In preparation for Pulse 2010 in Vegas, I interviewed Vik Chandra, the Pulse track lead for Energy and Efficiency, to help you generate good ideas for submitting your call for speaker abstracts for Pulse. Vik will actually be reviewing the submissions with a team of other folks, so you can really trust his advice. Here’s what he had to say:
Me: What are hot topics in the area of Energy and Efficiency right now? Which topics would you really like to see presented at Pulse?
Vik: The focus of going green is on reducing costs. The first step to going green is to gain visibility into energy consumption end-to-end across the infrastructure. The attendees at Pulse would benefit from learning about your experiences including:
- What triggered your organization to look at reducing energy consumption?
- What were the goals/motivations of the different parts of your organization?
- Why you selected a particular solution
- How was the experience of deploying the solution?
- What results/benefits have you seen from the solution?
- How has your organization communicated the results of energy efficiency efforts internally and externally?
- What are the next steps in your energy efficiency efforts?
Vik: Energy efficiency activities span the entire infrastructure. IT organizations have different challenges from facility organizations and from manufacturing organizations as an example, Execs and leaders within the sustainability or operations organizations that are currently implementing or exploring energy management solutions will be ideal speakers.
Me: What are you looking for in a good proposal?
Vik: A good proposal should be educational, motivational and practical. Ideally, your peers should be able to learn from your experience to initiate their own energy management projects. It's important to note that you don't have to have demonstrable energy savings to deliver a successful proposal. There are significant lessons to be learn from your experiences on simply getting to the point of deciding on energy efficiency projects
Me: What are the benefits of submitting an abstract for Pulse?
Vik: Free admission to Pulse ($1,995 value) and recognition for yourself and your organization as leaders in the area of Energy Efficiency.
Me: What is the deadline for submitting call for speaker abstracts?
Vik: The deadline to submit your speaker abstract is Nov. 2nd. Don’t delay, submit your proposal today.
With such great guidance from Vik, you’re sure to write a perfect proposal. If you have any questions on submitting abstracts for Pulse or want feedback on an idea, just leave a blog comment or feel free to email me. Also, be sure to check out this justification letter if you need that extra edge to convince your boss of the value of attending Pulse. I hope to see you there!