2019 Call for Speakers


Deadline Extended to July 9

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 2019 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.

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

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?

If you are interested in speaking in the Technical & How-To Track, you may submit your proposal here.


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

If you are interested in speaking in the Business/Strategy Track, you may submit your proposal here.

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

If you are interested in speaking at the Video Engineering Summit, you may submit your proposal here.

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

If you are interested in speaking at the OTT Leadership Summit, you may submit your proposal here.


Esports & Sports 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 are products of the digital age. They were born online, and for generations of young people they're the only sports they know. Fans and stars have created a world where everyone can participate and all are welcome, where people can find their tribe and take part. It's inclusive, interactive, multi-platform, and always live. While the games might be virtual, the money at stake is very real.

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 really it's all just sports nowadays, whether or not there's an "e" in front of the word or not. As long as it involves intense live competition and dedicated fans, publishers are happy to deliver.

This incredibly addicting, highly charged, constantly evolving world needs a conference that can keep up with—and even anticipate—the changes ahead. The Esports & Sports Summit is that event, and it will bring attendees into the conversations happening right now, so they can profit from the changes.

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
  • Multiplatform World: Why Today's Sports Need to be Everywhere
  • Wagering and Gaming: Will the U.S. Follow Europe on Live Sports Betting?
  • Killer Latency: Who's Really Providing Micro-Second Latency, and Why it Matters
  • Rights and Licenses: Are Fans Better Served when Live Esports Goes Social?
  • 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
  • Inside the NBA G League: Basketball Gets Creative

If you are interested in speaking at Esports & Sports Streaming Summit, you may submit your proposal here.


Live Streaming Summit

There’s no second chance in live streaming, and so it’s more important than ever to hone your skills and knowledge about how to do it right. The Live Streaming Summit covers all things live—tentpole entertainment and sports events, webcasting in the enterprise, streaming live to social networks, delivering live linear channels, and more. The Summit covers every step of the live video workflow, including ingestion, transcoding, content management & protection, distribution & delivery, analytics, and post-event evaluation. Live Streaming Summit is a must-attend event for technical and business decision makers whose jobs depend on delivering large-scale live events and live linear channels to multiple devices and platforms.

Possible proposal topics include:

  • Streaming Live to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube Live
  • Delivering Live Linear Channels
  • Lock It Down: Protecting the Live Stream
  • Engaging Live Experiences for Digital Platforms
  • Navigating Algorithms to Reach Your Audience
  • Building the Best Viewer Experience
  • Monetizing Live Streaming
  • Best Practices for Backhaul, Transmission, and Ingest
  • Real-Time Live Event Analytics and QoS
  • The Future of Live Streaming
  • Live Video in 360
  • Augmented Reality in Live Streaming

If you are interested in speaking at Live Streaming Summit, you may submit your proposal here.

Session Types

There are four 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 45-60 minute session. We are NOT looking for product pitches or product demos.

Case Studies

Real-world examples of successful implementations of technologies or strategies by broadcasters, OTT services, or enterprises.

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.

Fireside Chats

One-on-one discussions between a Streaming Media editor or a vendor and an end user, focusing on technical or business challenges facing the industry.

Benefits of Speaking at Streaming Media West

All speakers receive a full, 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.