Call for Speakers


SDW 2017 Call for Speakers


The deadline for submissions has now passed, however, if you have a noteworthy proposal we would still be pleased to hear from you

Share your experience and knowledge with government and industry colleagues at the premier event in the secure document and government identity calendar - SDW 2017.

We would be very pleased to hear from you if you feel you have the expertise and experience to join us on stage to discuss next-generation government identity and secure document solutions and their application in an increasingly uncertain world.

To submit a speech proposal, please download the application form and send it to Conference Chair, Mark Lockie, by 13 January 2017.





A note from Conference co-Chairs, Mark Lockie and Matthew Finn

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Mark Lockie
Event Director, and Managing Director of Science Media Partners

Matthew Finn
Managing Director, AUGMENTIQ

As SDW enters its second decade, it’s a fitting time to take a step back: examine how we arrived at where we are today; consider where we are going; and jointly assess what’s needed in the future to address challenges in government-issued identity.

The SDW 2017 conference will bring together senior government officials and leading industry experts in a series of discussions and debates designed to provide an informative, and thought-provoking view of the industry.

Organised over three days, the conference will focus on:

  • How did we get here? – What are the origins of government-issued identity and breeder documents; and what long-term issues have shaped the way we design and manufacture secure documents and associated identity architecture?
  • What does here look like? – How have standards and best practices evolved; and what is currently shaping the latest thinking?
  • Where do we go from here? – What does the future hold and what case studies demonstrate how and where innovation will enhance the integrity of document security and identity management?

We are particularly keen to ensure the final day of conference provides a rich, in-depth look at future trends and a series of compelling case studies that illustrate the value innovation – both in terms of technology and thinking – can bring to deliver powerful improvements to the way we approach the design, manufacture and implementation of document security and identity management programmes all around the world.

SDW 2017 is already shaping up for another successful year.  We look forward to providing you with a platform to share your ideas and bring the absolute latest thinking into the light. 

Kind regards,

Mark and Matthew

The main themes for SDW 2017 will be:

  • Views from the top (Board-level applicants only for this high-profile session focusing on industry trends and predictions)
  • Regional Spotlight: Africa (a special series of government identity-focused sessions, which will build on SDW’s new Virtual Conference, #TalkID - Identity opportunities in Africa)
  • Project in focus: Grand designs (Present a ground-breaking document design or identity system case history from concept to delivery.)
  • The SDW Fishbowl – Leveraging mobile and digital ID platforms
  • DocEx 2017 – Knowledge exchange for secure document designers, examination experts and issuance authorities (Government-only applicants)
  • Entry/Exit: Stronger, smarter borders for a changing world
  • Taking travel document security to the next level
  • Disrupting manufacture, theft and use of fraudulent documents
  • Building trust in the lifecycle of identity
  • The future of secure document design
  • On the front line: Enhanced identity verification techniques
  • Biometrics: Effective solutions, responsible use
  • eID: Past, present, future

We particularly encourage those at senior executive level, those at the forefront of research and development, market analysts, working group members, and end users/governments that have (or are currently implementing) a cutting-edge case history.

Please note that we strongly encourage submissions from the international community, but contributions must be submitted in English, and if accepted, speakers must have a good command of the English language.

Successful contributions will be evaluated on the basis of relevance, content, originality and expertise/experience of the speaker.

Any company/product promotional presentation will be rejected.

Science Media Partners believes passionately in equality, regardless of gender or race. We believe there is too little diversity at most conferences we attend, and pledge to try and do something positive to redress the balance. We also applaud the action taken by the UK’s Government Digital Service, which we see as progressive and impactful.

Although this will not be easy in the security and identity sector, we will be attempting to improve our diversity in the future. As such, we encourage companies thinking about sending a representative to speak or participate at our events to consider our pledge, and support our initiative.


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