IACP Technology Conference

IACP Technology Conference


The 2021 IACP Technology Conference is scheduled to be held May 17-19, 2021.

*UPDATE* The Call for Presentations has been extended through January 8, 2021. Submit your workshop idea today!

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Important Dates:
11/3/20: Call for Presentations Opened
1/8/21: Call for Presentations Closes
February 2021: Registration Opens

The IACP held its first-ever virtual conference for the 2020 Technology Conference, attended by more than 400 law enforcement executives, front-line officers, and leading practitioners. Top-rated workshop topics included: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Video Analytics and Integration, Facial Recognition, and Public Safety Mobility. IACP hopes to see you in-person at the 2021 Technology Conference!

Please contact techconference@theIACP.org with any questions.


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Who Should Attend?

Law enforcement executives, IT managers, crime analysts, investigators, patrol officers, and state and local CIOs and CTOs seeking to obtain training, professional development, and a forum to share best practices and lessons learned on a broad array of current and emerging technologies.

Technology plays an increasingly important role in the daily work of officers on the street, equipping officers with tools that have the potential to increase safety, efficiency, and effectiveness. While these technological advancements have their benefits, they can also present new challenges for law enforcement.

Since 1977, the IACP Technology Conference has provided training, professional development, and a national forum for law enforcement executives, operational managers, and technology and research staff to share best practices and lessons learned on a broad array of new and emerging technologies.

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Call for Presentations

IACP conducts a Call for Presentations each year for its Technology Conference educational program. All completed submissions will be peer-reviewed and the 2021 educational program will be announced in January 2021.

Below are a series of frequently asked questions regarding the Call for Presentations process, review process, and speaking at IACPTech 2021.

Call for Presentations

Q: When does the Call for Presentations open for IACPTech 2021?
A: The Call for Presentations opened November 3, 2020. Visit the submission website to begin your proposal.

Q: What is the deadline to complete a submission?
A: The Call for Presentations will close January 8, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST. 

Q: What topic should I submit for consideration for IACPTech 2021?
A: The IACP is looking for a wide array of technology topics that are innovative, engaging, inspiring, and informative for law enforcement practitioners from around the world. The IACP’s goal is to offer relevant, timely education and training to help attendees do their jobs more effectively and make their agencies more successful. IACPTech attendees are interested in hearing after-action reports and best practices from agencies. First-hand perspectives provide insight. Proposals should address contemporary or emerging technology issues confronting the law enforcement profession and the leaders of law enforcement agencies worldwide.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Communications
  • Cyber Security & Ransomware
  • Data Storage & Management
  • Digital Evidence & Forensics
  • Geospatial-Enabled Policing
  • Information Sharing
  • Productivity-Improving Tech
  • Training & Development
  • Video Analytics & Integration
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Q: Can I promote any products or services during my presentation?
A: No, IACP does not allow the promotion of products and services during educational sessions. Our attendees expect high quality educational sessions that are not sales pitches. Submitter's are encouraged to include active law enforcement presenters in their proposals. Commercial based workshop submissions with no law enforcement representation will not be selected. 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.

Q: What information is required?
A: The following information is required in order to submit a presentation proposal and to be considered for IACPTech 2021:

  • Title of Presentation (100 characters)
  • Presentation Description (600 characters)
  • Methodology (300 characters)
  • x3 Learning Objectives (100 characters each)
  • Track/Topic
  • Speaker/Co-Speaker Information (Maximum 4 Presenters; Name, Agency/Organization, Title, Email)

Q: What should be in the Presentation Description?
A: Provide a bottom line up front description that encapsulates exactly what the presentation is about and what participants should expect to take away. This brief description is critical to catching the peer reviewers attention and will also serve as the conference program description.

Q: What should I write for the Methodology?
A: Methodology refers to how you will present the information (e.g., Power Point slides will be used to cover key points and create class discussion; video examples used to provide an understanding of the learning objectives; exercises to increase learning points in the presentation). Use this area to also explain how your information was formulated and your sources (e.g., case studies, interviews, research, personal experience).

Q: How should I explain my Learning Objectives?
A: Well-developed learning outcomes are participant-oriented, observable, and measurable. Describe the skills, knowledge, and/or learning outcomes participants will be able to demonstrate as a result of this activity. (For example: Upon completion, participants will be able to…) You should describe your learning outcomes using action verbs.

Q: What tracks can I submit a presentation proposal?
A: The IACPTech 2021 Educational Program has three tracks.

  • Executive
  • Operational/Analysis
  • Technical

Q: Can I submit my presentation to more than one track?
A: Presentations should only be submitted once. You can only choose one track and it should be the one that best categorizes your presentation.

Q: Can I choose more than one topic?
A: You can select up to three topics that best describe your presentation.

Q: If I submit multiple proposals, will it increase my chances of selection?
A: No, a well-constructed proposal on a contemporary law enforcement issue has a higher chance of selection over any quantity of lesser quality proposals.

Q: What happens if I do not have all the required information to complete my proposal?
A: You will have the ability to change, edit, or withdraw your presentation proposal up until the deadline. If you are missing a required piece of information, you can save your work and log back in at a later time to enter the information prior to the submission deadline. Please note: all proposals must be submitted in order to be considered. Any proposals left “Incomplete” will not be considered for IACPTech 2021.

Q: How can I be sure the information I type will not be lost?
A: All information should be created and saved as a word processing document (such as Microsoft Word) prior to beginning the online submission process. Information can then be pasted into the appropriate fields on the web. Click the ‘Save’ button at the bottom of each step to ensure the information is not lost.

Q: Do I have to submit my presentation proposal online?
A: Online submission of proposals is required.

Q: Do I have to provide an email address to submit online?
A: Yes, confirmation and notification will be done via email. Please use an email address you check regularly.

Q: How will I know if my proposal was submitted successfully?
A: Once you have finalized your submission, an email confirmation will be sent to you confirming receipt of the presentation proposal. Before you submit your proposal, please make sure all steps have been completed.

Review Process

Q: What is the review criteria for presentations?
A: All presentations are peer-reviewed by LEIT Section Leadership, subject matter experts, and IACP staff members. Reviewers will consider the following:

  • Does the topic address a contemporary law enforcement technology issue?
  • Can the presented information apply to different-sized agencies and a diverse audience?
  • Is the topic unique and information not available through other sources?
  • Is the course description clear and concise? Can attendees easily tell what to expect by reading it?
  • Are the learning objectives clear and can be met in the allotted time?
  • Does the presentation support IACP’s high standards and reputation for the best conference workshops?
  • Are the proposed speakers qualified to instruct the workshop topic?
  • If the presentation is focused on a specific audience, is there a proposed speaker from that audience? For example, is a computer forensics practitioner speaking in a Computer Forensics workshop or a law enforcement executive speaking at an executive level session? The audience wants to learn from its peers and gain first-hand knowledge from those who have experienced the material or information presented.

Q: How is the review process conducted?
A: Reviewers evaluate the submissions based upon quality and criteria noted above. Top recommendations will then be evaluated by IACP staff to ensure the entire educational program is well-balanced. The educational program will be announced in January 2021. All submitters of presentation proposals will be notified via email whether their presentation has been accepted or declined in January 2021.

Speaking at IACPTech 2021

Q: When do presentations take place?
A: Educational programming is conducted each day, Monday – Wednesday (May 17-19) of IACPTech 2021. Workshops begin as early as 8:00 a.m. and run throughout the day, ending as late as 4:00 p.m.

Submission of a proposal is a commitment that the speakers will be available to speak on any conference day and time as assigned by IACP staff. The IACP has limited options to accommodate speaker conflicts.

Q: If accepted, how much time will I be given to present?
A: Most workshops are either 60 or 90 minutes long. Tech Talk Theater sessions are 25 minutes and take place in a 50-seat theater on the floor of the exhibit hall. In the Call for Presentations you must select the length of your presentation. This is purely for planning purposes, and does not factor into selection of the proposal.

Q: When will I know if my presentation has been accepted for IACPTech 2021?
A: The submitter will receive notification from the Technology Conference Team in January 2021.

Q: If my proposal is accepted, will I receive any compensation for presenting at IACPTech 2021?
IACP does not pay speakers or reimburse for travel or hotel expenses.

Q: If my proposal is accepted, will I receive complimentary registration for IACPTech 2021?
A: Speakers will have the option of receiving a one-day complimentary registration for the day of their presentation or they can purchase full conference registration at a discounted rate.

Q: How are workshop rooms set up? What audio-visual equipment will be available for my presentation?
All workshop rooms will be set theater style to maximize seating. A podium and head table for four (4) is standard in each room for presenters. Additionally, the following AV equipment will be set in each room:

  • (1) computer at the podium
  • Audio connection from computer (to play DVD/video)
  • (1) wireless presentation mouse
  • (1) podium microphone
  • (1) table-top microphone for panelists
  • (1) wired audience microphone with stand for Q&A
  • (1) screen
  • (1) LCD projector

Any additional requests will be considered at the discretion of the Technology Conference Team and the availability of such resources.

Q: I have never presented at an IACP Conference before. What is expected of me?
A: IACP members invest a considerable amount of time and expense to attend the conference. For these reasons, IACP works hard to ensure each and every event at the conference realizes its full potential. Our members expect:

  • Presenters will prepare for their event prior to arrival.
  • Presenters have a significant knowledge and expertise of the subject area, and have sufficient presentation skills to effectively communicate.
  • Presenters will engage the audience. The greatest success you can have is to inspire your audience so they come out of the presentation buzzing with thoughts and ideas. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Engage your audience as quickly as possible.
  • Presenters will not engage in commercial presentations of their organization.
  • Presenters will be conscious of the time limitation of their presentation.
  • Presenters will not simply read directly from written statements.
  • Presenters understand that materials provided for an IACP event become the property of the IACP (for placement on www.theiacp.org or use in other educational activities of the association).

If you do not see your question answered above, please contact techconference@theiacp.org.

Exhibitors & Sponsors

Information about becoming an exhibitor or sponsor at the 2021 IACP Technology Conference will be added when it becomes available. Sign up for updates to be notified when new information is released.

For exhibitor inquiries, contact Gaye Dullaghan at dullaghan@theiacp.org or 703-647-7353. 

For sponsor inquiries, contact sponsorship@theiacp.org.

2020 IACP Technology Conference Sponsors



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