Update: 2021 PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit

Hello PowerShell and Automation family!

It’s time to get excited for the PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit, which is returning April 27-29, 2021 as a virtual event. I’m here to share with you some details we have planned for this year’s event. The upcoming summit will differ from years past, since this event will be 100% virtual. You may wonder what a virtual event would be like, and is it worth it to attend?

What is the PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit?
PowerShell and DevOps experts from all over the world, including members from the PowerShell team, will join to discuss and learn about maximizing PowerShell in the workplace in 20+ fast-paced, knowledge-packed presentations. The Summit is also the place to explore and further your knowledge of DevOps principles and practices in a cross-platform environment. We will help you make new connections, learn new techniques, and offer something to your peers and colleagues when you return.

When is the event?
The event takes place online from April 27-29, 2021.

Is this a free event?
No, it is not a free event. The PowerShell Summit has always been a paid event, and this year is no different. The event will be online, but you will need to purchase a ticket to attend the sessions. Tickets for past events have been approximately $1700 dollars each.

The tickets for this year’s virtual event will be significantly less. We’ll announce official ticket pricing at the end of December.

What will the tickets cost, and when can I buy them?
Tickets will go on sale Friday, January 15, 2021. We will announce detailed ticket information at the end of December. The latest information can always can be found at our official event website: PowerShellSummit.org .

What is planned for the 2021 PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit?
The PowerShell + Devops Global Summit has always been the premiere event of the year to meet people, share ideas and learn new concepts, and the next conference will be no different. We plan to have the same amazing opportunities for attendees to who attend this virtual PowerShell + Devops Global Summit.

The event this year will be three days long and will feature some of the brightest minds in the community and from Microsoft. We strive to bring the best content to attendees each year, and this year will be no different. Our event will have a minimum of 8 speaker led sessions each day for attendees to take part in. Each session will have opportunities to talk with other attendees and ask the presenters questions. However, this will not be the same as attending an online meeting. The conferencing software will provide for a unique experience that will allow much greater participation than if you were attending a meeting with Teams or Zoom.

There will be keynote sessions from prominent industry leaders and some deep-dive sessions from vendors who have generously supported our event. We will also continue our tradition of presenting lightning demos that are rapid fire, short 5 to 8 minute demos. Presenting the lightning demos in the past has always been a challenge of trying to fit in all the content in the limited time we had in a live event. This year we will have more options for presenting lightning demos and we expect to have more demos to share.

Besides the three-day event, all sessions will be available on-demand for Summit attendees for an additional 12 months; that includes keynotes, speaker & vendor led sessions, and lightning demos. All content from the live event will be available on-demand, plus some additional content that won’t make it into the live event.

What else is offered? 
Each attendee will have access to the recorded sessions after the Summit end for an additional 12 months. There will be some swag for attendees and opportunities to win additional swag from vendors.

Who will be speaking at the PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit 2021?
Great question! As always, our speakers are from and represent the community. We will open our speaker submission process on Nov 30th. Anyone can submit, but we’re looking for the best of the best. We are looking for a minimum of 30 speaker sessions, of which 24 will make it to the Summit live event. All accepted submissions will be available after the Summit ends via our Summit Archive catalog. Anyone looking to submit a lightning demo can also start submitting on Nov 30th. We’ll have a separate announcement about the submission process and the details involved in that process later in the week.

Our submission process will continue until Jan 15th, 2021. Once the submission process ends, we will announce the lineup for speakers publicly. Besides our community speakers, members of the Microsoft PowerShell team will perform community demos and share product announcements.

About Mike Kanakos

Active Directory pro, PowerShell fanatic, sysadmin, contributing author to the PowerShell Conference Book, Co-organizer of @RTPSUG user group, tech blogger AND speaker at PowerShell Summit 2019!!!