Speaker Guidelines: Business Change and Transformation Conference Europe

 Business Change and Transformation Conference Europe 2019, 18-20 March , London, UK

2019 Call For Speakers

We will be issuing the call for speakers for our 2019 conference in early October 2018.  If you would like to be informed when this has been published please e-mail jeremy.hall@irmuk.co.uk and mention which conference you would like to receive the call for speakers for.   To give you some guidance of what to expect you can view the 2018 Call for Speakers below as the 2019 format will be similar to the one below.  For information on sponsorship opportunities including sponsored speaking sessions please contact shane@irmuk.co.uk

2018 Call For Speakers 

The call for speakers for IBCT Europe 2018 is now open, with a extended submission deadline of 7 November 2017. This is a unique annual conference, for people to explore the vital connections between Innovation, Investment, Business Change, Transformation, and achieving your Enterprise Goals. The programme is driven by real-world solutions to the opportunities and challenges that organizations face.

Send us your submission using the link at the end of this page. Speaker benefits include:

  • Establish yourself as a thought leader both in the IBC&T field and at your own company
  • Receive a registration discount for your colleagues
  • Learn from the valuable feedback provided by attendees
  • Positioning yourself to build excellent professional relationships
  • Discovering the joy of sharing your expertise and teaching others
  • Create new business opportunities for yourself and your organisation

People want to hear about, and explore, your experiences in creating value through Innovation, Business Change and Transformation. We are looking for speakers who can share their story, stimulate the audience’s imagination, and offer practical answers to real life challenges. What approaches, techniques and tools have proved to be most useful? As a speaker, you can expect to get all kinds of valuable insights in return.

The conference will include two different kinds of conference sessions: traditional 45-minute conference talks plus 15-minute Q&A; and 30-minute forum-style talks followed by a 30-minute expertly facilitated debate. In your submission, let us know which one you would prefer.  We are looking for proposals for full-day & half-day workshops and keynotes.

Tell us about the talk you would like to give. Give it a title, describe it in a paragraph or two, and highlight the key messages in three bullet points. Tell us something about yourself, your role, and the enterprise you represent. If you have previous experience as a conference speaker, summarise it for us, or tell us if this would be your first time. We’re happy either way, as long we know.

Delegates have expressed a preference for how-to topics and case studies rather than theoretical or abstract topics. We would particularly like practitioners in the field to respond to this call for papers and talk. We encourage new speakers to apply. Success stories – case studies are very much appreciated.

Please read the Speaker Guidelines below carefully before preparing your abstract, and click here to submit your proposal in the Application Form Section.

Please direct any questions about submissions to Jeremy Hall (jeremy.hall@irmuk.co,uk).

Sponsorship Opportunities Are Available

Please contact Shane McGlynn at shane@irmuk.co.uk.

Speaker Guidelines

Please read these guidelines carefully before you make your submission, and ensure it reaches us by 7 November 2017.

We are looking for:

a) 45-minute conference talks plus 15-minute Q&A

b) 30-minute forum-style talks followed by a 30-minute expertly facilitated debate.

b) Pre- conference workshops (3 hours or 6 hours)

c) Keynotes

We expect to receive a large number of submissions for this conference, and take a wide range of factors into account in making selections, including the need to provide a balanced programme. Please submit your abstract directly on our website using the submission form below. You may submit more than one abstract.

Your abstract should keep strictly to the limit of 150 words, clearly outlining your content plus 3 bullet points at the end to summarise your key messages as to what delegates will learn.

Bear in mind that your abstract needs to be sufficiently polished for inclusion in the conference brochure and must achieve the following objectives:

  • Provide enough information for us to evaluate your submission relative to others. To aid the evaluation you can include additional relevant information in section 3C of the submission form.
  • Be attractive to conference attendees and help them to select the sessions most valuable to them, given their interests and level of maturity in the subject matter.

Based on previous conference feedback and programme assessments, here are some tips to help you maximise your chances of being selected.


  • Be specific and concrete about what you will be presenting and how the audience will benefit from it. Use the bullet points to highlight the key ‘takeaways’.
  • Demonstrate real-world achievements, showing examples of content if possible, and describing outcomes from applying it.
  • Push the envelope. Aim to stretch the audience with fresh insights and the benefit of your own experience. Or present a topic that would fully engage people at the CIO level.
  • Ensure that your presentation is really relevant to this conference. If your talk majors on a specialised topic (e.g. EA, information architecture or software), you should position it clearly in the overall conference theme.


  • ‘Pitching’ specific products.
  • Exceeding the word count limit.
  • Trying to cover too much ground in the time available.
  • Putting forward unsubstantiated theories or opinions.
  • Using vague abstractions and jargon.

If you have presented recently at other conference on similar subject matter, we suggest that you use section 3C of the submission form to indicate how this presentation is different from what you have presented before.

If you are not sure whether your idea is suitable or not, please feel free to contact us to discuss it before making your submission.

Please note that abstracts which are longer than the specified length may be shortlisted, but will be edited down by us to fit the brochure and presented back to you for approval.

You will be notified whether your submission has been accepted by the end of November 2017.