2015 Call for Abstracts

Designers of Things 2015 (DoT) is a two-day event, taking place December 2-3 2015 in San Jose, CA, dedicated to the designer and developer community involved in the exciting world of wearable tech, 3D printing, and the Internet of Things.  The event will run alongside BioMed San Jose an event focused on the emerging trends in medical device design.


DoT’s technical sessions will cover aspects of the design, development and business of wearable tech, 3D printing and application of IoT. Submissions in the following subject areas will receive special consideration:

*All relevant proposals—including topics other than those listed below—will be considered.

  • Conference Sessions & Panel Proposals are Welcome
  • Deadline for proposals: EXTENDED TO JULY 17 11:59PM PT
  • Slides due:  Friday, November 6, 2015

Deadline for Submissions

Call for Proposals EXTENDED TO JULY 17 11:59PM PT


Internet of Things

3D Printing

Developing for IoT Devices

IoT devices require embedded software development and low-power design. Potential topics include:
  • Low power communication protocols
  • Options for open source and software platforms
  • Coding best practices
  • Low-Power designs
  • Latest development & coding trends
  • Integration with smartphones
  • Interface design

Developing for Wearable Devices

Wearable tech needs software development and low-power design. Potential topics include:
  • Customization with Biometrics
  • Compelling apps designed with wearables' special features in mind
  • Adapting from smartphones to wearables
  • Interface design

Design Principles

Impressive design has become just as important as the functionality.  Potential topics include:
  • Wearables: Fashion meets function
  • Unique design challenges for embedded IoT devices and wearables
  • Designing with new materials (e.g. - smart fabrics)
  • Integrating Electrical architecture
  • Elements of a compelling design
  • Serving software needs


Discuss the latest developments in quantified self and lifestyle devices. Potential topics include:
  • Wearable computing
  • Smart Clothing
  • Medical/Healthcare, Fitness
  • Home Management & Security
  • Transportation (Vehicle to Vehicle, Vehicle to Infrastructure)
  • Specific design & development considerations for healthcare

IoT and Wearable Connectivity

The integration of the Internet of Things and wearable devices with the Physical World. Potential topics include:
  • Bluetooth (Smart and LE)
  • NFC
  • GPS
  • Open Standards: (6lowpan, IPv6, COAP)
  • Interoperability
    • Interfacing between similar devices
    • Interfacing between broader networks

The Business View of the IoT

Did you bring your idea to market – either successfully or not? Walk the audience through the journey to Product Launch. Potential topics include:
  • Best practices
  • Lessons learned
  • Funding & monetization
  • Manufacturing
  • Patents
  • Market entrance
  • Distribution
  • Case studies
  • “Pitch” coaching workshops


Beyond Prototyping

Expand the conversation around applications of 3D printing. Potential topics include:
  • Medical
  • Commercial Printing
  • Desktop Printing
  • Automotive
  • Aerospace

Designing in 3D

Take your project from concept to reality. Potential topics include:
  • Workflow
  • Modeling
  • CAD
  • Scanning

Networked Objects

Take your project from concept to reality. Potential topics include:
  • Workflow
  • Modeling
  • CAD
  • Scanning

Networked Objects

The integration of Internet of Things into 3D printed objects. Potential topics include:
  • Embedded Hardware/Firmware
  • 3D Printed Codes
  • Terahertz Technologies


**All relevant proposals—including topics other than those listed—will be considered. **

Things to Know

Session Formats

Conference Sessions – 30 minutes

How-to,” informative style presentation that reveals new ways of thinking about and applying new technologies, tips and tricks, proven strategies and techniques for improving performance, reducing development time, cutting costs in the design/development process or building/expanding a business. Think college lecture - only far more interesting. Special consideration will be placed on demos and alternative presentation styles.

Intensive Sessions - 1 or 2 hours

A comprehensive look at a specific topic as it relates to the topic areas. Session material should be something that requires more classroom time than a standard technical session. Submissions should include any special requirements needed to be successful (e.g. - additional equipment, power, etc.), projected demos or hands-on elements. The more engaged the audience will be, the more successful the session (and your odds of getting selected).



“Pitch” Coaching & Workshop – 30 minutes

Are you already a proven entrepreneur? Part of a VC? Coaching professional? Join our team of “pitch coaches” and help the next round of startups get off the ground. These sessions are small-group format and available only to VIP Pass holders.



NOTE: We do NOT supply any hardware (i.e., laptops) for the attendees. If you need the attendees to bring anything with them, this must be CLEARLY stated in your proposal.

Selection Criteria

The Advisory Committee will review and rate submissions based on the following criteria:


This is the basic idea of your submission. Is it interesting? Is it relevant? Will it be beneficial for designers and developers to hear? There is plenty of room for innovative ideas and also the tried and true.


Is the basic idea well considered and thought out? To what extent will the audience gain insight? The more in-depth, the better.


Are your ideas conducive to present in front of an audience? Will the Advisory Committee understand what you are trying to say? Organization helps.


How do your credentials qualify you to speak on the topic you have proposed?


Is the attendee going to leave this session knowing something they didn't know when they walked in? Are they learning or being inspired? This is the most important aspect of every Designers of Things session. The submissions will be rated on a one to five scale by each of the reviewers and the resulting scores are averaged. Those submissions in each category with the highest scores are considered first. In the case of topic overlap, a lesser scoring submission may be selected to keep variety in the program.

Speaker Expectations

Speaking submissions that grab our attention are:

A hands-on demonstration illustrating key technical principles that engage the audience in a creative or interactive way.

Real-world case studies and product demonstrations including a detailed discussion of the trade-offs and choices made (and why) during the design process.

Revealing new ways of working with wearbles, 3D Printing, and the IoT especially in the Medical, Healthcare, and Fitness sectors.


Submission Instructions

Prepare the following information and submit ONLINE by July 17, 2015:
  • Title of Submission
  • Conference track preference (required), secondary track preference (optional). (Reviewers may move your submission to a more appropriate track based on the content provided in the submission)
  • Session format: 30min technical, 1-2 hr. intensive, 30min pitch coaching. See below for details
    • (If you have a secondary format preference, please note in the comments)
  • Key takeaways (50 words max, REQUIRED) – for use in the review process
  • Abstract (300 words max, REQUIRED) – for use on conference web site and mobile app if accepted.
  • Extended Abstract (500 words max, Optional) – a detailed explanation of your planned presentation for use by reviewers to judge your proposal. Include:
    • If proposing a panel, include targeted/confirmed speakers.
    • If including hands-on demonstrations, note that here.
  • Audience Level (REQUIRED) – prerequisites required for advanced.
  • Comments (optional) – additional information for reviewers and staff.
  • Speakers are invited to upload supplemental documents to support their proposal (optional)
  • Speaker Information - for use both in selections process and will be featured on conference web site and mobile app as written if accepted.

What's in it for You?


We welcome you, as a speaker, to attend the entire event, including all conference sessions, workshops, demonstrations and exhibits, as well as all meals and social functions. You will be exempt from any conference registration fee.


This is an opportunity to raise your profile and network within the IoT, Wearables, 3D Printing, and healthcare community in the following ways:

  • Your name, title, company, and biography will be featured on the DoT 2015 website
  • Your session featured in our Weekly Attendee Newsletter
  • A chance to have your session promoted on the DoT Blog (over 60,000+ followers)
  • Chance to be featured in an article and/or blog post for publication on, EDN, DesignNews, and/ or
  • Speak about your latest inventions, company, and highlight your expertise to some of the most influential engineers, developers, entrepreneurs, and VCs in the field.
  • Last but not least, your contribution will make a positive impact on the IoT community by sharing your knowledge & expertise.

DoT Blog

For more information, visit: DoT 2015 & 2015BioMed

Questions? Contact Megan Pulver


Submit Proposals Now

Call for Proposals EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, JULY 17 11:59PM PT