Frequently asked questions.

When is my session proposal due?

Your session proposal is due on or before Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

How many session proposals can I submit?

You are welcome to submit as many unique proposals as you like.

Will all session proposals be accepted?

No, space is limited. Our selection team will choose the best submissions that are relevant to the content focus areas for Workday Rising.

How many speakers are allowed in each session?

Only one main speaker is allowed per session. If you’d like to add a co-presenter, you may provide your rationale for the selection committee to review. 

Is there a theme for Workday Rising 2017?

Yes, this year’s theme is “Go further together.” This describes how our customers have the confidence to take bold action and benefit from the collective power of the Workday community. Share your success stories, examples of features developed in collaboration with customers, community learnings, and business results that bring “Go further together” to life. Please consider how your session proposal speaks to this theme.

What are the content focus areas for Workday Rising?

Workday Rising features seven tracks:

  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • IT
  • Payroll and Workforce Management
  • Planning and Analytics
  • Education and Government
  • Driving Excellence and Success
How long does the submission process take?

If you have read the FAQs and have your information ready, it should take approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete the submission process. You can also save your submission and return to complete it later before the Call for Presentations closes on April 25. If you don’t complete your submission, it will be marked with a “Partial” status. Submissions that are marked “Partial” will not be considered for selection. IMPORTANT: The website will automatically time-out after 10 minutes of inactivity. Once you complete your submission, you will receive an email confirmation that includes your session presentation details.

What information do I need to submit for my session proposal?

You must provide the following information: 
 

  • Title 
  • Description 
  • Content Focus 
  • Learning Level 
  • Target Audience
  • Speaker Information
  • Audience Key Takeaways 
  • Target Business Size
What makes a good title?

Clever titles might be fun, but remember that you’re fighting for the attention of the selection team along with hundreds of other titles. Consider short, straightforward titles that describe what your session covers since this information will be published in the Session Catalog. For example, “Workday Connect: A Deep-Dive on Notification Configuration, Advanced Creation, and Delivery” works better than “A Deep-Dive on Workday Connect.” There is a 125-character limit (including spaces) for the title.

How do I write a great description?

Keep it short and simple since this information will be published in the Session Catalog. Articulate the value of the session, distilling what you will cover, the target audience if applicable, what the audience will learn, and how they will benefit from attending. Be sure to also think about how your session proposal ties into the theme “Go further together.” It is very important that your description matches the content that you present. Include keywords and phrases that you think your target audience will use to search for your session. There is a 500-character limit (including spaces) for the description.

Which track should I select?

Workday Rising is organized by broader content categories aligned with audience experience paths. Please select the content focus area that is most relevant to your session proposal, even if your content works for multiple tracks. If your session proposal is selected, Workday may change your track if appropriate. 

Which learning level should I select?
  • Introductory: Designed for people who are new to Workday or new to specific feature areas, these sessions highlight basic use cases, features, functions, and benefits. They’re not meant to be a sales pitch.
  • Advanced: These sessions are meant for experienced users with a deep understanding and knowledge of Workday features, configurations, and integrations. These sessions may be more technical and cover more-detailed use cases.
  • All Levels: These sessions are relevant to anyone and include Workday best practices, customer case studies, new features, and business processes.
What do I put for “audience takeaways”?

Sum up what you expect attendees to learn and why this session is important in 3 to 5 points. There is a 500-character limit (including spaces) for the audience takeaways.

What is the “session summary”?

The session summary will not be published. It’s your opportunity to give the selection team a more detailed explanation of what you plan to present and any additional information you would like us to know. There is a 2,500-character limit (including spaces) for the summary.

What are “presentation support materials”?

You have the option to include a video, slide presentation, or some other visual resource that helps the selection team better understand and evaluate your session proposal and your presentation skills. Whatever supporting material you choose to upload, be sure that you have clear rights to the submitted material. Provide the publicly hosted URL to supporting materials.

Can I preview my submission before I submit it?

Yes, you will be able to preview your submission. If you need to make edits, select the Edit icon next to the section you want to update. After previewing and submitting, your session proposal will be listed as “New” instead of “Partial.”

Why do I have to read and agree to the Presentation Submission Agreement before I can submit my session proposal?

Presenting at Workday Rising takes a considerable amount of time, preparation, and thought. You become part of the attendee experience. We want you to be aware of the minimum commitment required to organize a breakout session.

Will I be able to make changes to my submission after the Call for Presentations closes?

No, you will not be able to edit your submission or have access to the website once the Call for Presentations closes. If you have an incomplete session proposal (“Partial” status), it will NOT be included in the selection process.

Will session proposals be accepted after the entry deadline?

No. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept entries past the deadline.

When should I expect to receive feedback on my session proposal?

The selection team plans to send status notifications the week of June 12, 2017.

If my session proposal is selected, will I receive a complimentary conference pass?

Yes, you’ll receive one complimentary Full Conference Pass to Workday Rising. This pass is not transferable. Employees: You will receive specific guidelines for complimentary passes during the submission process. If you have questions regarding speaker passes, please contact risingspeakers@workday.com.

If my session proposal is selected, will Workday pay for my travel or lodging?

Unfortunately, Workday is not able to provide travel, lodging, or other financial compensation for speakers. What we can provide is exposure to the brightest minds and cutting-edge innovators within the Workday community.

Will Workday Rising Europe have a Call for Presentations?

Yes, the Call for Presentations for Workday Rising Europe will be open April 18–June 6, 2017.

Help! I created an account, but I’m no longer able to log in. What do I do?

Our support team is here to help you with all technical issues. Email risingspeakers@workday.com with any questions or concerns.