User Speakers

Check our handy guide to abstract submission to learn how to maximize your chances of getting your abstract accepted, how to prepare the presentation materials, how to deliver the presentation, and how to get help. 

As an independent user-run organization, IDUG is always looking out for User speakers who want to share their experience and knowledge with their peers and starting this year, first-time speakers can be assigned an experienced speaker to guide them along the process.

There are many good reasons why you might decide to submit a session abstract for an IDUG Conference:

  • You have attended as a delegate and feel like giving something back to the Community.
  • You have done something new or interesting in your own job which would be useful to share with others.
  • You may wanted to implement a new feature and because preparing a presentation is one of the best ways to learn something.
  • The conference fee is waived if your presentation is selected, some - rather short-sighted - companies won't let their employees go otherwise.
  • Speaking at a large conference is one of the best ways to showcase your expertise to an employer.

NEW!  Half Session (30 minutes) for User Speakers

Does a one hour session sound too daunting to present?

Do you have something that's worth sharing but don't have enough material to present a full session at IDUG?

This year for the first time IDUG EMEA is looking for condensed or shorter sessions from users who would like to spend just 30 minutes sharing their experience and expertise. We want to provide a stage for ideas and experiences that don’t warrant a full session but contain just as valuable information for the community. Submit an abstract and select the User Only Half Session length. Condensed session speakers will receive a 50% reduction from their registration fee for the Conference.

The Best User Presentation

IDUG EMEA will recognize The Best User Presentation. The speaker will be awarded with place on the grid at  IDUG NA including traveling and accommodation expenses.

Best speaker award

Good Reasons to Speak

As many as there are good reasons to speak, there are bad excuses not to:

  • "I have never spoken at a conference, this is nothing for me."

If your presentation is accepted, your Thread Chair will assist you along the process. For first-time speakers, we can even assign an experienced speaker, possibly someone who uses your own language, to assist you in answering questions, help review your material or to listen to you practice your session.

  • "I can never compete with people who have better access to the latest and greatest features"

The Conference Planning Committee or CPC is made up of Users just like you. Our intention at the beginning of every selection process is always to select as many Users as possible to speak. It doesn’t have to be about the latest release or a new feature. User experience sessions or lessons learnt, even when something has gone horribly wrong, can be amongst the most valuable at any Conference. Probably the easiest way to pick a topic is thinking about your own day job and how you use DB2 and/or associated tools and utilities.

  • "I'm no expert, I will never get chosen."

Sessions don’t have to be at an advanced level of detail. We always have a large number of delegates who are new Users and who may not know as much as you do. We always try and select a range of sessions for beginners and those at an intermediate level as well as picking sessions for the more expert users.

In fact, the actual truth about getting selected for IDUG is actually the reverse of what many people might think. As a User submitting an abstract you probably stand a better chance of getting selected than any other speaker category. What’s certainly true is that if you don’t submit an abstract you certainly won’t get selected, so it does no harm to throw your hat in the ring and give it a go. We don’t bite, honest!

Handy Guide

To further assist you, we're providing a handy guide to abstract submission, how to maximize your chances of getting your abstract accepted, preparing the presentation materials, delivering the presentation and where to go for help. You'll also find answers to these questions:

  • How do you submit an abstract to the Call for Presentations?
  • Are there any hints to give you a better chance of getting accepted?
  • What happens once you do get selected – what do you need to do next?
  • Is there any help available for those who haven’t done it before?

Our guide is available for download at this link. Please also check our Speakers page for more information.