2019-09 Arlington FoMGL Speaker FAQs

2019-09 Arlington FoMGL Speaker FAQs

Who are the points of contacts for this event?

Who will be at the Symposium?

You can see the list of symposium participants at www.gbaglobal.org/fomgl-participants  and please promote this link on social media and to your network of contacts.


All conference speakers are invited to be interviewed as part of the GBA podcast series, the Future of Money, governance & the Law. We will use these podcasts to promote the speakers, GBA members, and future GBA events. Speakers wishing to be interviewed must sign up and sign the release at www.podtechs.com/gba

What is the general concept of the event?

  • This is a symposium. It is intended to be interactive. On Saturday, we will all be together. There are five tracks with five room-moderators (track leaders). The tracks are:
      • Adoption, Accounting & Global Banking
      • Protecting Property, People & Communities
      • Service Delivery, Interoperability, and Integrity
      • National Security & Competitiveness
      • Preparing for the Future
  • On Saturday, the track leaders will give a brief talk that describes the tracks and promotes the speakers and topics for each track. On Sunday morning we will be meeting in our five break-out tracks. On Sunday afternoon, the Track leaders will brief the whole symposium on the takeaways from each of the tracks.
  • The information will be recorded and be used to develop a report called “The Government Blockchain Association’s Report on the Future of Money, Governance & the Law. All participants will be given credit in the report.
  • We will also be looking to work with a television production company to turn the report into a video program that will be televised on a major news network.
  • Information about the speakers and the event will be recorded via podcasts and distributed before and after the event.

I understand that there are five tracks. If I am speaking in one of the tracks, what kind of attendance can I expect?

  • We are shooting for about 300 attendees on-site attendees. Since this is our first event of this nature, we are doing our best to have accurate estimates. We currently have people from these organizations that have committed to attend –> FoMGL Participants and we have had much more express verbal enthusiasm about the event. We expect these participants to grow exponentially.
  • Each track will have a camera and recording devices. Your presentations will be live-streamed to virtual conference attendees around the globe. It will also be recorded so that all conference attendees will be able to view all of the presentations in all of the tracks. This way, you will have a smaller number of people specifically interested in your topic. Your information will also be available to all conference attendee inside and outside of the physical room.

What are the facilities like?

  • On Saturday, we will have a large multipurpose room available to us with a capacity of about 300 people. We plan to build time into the schedule to allow for networking. We also plan to provide tools for participants to connect, communicate, and collaborate before, during and after the event.
  • On Sunday, we will have six large classrooms and networking spaces available for presentations, demonstrations and networking activities. We also have two additional rooms that we can use for speaker prep and logistics. At 3:00 PM, we will gather in the large auditorium and we have that space available until 6:00 PM.
  • Lunch will be catered by George Mason University

Where can I find the latest draft of the schedule?

Where is the venue, and what hotels are nearby?

  • The venue is at 3351 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22201
  • You can see a list of nearby hotels here –>https://bit.ly/31H8KPQ
  • The location is right near the metro station (orange line) and there are many hotels nearby and a quick metro ride away.
  • You can find a map of the metro stations at www.wmata.com

What are the expectations of the speakers?

Prior to the event

    • Please log into the GBA website and ensure that your profile is complete, correct as soon as possible. If you have any difficulties with logging in and updating your profile, please send an email to support@GBAglobal.freshdesk.com.
    • Please review the Draft Conference Schedule and confirm your availability and suitability for the assigned tracks/topics to Jason Harris NLT August 21, 2019
    • We would like to ask each speaker to promote the event via social media, utilizing this link –> www.gbaglobal.org/event/symposium-the-future-of-money-governance-the-law, Speakers that promote the event will receive a complimentary registration for a guest. Just post your promotional link and send an email to support@GBAglobal.freshdesk.com and you will receive a coupon code for a free ticket that you can give out to anyone you like. Also, please feel free to distribute the discount code “FMGL20” for %20 off of the non-GBA member ticket. This code is valid until the end of August.
    • If you have not already registered for the event, please register at the event page by using the coupon code “Speaker”.
    • If you are scheduled to speak with someone else during a time-slot, please coordinate with them directly and discuss your approach for the topic. If you have any questions or comments, please review and discuss your ideas with your track moderators. You can find the contact information for each speaker on the “Master List” tab of the Draft Conference Schedule.

Program Preparation (We need each speaker to write a brief blog about their topic)

    • We need each speaker to write a brief paragraph that will describe their talk and will be printed on the event program. We are asking each speaker to capture it on a GBA blog and asking each speaker to promote it. Please use a format similar to this one:
      • The GBA Symposium on the Future of Money, Governance & the Law will include a discussion about [Topic]. As part of that, we will be discussing … [Information that will be documented in the printed program available online and to conference attendees]. Then please feel free to add any additional information you like to go further in-depth if you like. The first paragraph of the description will be transferred to the printed program.
      • Please use the following tags for your post (you can add as many categories and tags as you like, but at a minimum, please include the tags listed below.
    • Keynote Speakers

    • Sunday Speakers

To write a blog, just log into your GBA website account and go to my account\professional member dashborad \ submit blog and make sure that you select the appropriate tag (from the list above). You can add any additional categories and tags also. Once submitted, it will be reviewed by our admin and copy editor. Then it will be posted on the GBA website. If you would like to add an image to your post, please email it to support@GBAglobal.freshdesk.com and we will add the image. Once it is loaded, you can promote it on as many platforms and channels that you like.

This content will be consolidated with our FoMGL events globally and will be used for the GBA’s Annual Report on the Future of Money, Governance & the Law. GBA member symposium participants will be acknowledged as contributors to the report

    • If you plan on presenting a powerpoint presentation, or have any unique audiovisual needs, please forward it to Jason Harris NLT August 31, 2019.

During the event

    • Each room will have a designated timekeeper. They will have flashcards to visually communicate to the speakers how much time they have left. We will ask each speaker to wrap up their discussions approximately five minutes before the scheduled end of their session. That will allow time to transition for the next speaker so that they can start on-time.

After the event

    • TBD


We will post additional information as it becomes available.