Tableau Employee Form
This form is for Tableau employees applying to speak only. If you are a customer,
please go here.
Thank you for your interest in speaking at Tableau Conference 2016.
Proposals will be accepted through April 29, 2016, with selections finalized by mid-July.
To submit a proposal for consideration:
First, you will complete a Speaker Profile and Agreement.
Second, you will submit details about the session you are proposing.
Please read the details below and start your application to speak at the bottom of the page.
If you have any questions about your submission, contact TCSpeakers@tableau.com
If you have any technical questions, contact TC16@hubb.me
Things to know about speaking at TC16
Any full-time employee at Tableau may apply to speak.
You must submit a session proposal to apply (there is no open speaker pool application this year).
You can submit up to four session proposals.
Co-speakers may not be added after the application deadline.
Applicants must ALSO apply to attend Conference so we can find out other roles you want to staff and give
managers a view of who is doing what. This is a separate form that opens in mid-April and is due May 18.
When do I ﬁnd out if I got accepted?
We'll notify accepted speakers by mid-July.
Can I apply to deliver a Hands-On Training at TC16?
This application is primarily for proposing hour-long breakout sessions.
Hands-On Trainings are planned separately outside of the call for content process.
How can I be considered as the speaker for a popular, recurring session at TC?
There are several sessions that repeat at TC each year because they are so popular. Where possible, we like to use the
same speaker to deliver those sessions. Inevitably, there will be a day when a new speaker needs to take over those sessions.
If you would like to train to present one of these sessions someday, let us know (TCSpeakers@tableau.com).
What hot topics are you guys looking for this year?
New features. This means features added since TC15 or released throughout 2016. Remember we only present breakout sessions
about current, already released product functionality.
- Advanced and Jedi-level content
- Moving to the Cloud
- Using Tableau on the Go (Tableau Mobile)
- Analytics: Calculations, guided analytics, geospatial analysis
- Dashboarding, data storytelling, and visual best practices
- Building a culture of analytics, driving self-service BI
- Data blending, data cleaning, queries, data connectors in all shapes and sizes, and helping customers get more from their data
- Developer topics: APIs, connectors, and automation
- Tableau for IT and Tableau Server administration: Conﬁguration and architecture, data governance and deployment
- Improving performance
- Academic insights based on research
- How we use Tableau at Tableau
Who's reviewing the submissions?
The Conference Content team along with topic experts in Product Management will be making the selections,
with guidance from Product Marketing. The track owners from Product Management will also be coming up with new sessions
to make sure our customers get maximum learning out of Conference.
Can I edit my submission before I submit it?
Yes, be sure to Save As Draft so you can come back and edit your submission. Once you're sure it's good to go, hit Submit (by the April 29 deadline).
If I want to co-present with a coworker, do I need him/her to submit a separate session?
Nope, you can name up to two Tableau co-speakers per session in your application.
What do I need to prepare before I start the application?
Come up with a compelling session title and descriptive abstract and pull together a sample dashboard or two. We'll also ask you what level
and which topic best describes your session. If you change your mind about any of this, worry not. You can come back and edit your application
right up until the April 29 deadline.
Can I see some examples of session titles and abstracts?
Of course. Check out examples at the TC15 VTC.
Do you have any tips for a successful application?
- Show us your dashboarding prowess and/or pull together a brief presentation that helps communicate how and what you would present in your proposed session
- Be creative. Choose interesting data sets, show little-known tips and tricks, tell us about innovative ways to use Tableau, give it a theme...the sky's the limit here.
Writing good session titles
- Keep it short and descriptive. Funny, clever titles are welcome as long as it’s still clear what you’ll be presenting. We reserve the right to edit session titles.
Sample titles from past Tableau Conference sessions
- On Cloud 9: Low Overhead Self-Service BI with Tableau Online
- LODs of Fun with Jedi Filters: Level Of Detail Calcs for Data Geeks
- Applying Graphic Design Principles to Create Killer Dashboards
- How Tableau Finance Makes Cents of Data
- Become a Mix Master with Data Blending
Writing good abstracts
Be speciﬁc in your abstract. Make it clear what you're planning to speak about, what attendees will learn,
and why it will be valuable for them. A one-sentence abstract is not what success looks like here. (Neither is a 50-sentence abstract.)
Parameters are at the heart of fantastic exploration experiences and also advanced calculations.
If you are ready to go the distance with parameters, this session will cover common advanced parameters use cases in Tableau.
- Understand what parameters are, when and why they are useful, and their strengths and limitations
- Learn how parameters are supported in Tableau desktop, Tableau server, and the Tableau API
- Tour the gamut of ways parameters are used in common scenarios
Creating Session Content That Your Audience Will Love:
Show and tell
- The best sessions are ones that show concrete ways of using Tableau in a business context
- Highlight positive business impacts and resources saved when using good data analysis for decision-making
- Show your Tableau dashboards and vizzes and explain the features you used to create them
- Share cool tips and tricks, shortcuts, and power-user skills
What do I have to commit to doing if I get accepted?
- Submit speaker deliverables and content drafts on time
- Prepare and rehearse your content
- Participate in mandatory content reviews and speaker coaching
- Submit ﬁnal presentation materials for publishing to our post-event website
- Attend the mandatory Know Before You Go call, onsite tech check, and onsite orientation
When will I know when and where I’m scheduled to speak?
We will publish room and time assignments approximately 30 days before conference.
What if I change my mind after I’ve submitted a session and no longer wish to speak?
I have more questions, who do I ask?
Feel free to reach out to TCSpeakers@tableau.com.
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