What does a Stage Reviewer do?

The ultimate responsibility of the reviewer is to help the Stage Producers put together a fantastic program for the stage. Every reviewer should try to improve the quality and experience of the stage.

  • They provide feedback to the speakers and engage in a conversation with them via the submission system.
  • They work with other reviewers (program committee) to ensure consistency and integrity of topics at the stage. 
  • They market the stage and attract good proposals. They evangelize the stage in their circle of influence (companies, friends, social groups, etc.)
  • They are passionate about the subject of the stage and they help to push the envelope by advancing the state of art in the given domain or body of knowledge. 
  • They review proposals, evaluate the relevance, usefulness and feasibility of the proposals plus the speakers, provide feedback that motivates and help the speakers prepare the proposal for a possible inclusion in the conference. 

Best reviewers are fair, impartial and inclusive. They mentor the speakers to structure the proposals better. They go an extra mile to give specific feedback to speakers to improve the quality of their proposal.

Good reviewers move emphasis away from just accept/reject to converse and improve.

Reviewers can also suggest an alternative stage to the speakers if their proposal is not inline with the vision of the stage.

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About Naresh Jain

Naresh Jain is an internationally recognized Technology & Product Development Expert. Over the last decade, he has helped streamline the product development practices at many Fortune 500 companies like Google, Amazon, HP, Siemens Medical, GE Energy, Schlumberger, EMC, CA Technologies, to name a few clients. These days, he is more focused on engineering excellence and product innovation. In a nutshell, hire him as a consultant/mentor, if your entire organization wants to move beyond the Agile and Lean mindset. Naresh is leading two tech-startups, which build tablet-based adaptive educational apps for kids, conference management software and social-media search tool. His startups are trying to figure out the secret sauce for blending gamification and social learning using the latest gadgets. Naresh founded the Agile Software community of India, a registered non-profit society to evangelize Agile, Lean and other Light-weight Software Development methods in India. Naresh is responsible for conceptualizing, creating and organizing 50+ Software conferences worldwide.