NOMMA is conducting a Call for Presentations for upcoming
virtual and in-person events.
Webinar presentations are scheduled throughout the year. All completed submissions for webinars are peer-reviewed on a rolling basis; if your session is accepted as
a webinar, staff will reach out to confirm and schedule.
Our next planned in-person event is METALfab in Nashville,
Tennessee, scheduled for February 23-26, 2021. Educational programming is
conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 23 and 24, 2021. Presentations
begin as early as 8:00 a.m. and run throughout the day, ending as late as 5:30
All presenters who wish to be considered for METALfab should
submit their presentation proposals by July 31, 2020. All completed submissions will be peer-reviewed and the NOMMA 2021 educational program will be announced in September 2020.
*PLEASE NOTE: We currently expect to hold METALfab 2021 in person, but arrangements are subject to change depending on COVID-19. We will keep all of our speakers informed as the situation
NOMMA is excited to offer conference tracks for 2021.
The conference has always evolved in response to new challenges and
opportunities facing the ornamental and miscellaneous metals industry. These
leading-edge tracks set a new standard for research and solutions that will
shape the future of the industry. NOMMA is looking for a wide array of topics
that are innovative, engaging, inspiring, and informative for the metalworking
industry across the USA. NOMMA’s goal is to offer relevant, timely education
and training to help attendees do their jobs more effectively and make their
businesses more successful. Conference attendees are interested in hearing the
latest trends, installation techniques, and best practices from industry
experts and peers. First-hand perspectives provide insight. Proposals should
address contemporary or emerging issues confronting the metalworking
Crisis Management and Contingency Planning
Efficiency and Productivity
Recruitment and retention
Essential HR Tools
Managing the sales team
Techniques (Basics & Advanced)
Techniques & Updates
Schematics and blue print reading
Codes, standards and updates
Apps for increased business productivity and
Estimating / bidding software
Participants are ornamental, miscellaneous metals, and access
control professionals. Participants include fabricators, installers, business
owners, upper management, sales staff — anyone charged with increasing
performance in the workplace. Experience levels of the participants also vary
from individuals new to the industry to seasoned veterans.
Provide high quality
and engaging educational presentations.
through audience participation and discussion.
presentation is not perceived as an infomercial (selling is not allowed; see
additional info under Review Process / Evaluation Criteria).
participation in the event using social media outlets.
A maximum of four
proposals may be submitted by any one person within a calendar year.
All proposals must be
educational in nature — sales-oriented (infomercial) proposals will not be
accepted or considered. Draft presentations will be reviewed by NOMMA prior to
the conference to confirm adherence to this policy. NOMMA also collects
audience feedback from all education sessions to monitor quality and
appropriateness of the content presented.
are welcome. Each presentation should be submitted one time with the names and
contact information of each additional presenter included.
All proposals will go
through a thorough review process with a volunteer Review Committee made up of
NOMMA may record
(audio, video of presentation slides, video of speakers, or any combination of
these) presentations to share with its members via the internet and through
other means. Presenters may opt out of sharing/recording their presentation.
NOMMA does not pay per
diem, honoraria, or expenses for presenters. NOMMA will offer a discount on full
registration packages and details will be outlined in the speaker agreement. Where
possible, NOMMA will help you gain added value through marketing, social media,
and our various show publications.
AUDIO/VISUAL REQUIREMENTS FOR VIRTUAL EVENTS
NOMMA uses GoToWebinar
as its webinar platform.
NOMMA staff will
provide training and a technical run-through prior to the actual webinar.
To minimize lag and
buffering, NOMMA recommends minimizing other activity on your network during
your presentation and downloading any incorporated video or other media rather
AUDIO/VISUAL REQUIREMENTS FOR IN-PERSON EVENTS
Presenters to provide
computer and/or mobile device, appropriate cable (HDMI preferred) to connect
your device to our video/audio projection system, and any software required for
All presentation rooms
will be set as theater or classroom style. A podium and head table is standard
in each room. Additionally, the following AV equipment will be set in each
(1) LCD projector & screen
wireless presentation remote
(1) podium microphone
(1) table-top microphone for panelists
NOMMA will not provide
internet access to presenters. The Music City Center in Nashville provides free wireless internet in the meeting space that is designed for typical web surfing and checking emails. It
is highly recommended to download any media included in your presentation instead of streaming.
requests will be considered at the discretion of the Conference Program Manager
and the availability of such resources. Conference management will have a small
number of adapter components available for your presentation device. If you
have a unique adapter for your presentation device, please plan to provide your
Event is promoted in
printed brochures; in Attendee Brochure and Fabricator Magazine, and in Newswire
e-newsletter; and via emails to the METALfab subscribers, attendees
and members. Additional event advertising and editorial is placed in related
HOW TO SUBMIT
NOMMA uses the descriptions and wording you provide in your
application to promote your session in marketing materials, programs, and
social media, so please be sure to answer the questions completely and
The deadline to submit is Friday, July 31, 2020. Please complete
the submission form to provide your information and proposed topic details for
consideration, which will include the following:
Presenter bio focused
on qualifications to present this information, including previous conference
Links to sample video
presentation(s) if available.
intended audience, topic/track category, type and length.
title (15-word limit).
Concise, clear and
jargon-free description of the theme/purpose of presentation (75-word limit). Your description is the primary marketing tool for your presentation. It should be directed
toward your intended audience and clearly state the benefits of attending.
A minimum of 3
performance-based learning objectives.
to submit is Friday, July 31, 2020.
Submissions that do not include all of the above criteria will
not be considered.
/ EVALUATION CRITERIA
All presentations are peer-reviewed by NOMMA members. Reviewers
will consider the following:
Does the topic address
a contemporary industry issue?
Can the presented
information apply to different-sized businesses and a diverse audience?
Is the topic unique
and information not available through other sources?
Is the presentation
description clear and concise? Can attendees easily tell what to expect by
Are the learning
objectives clear and can be met in the allotted time?
Does the presentation
support NOMMA’s high standards and reputation for the best conference
Are the proposed
speakers qualified to instruct the presentation topic?
If the presentation is
focused on a specific audience, is there a proposed speaker from that audience?
For example, is it an attorney speaking in a legal presentation or business
owner speaking at a business owner level presentation? The audience wants to
learn from its peers and gain first-hand knowledge from those who have experienced
the material or information presented.
NOMMA does not allow
the promotion of products and services during educational presentations.
Speakers can talk about products and services that have been used to solve a
problem or address the presentation topic. Whenever possible, presenters should
suggest alternative products and services as well.
Reviewers evaluate the submissions based upon
quality and criteria noted above. Top recommendations will then be evaluated by
NOMMA leadership to ensure the entire educational program is well-balanced.
Your proposal is valued and will be carefully considered by our
review committee. Decisions will be made and communicated to all METALfab submitters
no later than September 2020. Webinar submitters will be notified on a rolling
basis. We appreciate all submissions and if you are not selected for these upcoming programs, we welcome you to submit again for the following year.