What We’re Looking For
The focus of ISSA Show North America is Changing the Way the World Views Cleaning, but we actively seek talks that address a wide range of related subjects, at various levels of expertise. Cleaning perspectives from other fields are welcome, as are topics from adjacent fields!
Practicality & Positivity
We prefer talks backed by experience and experimentation to talks about theory, and we definitely don't like talks that bad-mouth technologies or approaches. Don't tell us why you hate something – tell us how you overcame the problems it was causing.
Process Over Tooling
We tend to avoid talks about specific tools, which often turn into marketing pitches or tutorials. We would much rather hear about process, culture, data, people, or the metaphysical side effects of spending your life thinking about cleaning.
When crafting talk proposals, remember that you're going to be talking to a mix of levels of expertise, skill sets, and professions. Your talk doesn't have to be relevant to everyone, but it should be relevant to most people and shouldn't make too many assumptions about what people already know. If you are making those assumptions about what your audience knows, it helps everyone if you state them upfront explicitly.
It can be helpful to check out topics that might be related to your talk from previous years as well.