Session Submission

Submissions open until February 28th, 2021.

Speakers will be chosen in March 2021.

NWA TechFest is a technology conference “for geeks, by geeks” held each spring in Northwest Arkansas. Our audience ranges from interested neophytes to seasoned STEM professionals. This year’s event will take place at the Jones Center, and for the first time, will offer additional content across two days covering the themes of Enrichment (April 22nd) and Empowerment (April 23rd).

Enrichment Day (Thursday) content should educate those currently working in our technology community with insightful presentations on technical, communication, or career-oriented topics. The content of these presentations can be aimed at novices or experts, but any prerequisite knowledge should be noted clearly on submission.

We encourage the submission of topics from any of the STEM disciplines and are willing to host even highly technical talks if we think they will resonate with some of the audience. Do you have a problem you want to explain? Do you have some science you want to talk about? Did you make a robot in your basement? Let us know!

Sessions will be 50 minutes.

Non-exclusive example subjects include:

Skill Development
Introduce a new concept or expand on existing subject matter. Any STEM or software development subject matter is applicable.

“How do I use Kubernetes in a production environment?”
“Why should I simplify my 3D models?”
“Is IE support still a thing (and how can I stop doing it)?”
“Are industrial solvents the answer to all of your problems?”

Communication Development
Share methods (or actual) personal stories, organizational processes, or other interpersonal topics of note.

“How to advertise your skills (and needs) during job interviews!”
“Why daily standups are awful (and how they can be better)”
“How to sell your products: the bathtub of solvents story”

Industry Topics
What opportunities exist (or need to exist) in the NWA ecosystem? How did you become established in your career?

“What (and who) to know in [Food Science]/[Logistics]/[Retail]/[Tech] in NWA”
“What do you need to know to start your own business?”
“How solvents turned tragedy into opportunity: a career retrospective”

All example topics were produced by an interested/bored software developer.

Empowerment Day (Friday) will empower students and attendees with knowledge of their local community, including how to further educational, employment, and charitable opportunities in NWA. The focus will be on what it’s like to work in STEM careers and hands-on activities. Sessions will be 30 minutes and should be designed to include students. References to additional post-presentation content and/or learning opportunities would beneficial.

Example topics include:

  • Technology in Industry (Aspirational/Game Developer)
  • Technology Labs (Interactive Classes/Exhibitions)
  • Opportunities (Local Work / Remote Work / Open Source / Education

Speakers may submit multiple presentations.

Previous Speakers:

2019