Show your boss the value of coming to SPRINGBOARD

Use this template below to convince your boss that you need to attend SPRINGBOARD.
 
To: <Manager name>
 
From: <Your name>
 
Subject: Request to Attend SPRINGBOARD 2018
 
<Greeting>
 
I’m requesting your approval to attend SPRINGBOARD in Research Triangle Park, NC from October 23rd-25th, 2018. 
 
This conference will help me prepare our organization for the future opportunities and threats that will emerge as a result of intelligent systems – such as artificial intelligence, smart devices, and autonomous technologies.  The conference is going to highlight emerging drivers and trends within the intelligent systems landscape that will impact the way we do business in the future.
 
The proliferation of intelligent systems is going to have a significant impact on our industry (and every industry) over the next 5-10 years. While no conference can help us predict the future, SPRINGBOARD uses a systematic and rigorous foresight process to envision alternate futures so that we can evaluate our strategy in light of key uncertainties. By attending this conference, I will come back with a better idea of what those key uncertainties are, as well as the impact alternate scenarios would have on our organization. In addition, the conference agenda includes sessions on a 30-60-90-day plan for bringing the insights from this conference back to benefit the company.
 
The conference also includes an optional day-long workshop on Applied Blockchain that will help me understand the use cases and limitations of this emerging technology. The workshop is being organized and run by independent observers rather than startups pushing their own blockchain solutions, so I will better be able to help us cut through the hype and understand if we should be looking into blockchain applications.
 
When I return from the conference, I’ll submit a report that summarizes the major concepts, the 30-60-90-day plan, and will share all presentation materials for the sessions I attended. SPRINGBOARD is a sound investment and will help us prepare for the future. I’d like to register before costs go up (prices increase on 9/28); please let me know if you have any questions regarding my request.
 
Sincerely,
<Insert your name here>
 
 
COST BREAKDOWN:
 
SPRINGBOARD Registration
$1350
Round Trip Taxi to/from Airport and conference venue
$120
Hotel $200 Plus Tax (3 Nights)
$600
Meals (most are included in package price)
$70
Airfare
$500
Applied Blockchain Workshop (Promo Rate; $400 if purchased separately)
$350
Total
$2,990