Calling transportation electrification thought leaders! Submit a proposal for the 2024 Roadmap Conference and join over 1,000 EV industry stakeholders in conversations centered on the most important topics in electric transportation. With over 100 speakers, 24 breakout sessions and inspirational keynotes, the Roadmap Conference is the best place to learn, network and make decisions that will shape the future of the industry.
- Share Insights: Present case studies, best practices and raise important issues to an audience of industry stakeholders
- Form Partnerships & Connections: Reach thought- and industry-leaders to chart the future of electric transportation
- Participate at a Discount: If selected as a speaker, enjoy the full Roadmap Conference at a deeply discounted speaker rate of just $99!
Forth will use the following criteria as a means for evaluating proposals. Please note the majority of our audience has knowledge of electric mobility and does not need introductory information.
- Innovative: Is this proposal covering a new program, project, policy or technology that industry stakeholders should know about?
- Relevant: Is this proposal covering a critical, practical and timely topic that is vital to industry growth?
- Equity: is this proposal directly or indirectly addressing barriers to access for historically underserved communities?
Areas of Interest
We are particularly interested in leading developments and emerging questions shaping the future of electric mobility. The conference program will be divided into four tracks: vehicles, charging, impact and cutting edge. The following questions are meant as a starting point - we welcome your creative ideas. Submitters must select one of the four tracks for their abstract submission.
The Vehicles Track will focus on the rapid electrification of cars, trucks, buses and other vehicles, as well as new forms of transportation including shared, autonomous and micromobility.
- How should stakeholders work together and adapt as the electric car market sees both record growth and occasional decline in demand?
- How do we scale the electrification of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (including freight, transit, school busses, construction, etc.) and what stakeholders need to be involved?
- What consumer engagement strategies are the most effective in accelerating electric light-duty and micromobilty adoption?
- How do we maximize the benefits of electrifying major fleets? What stakeholders need to be engaged and what best practices are emerging?
The Charging Track will explore how to make charging faster, more reliable and more accessible while maximizing benefits for the electrical grid.
- How are evolving charging standards and other developments improving the charging user experience?
- How are historic levels of federal funding for charging impacting the market? What best practices, solutions and challenges have emerged?
- How can we advance access to charging in key locations, particularly multi-family homes, in the public right-of-way, at workplaces and along major corridors?
- What are the most promising strategies for scaling managed charging and Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X), and how are we maximizing the grid benefits of electric vehicles?
The Impact Track will explore the broader ecosystem needed for the market to expand with an emphasis on equitable programs and policies.
- How do we support historically underserved communities in designing, implementing and benefiting from electric mobility solutions?
- How does transportation electrification intersect with public initiatives, reforms and investments, and who are the emerging stakeholders that need to be engaged?
- What are the gaps, needs and opportunities that can be addressed to support strong job development and maximize community benefits?
- What electric transportation programs and policies are being scaled by utilities, cities and states to advance equitable transportation electrification?
The Cutting Edge Track will feature presentations on the most innovative and emerging technologies, programs and use cases that will define the future of electric transportation.
- How are ports, construction and agriculture electrifying, and how can we support EV adoption in these and other emerging sectors like marine, rail and air?
- How are new developments in hydrogen fuel cells and other technologies impacting clean transportation?
- What do we need to do to build a stronger, more sustainable and more just domestic electric vehicle supply chain?
- What cutting edge programs and policies are revolutionizing the future of electric transportation? What regions around the world are demonstrating what the industry can look like in the next decade?
Please submit the following through our online submission form. Only proposals submitted through this online form will receive full consideration.
- 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.
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. The majority of breakout sessions consist 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. 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.
Note: Forth strongly prefers individual proposals over panel submissions.
Forth requests that all proposals focus on educational outcomes, including sharing best practices, addressing lessons learned and proposing actionable steps.
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.
Research findings should reflect data collected within the last 18 months and contribute to on-the-ground solutions.
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.
If the topic/content is specific to a geographic region, then presentations should highlight how it can be applied to other regions as well.
Selected speakers will be offered a deeply discounted full conference registration rate of $99 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.
Please submit all proposals in our online submission portal. Proposals not submitted through the online portal will not be considered.
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.
November 6, 2023 — Call for Proposals issued
December 15, 2023 — Deadline for proposal submissions
March 4, 2024 — Announcement of accepted proposals
April 1, 2024 — Deadline to confirm participation with bio and headshot
April 30, 2024 — Program launched online
September 24-26, 2024 — Forth Roadmap Conference - Detroit, Michigan