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 twelve years. 

Evaluation Criteria 

In its twelfth year, YTH Live 2020 aims to further center youth voices in the spaces of technology and health. YTH Live 2020 will focus on the overall health and wellness of youth in the US and around the world, 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 youth-centered design in our conference program and plenaries.   

YTH Live is also particularly interested in showcasing work in the following topics:  

Technology:  

  • 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  

Youth Health Topics: 

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

Session Types

Digital Poster:

Your presentation will take place on a digital poster with a template created by YTH Initiative of ETR.  

Lightning Stories:

Lightning Story will be a 10-minute presentation, with our without slides, in a storytelling format. Presenters will be asked to share a story (with or without slides) about a person or project that fits with the YTH Live Theme: XYZ.  

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, moderated by a member of YTH Initiative’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 Initiative and will be a member of ETR’s staff or Youth or Technology Advisory Boards.  

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 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, 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 

Topics

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

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 and 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. It will be included in the conference program website and mobile app.  

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 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, 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 PanelsPlease describe the expert speakers, their expertise on your topic, and a few sample questions for the discussion during this proposed Pre-formed Panel session.  

Keywords

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 ™, the YTH initiative is 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.   

YTH Live reserves the right to rearrange formats when appropriate. 

Timeline

Please submit your abstract by 11:59pm PT on Monday, October 28, 2019:  

Abstract submissions are due via the Abstract Submission Form. You will receive an email confirming that YTH Initiative has received your abstract. 

Friday, November 22, 2019 

YTH Live will notify you via email whether your presentation has been accepted or not. If your abstract is accepted, you’ll receive a request to confirm your availability and register to attend YTH Live. Later, YTH Initiative 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 2020 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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ZonaSegura ZonaSegura is a trauma-informed youth-centered innovative mobile solution to address teen dating violence in Honduras. Learn more about ZonaSegura on our program page.