PowerShell Summit NA 2016 – Call for Topics
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 Bellevue, WA. to discuss and learn 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 2016 will be held 4-6 April in the Meydenbauer center, Bellevue WA.
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. New topics will be preferred over recycling of older topics – look to see what’s new in PowerShell 5.0 and use the questions on PowerShell.org to spot areas of confusion that could supply a good session for the Summit.
We may consider double length sessions, but only in exceptional cases. Please contact us – firstname.lastname@example.org – with your idea before spending too much time developing such a session.
What kind of sessions get selected?
We’re looking for sessions that go beyond – way beyond – “beginner.” If you want to see examples of the depth we’re looking for use the recordings on the PowerShell.org Youtube channel from the PowerShell Summit Europe 2014, or PowerShell Summit NA 2015 as a guide. 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. If in doubt aim high, very high. Remember, Summit sessions are recorded, so if you’ve 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.
If you have any doubts about the suitability of a particular session please contact us - email@example.com – we’re always happy to discuss proposed sessions.
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 – the audience will judge you on content not style. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like to do something like that as an extra evening thing after the main content wraps for the day.
Please note all sessions are to be delivered in English. Presenter will provide all equipment needed to deliver session(s), including a laptop or other computer. Presenter must be able to provide video by means of HDMI, DVI-D, or DisplayPort connectors – VGA is NOT supported. Presenter must be able to manually select an appropriate screen resolution for video output. Typically, 1024×768 or 1280×720 are preferred.
How to submit abstracts of presentations
Presentations will be 45-minutes in length and the submission should include the following:
Presentation abstract – a description of the presentation and the topics covered. 250 words or less and suitable for marketing.
This is the only valid URL for pre-registration. Provide your e-mail address, password, and confirm password. You’re creating a new account, even if you’ve attended past Summit events.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REGISTER FOR THE SUMMIT AS AN ATTENDEE AT THIS STAGE – WE WILL BE OPENING REGISTRATION IN NOVEMBER 2015. ANY NON-SPEAKER REGISTRATIONS WILL BE DELETED.
Click Abstracts on the top menu
Click SUBMIT ABSTRACT
Enter Title and Description.
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.
To return to the site at a later time, go to https://eventloom.com/event/login/PSNA16
Click Log In. You can then re-visit Abstracts.
Note that you must set your abstract status to Ready for Review or we won’t see it. If you leave it in Pending, it won’t be considered.
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. You must expect questions and discussions. This is not a “lecture to the audience” event. Also because of the session 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 Thursday 1 October 2015. This is a hard deadline – no sessions will be accepted after this date.
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 notified by Thursday 15 October 2015.
You will need to log back onto the event site and complete your registration with the code we will provide in the notification email. This will have to occur before 31 October 2015 so that we have a completed agenda in time for attendee registration.
Speakers, with accepted sessions, 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 day sessions or evening events. We have a limited budget, and the number of speakers selected will be partially governed by that budget.
Pre-registering does not guarantee you a place at the event. Pre-registration is until 1 October 2015. Final session selections will be made by 15 October 2015, and you will be notified of accepted/unaccepted sessions.
If at least two sessions are accepted, you will be asked to immediately make a reservation at our speaker hotel. You will be given our group code, and we will directly pay for up to 3 nights’ lodging. Any additional nights are your responsibility as are travel and other costs.
If any sessions are accepted, you will be asked to immediately complete your Summit registration using a free promotional code. If you do not complete your registration by 1 November 2015, then we will assume you do not wish to present and your sessions will be cancelled, and the slots offered to another speaker.
If no sessions are accepted, then your pre-registration will be deleted. Beginning 1 November 2015 and through 4 March 2016, you are welcome to create a new account and register as a standard attendee on a space-available basis.
The final agenda will be announced and posted on PowerShell.Org on, or about, Sunday 1 November 2015.
We look forward to your submissions and your help in making PowerShell Summit North America 2016 the most valuable IT/Dev conference of the year building on and surpassing the previous Summits!