PowerShell Summit North America 2013 Call for Content


In case you haven’t heard already, there is a great opportunity to learn a lot more about PowerShell coming up next year.  It’s the PowerShell Summit North America 2013 conference, and it is held on Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA from April 22 to 24, 2013.  This conference is run by the PowerShell.org community, and it will present a ton of deep technical content on anything to do with PowerShell.  What content will be covered, you ask?  Well, that’s up to you.

We are now accepting content proposals from anyone who wants to present at this conference.  All you need to do to submit your session proposals is to add a new topic to the Session Submissions forum on PowerShell.org for each session you want to present.

Who can present?

Anyone who has something to share with other PowerShell experts and enthusiasts that will help them learn more about PowerShell can propose a topic they would like to present at this conference.  There will be a survey shared with the community that allows them to vote for the sessions they want to see, so ultimately the community will decide who can present at this conference.  Note that when reviewing the community results, the conference organizers reserve the right to make some modifications to the sessions that are selected to balance the topics that are discussed and to be able to better accommodate speakers who are offering to present multiple sessions.

What topics will be discussed?

There will be around 100 PowerShell experts and enthusiasts at this conference, including some PowerShell MVPs, some non-PowerShell MVPs, and some members of the PowerShell team.

At a conference like this they will be looking for advanced sessions that show them deep technical content on various aspects of PowerShell as well as real-world practical applications of PowerShell.  They’ll likely want to learn more about workflow, remoting, CIM, and many other technologies used by PowerShell.  They’ll also likely want to learn about how PowerShell is used in practice with PowerShell extensions like PowerCLI to manage vSphere deployments at Scale, or how PowerShell is being used with multiple technologies (SharePoint, System Center Orchestrator, Exchange, NetApp, Active Directory, etc.) to deal with the real-world management challenges that exist in enterprise organizations.  These are just some examples of the topics that might be discussed in sessions at this conference.  It is important to note that no presentations will include any NDA information.  As mentioned, topics will be voted on by the community and then those results will be reviewed by conference organizers to come up with the final list of topics that will be presented at the conference.

Please keep in mind that there will be two tracks for this event: one will have the content with the deepest technical depth, and another will have real world and more intermediate to advanced level content.  With two tracks, you really shouldn’t be shy about submitting sessions if you think you might have something to add.  Chances are, if you’ve been using PowerShell for a while and if you continue to use it very regularly, you probably have knowledge and experience that you can share with others.  Don’t worry about which track your session will ultimately fall in.  The conference organizers will figure those details out as part of their agenda planning.

Where will the conference be held?

The conference will be held on Microsoft campus in Redmond in buildings 40 and 41 from April 22 to 24th, 2013. There may be additional activities surrounding the conference, but the core sessions will be April 22, 23 and 24.

When can I submit a proposal?

You can submit a proposal now.  Simply post your proposal as a new topic on the Session Submissions forum on PowerShell.org for any sessions that you want to present.  Session proposals will be accepted on that forum until October 14, 2012 at midnight PST (take note of that date!).  Once that deadline is met, on October 15, 2012 we will publish a list of all proposals with a voting system that will allow community members to vote for their favorite sessions.  Votes will be accepted over a 2 week period, and the week of October 29th the conference organizers will review the votes and sessions and put together the list of accepted sessions, contact speakers for confirmation, etc.

We strongly encourage you to submit multiple session proposals so that you increase your chances of having a session accepted.  Note that you can submit a proposal even if a related session has already been proposed by someone else.  In fact, if you want to present multiple sessions, I would encourage you to submit the sessions that you want to present, without holding back if a similar session is already proposed.  There are advantages to presenting multiple sessions (see below), and the community will indicate what they want to see in the end anyway.

If you will be attending the conference whether you have a session proposal accepted or not, you should buy your conference ticket as soon as possible to take advantage of the early bird pricing.  If you can only attend this conference if you have enough proposals accepted to cover the bulk of your expenses (see below for details on the benefits of being a presenter), you should submit your sessions now regardless and once the session review process is completed, conference organizers will contact you to make sure you are able to commit to attending and presenting at the conference.  You can also fire me a note if you want to make me aware ahead of time that you can only attend if you have at least 3 sessions accepted, either using my contact me form or via email (on gmail or hotmail, either works, using the nickname I use on this blog as the user id).

Why should I submit a proposal?

Personally speaking, I find presenting information that has been learned through hard work to be very rewarding.  I also find receiving information that others have learned through their hard work to be very rewarding as well.  It’s all about the community participation and sharing of knowledge.  Aside from being proud of your work and sharing it with others, there are more tangible benefits for speakers with accepted sessions as well.

For every session proposal that is accepted (voted high enough by the community and accepted in the final review by the conference organizers), speakers will receive a $300 travel stipend as well as up to $200 to offset 1/3 of their registration cost.  That means someone presenting 3 sessions will receive $900 that they can use towards their travel expenses and a full refund of their registration fee.  This should make it much clearer why it is advantageous to submit multiple session proposals.

One last reason why you should submit a proposal: the value of the conversation that comes with an event like this is extremely high.  You’ll be able to talk to others about your challenges and ideas, learn from their efforts, perhaps find people you want to work with on various community projects, etc.  It’s the networking alone that drives me to attend events like this.

How do I write a proposal?

Each proposal you enter must include three pieces of information:

  • a title for the session you are proposing,
  • your full name, and
  • a 1-2 paragraph description of what the session will contain.

You must create one topic per proposal.  Don’t put all of your sessions on one topic, and don’t reply to current topics when creating proposals, please.

In general when planning your proposal, focus on content that will come with more demos, and less on slide-heavy content.  This is a conference for experts and enthusiasts who are looking for deep technical content on PowerShell-related topics in interactive sessions.  With this crowd, rich, demo-focused sessions will be preferred over slide-heavy sessions.

You should also review some of the proposals that are already submitted as examples.  Keep in mind that the sessions are 35 minutes long with 10 minutes of Q&A at the end (although questions often come up during the sessions at an event like this).  35 minutes may seem like a lot of time, but it goes by quickly, especially when doing demos.


That’s a lot of information, so here is a summary of the essential points along with links to additional information.

Conference Title PowerShell Summit North America 2013
Conference Website http://powershellsummit.com
Conference Dates April 22-24, 2013*
Location Microsoft Campus, Buildings 40 and 41, Redmond, WA
Session Proposal Forum https://powershell.org/discuss/viewforum.php?f=22
Session Proposal Deadline October 14, 2012 at midnight PST
Session Voting Period October 15, 2012 to October 28, 2012
Final Tally and Processing The week of October 29, 2012
Sessions Announced As soon as possible after October 29th, once the final tally and processing is done and accepted presenters have confirmed their sessions
Forum for Conference- and Session-Related Questions https://powershell.org/discuss/viewforum.php?f=20
Speakers Page https://powershell.org/summit/speak.php
Conference FAQ https://powershell.org/summit/faq.php
Best location to ask PowerShell questions and to help the community with answers https://powershell.org

* With a high probability for a short, half-day event adjacent to this.

I look forward to reading your session proposals!


Kirk out.

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