Call for Proposals Now Open!
We are currently accepting case studies, speakers and breakout session submissions that will explore leading developments, best practices, and the future of electric, shared, and smart mobility. The program will be focused on the four conference tracks, Vehicles, Charging, Impact and Cutting Edge.
Deadline extended until November 18th.
Areas of Interest
We are particularly interested in leading developments, case studies, best practices and emerging questions that will shape the future of electric, shared, connected and autonomous mobility. The conference program will be divided into four programming tracks: vehicles, charging, impact and cutting edge. The following list of questions are meant as a starting point, we welcome your creative ideas.
The Vehicles Track will focus on the rapid electrification of cars, trucks, buses and other vehicles, as well as new forms of shared, autonomous and micromobility.
● How can automakers, dealers, government agencies, utilities, and NGOs work together more effectively to expand electric vehicle markets? What strategies are the most effective in accelerating EV purchases?
● How do we address vehicle inventory shortages? What needs be done to boost supply, and how do we make the most of what we have through programs like car share and other rental models?
● What will it take to rapidly scale electrification of freight, transit, and school buses? And how quickly will we see electrification of marine, rail, air and other modes?
● What are the opportunities for micromobility to meet more transportation needs?
The Charging Track will explore how to make charging faster and more accessible while maximizing benefits for the electrical grid.
● How can we utilize best practices to advance key charging use cases like workplace charging, corridor charging, and charging at multi-family homes?
● What are the most promising strategies for rapidly moving V2X to scale and maximizing the grid benefits of electric vehicles? What programs and pilots are the most successful to date, and what can we learn from them?
● What factors should be considered to enhance the charging user experience? What is being done to advance interoperability, open standards and network reliability? How can personal safety, accessibility, and functionality be centered?
● How is the influx of federal funding for charging being invested, and how is it changing the roles of utilities, charging companies, and public agencies?
The Impact Track will explore the broader ecosystem needed for the market to expand with an emphasis on equitable programs, policies and demonstration projects.
● How do we include historically underserved communities in designing, implementing and evaluating electric mobility solutions?
● What downsides of the electric transportation transition, such as gentrification and gas-powered vehicle disposal, should we be addressing?
● What are the next steps for city and state policy? How can these policies advance equitable electric mobility for communities of all socio-economic backgrounds, particularly historically underserved communities?
● What should the role of utilities beyond charging look like? How can utilities support smart transportation adoption and what are the most successful programs and policies?
● What does a robust electric transportation workforce look like? What are the gaps, needs and opportunities to support job development across all related sectors?
The Cutting Edge Track will feature presentations on the most important topics and emerging technologies in smart transportation.
● What’s new and transformative in zero emission transportation and fueling technology, design and engineering?
● What are the recent trends in the electric vehicle component supply chain? What do we need to do to build a domestic supply chain?
● What are the challenges to developing a sustainable and just domestic battery industry, from mining through recycling?
● What are the newest smart mobility use cases? What will we see in rural regions, agriculture, ports and more, and how can we support smart mobility adoption in these sectors and regions?
How to Submit
Please submit all proposals in our online submission portal. Only proposals submitted through is online form will receive full consideration.
Forth reserves the right to modify submissions, change the suggested format, and accept partial panel speaker suggestions in order to bring the most innovative and relevant content possible to our audience.
- Title 20 words maximum.
- Session Type: Presentation, Lightning Round, Interactive Workshop
- Abstract 500 words maximum; 100 word minimum
- Learning Objectives Please list a few lessons/insights the audience will take away from your proposed session and be able to use in their work.
- Speaker Details Including name(s), affiliation, professional title, email address & phone number, bio (100‐300 words), and 1-3 examples of speaking experience (event, presentation title, length, date, and audience size).
- Submitter’s Contact Information The "submitter" is the individual completing the online form, and who will be available to answer any logistical questions about the submission.
Forth requests that all proposals focus on educational outcomes, including sharing of best practices and tools, exploring ideas, proposing actionable steps, and summarizing projects and lessons learned. Presentations should not be a platform for business promotion. If a presentation relates to a specific business, product, technology, or project, the emphasis should be on the underlying research or innovation, with the objective of providing insight that attendees can apply to their own work.
Forth seeks diverse representation from different geographic regions and disciplines, as well as race and gender diversity, to ensure the program reflects the diversity of the field. We structure our panels with speakers who represent different sectors and perspectives to foster engaging discussions.
To ensure the diversity of speakers and perspectives, with few exceptions, we will not invite presenters to speak more than once nor will we invite more than two individuals from the same organization to join the program. We will prioritize speakers who have spoken fewer than three consecutive years on the Roadmap Conference program.
Selected speakers will be offered a deeply discounted $99 full conference registration rate and are encouraged to attend the full conference. A limited number of travel stipends for speakers representing community-based organizations will be available on a first-come-first serve basis, and Forth also offers the Mobility for All scholarship for conference attendees, which speakers may apply for.
The Roadmap Conference is known for its engaging, interactive approach and its rich content. We are interested in a range of session types, including:
- Presentation. Traditionally, most of Roadmap consists of thematic panels featuring 3-4 speakers and a moderator, with presentations of 10-20 minutes each and time for Q&A with the audience. We are always interested in new topical presentations or case studies highlighting interesting new findings or projects. This option is best for individual speaker submissions.
- Interactive workshop. Forth welcomes suggestions for hands-on, experiential learning sessions; let us know how you would structure such a session, what outcomes could be expected, and what you would require in terms of time or technology.
- Lightning round. These lively sessions will include “Ignite” style presentations of 5-6 minutes each.
- October 4, 2022 — Call for Proposals issued
- November 11, 2022 — Deadline for proposal submissions
- January 15, 2023 — Announcement of accepted proposals & sneak peek
- February 10, 2023 — Deadline to confirm participation with bio and headshot
- February 15, 2023 — Program launched online
- May 15 - 17, 2023 — Roadmap Conference, Portland Oregon
Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org