Call for Presentations

PWX 2023
San Diego, CA
August 27-30, 2023

Deadline for proposals: Monday, October 31, 2022

Questions? Email us at cfpquestions@apwa.net for further assistance.

Three easy steps to submitting your proposal:

  1. Read this page for Call for Presentations information and instructions.
  2. Click the “Submit Proposal” button below.
  3. Complete the Call for Presentations Form.

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Interested in sharing your knowledge, experience, and vision for the future?

The American Public Works Association provides education, advocacy, and solutions for public works and infrastructure professionals worldwide. More than 5,000 public works professionals—from both the public and private sectors—converge each year at APWA’s premier Public Works Expo (PWX). This highly anticipated annual event features 140+ education sessions, keynote addresses, and networking. PWX also attracts more than 300 exhibitors providing information about state-of-the-art technologies, products, and services.

The education program provides a dynamic forum for information exchange, problem-solving, and collaboration. Speakers are public works professionals, just like you, eager to help their colleagues take advantage of emerging technologies, understand and prepare for upcoming challenges, and provide better service to their communities.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for speakers with new perspectives, solid best practices, and/or innovative twists to topics surrounding the public works sector. At PWX, participants will have the ability to attend sessions from 18 specific topic tracks throughout the event. Each year attendees provide feedback on what they would like to learn more about.

Below is a list of requested topics for 2023. Click on a topic for more details.

Asset Management

Emergency Management

Engineering, Construction/Project Management

Facilities Management

Fleet Management

Grounds, Parks, and Urban Forestry Management

Leadership, Professional Development, Workforce Solutions

Solid Waste Management

Sustainability/Resiliency

Transportation: (Streets/Roads/Bridges, Traffic Engineering, Bicycle/Pedestrian Infrastructure, Transit)

Transportation: (Winter Maintenance, Snow and Ice Control)

Utilities/Public Rights-of-Way Management

Water Resources: Stormwater

Water Resources: Potable/Drinking Water, Wastewater/Sewers

What are the education session formats?

Please review the options below for the type and length of format you may select. APWA offers seven different formats to ensure dynamic education sessions.

  1. Education Session: (50 minutes)
  2. Education Session: (75 minutes)
  3. Innovation Trends Presentations: (20 minutes each presenter)
  4. Jam Session: (50 minutes)
  5. Lightning Round: (75 minutes—three 20-minute presentations, 15 minutes for Q&A)
  6. Thought Leader Presentations: (20 minutes each presenter)
  7. Workshop: (120 minutes)

Learn more about education session formats.

How are education sessions selected?

Review criteria: All submissions are reviewed and evaluated by the PWX Program Review Committee.

Your success in the selection process depends on how well your proposal supports these primary criteria:

  • Practical application: Provides information that can be used by participants in their day-to-day work settings; offers lessons-learned, and how-to-do-it strategies, and offers solutions for sustainability and resiliency of public works operations.
  • Leading-edge: Addresses emerging trends and technologies, innovative concepts and approaches, and solutions that provide improvements to the provision of public works services.
  • Relevance and clarity: Content is interesting and useful to a significant number of expected attendees. Participant takeaways are clearly stated using active verbs that indicate how they will benefit from the information presented.
  • Participant Takeaways: All proposals must include three (3) takeaways that indicate how the attendee will benefit from the presentation. The participant takeaways must be worded in response to the phrase: “At the conclusion of this session, participants will be better able to________.”

Get tips on writing a compelling session description.

View/download instructions on how to write appropriate participant takeaways.

What are the rules?

No sales pitches! Direct promotion of a speaker’s/company’s products, services, or monetary self-interest are not appropriate for education sessions. The public works audience appreciates learning about technologies, services, concepts, and new approaches, but is sensitive to the sales promotion approach. We recommend that you describe in your proposal how the public works/end-user perspective will be featured in your presentation.

Speaker registration and travel expenses: APWA does not pay speakers of concurrent technical and professional education sessions. Speakers are responsible for making arrangements and paying for travel and other expenses associated with attending the conference. Speakers may qualify for a complimentary single-day registration. Speakers attending the full conference are expected to register and pay the appropriate member or nonmember PWX registration fee.

When will I know?

Submitters will be notified via email of their proposal's accept/decline status by February 2023.

How do I apply?

Please read the following before clicking the Submit button.

Important FYI: All correspondence about your submission(s) will be sent to the email address you list on the form. Please consider using a personal email address if you have a highly restrictive work email account or add (pwxspeakerinfo@apwa.net) as a trusted email address in your account. You will receive notification of submission via email.

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