We’re right in the middle of the Alt Summit 2020 Call for Speakers. It opened on Monday and closes this Sunday, September 15th, at 11:59 PM PST. It’s an open call for Speakers, Teachers, Artists, Fashion Designers, Filmmakers, Crafters, Photographers, and Performers.

We’re getting the word out on via the Alt Summit newsletter and Instagram, but I wanted to make sure Design Mom Readers see the news too — because I know you’re a very talented, smart, interesting group of people! And presenters get a free conference ticket! So if you’ve always wanted to come to Alt Summit, but the ticket feels out of reach, this is your chance.

Here’s what you need to know if you’d like to submit a pitch:

As I mentioned, the Call for Presenters closes this Sunday, September 15th. Then, next week, there will be a Community Voting Period where pitches can be seen publicly, and people can vote for their favorites. (Don’t worry, the vote totals are private, so if a pitch gets tons of votes, or very few, that won’t be public knowledge). When pitches are accepted, the voting results will count for 50% of the decision-making process.

Gather the following and you’ll be able to build your pitch really quickly:

  • Required: Your bio (100 word max), and your headshot (500×500 px or larger). Your bio and headshot will be seen by voters, and if your pitch is accepted, the bio and photo will be on the Alt Summit website Speaker Page, and on the Alt Summit App.
  • Required: Your presentation title (18 word max). Fun fact: many people choose what they are most interested in based on the title alone. So make this one count! (And shorter is often stronger.) You can find title examples on the previous event schedule.
  • Required: A concise pitch description (50 word max). You’ve got 50 words to convince attendees to check out your presentation. What will they get out of it? What are the takeaways? If your pitch is accepted, this description will be listed on the Alt Summit 2020 Schedule.
  • Optional: A longer pitch description (300 word max). Here’s your chance to share more about your presentation idea. Add details and explain what you want voters to know. If it’s a film project, share a synopsis. If it’s an art project, list materials you’ll use. You could talk about your qualifications, or personal philosophy – or whatever you like. This optional longer description will only be seen during the Community Voting Period. It will not be shown anywhere else.
  • Optional: The names, bios, and headshots of any contributors. You are allowed to submit up to 3 contributors plus yourself. Please use the same size and length requirements for photos and bios listed above.
  • Optional: Additional supporting materials. Possible examples include: a video link of prior speaking experience, a video link of your work, a video link of you describing the pitch on a quick phone video, an audio link to a podcast featuring you speaking about the topic, images of your portfolio, images of your work, images that help explain the project or topic.

Here are a few FAQs we’ve been getting about the Call for Presentations:

Can I pitch more than one idea?
Absolutely, just make sure to submit them as separate pitches in their respective category. 

Are there certain topics you’re looking for? Or tired of? 
Here is a list of topics that are typically covered at the conference (click through and then scroll down a bit). Of course, we’re always looking for fresh ideas and unique perspectives, so if you have an idea that’s not on this list, pitch it anyway! But this list can be a good point of reference if you’re wondering whether your topic is a good fit. 

Will my expenses be covered if my pitch is accepted?
If your pitch is accepted, you’ll receive a complimentary full registration to the conference valued at $849. (Hotel, airfare and travel expenses are not covered). If you’re already registered for the 2020 conference and your pitch is accepted, the purchase price of your ticket will be reimbursed.

What will my submission look like to voters?
As you create your pitch, click on the Gallery View button to get a preview of how your pitch will appear to voters. 

When do I need to submit my pitch by?
You have until Sunday, September 15th at 11:59 pm PT to submit. That’s this coming Sunday.

Okay. I think that’s it. Ready to pitch your idea? Click here. And if you have additional questions, go ahead and leave them in the comments below.

P.S. — Why am I talking about Alt Summit? It’s because I own the conference. : )