2018 Call for Speakers

Deadline is July 6th

Each year, Streaming Media events receive many more speaking submissions than available speaking slots. Because of that, we strongly suggest you submit your Streaming Media West 2018 proposal early. We often review and confirm positions upon receipt. Don't wait until the last minute to submit! If you are submitting on behalf of a vendor, you are required to submit with a customer.

Conference Tracks

We’ve revamped Streaming Media West to offer more than ever before. Below you'll find a detailed description as well as suggested topics to help get your proposal started.

Technical & How-To Track

The Technical & How-To Track is for CTOs, technology managers, studio professionals, 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 the entire video workflow, from formats to delivery to player and UI development to AI and machine learning. This is the place to go to learn real skills and improvements you can put in place as soon as you’re back in the office. And even if you’re not currently a video developer and want to learn more about how the technology works, this track is for you. The track will include discussions of encoding and transcoding at a high level, but if you’re looking for a more advanced and deeper dive into the bits and bytes, check out our new Video Engineering Summit.

Possible proposal topics include:

  • Using WebRTC to Reduce Latency
  • Leveraging AI and Machine Learning in Your Video Workflow
  • How to Choose a Video Player
  • Delivering Immersive 360° and VR Experiences
  • Developing and Deploying Progressive Web Apps
  • Monitoring and Improving Quality of Experience/Quality of Service

Business & Strategy Track

Attention CEOs, CSOs, media strategists, and business development executives: This is your home at Streaming Media East. 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:

  • Effective Social Media Video Strategies
  • VR/360° Video: Flash in the Pan or Here to Stay?
  • Using AI and Machine Learning to Give Viewers what they Want
  • Best Practices for Education and Training Video
  • Forging a Holistic Enterprise Video Strategy
  • Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality: The Future of Entertainment?
  • Mining for Content: How Blockchain is Disrupting Online Video
  • Next-Generation Enterprise Video Platforms
  • Deploying DRM for Online and Offline Devices
  • Comparing Education Video Platforms
  • Evaluating YouTube for the Enterprise Solutions
  • Optimizing Content Delivery for Large-Scale Events
  • User Experiences That Keep Viewers Coming Back for More

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:

  • OTT is the New TV
  • The Future of OTT Monetization
  • Maximizing Reach with Syndication
  • Making Search and Discovery Work for Your Viewers
  • Pay TV and OTT: Frenemies?
  • Realizing the Promise of Targeted Advertising
  • The Future of the Skinny Bundle
  • Reaching Viewers on Multiple Platforms and Devices
  • Measuring the Success of Multiplatform Delivery
  • Working Toward Broadcast Economics & Quality at Scale
  • Building a Successful Owned-and-Operated OTT Service
  • Leveraging the Cloud for OTT Success
  • The Future of Video Delivery Architecture
  • Ensuring Quality of Service and Quality of Experience

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, so we decided it’s time to give it its own summit. 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:

  • Optimizing HEVC and H.264 Encoding Quality
  • Beyond MPEG and AOM: Open-Source and Proprietary Protocols
  • How CMAF Can Simplify Streaming
  • IMF: One Format to Rule Them All or Just One More Format?
  • Spectral Quality: Improving Colors to Improve Videos
  • Best Practices for Advances Software Encoder Evaluations
  • Comparing Per-Title Encoding Options
  • Inside HDR Technologies
  • Comparing HEVC, AV1, VP9, and H.264
  • Fine-Tuning ABR Delivery
  • Evaluating Perceptual Quality Metrics
  • Compressing Video for VR
  • The Future of Video Codecs
  • Improving Compression with Machine Learning

Sports Streaming Summit

Sports fans are among the most voracious video consumers, and they’re also the most demanding, expecting games and matches to be available anywhere, any time, and on any device. Streaming offers them more ways than ever to follow the teams and leagues they’re passionate about, as well as cutting-edge viewing experiences that traditional TV can’t match. And with the recent court ruling allowing sports betting, there will be more pressure than ever to deliver low-latency, interactive sports content. The new Sports Streaming Summit will explore how global broadcasters, local stations, and new media startups alike are changing how sport content is acquired, produced, delivered, and viewed, from little league to esports to the World Cup.

Possible proposal topics include:

  • Guerilla Tactics: Cellular Bonding and Remote Production
  • Building Major League Viewing for Local and Regional Leagues
  • Lock It Down: Protecting Your Sports Streams
  • How IP is Revolutionizing Sports Video Production
  • Matching the User Experience to the Sport and the Audience
  • Ultra-Low Latency Sports and Esports Streaming
  • Interactive Streaming Technologies
  • Automated Clipping and Sharing Highlights to Social Media
  • Synchronizing Broadcast and OTT Sports Streams
  • Sports Streaming Case Studies
  • Creating an OTT Presence for your Sports Brand
  • Leveraging AI for a Better Sports Video Experience

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 East. We need presenters who can show people how to do things step by step as a stand alone presenter in a 45-60 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 full 2 day, complimentary pass 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.

Submit Your Proposal

Additional Speaking Opportunities

If you are interested in speaking at Live Streaming Summit, you can find out more here.