Call for Workshop Proposals

KEEN National Conference

Workshop applications are CLOSED for #KNC2024.

About the Conference

There's no better place to showcase the great work being done on your campus to advance entrepreneurial mindset than at the KEEN National Conference.

The annual KEEN National Conference is an opportunity to connect new ideas with existing concepts. You will be able to provide faculty from around the country with ideas and techniques they can implement on their campuses. 

Be part of a movement that is transforming engineering education with entrepreneurial mindset!

2024 Format

The 17th KEEN National Conference will be held in-person from February 8-10, 2024 in Austin, TX. No virtual option.

  • The theme is Transformation.
  • 550 seats are available for participation in the conference. 
  • NEW: This year, the interactive workshops will be held in 75-minute blocks.

Important Dates

  • Proposal submissions due: August 8, 2023
  • Proposal acceptance notification: September 10, 2023
  • Registration opens: October 3, 2023

Topics of Interest

Each session at the KEEN National Conference must be aligned with entrepreneurial mindset, facilitate interaction, and provide tangible takeaways. 

We encourage prospective workshop organizers to submit proposals for highly interactive 75-minute workshops. We expect workshops to contain ample time for engagement of all participants – not just those presenting. 

Workshops that foster collaboration, discussion, group problem-solving, and community building initiatives are particularly encouraged.

Submission Guidelines

Workshop proposals should include the following information: 

  1. Session Title. 
  2. Abstract for your interactive session. 
  3. Explain how this session fosters an entrepreneurial mindset. 
  4. How will you actively engage participants throughout your session? 
  5. What are the key takeaways for participants? 
  6. Identify the audience for your session (New to EM, Experienced with EM, Advanced EM, Deans/Leaders, Staff, All Attendees). 
  7. Environment (Classroom, Co/Extracurricular, Cross Campus, Change Management). 
  8. Presenter/Facilitator contact information. 

Review & Evaluation Criteria

Workshop proposals will be reviewed and selected by the KNC coaching team and notified by September 10, 2023. 

Evaluation of proposals will be based on the following criteria: 

  • EM Alignment (This session fosters an entrepreneurial mindset).
  • Interaction (Actively engages participants throughout the session).
  • Takeaways (Participants will have clear takeaways).

Coaching Team Chairs

Elizabeth Pluskwik, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Sid G, University of Dayton


For further information, please email the Events team.