Call: North American Simulation And Gaming Association (NASAGA) 2019 Conference

Request for Presentation Proposals

Playful methods. Serious results.
Chicago, Illinois
November 6-9

Submission deadline: June 30, 2019

NASAGA has been around since 1962 and each year, the annual conference offers a grand time of learning, gaming, and networking. Whether it is the seriousness of serious play, or the epiphanies of short jolts, or the excitement of complex simulations, NASAGA has always been about applying games and simulations in business, schools, and non-profits. It’s all about application!

This year’s theme is: PLAY TO PERFORM: Using Games, Simulations, and other Activities to Improve Performance.

With three planned pre-conference sessions held on November 6, three thematic tracks for attendee learning, and three certification opportunities, this year’s conference promises to be among the best of the best!

Our Conference begins with three pre-conference sessions. Each spearheads a certification program. Participants can just attend a pre-con or continue taking five additionally aligned break-out sessions and completing a post-program applied evaluation to earn a certificate of achievement.

  • GAMIFICATION: Turning the Everyday into Play
  • APPLIED IMPROV FACILITATION BOOTCAMP (Facilitated by our Friends from the Applied Improv Network)

The conference itself will have three thematic tracks, organizing each of the break-out sessions (33 planned sessions altogether). Track One focuses on DESIGNing games and activities. Track Two on DELIVERing games and activities and Track Three on EVALUATing how well they worked at driving performance.

We will also have three keynotes from world-renowned speakers.

  • Brandon Carson, Global Learning Executive for Delta Air Lines and Author of Learning in the Age of Immediacy
  • Thiagi (Sivasailam Thiagarajan), CEO and Resident Mad Scientist of The Thiagi Group, and
  • Will Thalheimer, President of Work Learning Research, Inc.

Along with NASAGA staples, such as our famous Game Nights, our rocking banquet and auction, 99-Second Talks, and more, NASAGA 2019 is the place to be.

All proposals must be submitted via this form by June 30, 2019. Proposals will be reviewed and answers given by July 15. All sessions should be interactive. Meaning lectures should be kept to a minimum and the session should be activities-based. If you have any questions about the format, please contact the conference chair, Matthew Richter at

If we accept your proposal, you will be given two weeks to confirm your attendance at the conference. All presenters are expected to pay the conference fee ($300). NASAGA is a not-for-profit and the annual conference is relatively small. So, presenters, board members, organizers, etc. pay to attend so we can continue to create the best possible event for all. Travel and other expenses are also your responsibility.

Having said that, it is indeed an honor to have you consider presenting at the annual conference. We look forward to you joining us in November!


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