April 4th - 6th, 2008

Cleveland, Ohio

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FTS Conventures


Notacon 2008 Call for Proposals

Friday April 4th through Sunday April 6th, 2008
Cleveland, Ohio, USA

CFP is now closed. Accepted presentations will be listed on the speaker page as they are confirmed.

Information below is archived as a reference for accepted speakers.

Important Dates

Purpose and Scope

Notacon is a different kind of conference. We're not a trade show. We're not an academic poster session. We're not limited to narrow topics like computer security. Notacon is an exploration into creativity, ideation and culture as it relates to technology, music and art. Notacon is what happens when you put 300-400 talented, creative and inspired people into a common space for a weekend. Notacon is collaboration and innovation.

We thrive on the creative applications of technology, art and music and the interaction thereof. All presentations, performances, workshops and panels should try to reflect this idea. How are you or your group using technology in creative ways? Are you advancing the state of the art? What have you developed, discovered, or thought about that might be interesting? How can participants either get involved or take your idea to the next level?

We like to think that our presenters help perpetuate humanity's oral tradition and our performers expose us to new concepts and ideas through art and music. We have found it an effective and engaging way for everyone involved to learn and become enlightened. As such, we encourage participation. Presenters should expect questions, group interactions and note-taking. Our presentations are not designed to be lectures. No one likes a lecture.

Notacon 5 will be held Friday, April 4th, through Sunday, April 6th, 2008 at the Holiday Inn Select - City Centre Lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, located near the waterfront in Downtown Cleveland. We have secured a sizeable conference space that allows many activities to go on simultaneously. Events, presentations, performances and workshops will run concurrently throughout the conference and there will be many scheduled events most hours of the day and night. Notacon organizers will also provide some level of support as well as perks as a thank-you to those presenting.

If accepted, presenters and performers will get free admission for themselves plus one guest. Also, you get a very snazzy looking badge that says "Presenter" in it in large, friendly letters. There may also be food. Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to cover hotel and travel expenses. If you are not from the Cleveland area, please take that into consideration.

Finally, please note that we encourage first-time or "green" presenters. Any idea is perfectly acceptable, no matter how out there you may think it is. There really is no such thing as a bad proposal (though we may offer suggestions for minor tailoring and adjusting).

Conference Topics

Proposals should fall in to one or more of these four general formats: presentation, panel discussion, artistic/musical performance and workshop. We strongly encourage proposals that use multiple formats (e.g., a presentation on a subject followed by a hands on workshop, a presentation on a performance tool and a performance to demonstrate its use). We also encourage proposals to cover a wide range of topics. Suggested topic areas include, but are hardly limited to the following.

Topics and descriptions from previous Notacons are available in the Notacon archives. We encourage you to explore the full breadth of subject matter covered at previous events as a source of inspiration.

Venue and Facilities

Notacon occupies many rooms on two different levels at the Holiday Inn Select. There are two main presentation/performance spaces the seat 125 and 75 people respectively on the ground floor. There are also several smaller rooms on the second floor that serve as ideal space for workshops and breakout sessions; they can comfortably fit 25 people each. It is certainly not difficult for us to find the perfect space to accommodate your proposal.

The two main conferences spaces will each be equipped with the following equipment/accessibility:

The breakout rooms on the second floor are designed for greater interactivity and so no presentation equipment will be provided for those rooms. Power outlets will be available, and LAN and Internet access will be provided either by hardwire connectivity or a wireless network. Copious table space will be available in these rooms as well to facilitate hands-on activities.

We do not have access to printing facilities at the conference site. If your proposal includes the use of handouts, you are responsible for ensuring that sufficient quantities are printed in advance. There is a Kinko's relatively near the conference site and we would be more than happy to direct you to it.

We also cannot guarantee secure storage facilities for equipment, art, etc. related to your proposal. While it is possible that we may be able to provide some form of storage during the conference, arrangements must be made with us well in advance of the conference and we assume no liability for loss or damage to the property. You are strongly encouraged to make your own arrangements.

Conference Scheduling

This is a quick survey of what Notacon's schedule is likely to be like; it is far from set in stone and is subject to change. The conference is expected to run from Noon on Friday, April 4th through 2pm on Sunday, April 6th.

During the afternoon and early evenings of the Friday and Saturday, both main presentation rooms will be scheduled in 30 or 60 minute blocks (for 25 or 55 minute presentations) side-by-side so that both rooms have events going on at the same time. This is suitable for presentations and performances of a quieter nature. In the late evening, the main rooms will be scheduled in alternating, 45 minute blocks which are more suitable to louder performance (e.g., music performances). These rooms will also be used for conference events and other activities as necessary.

The second-floor rooms will be scheduled in a more ad hoc manner. As these rooms are better suited for workshop and demonstration activities, we are far more flexible in scheduling this space. Multi-hour workshops are certainly not out of the question. We also don't expect to fully schedule the entire space for the whole weekend, so impromptu activities should be possible here as well.

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.

Jim Eastman
CFP Committee Chairman
jeastman -at- notacon -dot- org

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