Overview: 2020 Call for Proposals 

Presenting at the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit (GYEO) is a unique opportunity to connect with an international audience of more than 550 technical experts and innovators from 60+ countries.

As a presenter, you will gain visibility for your work and highlight your expertise, expand your professional network, and deepen your own learning through interactive exchange and collaboration with Summit participants.

The overview of the Summit Call for Proposals provides important details on the process for submission. We also offer tips for how to submit a competitive proposal. 

Please note that organizations and/or individuals are limited to a maximum of three (3) proposal submissions each for consideration in the 2020 GYEO Summit Agenda.


If you do not wish to complete the form online, you may download and complete the application form. Please send completed proposal forms along with headshots of all presenters to Summit@makingcents.com


All proposal submissions are due by midnight on April 13, 2020.

Before you submit a proposal, please carefully review the Summit Speaker Guidelines and Speaker Commitments. These Include:


Key Dates

March 16: Call for Proposals opens


April 13: Deadline to submit proposals


April 13 - May 4: Global Advisory Committee reviews and selects proposals. You may receive clarification questions during this review process. We appreciate your prompt response.


May 8: Selected proposals are notified


May 1: Early-Bird Registration opens 


May 22: 2020 GYEO Summit “First-Look” Agenda Launch


June 1: Regular Registration Opens


June 15: Deadline for presenters to register for the 2020 Summit


June - August: Participate in a session prep call with co-presenters and Summit team


August 31: Deadline to submit changes to breakout session descriptions


September 1: Late Registration Opens

September 28 – October 1: 14th Annual Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit


Proposal Review Criteria

Breakout session proposals are reviewed by the YEO Network’s Summit team and our Global Advisory Committee, comprised of youth and economic development experts from a range of partner organizations. Organizations and/or individuals may submit up to three (3) proposals each for consideration in the 2020 GYEO Summit Agenda.


Proposals are evaluated based on the following criteria:

Relevance to Summit Theme, Technical  Track, and Cross-Cutting Topics

  1. Does the session connect to the 2020 Summit theme

  2. Does the session incorporate attention to gender (through targeted outreach, gender-sensitive program design, a focus on gender parity, etc). 

  3. Does the session address any of the Summit’s cross-cutting topics identified in the technical tracks:  e.g., systems-change; policy and governance; scale; technology; financial inclusion; disruption (conflict, migration, refugee youth, environemnt); healthy workforce (mental health and trauma); agriculture & rural development; engaging business; Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, & Learning (MERL); gender. 

Session Content

  1. Does the session deliver new, evidence-based information relevant to mid and senior-level youth and economic development professionals?

  2. Does the session impart tools or information that can strengthen existing practice and advance learning on a given topic or area?  

  3. Is session content open-source and transferable? Will participants walk away with tangible guidance for how to apply this knowledge to their programs, grantmaking, investments, policies or partnerships? 

  4. Will the audience be challenged by the content? Will it prompt discussion? 

Session Format

  1. Is the proposed session format participatory and engaging? Sessions that incorporate non-traditional formats are scored favorably. We strongly suggest avoiding traditional lecture-style and panel presentations. Consider what kind of session YOU would want to attend! 

  2. Does the session offer a deep-dive into content and learning outcomes, rather than a general overview? Know your audience. 

Quality and Diversity of Presenters

  1. Are presenters well-suited to present on their selected topic?  

  2. Do presenters offer:

  • A range of stakeholder viewpoints (e.g., implementers, funders, researchers, youth speakers)

  • More than one organization

  • Gender balance

  • Developing country and youth perspectives (are youth included as presenters, moderators or facilitators?)


Things to Know Before You Submit


Summit Speaker Commitment 

The Summit is organized on a not-for-profit basis. Summit presenters and attendees are asked to “co-invest” in the Summit and pay the speaker discounted registration fee of USD 795 (expires June 15, 2020). Please note that there is a discounted rate for young professionals (aged 29 and under) and for those attending from developing countries at USD 695. 


The Summit approach of “co-investment” has enabled the event to take place on an annual basis since 2007, providing a significant contribution towards building the youth economic opportunities field. The Summit allows individuals and organizations to benchmark progress, share and gain new knowledge, and benefit from an annual meeting point to form new connections and deepen existing partnerships. Summit organizers subsidize up to fifty percent of the real cost of participation through year-round Summit sponsorship raising.  


Additional Presenter Planning Info:


  • Breakout sessions in the main Summit agenda will be scheduled on September 30, October 1, or October 2, 2020. The placement of your session in the agenda may shift prior to the Summit in October. Our team will notify you in advance if this occurs, but we ask that presenters plan to be available on these dates.

  • Each speaker’s bio and headshot must be included in your submission before your proposal is considered complete.

  • The guidelines provided in this form do not guarantee a proposal will be accepted, but following them ensures your proposal will be considered.


       Summit Organizers Provide


  • A high visibility opportunity to share your work and expertise with a global audience of 550 leading youth development experts and innovators from 60+ countries

  • Full access to the Summit’s three day agenda, featuring 50+ breakout sessions, plenaries, and networking opportunities with 200+ organizations 

  • Access to the 2020 GYEO Summit Exhibitors 

  • Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments 

  • Access to the Summit evening welcoming reception and closing celebration networking events 

  • Young Professionals (aged 29 and under) are invited to join the 2020 GYEO YP Networking Happy Hour 


       Summit Organizers Do Not Provide


  • Hotel or travel expenses for speakers (including visas to travel to or be in the U.S.)

  • Ground transportation

  • Free registration


Speaker Responsibilities

Speakers who are selected to participate in the Summit are expected to:

  • Register by the speaker deadline of June 15, 2020

  • Meet all Summit deadlines (please see Key Dates above)

  • Additional information and speaker obligations cab be found on the Speaker Presenter Policies page

  • Participate in one preparatory call with the Summit team to finalize breakout session content and format

  • We understand that in some cases speakers from overseas need additional time to secure visas to the United States. If your session is accepted, our team is happy to work with you to provide Summit letters of support. It is the presenting organization’s responsibility to coordinate visas for their speakers, and communicate with our team in advance where speaker registration may be delayed, or speakers are changed.