Speaker Kit


We look forward to your presentation at the Smart Industry 2018 conference.  Please review the important information below.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Lauren Carroll, Event Director, at lcarroll@putman.net / 216-235-4058.

Speaker Agreement

Please sign and return the speaker agreement to lcarroll@putman.net.  Click here to download agreement


As a conference speaker, you receive complimentary registration for the entire Smart Industry Conference. Click here to register your passSelect ‘Speaker’ as the registration type and enter ’18SPK’ into the discount code field to eliminate the fee.

If you have colleagues or clients that would like to attend, we are pleased to offer them $200 off their registration.  Simply pass along the discount code: SPKREF.

Audio Visuals

Breakout sessions:  Your presentation will be downloaded onto the session room laptop located at the podium.  You will be equipped with a remote slide advancer, wireless lavaliere microphone, and timer.

Plenary sessions:  Your presentation will be downloaded onto the laptop at the back of the room at the audio-visual company’s table.  You will be equipped with a confidence monitor set stage-level to see your slides, a remote slide advancer, wireless lavaliere microphone, and timer.


The event is being held at the Loews Chicago O’Hare, 5300 N. River RoadRosemontIllinois60018.  Please visit our Venue & Travel page for additional information.

Be sure to book your room early! Smart Industry 2018 has a limited number of rooms at a discounted rate of $219/night + taxes and includes complimentary wi-fi. To make a reservation, simply click here.  Reservations will be available until August 27, 2018 or until the block is sold out, whichever comes first.

Event Promotion

We’d like to pique conference attendee interest and celebrate your thought leadership by producing collateral that previews your presentation. We will use this collateral on SmartIndustry.com and across our social channels in the months leading up to the event. Smart Industry Content Director Chris McNamara (cmcnamara@putman.net) will be in touch to discuss creating a blog post, an article, a Q&A, a short video or something as simple as a quote/graphic. Please feel free to reach out to Chris with your own ideas, as well. 

Easy click-and-share social media posts

Let everyone know you are presenting at Smart Industry 2018 and pass along a $200 discount.  Simply click on these links below to post to your social networks.

  Looking forward to presenting

  Join me at Smart Industry 2018

Presentation Due Date:  September 17, 2018

Please send to lcarroll@putman.net in PowerPoint file format on the event template.

Download PPT Template


  • Your company logo, if needed, can be used on the first and last slides.
  • Do not use a lot of text, especially if it’s a repeat of what you’re saying out loud. It’s hard for the audience to split attention between what they are reading and what they are hearing.  Text should preferably be at least 28-32 point, but no less than 24 point.
  • Use clear and legible graphics, charts and graphs. You don’t want the audience to have to squint to decipher important statistics, numbers, etc.
  • Videos can help engage your audience.  If you choose to include them, shorter (smaller file size) are best.  Set them to play on click, rather than autoplay.  We request that you include the files with your PPT file so that we may test them ahead of time.

Download PPT Template