CALL FOR PRESENTERS: FUSE: Design & Culture // Brand Identity & Packaging

Submit a proposal to speak at the top industry event for brand strategists and designers.

Submissions due by Monday, September 12, 2011

Your Opportunity

Production has begun for FUSE 2012. A top destination for designers, brand strategists and trend hunters, FUSE reveals extraordinary ideas about design, culture, branding and packaging. The FUSE experience will empower you to connect more meaningfully with your consumer through design and brand strategy.

Be informed. Be inspired. Build camaraderie.

We are actively recruiting speakers to bring FUSE to life in 2012. The submission deadline is Monday, September 12, 2011. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis so early submission is encouraged.

Added Bonus: All speakers will receive complimentary admission to the entire event (a $3,000+ value).

The Crowd
Each year, hundreds of leaders converge at FUSE to advance their brands, businesses and careers...and to get inspired by our speakers' stories. Attendees have a diverse set of expertise - graphic design, marketing strategy, brand management, package design, art direction, structural design, consumer insights, trend forecasting and design research. Industries represented include consumer packaged goods, retail, industrial manufacturing, technology, financial services and health care among others.

Presentation Options - These content areas will be addressed at FUSE 2012
• Design & Creative
• Brand Marketing & Strategy
• Trends & Insights
• Global Design & Branding
• Social Media
• Packaging
• Packaging Research

New for 2012:
• Industrial Design
• Digital Design

Please do not feel limited by the list above. We are also happy to consider topics not listed here that you feel would add value and be appropriate.

Formats include
• Standard presentation (30 - 45 minutes long)
• Interactive ideation and brainstorming sessions to engage the audience in discussion (30 - 45 minutes long)
• Panel with 3 - 4 people debating/discussing a particular topic (30 - 45 minutes long)

Speaker Benefits
Why do speakers want to be a part of FUSE? To:
• Advance the purpose and value of using design to tell a brand's story
• Position their company as one that values brand identity and design
• Reinforce their own position as a leader
• Share results of an exciting project
• Network with other industry leaders and participate in high-level discussions

Submission Guidelines & Deadline
For consideration, please email Krista Vazquez at with the following information by Monday, September 12, 2011.
• Proposed speaker name(s), job title(s), and company name(s)
• Contact information including address, phone and e-mail
• Title of presentation
• Brief overview of the presentation (1 short paragraph plus 2 bullets that illustrate audience takeaways): Please note: if your proposal is selected, portions of this description will be printed in the brochure and used online to promote your participation
• Brief speaker biography
Special Notice to Vendors, Consultants & Solution Providers

Whether you are looking to build awareness, generate new business or strengthen existing relationships- a presence at FUSE will help you achieve your goals. Be at the right place at the right time. A limited number of sessions on the program are reserved for our event sponsors. Solution providers who wish to become part of the program should contact Dave Borrok at at 646-895-7485 or

Due to the high volume of responses, we are unable to respond to each submission. All those selected to participate as speakers will be notified shortly after the deadline.
Thank you for your interest in FUSE. Check back for updates on the program here.

All the best,
Krista Vazquez
Conference Director
Institute for International Research

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