HPA Guide to COVID-19 Resources


The HPA Tech Retreat is the pre-eminent gathering of industry-leading thinkers and innovation-focused companies engaged in the creation, management, and dissemination of content. Every year, the HPA Tech Retreat brings together a world-class roster of well-known and emerging leaders in engineering, technology, creativity and business. At the HPA Tech Retreat, the most compelling topics facing the media and entertainment landscape today are presented, explored and debated.

During the HPA Tech Retreat, attendees and speakers engage with the brightest minds in the industry. From breakfast roundtables to breakout sessions, the discussion between experts is candid, unbiased, unvarnished, and authentic in a way that is unique to the Tech Retreat.

HPA is currently accepting proposals for main program presentations. Learn more here.

Call for Proposals

Main program presentations are strictly reserved for marketing-free content. Sessions can include a wide range of topics, but an important focus this year will be on how technology has helped the industry overcome the impact of the COVID 19 virus and the role it will play as we adapt to a new set of industry challenges and opportunities.

In the words of program maestro Mark Schubin, “As usual, we seek proposals for presentations and/or panels related to all aspects of movies, television, and other aspects of motion imaging and related sound and other sensations. But there are new rules! The maximum duration of any presentation or panel will be 20 minutes, but we might be able to accommodate more presentations, so consider splitting big topics into multiple presentations. There is no minimum duration. If selected, presentations are to be prerecorded and delivered before the event (deadlines will be announced). Extra consideration will be given to proposals addressing the global pandemic.”

Presentation proposals must come from the proposed presenter. No formal submissions are required and proposals are informal in nature; a sentence or two is usually sufficient. If more information is needed, it will be requested. Submitters will be contacted if the topic is of interest. Submissions should be sent to media.mark.schubin@gmail.com.

Proposals will be accepted until 5PM PDT on Friday November 20, 2020.

Submit Proposal

Call for Proposals: Breakfast Roundtables

Breakfast roundtables are an integral part of every HPA Tech Retreat. Freed from the guardrails of the Main Program, roundtable hosts “are free to teach, preach, ask, call-to-task, sell, kvell, or do anything else that keeps conversation flowing for an hour,” in the words of HPA Tech Retreat Maestro Mark Schubin. Attendees and experts enjoy the chance to dig in and converse on important topics.

There is no vetting process for breakfast roundtables. All breakfast roundtable moderators must be registered for the retreat and there is no retreat registration discount conveyed by moderating a breakfast roundtable. Proposals for breakfast roundtables must be submitted by their would-be moderators and should include the desired day(s) and the desired topic(s). Once the maximum number of tables is reached, no more can be accepted.

Proposals should be sent directly to Mark Schubin at media.mark.schubin@gmail.com.

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