Proposal deadline is closed. However, you may submit to be considered for back up or late breaking news.

1. Read the General Overview:

Overview Review Process and Program Advisory Committee Proposal Deadline Submission Requirements

2. Review the following details...

Topic Areas to be Covered Presentation Formats Key Dates and Speaker Deadlines Speaker Terms and Conditions Questions & Inquiries
Then... 3.Submit your proposal here


The Semantic Technology & Business Conference (SemTechBiz) is the foremost conference series on semantic technologies held each year, and covers a wide range of topics.  This page describes the speaking opportunities available at the conference, and some guidelines for submitting your proposal. 

Competition for speaking slots has increased each year, and unfortunately we often have to turn down many excellent proposals because of limitations on the agenda. In an effort to deal with this high demand, we are changing the format of some speaking opportunities in 2012. Please take note that the following opportunities are available:

Reviewed and Invited Presentation formats:

  • Full Conference Sessions – 45 minutes
  • Half-Conference Sessions – 30 minutes
  • Half-Day Tutorials – 2  hours and 45 minutes

These formats are designed to optimize the mix of educational presentations, case studies and discussion panels, as well as provide more opportunities for product developers and entrepreneurs to bring their work to the attention of customers, business partners and investors. A more complete explanation of these formats is available below.

Proposal Deadline

The deadline for speaking proposals is closed. However, you may submit to be considered for back up or late breaking news.


Questions regarding speaking opportunities can be addressed to Stewart Quealy at


What You Will Be Asked To Provide...

NOTE BEFORE YOU BEGIN: We recommend you copy your bio/abstract from a text editor (ex. Notepad, Wordpad) instead of directly from Word.  The CFP form works best with plain text.

    • Speaker Presentation Conditions, Requirements and Benefits

    • You will be asked to agree to the "Copyright and Reproduction Terms" and to provide an unprotected PowerPoint file to us by September 21, 2012 (we request an unprotected file so we can produce the presentation in various formats for publication. However only copy-protected PDFs are ultimately distributed to conference attendees).

    • Speaker Information

    • Contact information for the speaker
    • Is there a second contact? If so, what is that person's role?
    • You will also have the option of uploading a speaker portrait photograph
      (90 dpi or greater JPG file format preferred)
    • Speaker Biography (up to 150 words. Do not include a resume)

    • Session Information

    • Type of presentation proposed
    • Session title
    • Brief description (under 30 words)
    • Full description/abstract (150 word description and 4-5 bullet points)
    • Additional information about presentation (anything else you think is pertinent, including books, articles, publications, etc.)
    • Speaker biography (150 word limit. Do not include a resume)
    • Speaker portrait image
    • Audio Visual requirements (note that one wireless lavaliere microphone, data projector and screen will be provided as standard equipment)
    • Do you have the necessary financial and travel approvals from your company in order to attend and speak at the conference?
    • Have you given this presentation before? If yes, please explain when and where.
    • Audience Level
      • Introductory
      • Intermediate
      • Advanced
      • Business/All Audiences
    • Identify the track(s) your session would best fit into
    • Identify the target audience

    • Other Notes

    • After you have successfully submitted your proposal, you will receive an automatically generated email confirmation


Detailed Description

Topics to be covered at SemTech 2012 - New York City include:

  • Big Data
  • Business Intelligence and Analytics
  • Media
  • Publishing
  • Cases Studies/Use Cases
  • Cloud Computing
  • Collaboration & Wikis
  • Content Management
  • Context/ Sentiment Analysis
  • Developing Semantic Software
  • Enterprise Data Management
  • Industry and Business Trends
  • Knowledge Engineering and Management
  • Linked Data
  • Open Government
  • Product/Service Available Now
  • Product/Service Under Development
  • Real-time Systems
  • Reasoning and Inference
  • Research
  • Rules
  • Search
  • Security
  • Semantic Information Architecture
  • Semantic Wikis
  • Social Networks
  • Standards
  • Text Analysis
  • User Interfaces
  • Web Services

Presentation Formats

Reviewed and Invited Presentation formats:

  • Conference Sessions - 45 minutes
  • Conference Sessions – 30 minutes
  • Tutorial Half Day Session - 2 hours and 45 minutes

Presentation Opportunities for All Conference Registrants:

  • Panel Session - 45 minutes (Registration required)
  • Panel Member (Registration required)
  • Sponsored Session – Product/Company Showcase

Reviewed and Invited Presentation formats:

The following presentation format is available to speakers for SemTech’s formal educational conference program.  Multiple speakers may be proposed. The first (primary) speaker receives complimentary conference attendance. Additional speakers or panelists register at the special speaker rate of $495.

  • Full Conference Session – 45 minutes
    The classic SemTech presentation format is a presentation by one or more speakers, selected for inclusion after a comprehensive review by the conference committee.  This is the typical presentation format for case studies, technical discussions, and instructional presentations.
  • Half-Conference Session – 30 minutes
    Similar in theme to a full conference session only shorter. Half-sessions are usually combined with similar topics to fill a full-hour timeslot. Half-sessions are ideal for shorter case studies, technology overviews, and new ideas. 
  • Half-Day Tutorials - 2 hours and 45 minutes
    In-depth educational presentations, designed to provide the audience with detailed technical information, skills or methodologies. Tutorial speakers receive an honorarium (fee) for their participation, which is $600 for a half-day, plus an additional 25% bonus to tutorial speakers who provide their presentation slides by the materials deadline.

Presentation Opportunities for All Conference Registrants 

The following presentation formats are designed to give more opportunities for attendees to discuss their work and meet like-minded colleagues. Some of these are very short and others are discussions rather than presentations, but all formats are published in the conference agenda, thereby enabling you to get the full benefit of exposure to SemTech’s broad audience of potential customers, partners and investors. Some sessions are designed to provide professional networking opportunities with like-minded professionals.  Please note that we do our utmost to fit all relevant proposals onto the agenda from these categories, however they all require that the speaker to be a registered attendee of the conference, either as a paid attendee, reviewed speaker, or sponsor.

Sponsored Session - Product/Company Showcase

Sponsored Sessions are appropriate for when you have a product or service announcement, or to discuss your company, or simply when you want to ensure that you have a presentation during the educational program and your topic is not selected during the formal review process.  There is a fee payable for Sponsored Sessions, which varies according to the overall level of sponsorship you may be undertaking at the SemTech show.  Contact Frank Fazio for sponsorship details at

Panel Session

Panel Member

Key Dates

Key Dates & Speaker Deadlines

Proposal Submissions Due
The deadline for speaking proposals is closed. However, you may submit to be considered for back up or late breaking news.Submit HERE.

Speakers notified of selection Closed
Speaker Presentation files due September 21, 2012

Speaker Terms and Conditions

Every speaker must agree to the following terms and conditions in order to be accepted:


  1. All speakers must agree to provide their presentation to Semantic Universe in a standard, editable electronic form (PowerPoint is preferred, not PDF), no later than September 21, 2012. This is necessary to prepare the conference materials. Speakers who do not meet this deadline risk being replaced on the program.
  2. By accepting this invitation, the speaker agrees to the standard copyright and reproduction terms of this event. These terms are:
    • Copyright in original presentation material remains with the speaker
    • WebMediaBrands is granted the right to record, reproduce and distribute each presentation in all forms of printed and electronic conference materials, including, but not limited to, the conference CD-ROM, printed attendee notes, the conference web site, and audio and/or video recordings (digital and/or analog), without royalties or fees payable to speaker.
  3. All sessions will be rated by the audience for commercial content. Any speaker who is judged by the audience to have made an inappropriate sales pitch for his/her own company, book, product or service or who's presentation is otherwise reasonably objectionable during a conference session risks having their presentation interrupted and/or halted, and will not be invited to participate at future conferences.
  4. By accepting this invitation, speaker agrees that he/she has the legal and financial permission from his/her company or others to make the presentation under the terms outlined herein and that the presentation shall not infringe the rights of any third party. If you do not have approval at this time, you may accept the invitation but must indicate your restrictions and/or approval timeframe in the comments field below.


  1. REGISTRATION FEES - Please note the registration requirements for your speaking category carefully:

    • For CONFERENCE-FULL, CONFERENCE-HALF, TUTORIALS  presentations, one speaker for each proposed and selected presentation is granted a free pass to the entire conference.

      ADDITIONAL speakers who were originally nominated in the speaking proposal must register and pay for their conference attendance at the reduced rate of $495. Such registration must be completed at least one month prior to the start of the conference in order to be included in the conference program and materials.

      Additional speakers who were not originally nominated in the speaking proposal must register and pay for their conference attendance at the regular registration rates prevailing at the time of their registration. Such registration must be completed at least one month prior to the start of the conference in order to be included in the conference program and materials.
  2. EXPENSES - All speakers are responsible for their own travel and living expenses.

Questions and Inquiries

All questions and inquiries about speaking at the conference may be directed to Tony Shaw via

All questions and inquiries about exhibiting and sponsorships may be directed to Frank Fazio at

General inquiries about the conference may be directed to:

Start the proposal process HERE.

2012 Semantic Technology Conference



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