Call for Papers

Call for Speakers Schedule


Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN
October 31–November 1, 2018

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, June 8, 2018, 11:59 EDT.

Join the Minneapolis Region’s Biggest Annual Medtech Event

We now invite presenters to submit speaking proposals for the MD&M Minneapolis Conference, to be held October 31–November 1, 2018.

MD&M Minneapolis is the largest and most comprehensive advanced manufacturing event in Minnesota, serving this large and dynamic Midwest medtech hub. The MD&M Conference will have content support from the region's most prestigious health tech organization, Medical Alley Association (MAA), which we’ve partnered with since 2015. Industry decision-makers ranging from design engineers to C-suite executives will attend this event to find inspiration, as well as source materials, components, solutions, and tools to transform their products, make their manufacturing processes more efficient and less costly, and help to commercialize their devices quickly.

Our goal is to deliver a unique educational experience for medtech professionals, including R&D engineers and managers, design engineers, human factors/industrial design/UX professionals, project engineers and managers, manufacturing engineers, process engineers, quality engineers, regulatory affairs professionals, C-suite–level executives, and others involved in medical device development and commercialization. We encourage proposals from speakers with deep technical and practical expertise in medical device and diagnostic development and manufacturing, as well as engineers who have developed strategies for reducing the time, cost, and complexity associated with designing, developing, and bringing medical devices to market.

This year, the conference will run for two days and feature three tracks:

  • Track A: R&D/Product Development
  • Track B: Technical Solutions
  • Track C: Medtech Manufacturing


Track A: R&D and Product Development

  • New technologies (AI, machine learning, and others)
  • Assessing and implementing new technologies
  • Batteries
  • Sensors
  • Product development strategies
  • Evolutionary design
  • Human-centered design
  • Design for Six Sigma (DFSS)
  • Design for additive manufacturing
  • Design for manufacturing
  • Getting devices to market quickly
  • Commercialization

Track B: Technical Solutions

  • New materials
  • Choosing materials for your device
  • Digital health componentry challenges (sensors, flexible electronics, batteries)
  • Product testing
  • Process improvement
  • QMS
  • Lean principles
  • Design control
  • FDA regulations
  • Form 483s (frequent reasons for recalls)
  • FDA Audits
  • Verification and validation inputs and outputs (better practices and use case examples)
  • Quality and regulatory affairs
  • ISO 13485
  • Case for Quality
  • EU Medical Device Regulations (MDR)
  • Global Unique Device Identification (UDI) requirements

Track C: Medtech Manufacturing

  • Smart manufacturing trends and technologies
  • Artificial intelligence/machine learning
  • Automation and robotics
  • Industrial IoT/Big data
  • Traditional challenges/issues
  • Using meaningful data to prevent problems
  • Machine vision and inspection
  • Predictive maintenance
  • Prototyping and manufacturing methods (3D printing, injection molding, mold making, etc.)
  • Scale-Up: Distributed supply chain vs. in-house manufacturing
  • Demand forecasting
  • Vendor selection and supply chain management
  • Vendor relationship management


  • PRESENTATION – 45 minutes or 90 minutes
  • PANEL DISCUSSION – 45 minutes or 90 minutes

All format lengths include Q&A


  • Feature content never seen before (not available online) that will be created specifically for MD&M Minneapolis
  • Reveal new ways of thinking about and applying principles and standards
  • Real-world examples that involve projects with a novel application of technology or illustrate a solution to a technical challenge in an end-product, including a detailed discussion of the trade-offs and choices made (and choices that would have been made differently in hindsight) during the design and development process
  • Include a demonstration to illustrate key technical principles
  • Engage the audience in a highly creative or interactive way
  • Do not include a vendor pitch or promotional material

In general, we look for speakers who are willing to share their knowledge to help engineering and innovation continue and grow. Proposals that are sales pitches for a product/service or company will not be considered.


Please fill out the submission form completely and submit no later than Friday, June 8th, by 11:59 PM ET. If selected to speak, all presenters will be required to submit a PowerPoint presentation in PDF form two weeks in advance of the event to ensure all guidelines are met.


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MD&M West 2019

Open July 9 – August 17, 2018