Customer Application Form
This form is for CUSTOMERS applying to speak only. If you are a Tableau employee, please go
Thank you for your interest in speaking at Tableau Conference 2016.
The conference will take place November 7-11, 2016 in Austin, Texas.
Proposals will be accepted through April 29, 2016, with selections finalized by mid-July.
Please read the details below and start your application to speak at the bottom of the page. As a friendly reminder,
customers who are full-time employees of the organization listed in the application are invited to submit a proposal.
Partners interested in speaking opportunities should reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about your submission, contact email@example.com
If you have any technical questions about this application system, contact TC16@hubb.me
Things to know about speaking at TC16
If your session includes multiple speakers, please note that Tableau only offers one complimentary ticket per session. If you
wish to have two or more speakers, the additional speaker(s) must purchase a conference ticket.
If an invitation to speak is extended to you, that invitation is specific to you and to any co-speakers listed on your application. Speaker
substitutions must be approved in writing by Tableau. Tableau reserves the right to rescind the offer to present the session
(and any complimentary tickets) if the originally accepted speaker(s) is no longer available.
Tableau does not cover hotel or airfare for speakers. There are special rates for conference attendees for both
hotel and airfare.
All conference speakers will be required to participate in a content review. This takes approximately one hour and is
mandatory. Please plan to have your presentation finalized 7-8 weeks in advance of conference.
All speakers must be full-time employees of the company they represent. Tableau consultants or partners are only permitted
to present during the final 15 minutes of Q&A at the end of your session, but they cannot present.
Frequently asked questions
If selected, what am I required to do in preparation for Conference?
Customer speakers are expected to complete the following required activities:
- Submit your speaker deliverables
- Prepare and rehearse your content
- Secure any internal approvals to share content and dashboards/workbooks
- Participate in a content review call with a member of the Tableau Product Marketing team
(more information and calendar invites will be sent out later)
Can you share any best practices for what makes a good proposal?
Writing A good speaker bio
Be sure to include:
- Current and past professional experience
- A brief mention of how you manage or use Tableau within your organization
- Relevant education, industry, or personal experience
Sample customer speaker bio:
Rory Jones, Senior Manager, Business Intelligence, American Data Corporation
Rory is a Senior Information Systems Manager at ADC Corporation, a leading innovator of medical solutions that improve the
health of patients around the world. Rory leads the Business Intelligence Reporting, Analytics, and Finance Solution Center
within the Sales, Marketing and Business Intelligence organization. Rory is currently responsible for the Tableau program which
includes the Tableau architecture, HANA architecture, and reporting for Sales, Marketing, Operations, and Finance as well as
the overall strategy for the program.
Writing good session titles
Keep it short and descriptive and include your company or organization’s name in the title. 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 customer sessions:
How Cisco Rides the Tableau Self-Service BI Wave: Tableau Server Automation and Empowerment
Empowering Customer Success at LinkedIn with Advanced Analytics and Great Visualization
It Takes a Village: Building a Tableau Community of Practice at Deloitte
Millions of Predictions: How TrueCar is Using Tableau to Find the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
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.)
Sample abstract from a past Tableau Conference customer session:
HR Talent Dashboards at FEMSA: Enabling a Holistic Approach with Tableau Online
Managing talent in an organization of 250,000+ employees is a big challenge. Ensuring the right talent and solid succession
plans are key for long term success at a growing organization, particularly at FEMSA, which has a presence in 12 countries and
is active in industries as complex as consumer products, retail, and logistics.
In this session, we are pleased to share our journey to build a self-service business intelligence (BI) culture amongst
our HR leaders.
In this session we will cover the following topics:
- Strategy: Selling the idea and value of what we built with Tableau to the internal business leaders.
- Innovation and collaboration: Dynamic insights and dashboards, as well as the essential role of business experts.
- Turning vision into reality: Live demonstration of the structure of Tableau talent dashboards.
- What's next: The next steps envisioned in our long term plan.
Creating session content that your audience will love:
Show and tell
Share dashboards and vizzes in order so you can tell and show during your session. It’s okay if you have to use scrubbed or
modified data, the important thing is that you’re providing examples in Tableau.
From business impacts, to resources saved, to new processes, the best sessions are ones that communicate concrete impacts
your organization has seen through Tableau.
Although some sessions are use case, technology, or industry specific, most (if not all!) sessions have a larger theme that
resonates with the broader audience. Whether presenting lessons learned, an action plan, or “things I wish I’d known,” provide
attendees with clear takeaways they can bring to their organizations.
Check out examples at the TC15 VTC
and the Tableau Conference On Tour YouTube playlist.
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