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Hopperx1 Seattle – Call for Speakers

March 22, 2019 · 8:00 am - March 23, 2019 · 6:00 pm

Call for Speakers

Our 2019 Hopperx1 Seattle tracks cover a wide range of fields for every technical woman.

We seek high-quality submissions that showcase the latest trends and research, emerging technology, practical experiences, technical solutions and projects led by women in one of the domains highlighted below. We invite perspectives from academic, industry, entrepreneurial, governmental and non-profit sectors. Submissions that explore diversity, inclusiveness and ethical considerations surrounding the technical work are strongly encouraged.

Accepted session formats include presentations, panels, and workshops at intermediate and advanced level.

  • Call for Speakers closed on Tuesday, December 11, 2018
  • Selected Speakers notified by Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Conference Tracks

There are four conference tracks for Hopperx1 Seattle, including:


Launching a product or a service involves several crucial functions, from conceptualization and design, through to development to go-to-market and in the hands of end users. In creating technology, it is important to consider broad usability and ethics and remain inclusive for people of all abilities, and backgrounds.For this track, we seek submissions on topics including but not limited to:

Initiation Phase

  • Vision and strategy
  • Product requirements gathering
  • Innovative design techniques
  • Prototyping and minimal viable product

Human-Centered Design for All

  • Product design
  • Accessibility across the entire system lifecycle with inclusive design approaches
  • Tools for digital inclusion, including current and future accessibility trends
  • Innovation in interaction patterns such as multimodality with brain-computer interfaces, AR/VR/MR experiences, gestural interfaces, visual and tactile feedback
  • Compelling user experience and best practices with proven results around usability testing and concept-value testing

Development Phase

  • Product life cycle
  • Agile development methods
  • Product ecosystem development
  • Project management
  • Product quality attributes: performance, scalability, usability, reliability, security and DevOps

Launch Phase

  • Technical customer support
  • Product technical documentation
  • Software product migration
  • Market study and deployment
  • Go to market planning
  • Customer support, core product measures and key performance indicators

In recent years, data has exploded, and the need to make sense of it and harness it towards practical applications is stronger than ever. Data science and AI have emerged as the disciplines to tackle this vast data, develop insights and intelligent solutions to optimize business performance as well as improve customer experiences.We are looking for submissions in the following categories:

Data Engineering & Infrastructure

  • Data pipeline (e.g. from acquisition to prediction)
  • Heterogeneous data integration
  • Data management, including quality and lineage
  • Infrastructure, cloud, and distributed applications
  • Data Scaling

Data Analysis & Modeling

  • Data analysis (e.g. statistical, in situ, real-time)
  • Streaming algorithms and other novel algorithms in support of data science
  • Cloud and distributed data analysis
  • Applied machine learning, e.g. recommenders
  • Knowledge discovery and data mining
  • Search and recommendation
  • New interfaces and visualization

Artificial Intelligence

  • Supervised and unsupervised learning
  • Deep learning and neural networks
  • Transfer learning
  • Reinforcement learning
  • Evolutionary and genetic algorithms, swarm intelligence
  • Natural language processing

Interesting and emerging applications in this space include robotics, self-driving cars, computer vision, bots, etc.


Software systems are inherently integrated with all aspects of our lives – be it productivity tools at work, social apps to manage our connections with others, embedded computers in our cars that keeps us safe, vitally important healthcare devices, endless options for media and entertainment… the list goes on.As the pervasiveness and complexity of software grows, it becomes ever more important to establish and follow well-defined practices when it comes to architecture, design, execution and as importantly, security, privacy and ethics. This track seeks submissions related such best practices and principles as well as case studies of creative software solutions built by cross-discipline teams, such as business, design, engineering, and science.

Software Engineering, Architecture and Automation

  • Architecture and design of large-scale high-availability software
  • Software engineering processes and methodology
  • Automation and tools
  • Mobile development, VR/AR
  • Commercial-grade software

Computer Systems

  • Distributed and real-time systems
  • Virtualization, containerization and container orchestration
  • Storage and caching
  • IOT, embedded and low-power systems

Security and Privacy

  • Compliance (e.g. GDPR), risk management, audit processes
  • Security attacks and defenses
  • Intrusion and anomaly detection
  • Security and privacy in cloud computing and in blockchain era
  • Privacy and ethics concerns in social computing

Women in technical roles face a unique set of opportunities and challenges in the workplace. This track will provide forums for attendees to learn and interact on a wide variety of topics to help them intentionally plan and advance their careers. Proposals that target an audience at a specific career stage (entry level, mid-career, senior) and clearly indicated it will be preferred. Career topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Career Management

  • Technical vs. management
  • Imposter syndrome
  • Negotiation and conflict management
  • Work life balance and time management
  • Collaborations across boundaries
  • Job searching and on-ramping after extended absence
  • Inclusive culture

Career Planning and Development

  • Networking, mentoring, coaching, and sponsorship
  • Personal brand
  • Leading and managing change
  • Managing upwards and sideways
  • Moving from tactical to strategic roles
  • Switching careers
  • Career paths for technical, business, and management
  • Speaking and publishing externally


  • Startup career path
  • Entrepreneurship skills
  • Elevator pitch and business plan
  • Team building, resourcing and finding advisors
  • Growth and funding
  • Intrapreneurship

Submission Requirements

Speaker selection for Hopperx1 Seattle is highly competitive. To improve your chances of being selected, we recommend that you closely follow the speaker submission requirements.

General Requirements

  • Word count: Abstract – maximum 400 characters. Proposal – maximum four pages; three pages for submission content and one page for speaker bios. Only abstract will be published to attendees. We will not edit these, so please pay attention to formatting and grammar.
  • Font size: Minimum 10-point font. Use a common font such as Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman.
  • Audience: Use for career-related submissions to indicate your target audience. Understanding of the audience and tailoring the submission as such ensures a higher chance of success. If your submission is accepted, the audience label will be at the discretion of the track co-chairs.
  • Expertise level: Use for technical submissions to indicate if the proposal is aimed at the Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced levels. If your submission is accepted, the audience label will be at the discretion of the track co-chairs.
  • Templates: Use the starter template indicated in each section below to help you get started. You may add sections, provided the proposal is within the page limits specified. If you choose to use your own template, you must still include all the sections listed in your template to ensure consistency.

Session Requirements


Panels let a group of individuals convene and discuss/offer opinions on a specific core point of contention. Diverse, cross-organizational, or interdisciplinary panels are strongly encouraged to ensure breadth and depth in discussion.

  • Eligibility criteria: Subject matter experts from industry, academia, government, or non-profit.
  • Number of panelists: One moderator and three to four panelists. No two people from the same organization (company or institution) can be on the same panel. Please indicate in your submission if the moderator has had previous experience moderating a panel.
  • Presentation time: 60 minutes.
  • Template: Use the Panel Starter Template.

Presentations allow a subject matter expert to share their in-depth knowledge about a particular technical or career topic.

  • Eligibility criteria: Subject matter experts from industry, academia government or non-profit and PhD students.
  • Number of presenters: One presenter per presentation. Tag-team presentations are not permitted.
  • Presentation Time: Plan on 20 minutes total, including Q&A.
  • Template: Use the Presentation Template.

Workshops are presenter-lead, structured training followed by in-depth discussions, exercises, or problem solving. They are interactive by nature and typically require 2 to 4 facilitators.

  • Eligibility criteria: Subject matter experts from industry, academia, government or non-profit.
  • Number of presenters: Two to three facilitators.
  • Audience size: Please indicate your preferred and maximum audience size for an effective workshop.
  • Presentation Time: 60 minutes.
  • Template: Use the Workshop Starter Template.
Questions? Email: seattle@communityanitab.org


March 22, 2019 · 8:00 am
March 23, 2019 · 6:00 pm
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