PANELS - CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Panels should focus on emerging technologies, controversial issues, or unsolved problems in the World Wide Web community. The goal of a panel is debate – therefore, panels should always reflect more than one point of view. Panels should be provocative, lively, and inspire thoughtful, engaged discussion, at the event itself and beyond. We expect the panelists to actively engage the audience and help them gain a deeper understanding of important and of controversial issues.
We solicit panel proposals on any current and interesting topics. Examples of appropriate panel topics include mobile computing (for example, web applications versus native client applications), privacy, online gaming, and social networking.
Panel format :
Panels should last 90 minutes and typically include three to five panelists plus a moderator. Be creative about the panel format – use whatever means is necessary to get the panelists points over most clearly and succinctly, such that points of contrast and debate are clear to audience members. A typical format includes:
■ moderator introduction
■ brief position statements by domain experts (if this section is present, it should be kept as short as possible and certainly should not exceed 30 minutes total)
■ discussions (at least 40 minutes, with sufficient time for audience comments)
■ closing statements from panelists and moderator.
You are welcome to use various forms of media and props to help engage the audience. We also strongly encourage you promote your panel among those people you know will be interested in the topic as part of a more general promotion of the WWW conference.
A panel should not be a stage for panelists to give a series of unrelated lectures. The details of how the panel is run in terms of audience involvement is up to the panel moderator and the panelists, but we recommend that you strongly encourage and inspire active audience participation. We will give preference to panels that plan to actively engage the audience – Be creative! Be provocative! If appropriate, use physical props, SMS, and microblogging services. If you need help setting these up, we will do what we can to help you.
Duties of the moderator(s) :
The panel moderator plays the most critical role. Before the conference, the moderator should frame the panel, produce an enticing and inviting description, and invite an appropriate slate of panelists prepared to engage in lively and controversial debate. The moderator must also engage in “cat herding” to ensure each panelist is well prepared and has a distinct non-trivial message or role.
During the panel, the moderator must take an active role to stimulate debate, ensure that the panelists stay on time and on track, and encourage audience participation.
Submission guidelines :
All areas of interests to WWW participants are acceptable as a panel topic. Panel proposals will be accepted on the basis of their audience appeal, credentials of panelists, originality, and focus on disputed topics.
Panel proposal submissions should contain the following:
■ Panel organizer(s)/moderator(s)
■ Short description of the topic (suitable for inclusion in the program)
■ Objective, scope, and target audience
■ Detailed description of the topic, including suitable references
■ List of the debatable points of view
■ Format (e.g., presentations, Q&A, etc.) including a detailed timeline covering all activities (the entire panel duration should be 90 minutes)
■ The names and affiliations of the panelists, and their credentials in the form of a short bio for each
■ A statement for each panelist, indicating whether the panelist’s participation is (a) confirmed or (b) pending in the case s/he
has already been contacted and is not yet committed or (c) not yet contacted. At submission time, we expect that at least 50%
of the panelists would have been confirmed, in particular senior panelists. Do not list unconfirmed panelists who are unlikely
■ Short paragraph stating the credentials/bios of organizer(s)/moderator(s).
■ The panel proposal should also indicate whether other similar panels have been formed recently in other conferences or
workshops. If so, what is the difference?
Proposals should be no more than five pages in length (10pt with reasonable margins) and must be in PDF
For Panel Submissions please CLICK HERE»
Inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wenbo Mao (EMC Research, China)
Rajeev Rastogi (Yahoo! Labs, India)
Andrew Tomkins (Google Research, USA)
Important dates :
Proposal submission deadline: Dec 10, 2010
Acceptance notification: Jan 19, 2011
Camera-ready proposals (with confirmed panelists): Jan 31, 2011