Call for Speakers

Call for Speakers is open; deadline is December 18, 2017.

The APCO 2018 Call for Speakers invites APCO International members, industry associates, business professionals and educators to submit a proposal to be considered for a one hour presentation within our Professional Development Program.

  • "Speaking at the annual conference rejuvenates me. It reminds me why I love APCO and have dedicated my career to public safety. I get more out of speaking than anyone who happens to attend my presentation. I leave conference re-energized and with a renewed enthusiasm for my job."
    ~ Angela Bowen, MSPSE, CPE, RPL, Manager, Instructional Services Division Georgia Public Safety Training Center
  • Speaking at conference is a great way to meet new people, share your story and give others the confidence to know they are not alone. It amazes me every time to learn others share the same concerns and achievements. You may not think your program or experience is exciting but I guarantee someone will walk-a-way with a take-a-way."
    ~ Mary Sue Robley, RPL, Administrative Services Manager, Valley Communications, Kent, WA
APCO International welcomes high quality submissions from an interdisciplinary spectrum in the following topical areas. Download Submission Requirements
Frontline Telecommunicator
These sessions will focus on subjects that are relevant to Frontline Telecommunicator including procedures related to answering 9-1-1 calls, dispatching public safety units; and physical/emotional health and wellness.
Topics may include: Aggravated Callers, Health & Wellness Awareness, EMD Stories of Implementation/Success, Active Shooter Incidents, Stress Management, Interaction with co-workers and ProCHRT
Leadership Development
The sessions within this track will focus on developing leadership skills that every successful person needs to possess, both operationally and technically. Participants will learn the tools and techniques to enhance their personal performance and become a great leader.
Topics may include: Managing Different Personality Types in the Workplace; Communication Styles; and RPL Program
Communications Center Management
Sessions will enable managers to create a powerful impact on their employees and their agency by focusing on issues directly related to operating a communications center and mentoring.
Topics may include: Employee Wellness Programs; Current Legal Issues Facing PSAPs; Legal/Ethical Issues Surrounding Caller Data; and Outside Vendor Partnerships
Emergency Preparedness, Response & Situational Awareness
The sessions within this track are designed to address the operational planning needed to prepare communication centers and first responders for an unexpected and expanding emergency event. Discussions include operational responses to major events.
Topics may include: Planning for Major Events such as Mass Casualty Shootings; and Fires.
Industry Products and Tools
Sessions in this track will showcase vendor demonstrations on their latest product or tool and how it is applicable to the APCO membership.
NG9-1-1 and Emerging Technologies
The sessions in this track will cover how next generation, broadband and other new technologies that will impact 9-1-1 operations and emergency response.
Topics may include: FirstNet; Smartphone Apps; Text to 9-1-1; NG9-1-1; Broadband, Managing Video & Imagery; and Geospatial Technology
NEW TRACK Cybersecurity for Public Safety Communications
Cybersecurity is an existing and rapidly evolving threat to PSAPs and public-safety communications networks. This track will cover multiple aspects of cybersecurity, such as training and cyber “etiquette;” available resources; and tips for preparing for, preventing, mitigating, and recovering from cyber threats and attacks.
Radio and Wireless Communications Technologies (Formerly Radio Technologies, LMR, & Spectrum Management)
This track is dedicated to current and future trends in land mobile radio, wireless, and broadband networks and devices, as well as spectrum management and licensing issues.
Topics include: Interoperability and Collaboration; Project 25 or Other Technologies; System Management and Infrastructure; Spectrum Management; Regulatory and Policy Discussions.
Cutting Edge Developments (Formerly Cutting Edge and Hot Topics)
Cultivated by APCO staff, these sessions will cover the most relevant and impactful developments in public safety communications including perspectives from senior policy-makers from the federal government and leaders in our rapidly evolving industry.
Looking for ideas?
Some topics suggested by attendees include: Trauma Resiliency; Ethical Awareness; Radio Programming; Site Grounding; Diversity in the PSAP; and Committee Service

Speaker Benefits
As a Professional Development Session Main Presenter or Co-Presenter, you’ll receive one complimentary full conference registration which includes the following:

  • Entrance into all Professional Development Tracks Sunday through Wednesday
  • Entrance into the Exhibit Hall Monday and Tuesday
  • (2) $10 lunch credits redeemable at the convention center food outlets in the exhibit hall on Monday and Tuesday only
  • (1) Attendee Bag Ticket
  • (1) Attendee Gift Ticket

Your speaker registration does not include entrance to the Distinguished Achievers Breakfast, Food for Thought Luncheon, or the Connect & Celebrate Dinner. Tickets for these special events can be purchased online when registration opens in April 2018.

APCO International is pleased to provide you with the above benefits; however, we are unable to offer compensation or cover any travel/hotel expenses for presenters.