what we’re looking for
We’re particularly interested in sessions that address the following topics:
- Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem — Share a specific application of the Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem
- Business continuity and resiliency — Include case studies showing how entities were able to overcome the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting culture change
- Code compliance — Include case studies highlighting where and how collaboration has improved inspection practices and outcomes, or other unique approaches driving code compliance within the Ecosystem while maintaining facility function and appearance
- Building life cycle — Include applications or case studies illustrating how the Ecosystem has been applied throughout the life cycle of a building or facility.
- Preparedness and emergency response — Include community risk reduction, emergency responder health and wellness, and efforts to grow and cultivate an informed public.
- Active shooter and hostile events — Apply the Ecosystem to share experiences planning, responding, or recovering.
- Emerging issues — Includes mobility/transportation (autonomous vehicles and AFV), renewable energy (ESS and PV), training and education (AR and VR), power over Ethernet (PoE) applications, smart systems and IoT (smart home devices and appliances and AI/robotics), and flammable refrigerants.
- Investment in safety and skilled workforce — Include case studies where application of the Ecosystem focused on the workforce and their role in improving safety.
- Data — Innovative ways of collecting, sharing, analyzing, and visualizing information.
The Review and Selection Committee will evaluate all proposals based on such factors as topic relevance, value offered to attendees, and the submitter’s experience and credentials. We are looking for educational sessions that go above and beyond the average podium presentation. Preference will be given to those proposals that promise to deliver content that benefits our attendees through incorporation of one or more of the following elements:
- Interactivity — Encourages and stimulates audience participation (e.g., via in-session polling, small group discussion, etc.)
- Case studies — Detail a specific problem using actual incidents, including lessons learned and guidance as to how those lessons can be applied to other circumstances.
- Panel discussion format — Uses expertise of several contributors to examine a single concept from multiple perspectives and provides opportunity through Q&A for attendees to re-examine their own assumptions or practices.
- Facilitated discussion — Uses facilitation techniques to promote and stimulate collaboration among attendee stakeholder groups (engineer/designer/contractor; facility manager; inspector; responder) to elicit responses that demonstrate how the different perspectives impact and influence outcomes using specific examples.
- Skill or experience range — Appeals to all attendees regardless of their level of experience (beginning learners, intermediate, or advanced)
Applications must be received by Monday, September 14, 2020 at 5 p.m. EDT*. For assistance regarding the content of your session, please contact Stacey Moriarty.
*Subject to change
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