Call for Speakers


The SDW 2018 Call for Speakers has now closed, however we would still be pleased to hear from you if you have new research or any innovative and thought-provoking presentation proposal.


SDW 2018 is your chance to share your experience and knowledge with government and industry colleagues at the premier event in the secure document and government identity calendar.

Please get in touch if you have the expertise and experience to join us on stage to discuss next-generation government identity and secure document solutions and their application in a rapidly changing world.

To submit a speech proposal, please download the application form and send it to Conference Chair, Mark Lockie.



Key themes for SDW 2018

Technological trends - The shape of things to come

As challenges, such as terrorism, organised crime, forced migration, identity fraud and social exclusion, continue to challenge policymakers across the world, the identity industry must adapt and evolve.

While this process requires many different elements, leading contributors to SDW have cited the critical role that new technologies will play. Examples are biometrics, mobile devices, new credential substrates and security features, as well as the need to work with both physical and digital identities, and the development of technologies such as blockchain.

In a series of sessions, we will examine these technology trends and aim to establish how they will shape our industry over the coming years.

Design & manufacture: Best practice

Whether organisations are involved in the design or manufacture of new credentials or next-generation identity management systems, best practice plays an invaluable role in raising the bar to limit counterfeiting and fraud.

This set of sessions will take an in-depth view at the tools, techniques, materials and processes that enhance security and further improve quality – ensuring that citizens are able – both on-line and off-line – to prove their identity with ease, while making fraud detection easier for authorities.

Bringing next-generation government identity solutions to life

Secure identity credentials have been developed over decades and today are used by more people than ever before for an increasing number of applications – from proving their identity, to international travel, and accessing government services.

SDW 2018 will have a series of sessions exploring the many existing and emerging areas where document security and identity management play a critical role in enabling citizens to live and work in a country, vote, drive, travel and access an increasing number of services, both public and private.

Staying ahead of the fraud curve

As we continue to innovate and design new ways of developing secure documents and managing identities, government and industry need to remain vigilant and stay ahead of the fraud curve to ensure their designs and processes are not vulnerable to fraud or misuse. Equally, action to detect and disrupt fraud needs to be robust.

During the past decade, instances of simplistic document fraud have been on the decline, but have been replaced by a sharp increase in identity fraud. Actors and organisations involved in terrorism and organised crime will continue to exploit design and system vulnerabilities for their benefit and remain highly motivated and well-resourced to achieve their aims.

In this series of sessions, SDW will take a purposeful look at the drivers of document and identity fraud, the systems, approaches and tools available to prevent and detect it, and explore what government and industry can do to further deter and reduce the possibility of fraudulent documents or identities being used by those who seek to do harm to our societies.

Driving global interoperability

As increasing numbers of people travel to more destinations than ever before, now, more than ever, interoperability is critical to our shared success. Secure documents need to be readable in multiple locations by multiple actors. Systems need to interface with other systems. And end-users should be able to use their identity or credentials in new and innovative ways.

Vitally important standards, such as ICAO 9303, provide a powerful platform on which the foundations of global interoperability can be built.

These sessions will examine the latest standards and recommended practices and take a look over the horizon to see where new standards may be needed to expand citizen services and drive interoperability across the globe.

Views from the top - State of the identity industry*

The document security and identity management sector is comprised of a myriad of stakeholders: from government departments responsible for issuing identity documents, to secure printers and specialist suppliers who manufacture security features, personalise documents, secure distribution and more…

As market dynamics and competitive forces evolve, industry adapts and changes. So what are the factors affecting our industry today? What challenges face those who set the strategy and direction for their companies?

This session is designed to showcase the thinking of the leaders in our industry. We will take a close look at what’s on the horizon, where opportunities or challenges are occurring, and what new skills and capabilities need to be developed to be successful in both today’s industry and tomorrow’s uncertain world.
* Board level applicants only


Identity at the edge

For any industry to thrive, there has to be a wealth of new ideas bubbling up below the surface. Research and development – whether by academia, government or industry – is key to provide the space for original thinking, to challenge today’s perceptions, and to shine a possible light on the way forward.

This session will look at identity at the edge, where the edge is a frontier of original thought into new technologies, systems, processes and design.

Grand designs

Some projects go beyond the status quo to deliver a truly ground-breaking document design or government identity based system – from border management systems to innovative citizen ID services. This is one of SDW’s best attended sessions, and is an opportunity for your project to be showcased at the highest level. 

DocEx 2018*

A unique opportunity for in-depth knowledge exchange between government officials, ranging from document designers and examination experts to issuance authorities, border/immigration agencies and law enforcement.
* Applications from government only


Further Information

Success Criteria

Successful contributions will be evaluated on the basis of relevance, content, originality and expertise/experience of the speaker.

Any company/product promotional presentation will be rejected.

We particularly encourage those at senior executive level, those at the forefront of research and development, market analysts, working group members, and end users/governments that have (or are currently implementing) a cutting-edge case history.


Speech Format

Typical speech length is 20-25 minutes, plus 5 minutes for questions, unless it is a panel discussion or lightning talk.

Speeches will take place in one of two conference rooms - some sessions will run in parallel.


International Submissions

Please note that we strongly encourage submissions from the international community, but contributions must be submitted in English, and if accepted, speakers must have a good command of the English language.


Equality Pledge

Science Media Partners believes passionately in equality, regardless of gender or race. We believe there is too little diversity at most conferences we attend, and pledge to try and do something positive to redress the balance. 

Although this will not be easy in the security and identity sector, we will be attempting to improve our diversity in the future. As such, we encourage companies thinking about sending a representative to speak or participate at our events to consider our pledge, and support our initiative.


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