Call for Presenters: Fuse 2014

Submissions due Friday, September 20, 2013
Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis so early submissions are encouraged.

Your Opportunity:
Production has begun for FUSE 2014. Iconic AND Inclusive, FUSE unites top design leaders and brand executives to share stories about fusing strategy and design to ignite brand passion and growth. The 18th annual FUSE is taking place April 7- 9, 2014 in Chicago, IL.

FUSE celebrates a collaborative approach to building brands. One that marries design in all its forms, culture and strategy. Specifically, we will delve into graphic design, industrial design, digital design & social media, brand strategy, packaging, leadership, trends and culture.

We are actively recruiting speakers to bring FUSE to life in 2014. The submission deadline is Friday, September 20, 2013. 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, digital design, consumer insights, trend forecasting, and design research. Industries represented include consumer packaged goods, retail, industrial manufacturing, technology, electronics, automotive, financial services and health care among others.

Presentation Options:
These content areas will be addressed at FUSE 2014:
• Design & Creative
• Brand & Marketing Strategy
• Trends & Insights
• Global Design & Branding
• Social Media & Digital Design
• Structural & Industrial Design
• Packaging
• Leadership
• Culture

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

Speaker Benefits:
Why do speakers want to be part of FUSE?

• Advance the purpose and value of using design to tell a brand's story
• Position their company as one that values brand strategy 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

PLUS: All speakers receive a free pass to FUSE. (A 3k+ value!) 
Submission Guidelines & Deadline:
For consideration, please e-mail Krista Vazquez at kvazquez@iirusa.com with the following information by Friday, September 20, 2013. 

• 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 Elizabeth Hinkis at 646-616-7627 or ehinkis@iirusa.com.

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:  http://bit.ly/1emCren

Cheers,
The FUSE Team
@NextBigDesign
http://www.thenextbigdesign.com/
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