YTH Live: the youth + tech + health conference

Call for Abstracts


Abstract Submission Guidelines

The YTH Live Program Committee reviews abstracts for the innovative projects, research, and technologies that have shaped our conference for more than a decade.

All submissions must be non-promotional. Abstracts that discuss commercial products, technologies, or services must provide competitive context and show no commercial bias.

Evaluation Criteria

YTH Live 2019 will focus on how mental health impacts key youth populations’ overall health and wellness and how technology can be used to prevent and treat negative health outcomes and support positive ones.

YTH is also particularly interested in abstracts spanning the following topics:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Privacy
  • Digital Rights
  • Gun Violence
  • Video Games
  • Blockchain
  • Virtual Reality
  • Sexual Health
  • Reproductive Health

Session Types

Digital Poster

Posters will be displayed during a designated poster session in the YTH Live conference schedule. These poster sessions will not be competing with other sessions, so all attendees will have the opportunity to review and/or engage with your work. Each author will be assigned to one 30‐minute session to present their posters and hold discussions with interested attendees during one of the following times. All poster presentations are required to use the Digital Poster PowerPoint template that will be provided to accepted speakers.

Lightning Stories

A Lightening Story will be a 10 minute presentation, with our without slides, in a storytelling format. Presenters will be asked to share a story (with our without slides) about a person or project that fits within the intersection of youth health and technology. To complete an application for a Lightening Story abstract, please submit a brief (1-2 minute) video of yourself summarizing your story. Videos can be submitted at the end of the abstract where there is an opportunity to submit supplementary links.

Interactive Workshop

A 75 minute workshop for a “How To…” series. Workshops will engage participants in general learning around a skill that fits at the intersection of youth health and technology. Examples may include: How to create a chatbot for adolescent mental health, How to use social media to recruit adolescents for HIV testing, etc.

Breakout Presentation

A 15-20 minute presentation. Your session will be paired with other talks about similar subjects and will be followed by a Q&A with audience participants. These sessions will be introduced, and the Q/A moderated by a member of YTH’s staff or Youth or Technology Advisory Boards.

Pre-Formed Panel

A group of two-to-three speakers who will each briefly present and then engage in a (minimum) 20 minute Q&A with the moderator and the audience. The moderator will be assigned by YTH and will be a member of YTH’s staff or Youth or Technology Advisory Boards. Submitters for this type of format must be able to convene all speakers for this panel, and work closely with the YTH team for moderation. Please be prepared to include a description of the expert speakers, their expertise, topic, and sample questions for the discussion during this pre-formed panel session.

The Path to Success


The most successful abstracts will include visionary uses of technology for youth-oriented health that goes beyond traditional applications of mobile, texting, and social media. Priority consideration will be given to abstracts that feature:

  • youth-led and/or youth-designed innovations and interventions that are community-focused and culturally relevant
  • nontraditional and cross-sectional collaborations and partnership strategies that engage and empower parents, communities, and/or institutions outside of the traditional public health sector
  • breakthrough studies and research that offer ideas and opportunities for practitioners to develop effective outreach and engagement approaches for youth health
  • innovations that foster diversity, inclusion, empathy and collaboration

YTH encourages sessions that cover one or more of the following topics concerning youth:

  • Health
    • health disparities among adolescents
    • engaging youth in creating solutions for their own health
    • mental health, cyberbullying, and/or suicide prevention
    • substance use and abuse, including alcohol, opioids, and methamphetamines
    • sexual health, including prevention of HIV, unplanned pregnancies among adolescents, and dating violence
    • inter-generational immigrant health
    • sexuality continuum and gender identity health issues
    • support and access for homeless youth, foster youth, and transgender youth
    • chronic illnesses and/or disabilities that affect youth
  • Technology
    • disruptive innovations and emerging trends
    • inclusive community technology projects
    • virtual and/or augmented reality
    • artificial intelligence
    • measuring impact of digital interventions for youth health
    • big data, the quantified self, and wearable technology
    • open source solutions
    • digital storytelling for health and/or advocacy
    • technology-based education tools and curricula
    • crowdfunding for health and wellness
    • games and gamification

Abstract Format

Explain how your session meets the evaluation criteria, and describe the health significance of your project, research, or product. Include a brief description of your session for use on our website.

  • Abstract (250 word limit total for all three parts)
    • Part I: Describe your project, research, or product. Include who it aims to reach, the specific technologies used and the role it plays, and the health goals addressed.
    • Part II: List three main points or learning objectives that your presentation will include. If presenting research, include information about the study’s purpose, methodology, and results.
    • Part III: Explain how your presentation is important to the field of youth health and technology.

Program Description (150 word limit)

This is your chance to entice attendees to come to your session—explain your topic in a way that is compelling and interesting. This brief description will be your program description that attendees will read. It will be included in the conference program website and mobile app.

Presentation/Activity Format

We are dedicated to highlighting innovative and engaging projects to a variety of audiences at our conference, inclusive of youth and their learning styles.

  • For “How To…” Workshops: Please describe ways that your workshop will be engaging to any youth audience members? (For example: hands-on testing your technology, leading a design workshop, brainstorming activity, etc.) Provide a breakdown of how you plan to structure your workshop.
  • For Digital Posters, Lightening Stories, and Breakout Sessions: How will you be inclusive of those with different learning styles who attend your session (E.g., provide handouts, hands-on activity, slides to accompany a story, etc.)?
  • For Pre-Formed Panels: Please describe the expert speakers, their expertise on your topic, and a few sample questions for the discussion during this proposed Pre-formed Panel session.


Please provide 5 keywords that describe your presentation, who it reaches, the technology used, and the health goals addressed.

  • Example 1: reproductive health, mHealth, research, pregnancy, teens
  • Example 2: HIV/AIDS, online advocacy, social media, LGBTQ, youth leadership

Presentation Format

YTH is dedicated to creating ample opportunity for dialogue between presenters and attendees. We encourage creative, interactive, experimental, and non-traditional session formats. YTH reserves the right to rearrange formats where appropriate.


Abstracts Due: 11:59p on Monday, October 1, 2018

*Please note these dates are for YTH Live 2019 and are subject to change for future conferences.

Speaker Responsibilities

Each presenter chosen is responsible for all expenses related to participation in YTH Live, including registration, transportation, accommodations, and non-included meals.


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