Our 2021 Call for Speakers is now closed and we're no longer accepting session proposals via WeReview (our submission and review platform).

The following information on this page is for reference only

We recommend all submitters read the guidance below, especially if this is your first time submitting a session to one of our conferences. The Submitter Information is full of helpful details to get you started. It contains advice on the kind of sessions we look for, as well as information on our review process and speaker terms. It has been adapted for our online conferences.

If you need to contact us about your session proposal, you are welcome to do so via the details on our contact page

SDinGov is a practical public sector service design conference that allows participants to connect and learn from their peers and leaders in the industry. Participants will include Government employees, consultants and design agencies.

The event is aimed primarily at professionals who either manage, design or develop public services including within:

  • central & local government
  • the 3rd sector, Arts
  • Education sector services
  • Health sector services
  • Emergency sector services
  • civic technologies

Even though the focus is on the public sector we welcome participants using service design in business too.

The event will run in the London timezone - however we welcome professionals from anywhere in the world. 

The conference is looking to attract the very best service design speakers and practitioners working in this space.

We are looking for a mixture of inspiring speakers, engaging tutorials, live sessions, interactive group sessions, speaker discussions with Q&A - participants should be encouraged to tackle new, challenging ideas, and share their knowledge with others.

We are committed to improving participant and speaker inclusivity and creating a safe space for everyone to enjoy. All participants must adhere to our Code of Conduct.

We endeavour to ensure participants can connect, network and learn from their industry peers in a positive environment. 


Service Design in Government has previously attracted people with the following roles:

  • Service Designer
  • User Researcher
  • Content Designer
  • Developer
  • Head of Service Design and Innovation
  • Delivery Manager
  • Head of Product
  • Project Manager
  • Director
  • UX Designer

Speaker Terms

Session reviews

After the deadline closes, our selection panel will review all submissions anonymously. The review process usually takes between 2 - 4 weeks depending on the volume of submissions. We’ll contact both successful and unsuccessful candidates within the review period.

Data policy

We need to hold information you provide on computer databases for administrative purposes. Summary information, which could include contact data, will be published for all session leaders.

Information about participants will be made available to organisations involved in administering, organising or supporting the event and this may include organisations outside the EC.


The organisers are not responsible for the views or opinions expressed by speakers, sponsors or other participants.


Inclusion of a session in the programme will be at the sole discretion of the conference organisers. By agreeing to have your session included in the programme you agree to participate in the conference and in all pre-conference quality control activities as deemed necessary by the conference organisers. You also agree to promote your session and involvement in the build up to the event. We will provide a range of assets to support any promotional efforts.

The organisers reserve the right to remove a session from the programme at any time. Speakers will no longer be eligible for free entry to the conference and so will have to pay the current non-speaker rate if they wish to participate in the conference.

The organisers will not be responsible for payment of any kind on behalf of the speaker in this event.

Session Types

We're happy for you to present a session about your experiences or something you've done, but we also strongly encourage interactive sessions that generate conversation with the audience, group discussion or hands-on experiences.

Case Study

A presentation and discussion of real-life (not theoretical) experiences of the application (or mis-application) of relevant techniques. Case studies include some discussion of lessons learned and an indication of how novel the work is.


A presentation & discussion of a specific topic or issue. Talks do not have to include sharing of real-life examples or experiences.


A (virtual) hands-on working session focused around a specific topic, tool, technique or issue. Primarily led by the speaker, workshops usually include some elements of interactivity or individual/group exercises. These are usually best suited to a “Zoom meeting” format. Please indicate if you need to cap numbers.


A more informal session e.g goldfish bowl, library, lean coffee or something else that allows the participants to bring thoughts, ideas, questions and problems on a topic that you facilitate.

Be sure to indicate which type of discussion you propose when submitting and if you need to cap numbers.

Live, Hybrid or Recorded

Delivery of your session can be made in one of the following ways:

Live: Livestream on the day, please note you’ll need to be available 1 hour prior to the scheduled start of your session.

Hybrid: You will need to pre-record your session & be present to stream the recording on the day (via Zoom). This will enable you to welcome the participants & take live questions throughout the session. Please note you’ll need to be available 1 hour prior to the scheduled start of your session.

Pre-recorded: You will pre-record your session & send it to us a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the event. You will not be speaking live on the day but should be available in the virtual social channels e.g slack, for discussion with participants during the time your session is scheduled.

Speaker support


We have a limited number of free speaker tickets available for our events - as we have to cover speaker costs with the income from tickets. We allocate these tickets in relation to session duration as below.

  • For 30 minute sessions, only the first named speaker pays no conference fees. Additional speakers must purchase a special low cost ticket.
  • For 45 or 60 minute sessions, only the first two named speaker pays no conference fees. Additional speakers must purchase a special low cost ticket.
  • For 90 or 120 minute sessions, only the first three named speakers will pay no conference fees. Additional speakers must purchase a special low cost ticket.

If you would like more detail or have any specific requests, please contact us


In appreciation of your time, we offer a one time expense of £100 (GBP) per session (not per speaker). Please indicate. on the submission form, if you would like to take this expense. Choosing whether or not to claim expenses is mandatory.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept requests for additional financial support after you have agreed that amount and we cannot pay expenses that we haven’t agreed to pay in advance of the event.

We want to support all our speakers, so please let us know if you require more information.