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Apply to speak at TNW2020/TNW Couch Conferences now

SPEAK AT TNW2020/TNW COUCH CONFERENCES

At TNW we inform, inspire, and connect people who love tech. If you’re a thought leader who shares this vision, we want to hear from you.

DARING | BOLD | FUTURE-FORWARD

WHAT IS A TNW TALK

TNW events are known for being daring and bold. A TNW talk isn’t just a story or a list of facts—it involves unique insights and draws exciting conclusions about the future of technology. We are passionate about providing a platform for new ideas and disruptive minds.

Your talk could come to life as a compelling story, conceptual how-to, or cover a pressing industry issue.

Please follow the process below to apply as a speaker at either TNW2020 or Couch Conferences 2020. Every submission is reviewed on a rolling basis.

Guidelines for Applicants

1. Who should apply?

  • Executives and operational leaders from tech giants
  • C-level executives from innovative corporates and successful scaleups
  • Top tech investors
  • Designers, product leads and creatives
  • Leading authors in business and tech

2. What’s the story you want to tell?

Think about why your story matters, the value it provides the audience, and how your story will be remembered. Consider what you want people to take away from your talk. Is your goal to inspire, motivate, or raise awareness?

If your goal is to promote a product or deliver a sales pitch, we’re not interested.

Make sure your story fits into one of our thematic tracks for TNW2020 or Digital Couch Conferences. Overall, your session should be inspirational, actionable, and educational.

Overall, your session should be inspirational, actionable, and educational.


3. Title and abstract

Pay close attention to the title of your talk. You want to ensure it makes an impression and stands out from the crowd. It should be short and catchy, presenting a single clear idea.

Your abstract should not exceed 100 words. Please include three key takeaways for the audience—why should they come to your talk over another?


4. What format fits this story best?

Keynote
A keynote presentation establishes a strong main idea related to a track. A keynote should engage audiences with a clear conclusion.

Fireside chat
An informal conversation between two people that reveals new stories and insights from speakers.

Panel Discussion
A live discussion about a specific topic or trend amongst a select group of panelists (max 3), hosted by a professional moderator.

Hangouts Session

Deep conversations on specific topics in small and interactive groups. This is a very popular format amongst the TNW audience. Hangout seats are booked pre-event, and are full within a few days of registration opening.


5. Title and abstract

Pay close attention to your title.
First impressions matter and you want to ensure that it stands out from the crowd. It should be short, catchy and present a (single) clear idea or message.

Your abstract should be no longer than 80 – 100 words, and please include the three key takeaways for the audience (hint: why should they come to your talk over someone else's?).


6. When can I submit?

Now! We are currently accepting submissions for our Couch Conferences and TNW2020. Just make sure to read the fine print before submitting:

The Fine Print

  • All speakers receive a complimentary speaker pass.
  • There is no charge to speak.
  • When selected, the costs covering the logistics (travel, accommodation, etc.) are covered by the speakers themselves.
  • Content has to be original, new, or adjusted for this event.
  • Each session can have a maximum of one person per organization (we like collaborations and different views).
  • Successful proposals are chosen based on the proposed idea and speakers suggested. Changes in subject or speakers have to go through the content team and may lead to session deletion.
  • Spaces are limited and some proposals may be offered a slot in a different format or stage than originally applied for.
  • Once offers are accepted, speakers and session content confirmed, we will announce the speakers on the website.

OK, I’m ready!

Great, we can’t wait to receive your application.

APPLY HERE

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    Corinne Vigreux

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    Guy Kawasaki

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  • Stephanie Hannon

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  • André Kuipers

    André Kuipers

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  • Cassie Kozyrkov

    Cassie Kozyrkov

    Chief Decision Scientist,
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  • Gilad Lotan

    Gilad Lotan

    VP, Head of Data Science,
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  • Larry Sanger

    Larry Sanger

    Co-founder,
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  • Ali Rayl

    Ali Rayl

    Vice President, Customer Experience,
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  • Emanuele Madeddu

    Emanuele Madeddu

    Executive Vice President, Global Brand Strategy,
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  • Sir John Hegarty

    Sir John Hegarty

    Founder,
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  • Francesca Bria

    Francesca Bria

    Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer,
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  • Jaya Baloo

    Jaya Baloo

    Chief Information Security Officer,
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  • Michael Martin

    Michael Martin

    Global Head of Digital Products,
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  • Gillian Tans

    Gillian Tans

    CEO,
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  • Jack Constantine

    Jack Constantine

    CDO,
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  • Chris Slowe

    Chris Slowe

    CTO,
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  • Fedra Ribeiro

    Fedra Ribeiro

    SVP,
    Bosch

TNW2020 is now on October 1 & 2

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