Please consider the following criteria before submitting a proposal:
- The proposal should focus on new technology or novel applications of existing technology.
- The product/device/technique/application to be discussed must be intended for FDA approval within 1-3 years from the time of presentation.
- The proposal must not be promotional.
- The proposal must include details about the intended patient (or learner) population, as well as what the audience will learn.
- If accepted, the presentation must be 5-15 minutes in duration; however, the Tech-Con Task Force reserves the right to modify this timing based on program needs and content.
- The presenter must be fluent in English (presentations will be in English).
Who can submit a proposal?
Anyone with an interest in cardiothoracic surgery, including industry representatives, surgeons, allied health professionals, and academics.
Important: Please note that you must complete your submission in one sitting; you will not be able to save it in draft status. Do not submit your proposal more than once. Please be sure that you have the following information ready before you begin:
- Proposal submitter’s information
- Presentation title
- A draft of your presentation slides (via PowerPoint or PDF)
- Practice gaps (the difference between current practice and anticipated performance; this may include the difference between actual and ideal patient outcomes)
- Target audience
- Speaker information
If you have any questions, please contact STS Education staff.
If you are submitting your proposal for the “Shark Tank” style session, in which innovators have 5 minutes to pitch a product idea to a panel of judges, you also must provide:
- Background information that describes a need for the invention/technique
- Intellectual property pathway
- Product development/testing
- Implications/market analysis
- The specific part of your project for which you seek funding (e.g., animal lab portion, prototyping, experimentation, market analysis) and the requested funding level