General Guidelines

If you are a thought leader who shares our vision of inspiring and connecting like-minded tech enthusiasts, and you possess the drive to enable a tech-based future that empowers creative minds to build a better tomorrow, we want to hear from you.

Your session should address a pressing industry topic by exploring the role of technology in solving the primary social and economic challenges that society will face in the near future. Upon acceptance as a speaker, you will be granted a Speaker Pass, an extra Business Pass, exclusive access to the Speaker Lounge, and social media exposure as a VDS2023 speaker.

Please follow the process below to apply as a speaker for VDS2023. Every submission is reviewed on a rolling basis. Please note that we receive a lot of applications, so please make sure to be clear and comprehensive when filling out the application form.

*Please ensure that you carefully review the General Guidelines and Terms and Conditions prior to submitting your application form. Your participation in the call for speakers implies your full acceptance of all provisions outlined in the Terms and Conditions.


The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2023.

Who should apply?

  • C-level executives building and disrupting the tech landscape
  • Inspirational startup founders sharing insights on their tech journey
  • Forward-thinking investors driving innovation in the ecosystem
  • Business leaders impacting our lives through tech
  • Eager minds challenging the role of technology in our society

Submissions and Important Dates

We are currently accepting submissions for VDS2023 (26th and 27th October in Valencia, Spain). The submission deadline for proposals is the 15th of June, 2023.

We will begin communicating the acceptance of selected proposals from the 30th of June onwards.

*Please note that the content team retains the right to review and accept proposals at any time before the June 30th deadline. Selected speakers for VDS2023 will be notified exclusively of the acceptance of their session.


Shape your story into a great session

  • Do you want to encourage, influence, and enrich the restless minds of the tech ecosystem? Think about the value that your session will provide to the audience and what they will take away from it. Consider what you would like to learn from your session if you were an attendee.
  • At VDS2023, our theme is centred around the idea of ‘Building the Good Future’. As a speaker, we encourage you to share your insights and expertise on this topic, and illustrate how technology, innovation, and digitalisation are impacting and reshaping every aspect of our lives and the challenges we face as a society in the near future.
  • If your proposed topic is not an exact fit for our agenda, but your expertise is, we can work together to bring out the best in your content. The VDS2023 content team will have full editorial discretion over the agenda.
  • A number of sponsor-speaking roles are available. Let us know in the application if you would like to learn more.

The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2023.

Evaluation criteria

The VDS2023 content team will select from among the proposals received those that it considers most suitable for the programme, using the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the impact of the role of technology in today’s world
  • Innovation and original ideas for the content
  • Vision and main takeaways of the presentation/talk
  • The speaker’s professional achievements and presence in the tech ecosystem

The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2023.

Terms and Conditions

By completing this form you agree to the following terms:

  1. Upon acceptance as a speaker, you will be granted a Speaker Pass, an extra Business Pass, exclusive access to the Speaker Lounge, and social media exposure as a VDS2023 speaker.
  2. You are available to speak. Should you be accepted, a person from the content team will get in touch to discuss further details.
  3. VDS2023 does not offer a speaking fee to selected speakers, and any costs related to logistics, such as travel and accommodation, are the responsibility of the speaker- However, we are open to bartering.
  4. Content must be original or significantly updated and customised for the VDS2023 audience.
  5. You are aware that the content team has editorial discretion over the format of the talk (keynote, panel, etc).
  6. Selected proposals are based on the proposed topic and suggested speakers. Any changes to the topic or speakers must be approved by the content team and may result in a change of session time or cancellation.
  7. Due to limited availability, certain proposals may be granted a slot in an alternative format or stage to the one they originally applied for.
  8. If your proposal is selected to be part of the VDS2023 programme, you are granting permission to VDS2023 to promote your participation as a speaker across our channels. After we have confirmed the session content and speaker details, we will add the session to the event agenda. Additionally, we may include your name as a confirmed speaker on the speaker page prior to finalising the details.
  9. You agree to promote your participation in the event on your social networks; VDS2023 will provide you with social assets.
  10. In compliance with the provisions of the European General Data Protection Regulation 679/2016 of April 27 (GDPR), you are hereby informed that Valencia Digital Summit/Startup Valencia is responsible for the treatment of the personal data that you voluntarily supply in order to manage your participation as a speaker in the event. By providing your personal data, you accept our Privacy Policy and expressly authorise its use in the communication materials related to the event, such as the Webpage and email communications, as well as video and photographs of the session. Please note that photographs and videos of the sessions may be communicated to third parties for publication and dissemination of the event. Additionally, we may forward your personal data, with a duty of confidentiality, to our partner companies at Startup Valencia. You have the right to access, correct, cancel, and object to the use of your personal data by sending an email to

The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2023.

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