This post is brought to you by SWE’s Professional Programs team (Valerie Bland, Senior Manager Professional Programs and Camryn (Cam) Wagner, Learning and Development Specialist)
The purpose of this blog is to share:
- What makes a WE19 proposal stand out,
- How you can improve your proposal score,
- How to sign up for virtual office hours, to ask specific proposal questions for HQ staff.
What makes a proposal stand out?
- Submit your proposal in its final state. Changes cannot be made to your proposal after the deadline because submissions are scored based on what is submitted.
- Company names indicate a sales pitch. Including your company name flags your session as a “sales pitch” and will likely have a negative impact on your score.
- Proposals are concise and free of errors.
- Set clear and realistic expectations. Think of yourself as the learner and what content can be learned based on the timeframe of the session (60 minutes for lectures versus 15 minutes for lightning talks).
- Illustrate what is special about your session. SWE receives over 1000 proposals each year; therefore, sessions that share unique perspectives on hot topics are more likely to stand out. This is especially true in the career management and inclusion and cultural awareness tracks.
- Show the applicability. Focus on practical solutions and techniques that can be easily applied.
- Know your audience. Consider who is likely to attend your session and consider (1) what do they already know about the topic? (2) What do they want to know about the topic?
How can you increase your proposal score?
The best way to increase your proposal score is to carefully follow SWE’s Call for Participation Guidelines. These are outlined in detail on page 3 of the guidelines.
Proposals are scored based on the following: title, description, learning outcomes, and speaker qualifications.
Please note that there have been significant updates to the learning tracks. New specialized areas of focus have been added, in order to identify career fields that a session may be helpful for. These are outlined in detail on page 3 of the guidelines.