Call for Speakers Share your expertise. Shape the future - Submission Deadline September 14, 2020 - Lightfair

Call for
                                           Submission Deadline
                                           September 14, 2020

Share your expertise. Shape the future.    Conference
                                           May 16 – 20, 2021

                                           Trade Show
                                           May 18 – 20, 2021

                                           Javits Center   The future. Illuminated.   New York, NY
Call for Speakers
                                               2021 LightFair Trade Show + Conference

                                               It’s your time to shine.
                                               LightFair will host the world’s premier lighting conference at the Javits
                                               Center in New York from May 16-20, 2021. Emerging and experienced
                                               professionals from across commercial and architectural lighting will gather
                                               to learn new skills and advance the industry. Seize this opportunity. Share
–                                              your expertise in design, process, application and technology. Inspire
“I was a first time LightFair speaker
this (pandemic) year. Compared to              others and promote yourself as a thought leader in your field – all by
the 4 or 5 other national conferences
I’ve spoken at, LightFair was much             speaking at the LightFair Conference.
smoother and more supportive
from start to finish . I was particularly
pleased because a handful of
attendees reached out to me via                      As a LightFair speaker, you will enjoy:
email after the session for answers
to specific project-related questions.               •    an engaging way to establish or showcase your industry expertise
All in all, a terrific experience. If you’ve         •    networking opportunities with potential clients and collaborators
never presented before, don’t let that
                                                     •    compensation, plus one free hotel night per course day
stop you; put together a proposal and
give it a try. If you are selected, they                  (for out-of-town speakers)
will coach you all the way through.”                 •    free access to the LightFair 2021 exhibit hall and a 3-Day Conference Package
                                                     •    marketing support and custom graphic assets to promote your session
– Doug Walter, AIA, NKBA, IES
                                                     •    the excitement and opportunities of being in NYC during Design Week!
  Doug Walter Architects

                                                     LightFair’s new “Safer Show. Safer Floor.” health and safety protocols will be
                                                     updated as needed to adhere to the latest guidelines and recommendations
                                                     from the CDC and New York State.

02            Submit Your Course Proposal online now through September 14, 2020    				                         
Craft Your Course | Tracks
                                     At the 2021 LightFair Conference you can share your unique
                                     perspective on a wide range of the most relevant topics in the
                                     lighting industry. Review the tracks below and choose one that fits
                                     your desired presentation content. You can even use our lists of
                                     topics to spark new ideas for your presentation.

                                     Application + Evidence-Based Design

                                     Teach your audience about the design trends and methodologies that enable a successful lighting project.
                                     Presentations should cover concepts and/or cases that illustrate the details and techniques used to achieve
                                     specific design goals, from project concept to completion. Your presentation could encompass end-user
                                     data, whether it be energy, control, or light-specific requirements that help realize the experience of the built
                                     environment, as well as concept validation.

                                     Healthcare, research facilities, senior centers,            Case studies (e.g., circadian stimulus)
                                     animal habitats (zoos, aquariums), educational,             Accreditation insights (e.g., LEED, WELL
                                     or other applications                                       Building, Living Building Challenge, EDAC)

                                     New reality of office spaces and environments               Budget-motivated lighting design

                                     Protecting the integrity of research-based                  Smart cities, case studies or research
                                     design decisions during the engineering and                 on IoT applications
                                     construction processes
                                                                                                 Acoustical lighting solutions
                                     Post-occupancy evaluation of design
                                     attributes (physical and human factors)                     Horticultural lighting for growth and
                                                                                                 yield-based results
                                     Research to inform the product development
                                     process (e.g., GUV)                                         Dark sky compliance

                                     Lighting trends in specific applications (e.g.,             Application successes, failures, and
                                     germicide, hospitality, retail, exterior)                   insights Installation and commissioning

                                     Art + Inspiration

                                     What sparks your creativity? Dive into the sources of inspiration that inform design and technology
                                     development. Show your audience how to translate inspiration into projects, products, or company culture.

                                     Light art installations and projection and                  Unique project examples and
                                     pixel mapping                                               creative solutions

                                     Festivals and civic lighting programs                       Radical product design

                                     Multi-media collaboration and team dynamics                 Façade projection art

                                     Sources of inspiration (e.g., poetry, music,                Creative application of materials
                                     photography, theater, nature)                               and techniques

                                                                                                 Idea generation and concept development

03   Submit Your Course Proposal online now through September 14, 2020              				                               
Craft Your Course | Tracks

                                     Design Tools + Techniques

                                     Help your audience understand the means and methods that lighting designers use to bring ideas
                                     to fruition. Your presentation might include challenges and benefits of process exploration, software
                                     implementation, or unexpected resources.

                                     Augmented & virtual reality                               Luminaire development software

                                     BIM & CAD software                                        Misinterpretation and over-reliance
                                                                                               on design tools
                                     Computational design
                                                                                               Digital surveying and measuring
                                     Information sharing, collaboration, and                   (3D scanning, drones)
                                                                                               3D printing and prototyping
                                     Daylight modeling
                                                                                               Parametric modeling
                                     Demonstrations and physical mock-ups
                                     Idea translation
                                                                                               Supply chain management
                                     Lighting calculations
                                                                                               Best practices for virtual workplaces
                                     Lighting details and sketches

                                     Experiencing Light

                                     Share your knowledge of how light impacts our biology, psychology, culture, and natural ecosystems.
                                     Your presentation will explore the influences of light on the human experience and nature.

                                     Influence of light and color on circadian                 Balancing human desires and
                                     entrainment and physiology                                environmental needs.

                                     Influence of light and color on behavior                  Natural light (e.g., skylight, sunlight,
                                     and perception                                            firelight, moonlight, etc.)

                                     Social implications of darkness                           Biophillic design approaches

                                     Global and cultural differences in lighting               Glare and visual comfort
                                     needs and preferences
                                                                                               Luminance based design
                                     Impact of lighting on the natural
                                     environment (e.g., plant and animal life)

04   Submit Your Course Proposal online now through September 14, 2020             				                               
Craft Your Course | Tracks

                                     Open Topics

                                     Some submissions may not fit our previous categories, but they are still relevant to the lighting industry.
                                     New ideas welcome!

                                     Social awareness and responsibility                        Questioning standards, codes and criteria

                                     Thought leadership                                         Ethical dilemmas in lighting (e.g., “do no harm,”
                                                                                                asset tracking, personal identification, data
                                     Industry imbalances and inequalities                       mining, surveillance)

                                     Current events/hot topics

                                     Professional Development + Practice

                                     Help your audience develop their career or grow their company in the lighting industry. Your presentation
                                     could be inspired by leadership and engagement that happens on a personal level, within a company, or
                                     within the broader industry.

                                     Continuous learning                                        Professional licensing and certifications

                                     Identity and branding                                      Managing creative teams

                                     Marketing, proposals, and social media                     Ethics

                                     Contracts and negotiation                                  Design integrity

                                     Design and intellectual property                           Stewardship and responsibility

                                     Recruitment, employment, and retention                     Work/life balance

                                     Financial processes                                        Mentoring

                                     Understanding the building design and                      Career transitioning within the
                                     construction process                                       profession/industry

                                     Industry dynamics, empathy, and education                  Capturing and conveying industry
                                                                                                and institutional knowledge
                                     Networking and collaboration
                                                                                                Promoting diversity and inclusion
                                     Liability and insurance                                    in the industry

                                     Navigating regulations and codes                           New business models

05   Submit Your Course Proposal online now through September 14, 2020          				                                
Craft Your Course | Tracks


                                     Lead your audience through software or components that are advancing technology in the lighting industry.
                                     Technology can include the implementation and inter-operation of lighting, building and connected systems..

                                     Standards and ratings                                   Interrelated active and/or passive technologies
                                                                                             (e.g., daylighting, natural ventilation and
                                     Wired/Wireless lighting control protocols               photovoltaics)

                                     Materials and fabrication innovations for               Utility program qualifications and innovations
                                     product design
                                                                                             Interpreting and managing data
                                     Product safety testing and labeling
                                                                                             New maintenance and life cycle strategies
                                     Sensor and device management
                                                                                             Sustainable product design and
                                     Integrated lighting controls and energy                 manufacturing practices
                                     management systems

                                                                  “I’ve spoken at many conferences and LightFair is by
                                                                  far the most organized conference I attend all year.
                                                                  When the pandemic impacted the 2020 conference,
                                                                  LightFair made the transition to a virtual conference
                                                                  in a well-organized manner and communicated
                                                                  clearly with presenters. I am thankful that I’ve had the
                                                                  opportunity to speak at LightFair for the past two
                                                                  years and look forward to future conferences.”

                                                                  – Haley Robson LC, LEED, IALD
                                                                    Principal | Director Lighting

06   Submit Your Course Proposal online now through September 14, 2020           				                          
Craft Your Course | Audience
                                     As you decide on a topic, be sure to clearly define the
                                     audience that your course is for.

                                     Audience Knowledge Levels

                                     Do you want to give your audience a strong basis in new-to-them fundamentals, or dive into more complex
                                     or cutting-edge topics? Choose the learning level that best fits the audience you envision for your course.

               Education             Foundational                                             Advanced
                                     You will provide introductory or fundamental             You will deliver advanced industry knowledge
                                     concepts for attendees who have minimal                  on a topic for attendees who have significant
                                     experience with the topic or may be new to               proficiency and at least 7 years of experience
                                     the lighting industry. Your session will build           in the lighting industry. Your session will impart
                                     general knowledge of a topic.                            expert-level knowledge and skills to people
                                                                                              already well-versed in the subject matter.
                                     You will build on and extend knowledge on a              All
                                     topic for attendees who have some existing               You will explore a general-interest topic that
                                     knowledge of the topic and at least 3 years              is appropriate for all levels of experience and
                                     of experience in the lighting industry. Your             technical knowledge.
                                     session will enhance knowledge and skills
                                     for use in practice.

                                     Your Audience Segment

                                     Tailor your course content to match the audience you want to reach. Visualize the impact and influence your
                                     session will have on their work and what actionable insights you can provide these professionals. Build your
                                     network by providing more value to your target audience.

              Profession             Lighting Designer                                        Researcher / Educator / Student

                                     Architect / Interior Designer /                          Contractor / Distributor /
                                     Landscape Architect                                      Construction Professional

                                     Engineer                                                 Utility / Energy Services Company / Energy
                                                                                              Consultants / Energy Integrator / Aggregator
                                     Controls Specialist / Commissioning Agent /
                                     Systems Integrator                                       Government Official / Municipality

                                     Manufacturer / Sales Representative                      Product Evaluator

                                     Owner / Facility Manager / End User /                    Other – please specify (e.g., Health and
                                     IT Manager                                               Wellness, Horticulture/Agriculture, or
                                                                                              Sustainability Professionals)

07   Submit Your Course Proposal online now through September 14, 2020          				                              
Craft Your Course | Formats
                                       Now decide on the right course format – what is the best
                                       way for your audience to experience the information that you
                                       want to share?

                                       Types of Presentations You Can Give

                                       Choose the presentation type that fits the topic you want to explore – and think about ways to keep your
                                       audience engaged.

        Presentation Types             Experiential Learning                                    Moderated Discussion
                                       (3-hour minimum, up to 4 presenters)                     (90-minute minimum, up to 4 presenters
                                       Actively engage your participants throughout             including moderator)
                                       the session by conducting a hands-on activity,           Organize a presentation or debate among
                                       design charrette, software training etc.                 you and up to two of your peers, and add a
                                                                                                moderator to pose questions and keep the
                                                                                                discussion on track.
                                       Rapid Fire
                                       (60 minutes, 4 presenters)
                                       Join with three of your peers in this                    Tour
                                       collaborative approach – each of you conducts            (3-hour minimum, up to 4 presenters)
                                       a short presentation of your own big ideas on            Visit a local lighting installation or significant
                                       a shared topic. Allow for at least 20 minutes            project and conduct an in-depth exploratory
                                       of Q&A.                                                  discussion.

                                       Panel Presentation                                       Lecture
                                       (90-minute minimum, up to 4 presenters)                  (60 minutes, up to 2 presenters; 90 minutes,
                                       Present alongside up to three of your peers              1-day or 2-day courses, up to 4 presenters)
                                       in this longer-format session – each of you              Solo or with peers, lead an engaging
                                       delivers your own unique view on a related               presentation on your areas of expertise. We
                                       topic or project.                                        strongly encourage demonstrations, case
                                                                                                studies, or interactive exercises, as these will
                                                                                                build audience involvement and increase

                                       Presentation Time Lengths

                                       Determine how long you would like your course to be – what will maximize the learning opportunities that
                                       you are offering your audience?

     Programs and Sessions             Pre-Conference Programs                                  Conference Sessions
                                       An in-depth study of a topic.                            Up to two presenters (except for Rapid Fire)
                                       1-Day Courses                                            60-minute
                                       2-Day Courses
                                       3-Hour Workshops                                         Up to four presenters (including moderator)

08     Submit Your Course Proposal online now through September 14, 2020         				                                
Craft Your Course | Proposal
                                     After you determine your topic, audience and format, craft
                                     your course proposal. The proposal will be reviewed by the
                                     Conference Advisory Committee (CAC) for acceptance into
                                     the conference program.

                                     Course Title

                                     In a few words, sum up the objective or content of your course. Be creative and grab people’s
                                     attention! Your title should be engaging and convey the key takeaway of your course.

                                     100-Word Course Description

                                     Briefly describe what your course will entail and summarize the ways it will benefit your audience.
                                     Here, you are “selling” your course – express your passion for the topic and explain why the course is
                                     important and useful.

                                     Learning Objectives

                                     List the learning objectives for your course – what new abilities your audience will have after taking
                                     the session. Learning objectives should be specific and concrete, so attendees know what to expect
                                     and are able to assess whether the course was a success for them. Keep in mind that your audience
                                     may be experienced beyond the anticipated course level. Your learning objectives should offer
                                     depth and breadth in your proposed topic.

                                     About You

                                     Describe your capability as a speaker and content expert. Be specific as to why you are suited to
                                     present this course. Include your experience/education as well as your past speaking experience.
                                     Also tell us about your approach/philosophy on presenting. It is acceptable but not required to
                                     submit a brief presentation video to the CAC to establish speaker capabilities.

                                     Course Description (Long)
                                     Expand on the 100-word description, detailing what your course will cover, how it will be organized,
                                     and how information will be presented. The long description should show what steps the audience
                                     will take to achieve each of the proposed learning objectives. Your long description should include:
                                             •     presentation approach
                                             •     audience interaction
                                             •     depth of topic information
                                             •     speaker/panel composition
                                             •     room configuration
                                             •     prerequisites (if applicable)

09   Submit Your Course Proposal online now through September 14, 2020         				                               
                                                For Confirmed Speakers

                                                All speakers will receive a 3-Day Conference Package (does not include free admittance to
                                                Pre-Conference courses). Out-of-town speakers will receive one complimentary hotel night per
                                                course day. Travel and incidentals not covered.

                                                60-Minute Courses
                                                One speaker $500
                                                Two $350 each

–                                               90-Minute Courses
“This LightFair was unique,
                                                One speaker $750
challenging presenters to create
                                                Two or more $375 each
engaging digital presentations and
attendees to embrace a brave new
didactic world. I really enjoyed that
                                                3-Hour Workshops
challenge. Come on in, it’s bright              One speaker $875
in here.”                                       Two or more $450 each

– Charles G. Stone II
  FIALD IES LC LEED® AP BD+C                    1-Day and 2-Day Courses
  President | Fisher Marantz Stone              One speaker $1750
                                                Two or more $900 each

                                                About Our Committee
                                                For the past 32 years, the LightFair Conference has been setting the standard for lighting education
                                                with support from the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the International Association of Lighting
–                                               Designers (IALD) – our co-owners and partners. LightFair speakers and conference topics are selected by
                                                our Conference Advisory Committee, which includes experts from the IES and IALD.
“LightFair is a brilliant forum for
getting your message out and
influencing the lighting industry.
People at all levels and professions
attend, and you are likely to get a
wide audience with lively questions
that stimulate thought, discussion,
and sometimes congenial arm-
wrestling!”                                     Submit Your Course Proposal
– Naomi Miller, FIES, FIALD
                                                Online submissions open now through September 14, 2020.
  Designer/Scientist | Pacific
  Northwest National Laboratory
                                                   The future. Illuminated.   The future. Illuminated.
You can also read