Call for Papers

The deadline for proposals is September 1, 2019.

 

The Call for Papers is for the following types of sessions:

  • 50 Minute Technical Breakout Sessions
    A technical breakout session should be an in-depth technical session that explores an issue, problem, or solution in a detailed manner. Marketing presentations will not be accepted.

  • 50 Minute Vendor Theaters 
    For sponsors who have purchased a 50 minute marketing-friendly breakout session.

  • Customer Testimonial Presentation
    For sponsors who would like to co-present a customer testimonial presentation with a customer. Includes a complimentary registration for your customer.

  • BOF's (Birds of a Feather Sessions)
    Birds of a Feather sessions (or BoFs) are informal gatherings of like-minded individuals who wish to discuss a certain topic without a pre-planned agenda. BoFs are a great place to meet other members of the community with similar interests. 


Keys to a valuable session - 50 Minute Technical Breakout Sessions


Partners and Consultants must incorporate:

  • Knowledge and technical level of the speaker: a speaker must be able to field questions from a knowledgeable audience

  • A clear statement of the problem to be dealt with and the elements of the solution

  • Inclusion of real-life case studies or experiences with solutions. Note that consultants must incorporate real-world experiences in their presentations

  • Inclusion of in-depth technical information designed to help the target audience understand the issues at hand

  • The actual presentation must match what you describe in the session description and abstract


    Other helpful hints for your session title and abstract:

  • Presentation descriptions should briefly describe the expected audience for the session.

  • Set up the problem/need your session will address (1–2 sentences).

  • Describe how your session will solve this problem/meet this need. Mention the main points/topics your session will cover. (1–3 sentences).

  • Tell how your session will help the participants or their customers. Will they save time, reduce overhead?

  • What is the key benefit? (1 sentence)

  • Do you recommend or require that participants have a certain level of technical expertise?

  • Spell out an acronym the first time that you use it in your abstract



The Call for Papers is for fifty minute sessions. The Call For Papers closes on 9/1/19.