Welcome to the DesignCon Speaker Center, we are thrilled you will be presenting at our event! This Speaker Center is designed to help you prepare for an exciting week of presenting, learning, and sharing ideas and provides general information associated with being a speaker at the event. We look forward to seeing you then!

Event Details

January 29–31, 2019
Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Speaker Registration & Benefits

As a Speaker and/or a technical paper Author at DesignCon, you will receive a complimentary All-Access Conference Pass. Show management will automatically register all Speakers as listed on the Conference Schedule. You will receive confirmation emails two weeks prior to the conference with badge pick-up instructions. You can retrieve your Speaker Badge at Speaker Services located at the main registration center. If you do not see your name listed, please have your paper lead (most likely submitted the initial abstract for your paper), contact [email protected] ASAP to have you added.

More details to follow. (Note: If you are interested in attending a Boot Camp, you will be sent instructions on how to RSVP as we get closer to the event.)

Technical Session leads (panels, tutorials excluded) – Please let Kristin McNeil know who from your paper authors will be speaking at the event ASAP.

  • Speakers will be automatically registered and DO NOT have to register separately
  • Paper Authors (who are NOT speaking) will be sent separate instructions to register themselves
  • BOTH Speakers and Paper Authors will receive a complimentary All-Access pass to this year's DesignCon

(NOTE: If you are also on the 2019 Technical Program Committee, please DO NOT register via the TPC Center registration link. This will cause the system to see this as a duplicate and delete both registrations. If you are selected as a speaker, you will not have anything further to do to register.)

Invite your friends and colleagues. Click here to download the group registration form.

As a speaker, you get access to many benefits throughout the event cycle.

  • Complimentary all-access pass for the entire event
    We welcome you, as a speaker, to attend the entire event, including all conference sessions, tutorials, demonstrations and exhibits, as well as all meals and social functions. You will be exempt from any conference registration fee.
  • Publicity
    This is an opportunity to raise your profile and network with the electronics design engineering community in the following ways:
    • Your name, title, company, and biography will be featured on the DesignCon 2019 website
    • Your session may be featured in our Weekly Attendee Newsletter
    • A chance to have your session promoted on all DesignCon & affiliate Social Networks
    • Option to feature your session in a blog post to be featured on Design News
    • Speak about your latest inventions, company, and highlight your expertise to some of the most influential engineers and press in the field
    • Last but of course not least, your contribution will make a positive impact on the DesignCon and engineering communities by sharing your knowledge & expertise

Speaker To-Dos

1. Check your Speaker Profile for accuracy

2. Check your Session Schedule for accuracy

3. Download the Paper Template

4. Download and return the Speaker Agreement

5. Make your hotel reservations

6. Promote your presence with the official hashtag #DesignCon

Important Deliverables & Deadlines

Please carefully review the following deliverables and deadlines required of all speakers. If you've already provided us with some or all of these items, please feel free to skip over this section.

Contact Us

Kristin McNeil
Event Operations Specialist
[email protected]

Naomi Price
Conference Content Director
[email protected]

Paper & Presentation Requirements & Submission Instructions

ALL paper and slide submissions MUST follow the requirements below. Speakers who fail to provide the materials correctly might not be considered for future speaking opportunities. Do not create slides for panel discussion participation unless instructed otherwise by your panel organizer.

  • Download the Paper Template and please use this as the Word template for your paper
  • Slide Presentations can be in your company’s normal presentation template. Please download and insert the DesignCon Opener Slide  as your first slide
  • Presentations must be submitted in a PDF format (contact your event operations specialist if this is an issue for you)
  • Submit your paper and slide presentations below

* Papers are NOT required for boot camps, panels, tutorials, or Chiphead Theater sessions!
** Slides are NOT required for panels, but useful for attendees. Panel organizers- please work with your panelists to submit ONE PDF for your entire group. If you are a panelist and not sure if you need a presentation, please contact your panel organizer.
*** If you need to make revisions after you have submitted, please do not upload via the Box widget. Email revised PDF to [email protected]. This avoids any delays in the process and ensures the correct version is provided to attendees.

Paper Submission:

Due Tuesday, November 20th

You will upload your paper here. Please review the submission instructions before you begin.

  • Name your PDF file: PAPER_Track#_FirstFiveWordsofSessionTitle_YourlastName.pdf
  • In the Description, please put the title of your session and enter your email address
  • Submit the final presentation in PDF and PPT format only

Upload Slide Presentations:

Due Friday, December 28th

You will upload your slide presentations here.

  • The slide aspect ratio must be 16:9
  • Name your PDF file: SLIDES_Track#_FirstFiveWordsofSessionTitle_YourlastName.pdf
  • In the Description, please put the title of your session and enter your email address
  • Submit the final paper in PDF format only

Audio Visual

Standard conference session rooms will include the following:

  • 1 laptop
  • 1 Wired Lavalier Microphone
  • 2 Tabletop Microphones
  • 1 LCD projector with VGA/HDMI Cable
  • Large Projector Screen (16:9)

Note: The laptops in the room will have your presentation preloaded so you’ll be ready to present.


Note that when conducting your presentation or participating on a panel, press may be present, including members of the Associated Press. Please be advised not to include confidential information in your discussion unless preceded by an "off the record" disclaimer.

Marketing & Pre-Show Promotion

By agreeing to speak, you have become a vital part of the conference and thus an important element of pre-event promotion. Here's how your involvement in pre-event promotion works:

  • Social Media: If you're on social media, we hope that you'll socialize your participation and engage with your network about your speaking engagement at our event. 
  • Editorial Media: If you're willing and available, we hope that you'll give a pre-event interview by agreeing to speak with one of our staff editors about your scope of expertise and conference session. The world wants to hear about you and how you're influencing your industry. Don't miss the opportunity to get extra exposure by having a professional editorial piece written about you, as this content will be made public on our media sites and potentially included in our press releases.
  • Note that our marketing and editorial teams will be promoting your participation through various media channels throughout the pre-event campaign. Please be prepared to have your name and professional photo used on our marketing platforms, including website, media blogs, and social media.

Social Media Tool Kit

Please refer the social media tools below to help you engage with your network.

  • Event Hashtags: #DesignCon
  • Facebook
  • Turnkey Twitter posts:
    • Example 1: Excited to be speaking at #DesignCon on January 29th! See you there…
    • Example 2: #DesignCon 2019 is going to be the best yet! I'll be speaking on January 30th. See you at the conference.

Onsite Instructions

Accommodations & Travel
To help you make hotel reservations, DesignCon has partnered with Convention Management Resources to offer a wide variety of hotels at the lowest rates available. Click here for more details.

You can find the Convention Center Parking Garage by exiting off Great America Parkway at the Hyatt Regency's 2nd driveway at Bunker Hill Rd. Convention Center parking is FREE.

Additional Notes

  • Avoid sales pitches and commercial presentations. Experience shows that you will represent your company best by giving an educational, informative presentation. Speakers who include commercial information in their presentation risk not being invited back to speak in future DesignCon conferences
  • Make sure to bring a copy of your presentation with you on-site
  • There will be a laptop in the room with your presentation preloaded on the computer
  • If you have any additional A/V request(s), contact [email protected]
  • No sales/promotional handouts are to be distributed in the conference areas (including meeting rooms). Sales literature distribution is limited to exhibitor booths only. For more information or to learn about DesignCon 2019 sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities, please contact [email protected] or visit the exhibitor opportunities page.