FPTA Call for Presentations

FPTA is seeking conference presentations that reflect innovative, cutting edge content. Presentations should provoke discussion and audience engagement, as well as facilitate knowledge transfer and the development of new skills. 

The FPTA Call for Presentations is now open year round for the Annual Conference typically held in October. Please check our event calendar for specific dates. Submissions will be date stamped upon receipt. Presentations received from now through Friday, July 17, 2020 will be considered for the 2020 FPTA Annual Conference. Due to the volume of speaker applications, we cannot schedule briefing calls or respond to individual inquiries. 

If you are a Corporate Member, consider teaming up with your colleagues and/or vendors to present a session on an innovative idea or best practice you have implemented in your agency.

Please review all of the information below before submitting your presentation for consideration:

Frequently Asked Questions

I have never presented at an FPTA Conference before. What is expected of me?

FPTA members invest a considerable amount of time and expense to attend the conference. For these reasons, FPTA works hard to ensure each and every session at the conference realizes its full potential. Our members expect that presenters:

  • Will prepare for their event prior to arrival.
  • Have a significant knowledge and expertise of the subject area, and have sufficient presentation skills to effectively communicate.
  • Will engage and inspire the audience so they come out of the presentation buzzing with thoughts and ideas.

What topic should I submit for consideration?

The FPTA is looking for a wide array of topics that are innovative, engaging, inspiring, and informative for Florida’s transportation professionals. The FPTA’s goal is to offer relevant, timely education and training to help attendees do their jobs more effectively and make their agencies more successful. Proposals should address contemporary or emerging issues confronting the public transportation industry/profession.

Do I have to submit my presentation proposal online?

Online submission of proposals is required. Email submissions will not be accepted or reviewed.

How will I know if my proposal was submitted successfully?

Once you have finalized your submission, an email confirmation will be sent to you confirming receipt of the presentation proposal. Before you submit your proposal, please make sure all steps have been completed and an email address is used that you check regularly.

What happens if I do not have all the required information to complete my proposal?

All proposals must be complete by the deadline in order to be considered. We ask that you not submit a proposal until you have complete information.

Session Formats

presentation

PRESENTATION TIME: Up to 1 hour with a 15 minute Q&A
ROOM SET-UP: Theater style
AV PROVIDED: Projector, screen, and podium with microphone. Presenter is asked to bring their own laptop. Requests for additional AV will be considered at the discretion of FPTA and the availability of such resources.

These sessions are typically 60 minutes in length and feature thought leadership from analysts and experts in the public transportation industry. Presenters should come prepared with original content for the FPTA audience and offer tactical advice to attendees.

panel discussion

PRESENTATION TIME: 1 hour with a 15 minute Q&A
ROOM SET-UP: Head table with theater style audience
AV PROVIDED: Projector, screen, head table with 4 chairs and 1 tabletop microphone. Panelists are asked to bring their own laptop. Requests for additional AV will be considered at the discretion of FPTA and the availability of such resources.

A panel, consisting of a max. of 4 people, present their views on a common theme, issue, or question, and then discusses them with the audience.

Selection will be based on the importance, originality, focus and timeliness of the topic; expertise of proposed panelists; as well as the potential for informative and controversial discussion.

To present differing viewpoints, it is a requirement that panelists NOT all represent the same institution.

Preference is given to proposals with moderators and experts (from different industries or different size companies) who come prepared with short presentations to enhance the learning.

Roundtable

PRESENTATION TIME: 1-1.5 HOURS
ROOM SET-UP: 3-5 round tables with seating for 6-8 each
AV PROVIDED: In-room WI-FI. Requests for additional AV will be considered at the discretion of FPTA and the availability of such resources.

These sessions allow maximum interaction in informal, small-group discussions on a single topic. The format is appropriate for topics that encourage discussion.

Roundtables typically share a room with 3-5 other concurrently held roundtables. A screen and projector will not be provided as this is an informal small group discussion environment not conducive for projecting images from a distance.

workshop

PRESENTATION TIME: 3 hours
ROOM SET-UP: Classroom style
AV PROVIDED: Projector, screen, and podium with microphone. Presenter is asked to bring their own laptop. Requests for additional AV will be considered at the discretion of FPTA and the availability of such resources.

Workshops are intended to enhance the skills and broaden the perspective of their attendees. They should be designed to introduce a rigorous framework for learning a new area or to provide advanced training in an area.

Submissions will be selected on the basis of the instructors’ qualifications for teaching the proposed workshop and their contribution to the overall conference program.

Proposal Submission Form