With the clock ticking toward the deadline for submission of CMEpalooza Spring abstracts (it’s Friday, in case you just crawled out from under a snowball), Derek and I have been fielding a veritable barrage of questions (at least 5) from interested parties. To make it easier on everyone, here are some rapid-fire responses:
When is CMEpalooza Spring again?
Wednesday, April 8. Starts at 9 a.m. ET, ends at 5 p.m. ET.
How do I submit an abstract?
Click here for the online submission form
Is (insert your idea here) a good idea for a proposed session?
That’s really not our call. We are not determining the agenda (more on that below). If you think your proposed session is going to be of interest to the broader CME community, then it is probably a good idea. If you don’t, it probably isn’t. This ain’t rocket science.
So wait, if you two aren’t deciding which sessions are approved, who is?
Everyone else. Once the abstract submission closes on Friday, we’ll be putting up descriptions of each proposed session on the CMEpalooza website and allowing everyone to vote for their favorite 5 sessions. The voting window will last for 1 week. The sessions that get the most votes will be included in the Spring lineup. It’s as simple as that.
C’mon, you don’t expect me to believe that you two are going to manipulate the results.
This isn’t Stalin-era Russia. CMEpalooza is a Democracy. Power to the people.
Can’t you just tell me if you like my idea?
OK, fine. But do you have any general suggestions?
I suppose we’ll allow that.
1. Creativity with content and organization of your proposed session is STRONGLY encouraged. While we are not disallowing any proposed session or design, obviously, we’d love sessions that are interesting, fresh, and engaging.
2. Co-presenters are welcome and encouraged. You can have up to four co-presenters, in addition to yourself.
3. Use the abstract submission form to sell your idea. You are going to need to attract the mouse clicks of our community, so feel free to use really cool marketing language in your proposal. We’re not going to be editing these unless your spelling and grammar is really egregious.
Thanks. So if I follow those suggestions, will you approve my session?
I will hurt you.