Call for Proposals

Open Call for Proposals

The 2024 Call for Proposals is now open and accepting applications through Tuesday, Oct. 3.

We invite industry professionals and subject matter experts to submit their session proposals for this year’s Conference to help inspire actionable changes as we work toward our shared goal of reducing damages by 50% over the next five years. Sessions will be held in a variety of formats to fit the session topic, including Outcome Focused Presentations, Moderated Debate/Roundtable Discussions, Panels and the CGA Engage Stage.

Key topic areas that are of interest to CGA members and Conference attendees include:

  • Eliminating inefficiencies in the damage prevention system
  • Enforcement, exemptions and other safe digging law impacts
  • Strategies to aid in the 50 in 5 initiative
  • Technological advancements, including mapping, GIS and AI
  • Outreach and education efforts to drive public awareness among excavators
  • Progress and effectiveness measurement tools
  • Reducing overnotification to streamline the 811 system
  • Exploring new frontiers in stakeholder engagement
The CGA call for proposals opens Thursday, August 17th and closes Tuesday, October 3rd.

Types of Presentations

Types of presentations include but are not limited to:
  • Case studies highlighting progress on reaching the CGA 50 in 5 goal
  • Effective new concepts for damage prevention
  • Industry trends issues and concerns
  • Emergency technologies
  • Interactive and educational sessions that provide participants with hands on learning opportunities, skill development, or in-depth training on a specific topic.
  • Panel discussion featuring a group of experts who engage in a moderated conversation, debate or discussion on the specific theme or issue such as 50 in 5, Next Practices, etc.

Submission Guidelines

Submitters are encouraged to follow these guidelines:

  • Proposals must be submitted by the deadline and fully complete. You are encouraged to submit a new presentation that has not been previously presented.
  • Presentations that are technical in nature are welcome, but those emphasizing practical real world needs of contractors, owners’ engineers and damage prevention professionals are preferred.
  • Proposals from damage prevention professionals rather than vendor only sessions are strongly preferred.
  • A committee comprised of CGA committee Co-chairs along with CGA leadership and the Conference Advisory Panel will be responsible for reviewing abstracts and selecting those to be included in the final program.

For questions please email Notifications of accepted sessions will be sent by the end of year.