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    Call for papers: NFC World Congress 2009

    Near Field Communications World’s editor Sarah Clark is in charge of the conference programme for the NFC World Congress, to be held in Brussels on 16-18 June 2009. The preliminary agenda has now been finalized and this is your chance to be considered for one of the speaker slots…

    CONFERENCE VENUE: The NFC World Congress will be held at the five star Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel from 16-18 June 2009

    CONFERENCE VENUE: The NFC World Congress will be held at the five star Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel from 16-18 June 2009

    The preliminary agenda for the NFC World Congress has been set and we’re now putting together a shortlist of potential speakers from around the world.

    Four types of speaking opportunities are available:

    • Lessons from the front line — Case studies from the payments, transit, marketing & promotion, connectivity, content & information services and ID arenas.
    • NFC Workshop guest presenters — Technical and business presentations from experts in their field, focusing on the business case for NFC, NFC applications, NFC technology and NFC project management.
    • Innovation showcase — The opportunity for those working on innovative new NFC applications and technologies to present their work to delegates from around the world.
    • Discussion group leaders — Round-table workgroup leaders with specific expertise in a particular aspect of NFC technology, business issues or application areas.

    To be considered as a potential speaker at the NFC World Congress, please:

    • Check out the detailed guidelines for potential speakers in the call for papers section of the NFC World Congress website.
    • Decide which section of the programme your experience is most suited for.
    • Send details of your proposed presentation to speakers@nfcworldcongress.com. You should include a suggested title for your speech, details of which section of the programme you are applying to participate in, a 100 word summary of the presentation you propose to give and some background information on your skills and experience.
    • Make sure we receive your application before the closing date for proposals, 15 January 2009.

    Speakers will be chosen entirely on merit, based on the quality of their proposal, and there is absolutely no cost involved in speaking though you will be expected to meet your own travel costs.

    We’d like to encourage as many people as possible to come forward with an offer to participate in this event — our goal is to create a forum for the exchange of ideas between delegates and visitors from all around the world and from all walks of life. Speaker slots in the main conference programme are limited but we are very keen for visitors to the NFC World Congress to have the chance to ‘play’ with as many different NFC applications as possible and to have the chance to explore the potential of this technology as broadly as possible.

    So, if you’re involved with an association, group, university or other team working on NFC or in a related field that is being affected by NFC and you think you could add something to this event or work with us to make this event as suitable as possible for your members, please do contact ideas@nfcworldcongress.com and we’ll be happy to try to involve you in the NFC World Congress.

    And, of course, if you are a supplier of NFC hardware, NFC-enabled systems or other NFC related products or services, we’d really like to see you take part in the two day exhibition that’s running alongside the NFC World Congress. Call Kevin Price on +34 971 676 991 or email him at kevin@globalsmart.com and he’ll be very pleased to tell you all about your options.

    Oh, and if you’d just like to come along and spend an enjoyable few days exploring the potential of NFC with like-minded people from around the world, be sure to put a note in your diary now to attend the NFC World Congress on 16-18 June 2009. See you there!

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