BuildingEnergy Boston 2020 Speaker FAQs

Planning for the Conference

Who will my audience be?
BuildingEnergy Boston is attended by the NESEA community, a group of professionals and practitioners who:

  • prefer rich data and proven results
  • seek innovative materials and ideas
  • prefer discussion and interactivity over lecture
  • are eager to learn from mistakes as well as success stories

People attending your session may include architects, builders, building owners, building operators, designers, engineers, installers, lenders and financiers, policy professionals, property managers, and sustainability officers, ranging from emerging professionals to heralded experts.

How should I plan my presentation?
Your session’s curator will schedule a conference call to discuss with you (and other speakers in your session) your session’s format and content. We encourage active-learning formats that move beyond slide-lectures.

Do I need to submit my slides in advance?
If your session has more than one speaker, your session’s Curator or Moderator will ask for your presentation before the conference to combine everyone’s into one smooth show. Otherwise, you do not have to submit your slides to NESEA before the conference.

Can I include videos in my presentation?

Speaker Benefits

Do I get free registration for speaking?
Yes. We offer a sliding scale for speakers (you decide what you and your company can afford) to help us keep the conference affordable for all. You will receive an email with a detailed set of instructions on how to register yourself.

Will I be able to attend other conference sessions?
Yes. As a speaker, you may attend all conference sessions and networking events for the days you are registered for as well as the Methods & Materials showcase on Wednesday, August 12.

What about evaluations?
We will be collecting feedback from attendees both during and after the event and will do our best to share this feedback with you after the conference.

Do you expect anything else from me besides showing up to speak?
We want your BuildingEnergy Boston conference session to be a phenomenal success, so we expect you to participate in at least one conference call to coordinate with your session’s Curator and the other speakers. We also encourage you to spread the word about your presence at the conference. You will find marketing language and images in our Media Kit (coming soon). You can also contact Jenny Goldberg at for additional assistance in promoting your session.

Will you record my session?
Yes. All conference sessions will be recorded. All attendees will have access to all session recordings for a full 365 days after the event.

Need more information?
For questions about your session’s content or format, contact your session’s Curator. For questions about logistics or registration, contact Conference Manager Susan Farber at or (413) 774-6051 ext. 17.