Call for Speakers

Deadline Extended to July 9

Each year, Streaming Media events receive many more speaking submissions than available speaking slots. Because of this, we strongly suggest you submit your Streaming Media West 2021 proposal early. We often review and confirm positions upon receipt. Don't wait until the last minute to submit! We do accept speaking proposals from vendors for our in-person events, so long as the vendor also submits a customer who can speak at the event.

Dedicated Conference Tracks and Summits

Streaming Media West conference is organized as Tracks and Summits which allow us to identify our sessions more clearly and make it easier for attendees to find the content that's most important to them. Below you'll find a detailed description as well as suggested topics to help get your proposal started.

Technical & How-To Track
This track is for CTOs, engineers, and developers who want one thing: solutions. The video ecosystem is a fragmented mix of platforms and devices: Learn from the pros how you can eliminate the bottlenecks and deliver results. Expert presenters will offer sessions on encoding and transcoding, packaging and delivery, player and UI development, and formats, protocols, and standards. If you’re looking for deep dives into HEVC, VP9, AV1, DASH, CMAF, WebRTC, video optimization, QoS/QoE, or AI and machine learning, you’ve come to the right place. This is the place to go under the hood and learn real skills and improvements you can put in place as soon as you’re back in the office.

Possible proposal topics include:

  • The Future of Video Codecs
  • Why You Should Care About ATSC 3.0
  • The Live Streaming Pro's Toolbox
  • Establish a Multi-CDN Strategy
  • The Year Before the Year of ATSC 3.0
  • Using WebRTC to Reduce Latency
  • Maximizing the Value of Your Video with AI & Machine Learning
  • Fine-Tune Your Adaptive Encoding Groups with Objective Quality Metrics
  • Choosing the Best Off-the-Shelf Video Player
  • The Impact of Open Source Protocols
  • How CMAF Can Simplify Streaming
  • The State of UHD and HDR
  • IMF: One Format to Rule Them All or Just One More Format?
  • Developing and Deploying Progressive Web Apps
  • Managing a Multi-CDN Delivery Strategy
  • Are Microservices the Future?

Business/Strategy Track

Attention CEOs, CSOs, media strategists, and business development executives: This is your home at Streaming Media West. This forward-thinking track offers high-level strategic discussions where you can learn from the best where the online video economy is moving. The Business/Strategy Track will shed light on the future of the online video marketplace, discussing ways broadcasters, cable & satellite operators, MVPDs, and content rights holders can unlock the value of OTT and TV Everywhere. It will point to improvements in content creation, acquisition, and monetization, and reveal coming shifts in consumer viewing habits. A sea change is coming to entertainment and sports; this track is for executives who want to ride the wave.

Possible proposal topics include:

  • The State of Server-Side Ad Insertion
  • Creating User Experiences that Delight Viewers
  • Targeting Viewers with Personalized Content
  • Maximizing Reach with Syndication
  • Effective Social Media Video Strategies
  • Reaching Viewers on Multiple Platforms and Devices
  • Global Content Licensing Challenges
  • How Blockchain Can Revolutionize Media 
  • Using Data and Machine Learning to Give Viewers what they Want
  • Best Practices for Enterprise Video
  • New Strategies for Education and Training Video
  • How OTT is Revolutionizing TV News

OTT Leadership Summit
OTT is the future of television, and this summit is a deep dive into how broadcasters, cable & satellite operators, MVPDs, vMPVDs, and content rights holders can unlock the value of OTT and TV Everywhere. Because business and technology factors work hand-in-hand to create a successful OTT service, we’ll look at the entire OTT ecosystem to provide a thorough understanding of the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. We’ll also unveil fresh OTT research to give you actionable data and help you thrive in this increasingly competitive market.

Possible proposal topics include:

  • Subscription Fatigue: Are There Too Many OTT Services?
  • How Niche Video Services Can Find Success
  • Is Addressable Television Ready for Prime Time?
  • Building the OTT Services Viewers Want
  • The Pros and Cons of Owned-and-Operated OTT Services
  • Combatting Video Piracy
  • The State of Data in OTT
  • The Future of the Skinny Bundle
  • New Strategies for Audience Measurement

Video Engineering Summit
Video compression and related technologies are the bedrock of the online video industry, and they’ve always been the heart of Streaming Media. The Video Engineering Summit is for the hardcore video engineers, the ones who are really pushing the boundaries of video quality and compression efficiency. It’s a deep dive into encoding and transcoding, packaging and delivery, player and UI development, and formats, protocols, and standards. If you’re looking for deep dives into HEVC, VP9, AV1, DASH, CMAF, WebRTC, video optimization, or perceptual quality, you’ve come to the right place. Our expert speakers will help you take your video to the next level.

Possible proposal topics include:

  • Integrating HDR for Acquisition, Editing, Encoding, and Delivery
  • Per-Title Encoding Strategies
  • Cutting-Edge DRM Technology
  • Tools & Techniques for Diagnosing & Resolving Problems in Large-Scale Events
  • VVC: The Next Big Thing in Encoding?
  • The State of AV1
  • Identifying Root Cause via Playback Metrics
  • Leveraging Machine Learning in Your Encoding Pipeline
  • Using CMAF to Cut Cost, Simplify Workflows, and Reduce Latency
  • WebRTC: The Future Champion of Low Latency Video
  • Architecting Your Own One-to-Many Ultra-Low Latency Video Service
  • Objective vs. Subjective Video Quality Metrics

Live Streaming Summit
Live Streaming Summit focuses on the challenges and opportunities inherent in delivering large-scale in-person, virtual, and hybrid live events, as well as mastering the emerging technological and strategic demands of remote and cloud-based production and streaming to audiences watching on multiple screens.

Possible proposal topics include:

  • Streaming Live to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube Live
  • Creating lean-forward, engaging experiences
  • Leveraging decentralized, remote, and cloud-based workflows
  • Monetizing live streams and enhancing brand awareness
  • Maintaining content security
  • Applying key metrics and analytics for post-event evaluation

Sports & Esports Streaming Summit
Nowhere is streaming having a bigger impact than on live sports. It's not just how we watch, it's what we watch. Esports were born online, and for generations of young people they're the only sports they know. It's inclusive, interactive, multi-platform, and always live. Traditional sports are running to keep pace with this upstart, experimenting with multiplatform distribution, VR and AR, digital enhancements, and online gambling. They're also placing bets by starting or acquiring their own esports leagues. Publishers see the changes coming, and are adapting to support both groups, because it’s all just sports nowadays. This incredibly addicting, highly charged, constantly evolving world needs a conference that can keep up with—and even anticipate—the changes ahead. The Sports & Esports Summit is that event.

Possible proposal topics include:

  • VR/AR/360 Viewing: Creating Immersive Experiences for Fans
  • What Traditional Sports can Learn from Esports, and Vice-Versa
  • Arena Experiences: Fans at the Games Want Digital Toys, Too
  • Esports Viewing Trends
  • Wagering and Gaming: Will the U.S. Follow Europe's Model on Live Sports Betting?
  • Interactivity: New Interactive Experiences Let Fans Get in the Game
  • The New Athletes: A Panel Discussion with Top Esports Players
  • A More Perfect Workflow: Getting Live Sports Right
  • Sponsor Integrations: How can Sports Create Better Ad Experiences?
  • The 5G future: How 5G will Transform Live Sports Production
  • Odd Balls: Even Quirky Sports Can Find a Large Following Online
  • The Tracked Athlete: How Diagnostic Information can Enhance Online Viewing
  • The Engaged Fan: How to Pull Viewers Into the Experience

Enterprise & Education Video Summit
It's not all about OTT. Streaming video is the bedrock of corporate communications and training, the world of education and academia is an increasingly virtual one, and video is crucial to the future of nonprofits and government agencies as well. This summit is for CTOs, IT architects, digital media specialists, enterprise video specialists—anyone who is responsible for the video strategies both behind and beyond the firewall. Come learn the latest developments in webcasting, video management, delivery, analytics, and user-generated video for corporate communications, training, collaboration, digital signage, and more.

Possible proposal topics include:

  • Best Practices for Enterprise Video
  • New Strategies for Education and Training Video
  • Video in Manufacturing
  • From Executive Town Halls to Small Group Meetings
  • Getting the Most Out of LinkedIn Live
  • Effective Social Media Strategies
  • Bring Your Own Device? How About Bring Your Own Content?
  • Engaging Viewers with Interactive Video
  • Does Mixed Reality Have a Place in Education and the Enterprise?
  • Collaborative Video Tools
  • Making Your Videos Accessible to All
  • Tips for Effective Training Videos
  • Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Video in Education

Session Types

There are two kinds of speaking sessions available:

How-To Presentations

Technical experts who are willing to share their practical tips, tools, or strategies for deploying online video, please consider volunteering to speak at Streaming Media West. We need presenters who can show people how to do things step by step as a stand alone presenter in a 30-60 minute session. We are NOT looking for product pitches or product demos.

Round-Table Panels

These sessions consist of four speakers and a moderator discussing topics pertaining to business models, monetization strategies and industry trends in a 45-60 minute session where no presentations are required.

Benefits of Speaking

All speakers receive a complimentary registration to the conference, a $995 value, plus great exposure in the industry — so think over your latest success stories or technology ventures — and submit your proposal today! At this time, due to the large number of speakers, we are not able to pay any travel or lodging related expenses.

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