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The State Board of the Municipal Information Systems Association of California (MISAC) is proud to announce 

Call for Abstracts for the 2017 Annual MISAC Conference

 

We are proud to announce the 16th Annual Municipal Information Systems Association of California (MISAC) Conference, IT’s a Team Sport.  MISAC is known to always present an informative and educational conference, including vendor exhibits. This year it's October 1st – October 4th, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. MISAC has built a solid reputation for providing high-quality educational and networking opportunities for public sector Information Technology professionals in the annual conferences and this year we will continue that tradition.

If you are a knowledgeable and articulate subject matter expert willing to share your insights and real-world experience, you are invited to submit a proposal. Please note, we are looking for all types of topics including those given in the “soft skills” fields and by Special Districts, security and forensic specialists, business continuity specialists, etc.


DEADLINES:

June 1 - abstract/proposal submission deadline

July 1 - expected MISAC reply to submission

Aug 1 or sooner - expected final notification


GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: 

 

Proposals should be geared towards a specific technology or topic of interest and not be company promotional, sales or marketing driven. Proposals covering member interests will be given priority. A list of interests can be found below. Proposals should be submitted as a document (DOC or PDF) and include the following information:

 

Abstract submission guidelines:

The conference committee seeks presentations on diverse topics including those given by municipal and special district IT leaders, business process and technology consultants, open-data specialists, and computer security and forensic specialists. Proposals should be geared towards a specific technology or topic of interest and should not be company promotional, or be primarily sales or marketing driven. Proposal topics focusing on member interests will be given the highest priority. The standard presentation duration is 50-55 minutes, including Q&A. If you are submitting an abstract for a longer “workshop” – more in-depth soft skills, cybersecurity topics or demonstrations on how to build incident response plans, Office 365 Lessons Learned, or disaster recovery plans – we welcome those submissions. The conference committee expects to allow up to three 90-100 minute workshops into the agenda. If you need additional information regarding the longer sessions or would like to check with us before you submit the abstract, please just send a note to the email address below. 

 

Emailed proposals should be submitted as a document (DOC or PDF) to abstracts@misac.org. All submissions shall include the following information:

  • Contact person for the presentation (name, email address, telephone number – only used to contact you regarding the proposal and not for conference publication)
  • Session title
  • Session abstract/synopsis (up to 300 words describing main ideas of the session)
  • Approximate length of presentation (including Q&A)
  • First/last names of speaker(s)
  • Job titles and biographies of speakers
  • Audiovisual and Internet needs for session
  • A cleanly edited (checked for spelling and typos) proposal conforming to all of the guidelines above will be given priority

MISAC does not ordinarily pay per diem, honoraria, or expenses for open-call presentations submitted for review. MISAC membership and/or purchasing vendor booth exhibit space and/or paying fees to submit a proposal are not required. Although, one-day or full-conference registration is required of the chosen presenters once selected.  Presentation supporting documentation (Powerpoint slides, handouts, etc.) will be required prior to final approval.

 

Presentation topics of interest:

Infrastructure

Microsoft O365 / Azure
Cloud Computing
Mobile applications

Public Safety and Security
Creating and Managing Strong Cybersecurity Practices
Creating Incident Response Plans and Managing Incidents
Security Assessments / Forensics
Security Surveillance / Cameras / Body Cameras / Storage / Retention

IT Management

"Soft Skills" - people skills, leadership, management skills
Developing Modern IT Divisions / Departments – focusing on structure and needs
Executive Management and/or City Manager View of IT
IT/GIS Governance Strategies OR Governance in agencies with strong mayors or heavily-involved councils/boards
Project Management

Guided Development Sessions (possibly 90-100 minute presentations)
Building an Incident Response Plan
Cybersecurity - hands-on training on identifying a cyber-attack and steps that should be taken during an attack
Making and testing Disaster Recovery plans


Other
Building Smart Cities / Internet as a Service / Managing Fiber or Bandwidth in your Community
Internet of Things - IoT

Business Process Improvement
Cybersecurity - defensive standards and/or depth/breadth
Cybersecurity – best practices/training for users – defense against phishing, social engineering, etc
How to Get to Transparent
Managing IT Organizations through changes in executive management
Public/private partnerships on technology projects / offerings
Pursuing and positioning your (IT) organization for awards/grants - Smart City, ACCOC Innovation awards

more Calendar

8/17/2017
August - San Diego Region Meeting

8/31/2017
August - Southern Chapter Meeting

9/8/2017
September-Central Chapter Meeting

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