template provided by the Conference Secretariat. The PowerPoint presentations will also be published online post conference together with the written paper where applicable.
  11. A proposal should not be submitted unless the speaker is available to appear on any day of the SAPICS Conference.
  12. Under no circumstances should the conference’s podium be used for direct promotion of a speaker’s product, service or for monetary self-interest.

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