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2018 Call for Sessions Guidelines
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2018 SCIP International Conference & Exhibition

May 14-17, 2018 | Orlando, Florida

Call for Sessions Guidelines


IMPORTANT NOTE: It is strongly recommended that you read through the guidelines before submitting your proposal. If you have any questions please contact Jenna Feldman ( or at +1.212.967.2517).


I. Important Dates and Links for Call for Sessions (CFS)


The deadline for workshop and session proposals is October 3, 2017 . It is crucial that SCIP adheres to this deadline in order to meet subsequent conference planning milestones.


Survey submission: All proposals must be submitted via the following survey link:



If you are having trouble accessing the survey, please contact for alternative methods of submitting your proposal.


Notifications of proposal acceptance status will be sent to contributors via email. All proposals are welcome, and are not limited to the below themes. Please note, however, that SCIP membership and the program committee is specifically seeking insight and real world examples of CI as it applies to the specific business challenges identified below.


II. Theme and Sub-themes:Next Generation Intelligence


The rapid pace of change will continue into 2018, with a heightened sense of uncertainty, ambiguity, and complexity in industry and business landscapes.  Geopolitical; economic; digital consumer and technology disruption; industry consolidation ; broader competitor constellations and other such forces are creating an intelligence environment that demands closer monitoring; greater anticipatory and predictive skill;  faster analysis and speed to action; a higher standard of evidence; a greater degree of credibility; and an agile organization.

Intelligence professionals are challenged with developing tool kits for strategic planning in uncertain times, and with achieving a much tighter integration of intelligence into core strategic planning and decision making processes. They must develop the skills to impactfully communicate the intelligence and insight, and the confidence to take risk and stand their ground.  

CI organizations must determine an optimal structure and allocation of resources aligned to strategic initiatives while meeting the expectations of tactical day to day demands.  CI organizations are striving to innovate, automate and collaborate enterprise- wide on the collection of competitive and market intelligence in order to achieve greater efficiency and increase speed and effectiveness.  


For 2018, we’re inviting submissions for 4 different streams: A) Strategic Analysis and Supporting Frameworks , B) Analytics: Decision Toolkits and Visualizations, C) CI Organization and Maturity Model Build and D) Executive Leadership and Professional Skills. Some suggested session topics are below, although you are welcome to submit your original ideas as well.


A. Strategic Analysis and Supporting Frameworks

  • Trend Spotting
  • Strategic Early Warning Systems & Milestones
  • Scenario Planning –  Granularity on the Methodology
  • War Gaming Amidst Uncertainty  
  • Predictive Analytics
  • STEEP, 5 Forces, Pestle    
  • Problem Deconstruction
  • Geopolitical Intelligence

 B.  Analytics: Decision Toolkits and Visualizations

  • Heat Maps
  • Social Media Monitoring, Web Analytics, M&A Analysis
  • Sales Intelligence, Win Loss, Battle Cards, Sales Forecasting and Modeling  
  • M&A /Partnership Growth Analysis
  • Market Opportunity Analysis
  • Competitive Landscapes – Market Research, Market Insights, Market Analytics
  • Convergence of CI and Voice of the Customer: Personas, Segmentation, Journeys
  • SWOT Analysis – Fundamentals
  • Collection and Analysis of Intelligence on Trade Environment  
  • Collecting Intelligence When You Don’t Have a Global Footprint

C. CI Organization and Maturity Model Build

  • Leveraging Solution Providers
  • Leverage the Intel and Resources that Exist Within the Internal Company Network
  • Leverage automation – AI, Social Monitoring – to Align Resources Against Most Critical Needs
  • Creating a Robust Self-Serve Environment – Portals, Dashboards, SharePoint
  • Creating a CI System 101 – Curation, Aggregation, Analysis, Distribution, User Adoption
  • Managing the Ad Hocs and Short Horizon Tactical Analysis
  • Basics for Departments Just Starting Up
  • Talent Recruitment, Management, and Development – Millennial Focus

D. Executive Leadership and Professional Skills

  • Developing Bold Leadership, Bold Moves, and Courage of Conviction   Educating the C - Suite
  • Coaching to Start Conversations with Leaders, Get Them to Look at Their Own Bias, Get Out of the Way
  • Freedom to Fail, Risk Taking, Cost of Action, Inaction
  • Critical Analysis
  • Ethics of CI


III. CFS Selection Process and Criteria


A. Selection to present a session at the SCIP conference is competitive, and there are more proposals than speaker slots. The Program Team will review proposals and strive to select those that offer a diverse and well-balanced educational program.


B. All proposals must stipulate the recommended theme and the level of experience the audience should possess in order to fully understand and use the information provided in the session.


C. All proposals will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • The session illustrates a current case study of CI Analysis as it was applied to a specific business challenge, its impact on decision making, and the nature and measure of the ROI.
  • The session delivers a deep immersion into a framework and/or tool.
  • The session provides a tangible example of a CI output/deliverable.
  • The session concludes with a review of key learnings and provides guidance to attendees on how to extrapolate and apply these key learnings in their companies.

D. Preference will be given to CI practitioners (extra points to those who propose joint presentations with their internal CI stakeholders), and to solution providers who propose sessions featuring a CI practitioner/client co-facilitator.


E. Duplication - when proposals contain similar content, selection will be based on both quantitative and qualitative merit.


IV. Guidelines for Session Formats

Below are five suggested formats for your session.


A. Pre-conference Workshop (Full Day or Half Day) – Open to Practitioners and Solution Providers

Pre-conference workshops will be scheduled on May 14 and 15, 2018. You may submit proposals for either a Full Day (8-hour, inclusive of lunch) or Half Day (3-hour) workshop.


All workshops must:

i. Be interactive in nature.
ii. Provide opportunities for attendees to discuss and work through issues.
iii. Provide actionable solutions that attendees can implement at their organization.


B. Use Case Café (40 minutes) – Open to Practitioners Only

This session should include:

i. A formal presentation of a business case that presents a challenge and outlines the framework used to reach a solution. PowerPoint use is permitted.  
ii. Following the Powerpoint presentation, a 6 minute discussion where the speaker will facilitate an opportunity for  attendees to discuss the case(s),  and come up with a consensus of 4  actionable best-practices learned from the presented information (to be turned in to a SCIP Team Member).
iii. A 4 minute question-and-answer session.

C. Learn, Collaborate, Create (90 minutes) - Open to Practitioners and Solution Providers

This session should include:  

I. A real world case history and brief presentation illustrating its concept, tool, or technique.
Up to 10 PowerPoint slides are permitted for this session format.

II. An interactive exercise that engages participants to apply key lessons from the presentation. The interactive component should conclude with attendees and speakers coming up with the following as a group (and to be turned in to a SCIP Team Member):

  • Top 4 practical applications of the content that will strengthen attendees’ strategic skills (2 from the presentation, 2 from the interactive component)
  • Top 4 best practices in intelligence based upon the session (2 from the presentation, 2 from the interactive component

III. A brief 5 minute question-and-answer session

: For Learn, Collaborate, Create sessions, speakers are responsible for submitting a detailed synopsis of their interactive component including purpose, format, and tangible goals for approval, along with their presentation, 4 weeks prior to the conference

D. Learning Lab (40 minutes) - Open to Practitioners and Solution Providers


This session should include:

i. A 40-minute session that focuses on demonstrating a tool, framework, or best practice in intelligence. (Note: Participants will rotate through at least 3 different learning labs in a 40-minute time period)
ii. A brief question-and-answer session with a review and discussion of outcomes.


E. Lightning Rounds Presentation (10-15 minutes) - Open to Practitioners and Solution Providers


This session should include:

I.  A 10-minute presentation that focuses on demonstrating a tool, framework, or best practice in intelligence
II. Solution Providers must present with a client to demonstrate the practical application of the tool being showcased. Solution providers must have a committed client at the time of submitting your proposal.


V. Rules of the Road

A. Both practitioners and solution providers are invited to submit proposals for workshops and presentations.

B. All session formats are permitted use of PowerPoint using a specific template that will be provided by SCIP. Note that the use of PowerPoint in certain session formats are limited in their permitted number and must be non-promotional in nature. Company logos are not permitted on slides. Slides must be submitted 4 weeks in advance of the event for vetting and approval by the program committee.

C. Any number and combination of proposals may be submitted. However, we highly recommend that you propose distinct topics.

D. Non-workshop presenters will be expected to absorb their own printing expenses for handouts.

E. Accepted proposals will require a signed speaker, facilitator or co-presenter contract allowing SCIP to have the option to record the conference proceedings. Signed agreements are required of all presenters.

F. Accepted speakers are encouraged to participate in the entire conference. Accepted speakers must be at the conference at a minimum of two hours before their presentation.

G. Accepted speakers will be responsible for covering their own travel and accommodation expenses.

H. Accepted speakers must also agree to let SCIP add their presentation to conference proceedings on the SCIP website and to write up their presentation in one of the SCIP publications following the conference.

I. Co-presenters, named at the time of proposal submission, are subject to approval. Co-presenters will not be accepted after your proposal is submitted unless requested by the Program Team. Signed agreements are required of both Primary and Co-presenters.


VII. Complimentary Registration Benefits

A. Presenters will receive complimentary registration to the main 2018 International Conference. Registrations for workshops require the additional standard fee.

B. Co-presenters may qualify for and be afforded a complimentary registration upon further determination by the Program Team.

C. If you are a Solution Provider and facilitating a session and/or workshop, AND are also a sponsor and/or exhibitor, your registration pass is complimentary for up to one individual. If there are multiple facilitators from your organization, those individuals must utilize the passes inclusive within your sponsorship/exhibition package. You may only exceed the number of total team passes in your contract by one, if you are facilitating a session. Please note that additional passes are available for purchase.

D. If you are a Solution Provider and facilitating a session and/or workshop, AND are NOT a sponsor and/or exhibitor, your registration pass is complimentary.


Thank you and Good Luck! If you have any questions please contact Jenna Feldman ( or at +1.212.967.2517).

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