Thanks for your interest in proposing a session at WITS. Read on to learn more about what we’re looking for.
Scroll down to the bottom of this page to view the proposal forms.
All general sessions are 60 minutes long (45 minutes for content with 15 minutes for Q&A). Sessions may take the format of a presentation, fireside chat, or roundtable conversation. Panels are accepted on an EXTREMELY limited basis. You must know and have contact information for all panelists if submitting a panel proposal.
We also offer 90-minute workshops at WITS North America. All workshop proposals must include at least a 30-minute interactive component, such as (but not limited to) opportunities for guided peer review, dedicated writing/editing time, networking/business pitching practice, etc.
Our sessions are divided into the following tracks:
Our Media track is for the tech savvy influencer who wants to take her content creation to the next level. Session topics have included: running a blog as a business, emerging social platforms, new ways to use/optimize existing social platforms, using live-streaming, the “tech” side of blogging (plugins, analytics, HTML, SEO, platforms, etc), effective analytics reporting to sponsors and partners, the latest in YouTube analytics, how to break into professional travel writing, how to pitch to travel editors, podcasting, understanding UX, photo/video editing, and more.
Our Entrepreneurship track is for the empire-builder and go-getter who wants the freedom to work independently. Session topics have included: how to build a location independent lifestyle, determining contract scope, tax and legal considerations for influencers, remote-work strategies for success, women in tech, crafting a business plan, email marketing, publicity how-to, negotiation tactics, creating (and maintaining) a budget, trademark and copyright considerations, and more.
Trending in Travel
Our Trending in Travel track is for the content creator who is at the forefront of change and interested in the future of our industry. This track features new and emerging travel insights and their impact on influencers. Session topics have included: voluntourism ethics, women leaders in the travel industry, data-driven travel trends, tapping into wellness tourism, remaining relevant, global travel communities for underserved populations, the needs of diverse women travelers, overtourism, indigenous tourism, sustainability and safety in adventure travel, using your platform to foster change, and more.
(Offered only at WITS North America.)
Similar to our Trending in Travel track but with a specific focus on industry members, our Industry Insights track provides a deep dive into the current state of the travel and tourism industry, with a particular emphasis on how influencer marketing can combat a lack of much-needed diversity. Session topics have included: ethical and responsible marketing, tapping into diverse markets, hiring (and retaining) travelers of color, best practices for corporate diversity & inclusion, the ROI of influencer marketing, multigenerational travel, and more.
(Offered only at WITS North America.)
Blogger 101 is an extra half-day of programming (with a meal included!) specifically designed for attendees who are new to digital content creation. This is an opportunity for beginner bloggers to get a head start on the exciting and informative sessions taking place during WITS. Participants will learn from experienced bloggers, influencers, and entrepreneurs about the basics of blogging, promotion, and setting themselves up for success as they set off down the path of becoming a travel influencer. Session topics have included: travel blogging 101, selecting a niche, creating an editorial calendar, social media 101, crafting a voice, building an evergreen brand, CMS basics, and more.
WHAT WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR
We are not looking for any of the following:
Beginner or 101 sessions (unless proposing a Blogger 101 session). All proposals should be at intermediate or advanced levels.
Sessions focused on inspiring others to travel, your personal travel story, or sharing tips for how to travel (either generally, to a specific destination, or focusing on a certain type of travel).
Sessions about life coaching or productivity management (unless with a tech/trend focus).
Sessions focused on promoting your organization, brand, or blog (unless you are interested in purchasing a sponsorship).
We receive many of these kinds of proposals, and we do not accept any of them.
If you are selected to present at WITS, you will be asked to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
You will be asked to agree to the following:
To be available to present your session during WITS.
Not to solicit business or advertise products or services during your session without prior consent.
Not to substitute a presentation topic or any other speaker for your session without prior approval.
That you maintain the legal ownership or right to distribute any materials handed out during your session.
Not to make any negative comments about WITS sponsors or their products or services in conjunction with the summit in a public forum.
That WITS has permission to use and/or reproduce your image for promotional and other purposes.
That WITS has permission to distribute a (watermarked) copy of your presentation to our attendees.
In exchange for the following:
Complimentary registration to WITS ($699 USD value), which grants you access to all other sessions (excluding Blogger 101 Day, if applicable), parties, meals, happy hours, Power Networking, and pre- and post-conference tours and trips.
Individualized social media promotion.
Additional moneymaking opportunities (including offering paid mentor sessions to attendees and/or selling physical/digital items in our onsite store).
An invitation to an exclusive VIP networking event with other influencer and industry presenters as well as high-level sponsors.
A swag bag filled with extra goodies from our sponsors.
NEW for 2020: Beginning with WITS North America 2020, all presenters (including panelists) will receive overnight accommodations in our host city. All solo session presenters will receive an additional $200 USD stipend. All individuals co-presenting a session will each receive an additional $100 USD stipend.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can submit a proposal?
We accept proposals from anyone, but we strongly prefer to take on sessions led by experienced content creators, influencers, and industry members.
What makes a standout proposal?
Keep the WITS community in mind when crafting your proposal, and propose sessions that leave attendees with motivation, new knowledge, and actionable insights. Include at least three key lessons attendees can expect to learn in your session. We encourage you to think about your proposal not just as a session, but as an opportunity to educate, inspire, and empower the WITS community. Attendees come to WITS to learn. Think outside the box and let your creativity and innovative ideas shine through.
Can I submit multiple proposals?
Yes, go right ahead. Please submit each individual proposal through the appropriate form on this page.
Should panelists or co-presenters each submit a separate proposal?
No, please submit only one proposal for any panels or co-presented sessions. However, you MUST include contact information AND photo links/bios for all presenters/panelists in order for your session to be considered.
Can I email you to get constructive criticism or suggestions on how to develop/improve my proposal before submitting it?
To get feedback on your proposal, please reach out to the past and future attendees and presenters in our Facebook Group. Our team reads posts in this group and we are usually quick to respond. This is also where our community lives. We strive to serve their needs, and if we see that they are responding positively to your proposal we will be more likely to accept it.
We are happy to offer limited (no more than one email response per person) constructive criticism on your proposal before you submit it only if you have first asked for feedback in our Facebook group. If you email us without having first posted in our Facebook group, we will not respond. Please also note that adapting your proposal based on our suggestions does not guarantee that it will be accepted. We receive hundreds of session proposals each year and can only accept a limited number! You can email our Program & Creative Director Ariel Goldberg for this. You will receive a response typically within one to two weeks. If you email to ask for help less than two weeks prior to the submission deadline, we cannot guarantee that you will receive a response in time.
Can I propose a keynote?
No, sorry. Our keynotes are by invitation only.
Can I email you my proposal?
No, sorry. We need you to fill out the appropriate form on this page, even if we know you and even if you’ve presented at WITS before.
How are sessions organized?
We offer five session tracks at our WITS North America events and three session tracks at our WITS Europe events. You can take a look at our track descriptions above.
What happens after I submit a proposal? When will I hear back about my session?
Proposals are reviewed by the WITS team and sometimes by outside advisors. We rate each one and select those which receive the highest marks, though we occasionally do not accept certain proposals with high marks if we have already accepted another of a similar nature. You can expect to receive a decision on whether or not your proposal has been accepted by late January for WITS North America or early August for WITS Europe. We will email you even if your proposal has not been accepted. We do not respond to email inquiries on the status of submitted proposals.
I just found out about WITS and the deadline to submit a proposal has passed/I don’t have enough time to submit one before the deadline. Can I email it to you?
No, sorry. Try again next year!
I’ve presented at WITS before. Do I have to submit a proposal? Can I present the same session again?
Yes, you have to submit a proposal even if you’ve presented at WITS before. No, you cannot present the same session two years in a row. We prefer to offer new and relevant sessions at our events each year. What was relevant last year may not apply this year. That said, if you have updated your presentation, you are welcome to propose it again for two years after you initially presented it (so if you presented it in 2018, you may propose it again for 2020). Additionally, we are open to considering you bringing a session you presented at WITS North America to WITS Europe (and vice versa). Please propose your session through the form on this page, even if you have already presented it at WITS.
Closed: July 23, 2019.
Deadline: December 3, 2019.