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2024 Forth Roadmap Conference

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24 Sep 2024

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26 Sep 2024


Huntington Place Detroit, Michigan, United States

Calling transportation electrification thought leaders! Submit a proposal for the 2024 Roadmap Conference and join over 1,000 EV industry stakeholders in conversations centered on the most important topics in electric transportation. With over 100 speakers, 24 breakout sessions and inspirational keynotes, the Roadmap Conference is the best place to learn, network and make decisions that will shape the future of the industry.

Why Submit? 

  • Share Insights: Present case studies, best practices and raise important issues to an audience of industry stakeholders 
  • Form Partnerships & Connections: Reach thought- and industry-leaders to chart the future of electric transportation
  • Participate at a Discount: If selected as a speaker, enjoy the full Roadmap Conference at a deeply discounted speaker rate of just $99!

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Call for Speakers
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06 Nov 2023

Call closes at 11:59 PM

22 Dec 2023

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Review Criteria

Forth will use the following criteria as a means for evaluating proposals. Please note the majority of our audience has knowledge of electric mobility and does not need introductory information.

  1. Innovative: Is this proposal covering a new program, project, policy or technology that industry stakeholders should know about?
  2. Relevant: Is this proposal covering a critical, practical and timely topic that is vital to industry growth?
  3. Equity: is this proposal directly or indirectly addressing barriers to access for historically underserved communities?

Areas of Interest  

The conference program will be divided into four programming tracks: vehicles, charging, impact and cutting-edge. When submitting an abstract, please choose the appropriate track that you feel your submission aligns under.

  • The Vehicles Track will focus on the rapid electrification of cars, trucks, buses and other vehicles, as well as new forms of shared, autonomous and micromobility.
  • The Charging Track will explore how to make charging faster and more accessible while maximizing benefits for the electrical grid.
  • The Impact Track will explore the broader ecosystem needed for the market to expand with an emphasis on equitable programs, policies and demonstration projects.
  • The Cutting Edge Track will feature presentations on the most innovative and emerging technologies, programs and use cases that will define the future of electric transportation.

Session Types

The Roadmap Conference is known for its engaging, interactive approach and its rich content. We are interested in a range of session types, including:  

  • Presentation: The majority of breakout sessions consist of thematic panels featuring 3-4 speakers and a moderator, with presentations of 10-20 minutes each and time for Q&A with the audience. This option is best for individual speaker submissions.
  • Interactive Workshop: Forth welcomes suggestions for hands-on, experiential learning sessions; let us know how you would structure such a session, what outcomes could be expected, and what you would require in terms of time or technology.
  • Lightning Round: These lively sessions will include “Ignite” style presentations of 5-6 minutes each. 

Note: Forth strongly prefers individual proposals over panel submissions.

Program Policies, Guidelines and Expectations

Forth requests that all proposals focus on educational outcomes, including sharing best practices, addressing lessons learned and proposing actionable steps. 

Presentations should not be a platform for business promotion. If a presentation relates to a specific business, product, technology, or project, the emphasis should be on the underlying research or innovation, with the objective of providing insight that attendees can apply to their own work. 

Research findings should reflect data collected within the last 18 months and contribute to on-the-ground solutions.

Forth seeks diverse representation from different geographic regions and disciplines, as well as race and gender diversity, to ensure the program reflects the diversity of the field. We structure our panels with speakers who represent different sectors and perspectives to foster engaging discussions.

To ensure the diversity of speakers and perspectives, with few exceptions, we will not invite presenters to speak more than once nor will we invite more than two individuals from the same organization to join the program. We will prioritize speakers who have spoken fewer than three consecutive years on the Roadmap Conference program.

If the topic/content is specific to a geographic region, then presentations should highlight how it can be applied to other regions as well. 

Selected speakers will be offered a deeply discounted full conference registration rate of $99 and are encouraged to attend the full conference. A limited number of travel stipends for speakers representing community-based organizations will be available on a first-come-first serve basis, and Forth also offers the Mobility for All scholarship for conference attendees, which speakers may apply for.