September 24-26, 2018
Music City Center
Nashville, Tennessee

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API Strategy & Practice Conference 2018 Speaker Guide

Thank you for speaking at API Strategy & Practice, taking place September 24–26, at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN.

This is your official event speaker guide.  Please continue to check back as the event gets closer as we will be adding additional speaker information, such as onsite details, as they are available. If you have any questions, please email Nanci.

Please click through the tabs on this page to access information.

Important Dates & Deadlines


Speaker Registration Deadline: Monday, July 30, 2018

Upload Bio + Headshot to Monday, August 6, 2018

Technical Requirements: Monday, August 27, 2018

Presentation Due Date: Monday, August 27, 2018

Event Dates: September 24–26, 2018



Primary Speakers

To confirm that you will be presenting, please register as a speaker by Monday, July 30. Please select the Speaker Registration option and use the access code: API18SPK. If you are not registered by July 30, there is a possibility that your speaking slot will be replaced by one on our waiting list, so please register promptly.


In the instance that your submission has a co-speaker, the co-speaker should register using the same access code: API18SPK.


For panel discussions, all panelists will receive a complimentary event pass and should use the access code: API18SPK.


Visa Requests

If you’re not a U.S. resident, we recommend that you check with your local government for information on required documents and arrangements you’ll need for travel to Nashville. If you need a letter to accompany your visa application confirming your attendance at API Strategy & Practice, request it here.

Venue Location


This year’s event will take place at Music City Center.

Music City Center
201 Fifth Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203

Hotel Accommodations


We have negotiated a discounted room rate of USD$259/night (excluding taxes and fees) at Holston House, 0.3 miles from the conference venue. Rooms must be reserved prior to August 31, 2018 and may sell out prior.

For more information related to the conference venue, hotel and transportation, check out the API Strategy & Practice Hotel + Travel page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Nashville!

Schedule & Creating Your Speaker Profile


The schedule will be announced Friday, July 13, and will be posted on our website using You will receive an email directly from asking you to create your account, which will be your speaker profile. Please make sure you upload your bio and photo by Monday, August 6, as this will be attached to your session online.

Please note that all track sessions are twenty (20) minutes and if you have a conflict with the timing of your talk or are having problems uploading your bio and photo, please contact Nanci Lancaster.


due by Monday, August 27

All speakers are required to submit their final presentation slides ahead of the event. In addition to providing a hard copy for accessibility purposes, we find that adding the presentations before the event helps to drive interest towards attending the session.

Please note that your presentation slides should be submitted in PDF-format to by Monday, August 27. Presentations must be formatted in 16:9.

If you would like to use the APIStrat powerpoint template for your presentation, you can download it here. (Please note it is not required to use the APIStrat template.)

To upload slides:

  • Log into your API Strategy & Practice speaker profile through or via the mobile app
  • On the top of the page, click “Manage and Promote Your Session”
  • Click “Add Presentation”
  • Click in the “Select a File” box and add the pdf document (note: there is a 50MB size limit)
  • Click “Upload” and your slides will automatically be saved

Promote Your Talk


We want to thank you for submitting a proposal and we appreciate you spreading the word about the event and your presentation on Twitter with #apistrat. Find some sample tweets below to share on your social channels!

Proud to be chosen as a speaker for #apistrat! Visit “link to your session”  to learn about my talk!

Thrilled to announce I’ll be presenting at #apistrat 2018! Visit to see the full schedule.

Just learned my talk “Session Name”  was accepted! See you all in Nashville at #apistrat: “link to your session”

Can’t wait to speak at #apistrat in Nashville – visit to see the full lineup!

Code of Conduct


Please read and abide by our code of conduct, which can be found here. We ask that speakers especially review this code of conduct and are inclusive in the words and images used during their presentation.

Technical Requirements

due by Monday, August 27


The session room will include a screen, projector, and (2) wireless microphones. During individual sessions a second mic will be used for questions, so be sure to leave time at the end of your talk. All speakers will need to supply their own computer and any necessary adaptors to use during their sessions.

NOTE: The projectors have both VGA and HDMI capabilities/outputs and can accommodate either. If you require any additional AV, please email Nanci with those needs by Monday, August 27.

Inclusive Speaker Orientation Online Course


The Linux Foundation, in collaboration with the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT), has created an online course designed to teach the viewer about inclusion, diversity and unconscious bias. It is strongly recommended that all of our speakers watch the course to learn tips/tools to use when speaking to encourage inclusivity in presentations and messaging.

Click here for the course. 

Do you have questions?
Please contact Nanci Lancaster,

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