Call for Presentations for PowerShell Summit North America 2015

The PowerShell Summit is the number one conference where PowerShell enthusiasts gather and learn from each other in fast-paced, knowledge packed presentations. PowerShell experts from all over the world including MVP's, Guru's, community leaders and PowerShell team members, will once again join together for a few days in Charlotte, North Carolina to discuss and learn how about maximizing PowerShell in the workplace. If you want to share your PowerShell expertise or story, then this is your official call to submit presentations for selection!

PowerShell Summit North America 2015 will be held April 20-22 2015 at the Microsoft Campus in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Topic Areas - What we are looking for

We are looking for 45-minute presentations covering a wide aspect of PowerShell expertise. We have two main topic areas that may assist you in building an abstract.

  • PowerShell Internals - A deep look into the inside workings of PowerShell and practical solutions that are built from them. These presentations are typically more directed to the PowerShell development community that is building extensions and solutions relating to PowerShell.
  • PowerShell Features Deep Dive - These presentations are a deep look into configuring and working with PowerShell features and capabilities such as Remoting, Desired State Configuration and more. These presentations tend to be more IT Pro focused.

We are open to presentations across the entire ecosystem that has been built around PowerShell; so don’t hesitate to send an abstract for your particular area of expertise. This includes Microsoft platforms and products that have PowerShell-based management tools as well as 3rd parties such as VMware.

 

What kind of sessions get selected?

We're looking for sessions that go beyond - possibly way beyond - "beginner." We look for an abstract that's compelling and makes us salivate to see your session - so spend time writing a punchy abstract! We want sessions that offer real-world usability combined with "wow, nobody talks about THAT" awesomeness. Remember, Summit sessions are recorded, so if you're previously presented a topic at a Summit, we're less likely to choose it for another Summit. We want sessions that are challenging, and that ideally present things that simply aren't explained or documented elsewhere. New modules, new techniques, and crazy approaches are all welcome. Discussion-format sessions are great, too, especially if you plan to turn them into a community deliverable (like a "best practices for writing DSC Resources" session that gets turned into a free e-guide later). Think community, deep dive, engaging, and amazing as keywords. We want attendees to finish each day with information leaking... just a little bit... out their eyeballs. Help us make it happen.

We do have some goals for speaker selection, too. We obviously have, and appreciate, the great involvement we get from the product team. We aim to have a certain number of sessions from well-known members of the community, simply because they're well-known for a reason - they do a great job! But we also set aside slots for newcomers who've never presented before, or who've maybe only presented once or twice before. We want to create opportunities for more folks to become engaged and active in our community, and the Summit is a great way to do that.

We aren't looking for soft-skills sessions, like "how to get a new user group running," although contact us via email (summit@) if you'd like to do something like that as an extra evening thing after the main content wraps for the day.

 

How to submit abstracts of presentations

Presentations will be 45-minutes in length and the submission should include the following:

  • Presentation Title
  • Presentation abstract - a description of the presentation and the topics covered. 250 words or less and suitable for marketing.
  1. Go to http://eventmgr.azurewebsites.net/preregister/account/PSNA15/2015-NA-Speaker. Create an account.
  2. You can always return to http://eventmgr.azurewebsites.net/event/home/PSNA15 to login and access your abstracts.
  3. Click Abstracts
  4. Click Submit Abstract
  5. Provide a title and description; descriptions must be 50-250 words. Set the Status to “Ready to Review” when you are ready to send your session to us for consideration.

You can submit multiple presentations in the same topic area or for different ones. Be aware that even though the session length is 45 minutes we prefer to have at least 10 minutes set aside for questions. Summit presentations are intense and intimate often with plenty of audience interaction. Also because of the length, generally co-presenters are unnecessary, but that is not a requirement.

Presentation submission deadline - When you should send it by

Start sending your presentation submissions immediately! The selection committee will start selecting presentations as soon as they arrive so you don't want to miss out. The last day we will accept presentation submissions will be September 15, 2014.

When you will know you've been selected

The selection committee will start reviewing submissions immediately and begin the selection process. You will be informed if one or more of your presentations have been selected and sent a contract on or before October 06, 2014. You will need to return the signed contract by October 31, 2014.

Selected speakers will be given free admission to the event, including attendance at all official Summit activities. However, AWPP membership is not included. Speakers may not bring guests to the event. We have a limited budget, and the number of speakers selected will be partially governed by that budget. Speakers are responsible for their own travel expenses, including hotel, airfare, and ground transportation.

The final agenda will be announced and posted on PowerShell.Org.

We look forward to your submissions and your help in making PowerShell Summit North America 2015 the most valuable IT/Dev conference of the year!

About the Author

Jason Helmick

Jason is a 25-year IT veteran and full-time author for Pluralsight. He is an avid supporter of the PowerShell community as board member and CFO of PowerShell.Org. He is the author of Learn Windows IIS in a Month of Lunches and contributing author to PowerShell Deep Dives, along with a columnist for TechNet Magazine and many other industry publications. He is a frequent speaker at many conferences and can be contacted on Twitter: @theJasonHelmick