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2016 Conference Abstracts and Presentation Information
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Presentation abstract submission opening/deadline information is shown below.  Please email your submissions, and any questions about submissions, to

The State Board of the Municipal Information Systems Association of California (MISAC) is proud to announce our 15th Annual Conference: Securing IT’s Future: Today. MISAC will present an informative and educational conference, including vendor exhibits, October 9-12, 2016 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego, CA. MISAC has a reputation for providing high-quality technology presentations, education, and networking opportunities for public sector Information Technology professionals at our annual conferences. Because MISAC has enjoyed tremendous growth in membership, now consisting of over 600 members in 280 agencies, we expect record attendance at this year’s event!  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 presentation abstract. 

Abstract/proposal submission opening date:  May 5, 2016

Abstract/proposal submission deadline:  June 17, 2016
Expected MISAC initial reply to submission:  July 15, 2016
Expected final notification: 
August 15, 2016


Any submissions received after June 17 may be considered, depending upon the total number and quality of entries received, but will receive a lower priority than those submitted on time.

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 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 cybersecurity topics or demonstrations on how to build incident response plans, ITIL service catalogs, 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 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 (check 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:

Microsoft O365 / Azure
Intranet / Sharepoint
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
Securing SCADA

GIS/Land Management    
ERP/Financials – Cloud/On-Premise
Open Data / Big Data

IT Management
Backups – Is there such a thing as too much?
BYOD/Mobile Device Management, Policies, and Roll-out Success Stories
Developing Modern IT Divisions / Departments – focusing on structure and needs
Executive Management and/or City Manager View of IT
Measuring and Managing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
Hardware / Software License / Contract inventory & management
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
Building an ITIL Service Catalog for your IT Organization
Cybersecurity - hands-on training on identifying a cyber-attack and steps that should be taken during an attack
Making and testing Disaster Recovery plans

Virtualization lab

Building Smart Cities / Internet as a Service / Managing Fiber or Bandwidth in your Community
Business Process Improvement
CISO as a Service
Cybersecurity - defensive standards and/or depth/breadth
Cybersecurity – best practices/training for users – defense against phishing, social engineering, etc
How to add value to your organization with a comprehensive GIS program
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, et al.
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