YTH Live: the youth + tech + health conference

Call for Abstracts

Submissions are now closed

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Evaluation Criteria

In its thirteenth year, YTH Live Global 2021 aims to further center youth voices in technology and health. The conference will focus on the health and wellness of youth in the US and around the globe, seeking to understand how innovative technology can be leveraged to improve health outcomes for all and promote health equity. We will continue to focus on Trauma Informed Youth-Centered Health Design in our conference program and plenaries. All abstracts will be reviewed by the YTH Live Global 2021 Program Committee.

YTHLive is also particularly interested in showcasing work in the following topics:


  • Mobile Technology/Apps
  • Internet and Web-based Solutions
  • Virtual or Augmented Reality (VR and AR)
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Messaging (SMS, WhatsApp, Telegram, Snapchat, Tik Tok, etc.)
  • Social Media (Instagram, Facebook, etc.)
  • Chatbots
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Bitcoin
  • Hackathons
  • Robots
  • Health Information Systems
  • Digital Health Strategies
  • Data and Analytics
  • Gaming and Gamification
  • Dating Apps
  • Wearables
  • Public Private Partnership
  • Digital Wellbeing
  • Social Impact Innovation

Youth Health Topics:

  • Sexual and reproductive health, including unplanned pregnancy prevention
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
  • Pornography
  • Mental health, cyberbullying, and/or suicide prevention
  • Gender-based violence, including teen dating violence
  • Gun violence including hate crimes and police-related gun violence
  • Alcohol, tobacco, vaping and other drugs
  • Substance use, including alcohol, tobacco, prescription drugs, marijuana, and other illicit drugs
  • Inter-generational immigrant health
  • Refugee health
  • Going beyond the gender binary and centering gender identity health issues
  • Support and services access for homeless youth, foster youth, and transgender youth
  • Critical health issues impacting key youth populations including trans-spectrum youth, youth with disabilities, youth of color, tribal youth and immigrant communities
  • Integration of youth health with complementary sectors such as economic development, career development, digital rights, environmental and adulthood preparation etc.
  • Health equity
  • Engaging youth in creating solutions for their own health
  • Trauma-informed care and principles
  • Social justice
  • Health disparities among adolescents

Session Types

Digital Poster:

A digital poster uses a template created for the conference. Times for visiting digital posters will be built in between sessions, and these times will be visible in the conference agenda. You will also be able to field questions and engage in conversation around your poster through a live chat. Posters will be accessible throughout the conference and available in the conference archive.

Lightning Stories:

A lightning story is a 10-minute pre-recorded presentation using a template created for the conference, in a storytelling format. Times for watching Lightning Stories will be built in between sessions, and these times will be visible in the conference agenda. You will also be able to field questions and engage in conversation around your story through a live chat. Lightning stories will be accessible throughout the conference and available in the conference archive.

Interactive Workshop:

A 75-minute live, interactive 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 pre-recorded presentation, using a template created for the conference. Your session will be paired with several other talks about similar subjects and will be followed by a live Q&A with audience participants, moderated by a member of ETR’s staff, our Youth or Technology Advisory Boards, or an external expert on the panel topic.

Pre-Formed Panel:

A group of two-to-three speakers who will each briefly present and then engage in a (minimum) 20-minute live Q&A with the moderator and the audience. The moderator will be assigned by ETR and will be a member of ETR’s staff, our Youth or Technology Advisory Boards or an external expert on the panel topic.

The Path to Success

The most successful abstracts will include visionary uses of technology for youth-centered health. 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 collaboration and partnership strategies that engage and empower parents, communities, and/or institutions outside of the traditional public health sector
  • Breakthrough research that offers ideas and opportunities for practitioners to develop effective outreach and engagement approaches for youth health
  • Innovations that foster diversity, inclusion, equity, empathy and collaboration
  • Disruptive innovations and emerging trends
  • Inclusive community technology projects
  • Measuring impact of digital interventions for youth health
  • Big data, the quantified self, and wearable technology
  • Open-source solutions
  • Technology-based education tools and curricula

Abstract Format

Explain how your session meets the evaluation criteria and describe the potential significance of your project, research, or product on youth health and wellness. 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, the role it plays, and the health goals it addresses.

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 in the conference program.

Presentation/Activity Format (150-word limit):

We are dedicated to highlighting innovative and engaging projects for 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 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, Lightning 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 speakers, their expertise on the topic, and a few sample questions for the discussion during this proposed 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

Aligned with ETR’s commitment to Design for Learning, we are dedicated to creating interactive presentations that provide ample opportunity for dialogue between presenters and attendees. We encourage creative, interactive, experimental, and non-traditional session formats.

YTHLive Global reserves the right to rearrange formats when appropriate.


Please submit your abstract by 11:59pm PT on Friday, April 30th 2021
Submissions are now closed

By June 15th, we will notify you via email whether your presentation has been accepted or not. If your abstract is accepted, you will receive a request to confirm your availability and register to attend YTH Live Global 2021. Later, we will send information about your presentation format, session date and time, technical needs, and any edits to your session’s program description.

Please note these dates are for YTH Live Global 2021 and are subject to change for future conferences.

Speaker Responsibilities

Each presenter is responsible for the cost of registration to attend YTH Live Global 2021. Accepted speakers will receive a 50% discount on the cost of General Admission.

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If helpful, you can click here to download a document with all of the required fields and word counts to help you draft your proposal. But make sure to submit using the link above!

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