The Selection Process: Conference speakers will be selected by our National Steering Committee made up of 35 professionals from around the country representing multiple perspectives, including the core institutional partners of Rail~Volution. They will review proposals, identify qualified speakers, and develop and coordinate the conference sessions.
The Committee will meet in early March and again in June to finalize the selections and program. Everyone who has submitted a proposal will be notified about decisions in July 2014.
Workshop coordinators choose a specific mix of speakers to address topics and themes defined by the National Steering Committee. Each session lasts 90 minutes and includes many different formats but always is a group of speakers to address the topic and an audience Q and A. (No one speaks alone for 90 minutes.) Your proposal will be reviewed not just for your abstract, but also for your expertise on a specific topic or broad range of topics. You may be asked to speak on a topic you did not submit, but where you have experience and expertise.
The selection process is highly competitive. Last year we placed approximately half of the 400+ speaker submissions into sessions.
Rail~Volution is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization. If you are chosen as a presenter, you must pay your travel and hotel expenses. For your efforts, you will receive complimentary registration for the day you speak or a reduced registration of $350 for the whole conference. This benefit does not include sessions with additional costs, such as mobile workshops. Need-based scholarships are available.