04 February 2021

Call for Speakers

CultureGeek is an international conference looking at the digital transformation of the cultural sector – founded in 2012 (by MuseumNext), the event has brought together those shaping digital practice across the arts annually since its inception.

Past speakers have included digital leaders from museums, theatres, festivals, dance, opera, publishing and television.

In June 2021, Culture Geek will return with a virtual conference that will share inspiring stories of how the arts have pivoted to digital over the past 12 months.

What we’re looking for

We’re excited that this years virtual format will make it possible for speakers from around the world to share their ideas and experiences from the Culture Geek “stage”.

We are now looking for people to share their case studies, ideas and innovations with colleagues around the world through this online event.

Our theme for this years conference is “Pivot”. We want to hear how the cultural sector has pivoted to digital to overcome the challenges of the pandemic, lessons learnt and how this will shape the future of the arts.

We’re looking for practical talks packed with actionable advice that our delegates can apply to their work.

What we’re not looking for

Culture Geek doesn’t accept talks by commercial companies seeking to showcase apps or tech. We recommend speaking to us about sponsorship opportunities should you wish to promote you company or product.

That doesn’t mean that suppliers working with the cultural sector aren’t welcome to speak at this event, but the focus needs to be sharing actionable insight, not making a sale.

Conference Format

Culture Geek talks are twenty minutes in duration.

We generally favour talks with just one speaker and would not accept any application with more than two speakers.

Having run a number of virtual conferences over the past year, we find that pre-recorded sessions work better than going live. This means talks don’t go over time, videos play as they are meant too and connections aren’t lost.

We therefore require speakers to pre-record their sessions. This guide provides guidance of how to do this, our recent experience has been that speakers have risen to this challenge, but it does require more work on the part of our speakers than usual.

Where timezone allows, we’ll supplement pre-recorded sessions with live Q&A’s.

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 15 March 2021. All proposals will be reviewed by a peer panel and the results of their deliberations will be shared with all those who apply no later than 23rd March.

All those interested in speaking should do so using this Google Form. We’ll send a confirmation that we have received your application within 24 hours.

If you have any questions, please contact: jim@museumnext.com