Procurement Excellence Showcase - NIGP Forum 2024
NIGP Forum 2024

Procurement Excellence Showcase

Share Your Success Story in Charlotte

Join us for the inaugural NIGP Procurement Excellence Showcase to highlight your procurement accomplishments!

Participants in the Procurement Excellence Showcase, whether individuals, groups, or chapters (up to 3 people), will showcase a summary of their work (research, case studies, programs, or initiatives) by creating posters. Each participant, or group, will be assigned a space to display their poster presentation to fellow conference attendees. This unique opportunity allows procurement professionals to present their work informally, fostering one-on-one conversations and networking. 

Throughout the showcase, conference-goers progress through an interactive experience as they move from exhibit to exhibit, perusing the displays.  As the event concludes, attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite topics. We’ll celebrate the winners during the Tuesday morning Plenary session.

To be part of this inaugural experience, procurement professionals must apply by submitting their abstract by July 26 or when 40 applications are accepted.  Applicants must be current or retired public procurement professionals; submissions for products or services will not be considered.

SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT
TO APPLY

Procurement Excellence Showcase

Expo Hall
Sunday, August 25, 2024
2:30 - 5:30 PM

How to Participate

  • When & Where is it?

    The NIGP Procurement Excellence Showcase will be held in the Expo Hall on Sunday, August 25, 2024, from 2:30 – 5:30 PM ET.

    • Presenters will have an assigned space and can set up their poster station from 9AM - 12PM ET.
    • Please note, the area is not accessible between 12PM – 2:30PM ET.
    • The showcase begins at 2:30PM
  • Who Can Apply?

    Procurement professionals, groups, and/or chapters (up to 3 members) can submit abstracts of procurement case studies, research, success stories, programs/benefits or innovations/processes. Applicants must be current or retired public procurement professionals; submissions for products or services will not be considered. 

  • How Does it Work?

    Accepted presenters display a summary of their work, either by printing a large poster to display on boards, or by printing multiple sheets to display. They deliver a brief 1–3 minute overview of their research, case study, program or innovative process as attendees browse displays. Presenters, or a member of the group, remain at their assigned space to engage with participants, answer questions, and discuss their work. Please note, chairs and tables will not be available. If you require special accommodations, please indicate on your submission, or contact forumspecialneeds@nigp.org

  • What is the application process?

    Applications will be open from May 22 to July 26, 2024, with acceptance granted on a first-come first-serve basis. Applicants will receive notification within 1–3 business days. To apply, presenters must submit an abstract here. Note: a maximum of 40 posters can be accepted, the application will close when the maximum has been reached. 

  • What are the abstract guidelines/best practices?
    • Select your topic: Choose a focused aspect of your project for presentation. Avoid trying to cover everything; instead, opt for a single case study, process, success, program, or innovation that tells a concise and engaging story. 

    • Craft your abstract title: Create a compelling title for your abstract. This title will be featured in an abstract directory, helping conference attendees locate your presentation during the NIGP Procurement Excellence Showcase. A catchy title and well-written abstract will generate interest in your work and attract conference-goers to your showcase table. 

    • Write your abstract: Begin with a brief explanation of the purpose and rationale of your work. Then, summarize your methodology, main results, and conclusions. Finally, briefly discuss the implications, outcomes, and relevance of your findings. Limit your abstract to 500 words or less, focusing on summarizing the key objectives of your printed presentation. 

  • What size are the poster boards?
    • Presenter Board Size: 48” x 48” 

    • Recommended Poster (presentation materials) Size:  42” x 36”, no larger than 46” x 46” 

    Important: Please make sure your printed poster/presentation materials are slightly smaller than the confirmed board size, so that they fit in the space. Below are some example poster session spaces for your reference. 

  • What are the poster presentation design guidelines?
    • Text should be large enough to be viewed from several feet away. 

    • Ensure a well-organized layout, with clear sections summarizing background, methodology, results, and implications. 

    • Use bullet points and key highlights to convey messages succinctly. 

    • Emphasize visuals over text, using minimal text for better readability. flow charts and diagrams should be simple. 

    • More complicated concepts and details should be included in your short presentation overview and interactions with attendees. 

    Important: Ensure the material contained in the presentation will not violate or infringe upon the proprietary or statutory rights of any person or entity, including but not limited to copyright, trademark, patent, or intellectual property rights. 

  • What application should I use to design my poster?

    There are many options for creating your poster. Below are some examples. 

    PowerPoint 

    • Open PowerPoint and create a blank presentation.  

    • Click Design on the menu. 

    • Click Slide Size, click Custom Slide Size, and enter your poster dimensions. 42” by 36” is recommended. 

    •  Add lines, shapes, graphics, text, and images to design your poster. 

    • Save the poster as a PDF. 

    Canva 

    • Log in to your Canva account. 

    • Click Create a design in the top right corner. 

    • Select Posters in the search bar and choose a poster that suits your needs 

    • Click the Custom size button and input your desired dimensions. 42” by 36” is recommended. 

    • Add lines, shapes, graphics, text, and images to design your poster. 

    • Click File, then download to save the file as a PDF. 

    Other recommended applications include Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator. 

  • How do I print my poster?

    A conference poster supplier is available to print posters at your cost ($211.35) and provide the printed poster onsite at Forum for pick up. Orders must be submitted by August 5. Please note, printing information will be provided to presenters after abstract submissions are accepted into the showcase. 

    Alternatively, you can print your own poster (at your cost) and bring it to Forum. Multiple sheets of paper can be printed and pinned on the poster board.  

  • What do I use to put my poster/presentation materials on the presenter board?

    NIGP will supply pushpins to put up your display. You can pick up the pushpins when you enter the poster area.

KEY INFORMATION


Application Opens
May 22, 2024

Application Closes
July 26, 2024
or when 40 applications are accepted

Selection process
First-come, first-served

Notification
Within 1-3 business days of application submission