Become a Panelist

Panelist Application Form

Anyone can be a panelist. There are no prerequisites and you do not have to be an expert on every last detail of the panel topic to be a good panelist. If you have an opinion on something and like to talk to other people about it, you’re qualified to be a ConQuesT panelist. Please complete the Panelist Application Form.

Panelist Responsibilities

If you can’t make it to a panel you are scheduled to be part of, please notify us as early as possible by sending an email to programming@conquestkc.org.

  • Review the panel description.
  • Do not invite other people to join you as panelist during the panel. You and your fellow panelists can choose to involve them in the discussion from the audience.
  • ConQuesT is an all-ages event. Be aware of children in the audience and make sure that your language is appropriate for them. This does not apply to programming items after 6 PM.
  • Stay on topic. Try not to veer off onto a tangent. If you don’t like the topic as described, don’t sign up for the panel hoping to change it at the last minute.
  • If your panel has a moderator, follow their lead.
  • Turn off or silence your cell phone.

Moderator Responsibilities

If you can’t make it to a panel you are scheduled to be part of, please notify us as early as possible by sending an email to programming@conquestkc.org.

  • Review the panel description.
  • Introduce the panelists.
  • Keep the discussion moving and on-topic.
  • Ensure that all panelists are involved and have equal chance to speak.
  • Involve the audience. The audience is excited to contribute, so take questions and comments.
  • End on time.
  • Thank the audience.
  • Turn off or silence your cell phone.
  • Check panelist attendance.
  • You will be required to complete a form for each panel you are moderating. The completed forms need to be turned in at the location designated on the form.

NOTE: Submitting a panelist application does not guarantee that you will be selected to participate in programming. Submitting a panel suggestion does not guarantee you will be selected to participate on that panel. Also, participating in programming does not guarantee a comp’d membership to the convention.