The BlogHer '15 Call for Ideas is OPEN!

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A few weeks ago, we announced BlogHer ’15 back in New York City! Today, we're opening our Call for Ideas—and can’t wait to hear your suggestions.

Feminista Jones on the BlogHer '14 closing keynote

The Call for Ideas lets you help build the conference you want to attend. Let us know what topics you'd like to hear discussed or which speakers you think would be a great addition to this year's roster. You can submit:

  • Speakers: Submit yourself, or submit someone else you think would be a great speaker. When submitting a speaker, use the available bio/qualifications section of the submission form to help us understand why you, or the person you suggest, would be a great speaker... and the topic you think is a perfect match. The more context you provide, the easier it is for us to find the right slot for someone! 
  • Topics: Submit a topic (or an angle on a topic) that you think has been missing from our program, whether or not you're submitting yourself as a potential speaker.
  • A full session concept: Submit a session as you'd like to see it presented, complete with co-speakers (if a panel), takeaways for the audience, etc.

If you're submitting a speaker, here's what we're looking for:

  • Accomplished speakers and instructors who represent the rich diversity of the blogging community
  • Speakers and instructors with relevant experience or success around a topic—even if they don't necessarily have a lot of prior speaking experience
  • Experienced moderators who have experience managing panel discussions

And please note: We set a goal to feature predominantly new voices each year, so if you (or your suggested speaker) has not previously spoken at the annual conference, that's an advantage!

If you're submitting a topic or session, it would be helpful to flesh it out as much as possible. What format do you think would be most effective? Presentation? Hands-on workshop? Discussion panel? Interview? If you're suggesting multiple speakers, think about what kind of diverse perspectives you're including. We don't want a row of nodding heads!

Once the Call for Ideas closes on Friday, November 21, we'll take all the great ideas you share with us and synthesize them to help create the agenda for next July's conference. We should begin announcing programming after the New Year.

Check out past conference agendas to get a sense of what's worked in the past, and what new ideas you add to BlogHer '15. When you're ready, submit your speaker, topic, and session ideas here, and be sure to register for BlogHer '15* now.

Be creative, be imaginative, be original. Most of all: Be part of our annual event. And remember, this year we're turning it up to 11, so anything goes!

* If you're selected to speak, we'll refund your ticket, but we get many more submissions than we can put on stage each year, and you don't want to miss Early Bird pricing!

Elisa Camahort Page
BlogHer Co-founder and Sr. VP of Community Content & Events, SheKnows Media
@ElisaC

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