2021 Call for Presentations & Topic Proposals

We are currently accepting submissions for WOC 2021. World of Concrete is committed to providing in-depth and comprehensive education for concrete/masonry construction industry professionals looking for innovative technologies, tools and trends that will strengthen and grow their businesses. Are you a subject matter expert in your field? Do you have proven best practices that could help others succeed? WOC Education Program staff calls on you to share your unique knowledge and business expertise with industry professionals – you may submit up to three proposals.

Dates:              January 18-22, 2021
Location:          Las Vegas Convention Center
Audience:        Contractors, Producers, Architects, Engineers, Project Managers, Business Owners, Field Personnel
Deadline:         Friday, April 6, 2020

Submission Details

Non-commercial Education Policy: To ensure the educational integrity of the WOC Education Program, only un-biased, non-proprietary presentations will be considered. Using the education program as a platform for promotion of products and services is not allowed. All courses selected will be submitted for continuing education and will require syllabus handouts for attendees.

Honoraria and Travel Expenses: It is the general policy of WOC that all speakers receive an honorarium based upon nature and level of participation. Roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodation will be provided for speakers who would otherwise not attend WOC—travel expenses are not provided for speakers who should already be planning to attend due to affiliation with exhibiting company, cosponsor or industry associations. 

Selection Process: Submissions will be reviewed by an ad hoc Education Advisory Committee consisting of concrete/masonry industry leaders representing each of the targeted audience groups. In addition to submitting presentation details, speakers are required to submit a short bio and past speaking engagement references. Please note that speakers employed by industry vendors must be exhibitors in the show to be considered for a presentation.

Selection Criteria: Presentations must be tailored for the concrete/masonry professional, showing evidence of material that will make a significant contribution to the development of attendees’ professional capabilities and knowledge of the field.        

  • Well-defined learning objectives that can be readily implemented in the workplace    
  • How-to sessions that stimulate and provide attendees with new skill, technology or process
  • Practical and forward-thinking content that will promote interactive exchange of ideas
  • Presenter with strong speaking experience and in-depth knowledge of topic and audience needs 

Session Formats: 3-hour seminars typically target field personnel seeking more in-depth and comprehensive information; 90-minute seminars are fast-paced and geared toward more experienced attendees i.e. owners and senior management. *Please note: Keynote Presentations do not currently fit the World of Concrete format. 

Learning Level Identified: Attendees interested in education/training have been in the industry for varying lengths of time. Presenters need to stipulate the level of proposed content by indicating one of the learning levels below:

  • Advanced – seasoned professional possibly at executive level with 10 plus years’ experience·
  • Intermediate – competent professional with solid knowledge of the industry and 5 plus years’ experience'
  • Basic – personnel with some exposure to field, basic understanding and < 3 years’ experience 

(based on target audience)

Concrete Fundamentals – application techniques, mixture proportions, materials, placing/finishing, curing

Concrete Production – aggregates, admixtures, evaluation, testing, quality control, SCC, RCC

Concrete Repair – cracks, joints, treatments, surface prep, reinforcement, waterproofing, corrosion

Decorative Concrete – staining, stamping, overlays, polishing, countertops, integral color

Engineering – codes, specifications, design theory & analysis, mix designs, industry updates, trends

Floors & Slabs – floor flatness, reinforcement, moisture problems, shrinkage, industrial floors, toppings

Masonry – efflorescence, cracks, repair/restoration, mortar, grout, bracing walls, reinforcement

Pavements – highways, airfield, local roads, slab repair, pervious, RCC, overlays

Residential – foundations, ICFs, walls, RCFs, waterproofing, concrete homes

Safety & Risk Management – safety procedures, fall protection, crisis management, insurance, OSHA, investigations

Sustainability – durability of concrete, recycled materials, green building, LEED

Technology for Construction – project management, software applications, BIM

(targeting business owners and senior management)         

Business Management – business “best practices”, business plan, succession planning, valuation, LEAN systems.

Estimating & Finance Management – job costing, accounting, estimating strategies, financial reports, markup & profit, cash flow management

Leadership – field management, productivity, job leadership, team problem solving, communication skills

Legal/Human Resources – hiring/firing, contracts, liabilities, cross-cultural management, taxes·

Project Management –  scheduling, job site productivity, strategic planning, BIM, change orders, software applications

Sales/Marketing – understanding the competition, customer relations, negotiating, selling skills, web systems

Submission Acceptance

WOC historically receives and reviews approximately 200 new submissions each year. Not all submissions will be selected. The submission deadline is Friday, April 6th and all presentations will be confirmed by end of June. Speakers will be notified via email regarding final decisions. Selected speakers will receive confirmation documents outlining role, responsibilities and requirements.

WOC Education staff will notify you via email that your submission has been received.

Complete the entire form, save in original .pdf format, and email to seminars@worldofconcrete.com along with Speaker Bio word doc (please limit bio to a 4-5 sentence paragraph).