PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit 2017: Call for Topics

The PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit is the number one conference where PowerShell enthusiasts gather and learn from each other in fast-paced, knowledge packed presentations. PowerShell, and DevOps, experts from all over the world including MVP’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.
It's also the place to explore and further your knowledge of DevOps principles and practices in a Windows environment. It's a place to make new connections, learn new techniques, and offer something to your peers and colleagues. If you want to share your PowerShell or DevOps expertise, then this is your official call to submit presentations for selection!
The PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit 2017 will be returning to the Meydenbauer center, Bellevue WA on 9-12 April 2017.

TOPIC AREAS– What we are looking for

We are looking for presentations in a number of areas. The bulk of our sessions follow our now traditional 45-minute format. These sessions cover a wide aspect of PowerShell and DevOps expertise. Your proposed session should fit into one of the following areas:
  • 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.
  • DevOps in Practice – A deep dive into putting the DevOps principles into practice. PowerShell may be a part of DevOps in your organization or you may be using other tools. Presentations should focus on what you’re doing and how you’re doing it.
We are open to presentations across the entire ecosystem that has been built around PowerShell or the various DevOps tools. 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 third party products.
New topics will be preferred over the recycling of older topics – look to see what’s new in PowerShell 5.0 and use the questions on PowerShell.org to spot areas that could supply a good session for the Summit. However, we are still open to sessions on ‘older’ topics that address areas of great confusion or uncertainty.
We have a very limited number agenda slots available for double length sessions. These are reserved for experienced speakers that are delving into depths of a topic. Recent Summit’s have had sessions on security, containers on Windows, Azure automation and PowerShell based screen scraping. Please contact us – summit@powershell.org – with your idea before spending too much time developing such a session.
On Sunday 9 April we will have six 3 hour sessions available. These should cover either foundational topics that will either bring attendees up to speed in a particular area or be a very deep dive into an advanced topic. Again, these are reserved for experienced speakers so please contact us – summit@powershell.org – with your idea before spending too much time developing such a session.
Also on Sunday we’re looking to present half day workshops – Function review and DSC Resource review. Bring your code and get expert analysis and feedback together with help solving your problems in these areas. We’re looking for PowerShell and DSC experts to run these sessions. Please contact us – summit@powershell.org – if you could run such a session.

 What kind of sessions get selected?

We’re looking for sessions that go beyond – way beyond – ‘beginner’.  This is an ‘experts’ level conference and we expect the session to reflect that.
If you want to see examples of the depth we’re looking for use the recordings on the PowerShell.org Youtube channel from last year’s PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit as a guide.

We look for an abstract that’s compelling and makes us want 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.
We want to see the code. Don’t just talk about it – this is a PowerShell summit not a PowerPoint Summit. If your session isn’t predominately demonstrations its probably not right for the Summit.
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.
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 are going to be presenting about a module you’ve created don’t just show it in use. Show the code! Show how you solved the problem! What issues did you have and how did you do to overcome them?
You are more likely to be accepted as a speaker if you have multiple sessions we can accept. We have a very limited speaker budget and to maximize value to attendees we need to keep our costs down. We can do this if speakers present multiple sessions. They don’t have to be on the same topic – its better if they aren’t.
To give you some ideas we’ve conducted a survey of topics potential attendees would like to see covered:
  • DevOps tools and practices
  • DevOps on Windows
  • Source control
  • Testing – pester, OVF, TDD etc.
  • Metrics and measurements in DevOps
  • PowerShell next generation
  • JEA
  • Exchange web services
  • System Center – SCSM, SCCM
  • PowerShell + SQL Server
  • Software Inventory logging
  • More DSC – specially to enable WinOps
If you have any doubts about the suitability of a particular session, please contact us - summit@powershell.org – 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 (summit@powershell.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.
Internet connectivity is available in the conference center but bandwidth is limited. If you rely on connecting to the cloud for your sessions then consider recording any demonstrations as a contingency.

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.
Go to https://www.eventloom.com/event/register/summit2017/Speaker?preregister=1. Notice that you'll get a certificate error if you don't use the "www" at the front.
This is the only valid URL for pre-registration. Provide and confirm your e-mail address, name and other required details. 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 2016. ANY NON-SPEAKER REGISTRATIONS WILL BE DELETED AT THAT TIME.
  • Click Abstracts on the top menu
  • Click SUBMIT ABSTRACT
  • Enter Title and Description.
  • Click SUBMIT
  • 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://www.eventloom.com/event/login/summit2017
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.

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 Sunday 2 October 2016. 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 Monday 10 October 2016.
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 23 October 2016 so that we have a completed agenda in time for attendee registration.
We will notify all potential speakers by 23 October 2016 if their sessions haven’t been accepted.
Speakers, with accepted sessions, will be given free admission to the event, including attendance at all official Summit activities. 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 governed by that budget.
All speakers will receive a stipend of $400 per session (more for the longer Sunday sessions) to assist with travelling and accommodation expenses.
Pre-registering as a speaker does not guarantee you a place at the event. 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 23 October 2016, 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 2016 and through 3 March 2017, 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, Tuesday 1 November 2016.
We look forward to your submissions and your help in making PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit 2017 the most valuable IT/Dev conference of the year building on and surpassing the previous Summits!