Program planning is underway for the virtual BCNET CONNECT Tech Summit. We highly encourage you to contribute ideas to enhance collaboration, learning, and productivity across the higher education sector.

Submit Proposal

Join the discussion

We are actively seeking content for BCNET CONNECT, the Higher Education & Research Tech Summit. We invite content from staff, faculty and students at our member institutions. Your participation will help create an interesting, engaging, and innovative program for your peers.

The programming is driven by our diverse member community made up of colleges, institutes and research universities. Check out our conference session archives for sessions from past events.


Important Dates
  • March 12, 2021: Deadline for submission of proposals

  • March 22, 2021: CONNECT Program Committee reviews 2021 proposals

  • March 24, 2021: Applicants notified of acceptance

  • March 31, 2021: Deadline for applicants to confirm acceptance

connect with your peers

We encourage all levels of staff to contribute content from every higher ed member institutions in BC. Whether you're investigating or implementing a new technology, or would like to share your innovative solution, we will help connect you with peers at the CONNECT Summit.

The call for proposals is open to BCNET Members only!

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Participate to:

  • Share your knowledge so others can benefit from your experience
  • Gain peer recognition
  • Showcase your solutions
  • Build your professional network and reputation
Technology Tracks and Learning Paths

Your opportunities for learning and sharing are organized into 3 Technology Tracks 

The BCNET CONNECT Summit Program Committee have recommended programming and content ideas within each track to help guide you in developing your speaking proposal. Be sure to visit each technology track for content suggestion details.



Proposal Evaluation Criteria

The BCNET CONNECT Summit Program Committee will evaluate all session proposals based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of written proposal
  • Relevancy to our conference, attendees and track themes
  • Value / Innovation / original problem solving
  • Ability to inspire action and/or outcome for users


6 Presentation styles

To deliver a truly memorable experience, it is important to involve participants and make them part of your session. Try one of these 6 interactive presentation ideas to wow and engage your audience.


Interactive Speaker Presentation - 45 minutes 
  • Present content (30 minutes)

  • Lead discussion with the group

  • 50% interactive discussion (15 minutes)


Debate - 45 minutes 
  • Select a thought-provoking topic

  • Create a panel with two opposing perspectives

  • Include a moderator to facilitate both sides of the debate


Panel Discussion - 45 minutes 
  • Include 3 to 5 campuses on a panel to get different perspectives

  • Engaging discussion among panelists

  • Conversational, lessons learned, case studies


Fireside Chats 45 minutes
  • This event format is excellent for informal conversations between a moderator and attendees.
  • Switch up the common powerpoint presentation by creating a two-way conversation that can allow the moderator’s personality to shine through and allow some of your less experienced speakers deliver content in a way that feels more comfortable to them. 
  • These conversations can also bring forward more audience participation, excite attendees, and remove the oftentimes unnecessary use of slides. Campfire sessions allow attendees to drive their own learning and share experiences with others, which also assists with networking.


AMA Sessions  45 minutes
  • AMA or “Ask Me Anything” sessions are based purely on an audience asking questions to a one or multiple speakers.
  • They are a great way to present your attendees with a whole session experience that is dedicated to asking important questions.


Storytelling 45 minutes
  • Bring your message to life through a storytelling presentation
  • No powerpoint slides; more conversational