Call for Presenters

The NYS Forum Business Innovation & Emerging Technologies Workgroup is soliciting presentation submissions to be considered for the session topic of Software Defined Networks.

Session Topic: Software Defined Networks

Date: May 23, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: NYS Forum, 24 Aviation Road, Suite 206, Albany, NY
Submission due date: March 31, 2017

IMPORTANT: Please read the information below thoroughly for details regarding how to submit your presenter information, what to present, important dates and rules of engagement.

Session Description - Targeted Audience: The Business Innovation and Emerging Technologies Workgroup's purpose is to guide and form possible solutions to the business problems government faces. The session will effectively define Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and will address current considerations that government faces in planning to deploy SDN and NFV based solutions.

The goal of this session is to introduce NYS Government to what SDN and NFV is making possible now and what services it will enable in the future. The session will be designed as a panel to inform attendees about the topic and also provide them with practical, actionable information that organizations and end users can apply immediately to their own environments. This event will target a horizontal audience: any state, local, city government agency, any level, any function. Items of discussion should include the following:

  • Defining SDN and NFV - What is it and what does it mean for government?
  • Desire and curiosity to learn about SDN and NFV - how can these technologies transform the way government does business to better serve citizens?
  • The Challenges of SDN and NFV - examples of how organizations have overcome obstacles to effectively leverage these technologies
  • Planning to implement SDN and NFV - what do agencies need to do to be ready?
  • Practical applications in government operations - who is using SDN and NFV and what benefits have they derived from its use?

Presentations must be designed to inform attendees about the session topic and also provide them with practical, actionable information that organizations and end users can apply immediately to their own environments.

All presentations must be vendor neutral. All presentations will be vetted by a group comprising members from The NYS Forum Work Groups hosting this event. Feedback and recommendations regarding final presentation material will be provided by this group.


Presentation Guidelines - Rules of Engagement

  • Presentation must be made using The NYS Forum's Power Point template.
  • Presentations must be vendor and product neutral.
  • Presenter corporate logo and contact information should appear on the first and last Power Point slides only. Corporate logo must not appear on each individual slide.
  • The presenter must discuss the topic at an expert level, and direct the presentation toward the specific targeted audience identified.


  • 3/17/2017 - Call for presenters distributed to vendor community.
  • 3/31/2017 - Deadline for proposals from vendors.
  • 4/25/2017- Selection/notification of presenters
  • PLEASE NOTE: All PowerPoint presentations MUST be made on The NYS Forum PowerPoint template which will be provided by the workgroup member coordinating this event.
  • 5/2/2017 - Deadline for first draft of presenter Power Points and related documents
  • 5/16/2017 - Deadline for final presentation Power Points and related documents.
  • 5/23/2017 - Event Date. Please plan to arrive a half hour before event begins.