Live! 360 Call for Papers

Now Open - Visual Studio Live! Las Vegas 2025 Call for Papers

Deadline - August 12, 2024

Submit sessions here:

Visual Studio Live! Las Vegas
Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
March 10 - 14, 2025

Visual Studio Live! Las Vegas 2025 will offer a combination of in-depth and interactive sessions including workshops, hands-on labs, 75-minute breakouts, and 20-minute fast focuses. We invite you to submit sessions in any and all of these categories, and you may also submit across multiple topic areas at a single show.

To help you in creating successful submissions, we want to share some of the considerations that go into our process of selecting our speakers and sessions for a Visual Studio Live! event. First, each speaker will typically be selected to deliver two presentations. That means that it is in your best interest to submit at least three breakout sessions in addition to any Fast Focus topics you may be submitting. This ensures that the conference chairs have more than two options per speaker, particularly if the topic you are submitting is popular and is being submitted by a number of people for the same show. Next, please make sure that your title is clear and appropriate to the track you are submitting it to, and that your description includes enough detail to understand what audience members will walk away from your sessions having learned. Again, many speakers often provide submissions on the same topics, meaning it comes down to a meaningful title and a quality abstract.

Wanting to dig in even deeper and offer hands on experience and learning? We are also looking for speakers willing to deliver two-day workshops and two-day hands-on labs that will be offered as part of the 2025 VSLive! Training Course series.

Session, workshop, and hands-on lab proposals are welcome in the following topic areas:

Modern Software Engineering

  • Key Pillars of DevOps (automation, collaboration, customer centricity, etc.)
  • DevSecOps and other XXXOps enhancements
  • Operations for developers (on premises and cloud)
  • Site Reliability Engineering (SRE)
  • Platform Engineering
  • Observability benefits, strategies, and tooling
  • Monitoring benefits, strategies, and tooling
  • Azure DevOps Services
  • Azure DevOps Server (latest release)
  • Azure DevOps and GitHub integration
  • GitHub Enterprise Cloud
  • GitHub Enterprise Server
  • GitHub Advanced Security
  • GitHub Codespaces
  • GitHub Copilot
  • Microsoft DevOps Tooling (version control, agile planning, build, release, monitoring)
  • DevOps Features in Visual Studio Enterprise (CodeLens, Profilers, IntelliTrace)
  • Online services outside of Microsoft (e.g. GitLab, AWS, etc.)
  • Release Tooling (Azure Pipelines, GitHub Actions, Chef, Puppet, Octopus Deploy)
  • Secure pipeline tooling and management
  • Component management and attestation
  • Visual Studio tooling that facilitates Agile Software Development Practices (Scrum / XP / Lean)
  • Leading practices in test development, execution strategy, environment management, and automation
  • Developer “inner-loop” optimization (workstation configuration, using containers, shells, etc.)
  • Customizing your team development environment
  • Windows Subsystem for Linux (aka “Bash on Windows”)
  • Application Analytics (App Insights, New Relic, etc.)
  • Migrating from a non-Microsoft platform to an Azure DevOps Server/Services environment
  • Development, Quality, and Security leading practices
  • Asynchronous development techniques

Cloud Computing

  • Includes cloud, server, and messaging technologies
  • .NET Aspire
  • CNCF tools, libraries, and frameworks such as dapr
  • Container technology like containerd, Docker, Kubernetes, Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS), Azure Container Apps (ACA), and Azure Container Registry (ACR)
  • Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud
  • Microsoft Azure new features and Marketplace offerings
  • Microservices architecture, design, and implementation
  • Serverless computing (Azure Functions, Amazon Lambda)
  • Azure Logic Apps, Power Automate, PowerApps
  • Low code/no code, including Power Platform and SharePoint
  • Web API design
  • WebAssembly outside the browser (e.g. WASI, component model, rustlet)
  • Services in general (REST, queuing, etc.)
  • Hosting non-Microsoft platforms in Azure (Java, NodeJS, Python, etc.)

Database and Analytics

  • Entity Framework
  • Integrating “legacy” data to modern applications
  • SQL Server 2022
  • SQL Server on Linux and containers
  • Azure SQL Database, including Managed Instance, Edge, Serverless and Hyperscale
  • Azure Database for PostgreSQL, MySQL, and MariaDB
  • Microsoft BI, including Power BI, Power BI Premium, Microsoft Fabric, SQL Server Analysis Services and Azure Analysis Services
  • Big Data/Data Lake, including Microsoft Fabric Data Lakehouse, Data Warehouse, Eventhouse and Data Engineering, Azure Synapse Analytics, HDInsight, Azure
  • Databricks, Azure Data Explorer and Azure Data Lake Storage
  • Data Management, including Microsoft Purview, Azure Data Factory, Microsoft Fabric Data Factory (pipelines and Dataflows v2), SQL Server Integration Services
  • NoSQL, including Cosmos DB, Managed Instance for Apache Cassandra
  • IoT and streaming analytics (including Azure IoT Hub; Azure Event Hubs; Azure Stream Analytics; Microsoft Fabric Real-Time Intelligence, Spark Streaming on Azure
  • Databricks and Azure Synapse Analytics; and Apache Storm or Kafka on HDInsight)
  • Data tooling, including SQL Server Data Tools, Visual Studio Code (with add-ins) and Azure Data Studio

Cutting Edge AI

  • RAG application development tools and techniques, vector embeddings and search, and vector database capabilities in Azure AI Search, Cosmos DB and SQL Server
  • Azure AI, including Azure OpenAI, Azure Machine Learning and Azure Cognitive Services
  • Microsoft Copilot technologies and development, including Copilot Studio, building Copilot plug-ins, or using copilots in dev tools
  • OpenAI services and APIs
  • Generative AI tooling, including prompt flow, Semantic Kernel, Azure OpenAI Studio, Azure AI Studio and Responsible AI Dashboard
  • AI in Power Apps, Power Virtual Agents, and in-application AI in Windows 11
  • Developing for Copilot+ PCs, Phi-2, Small Language Models, and model fine-tuning
  • Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), including Azure Machine Learning; Azure AutoML; Microsoft Fabric Data Science and FLAML; ML/AI on Azure
  • Databricks; ML.NET
  • Data Science, including R and Python (standalone, in Microsoft Fabric, Azure Synapse Analytics, in SQL Server, in Azure SQL Managed Instance, in Power BI, on HDInsight and/or on Azure Databricks)
  • MLOps and model monitoring, including MLflow on Databricks and in Microsoft Fabric

New Experiences - Mobile, Desktop, and Native Clients

  • .NET MAUI for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac
  • Upgrading / Migrating Xamarin.Forms to .NET MAUI
  • iOS, and Android native development (Swift, Java, Kotlin)
  • Flutter, Uno Platform, Avalonia, and similar products
  • Blazor native and hybrid app development
  • Voice, text, and other bot experiences
  • Metaverse: AR/VR/MR experiences
  • Mobile web and responsive web design
  • WinUI, WPF and Windows Forms applications with .NET 8
  • Design Principles (UI, UX, Interaction)

Human Factors in Engineering

  • Recognizing burnout in yourself or your team and taking appropriate action
  • High-quality code review outcomes and experiences
  • Mentorship programs, including benefits, and strategies for impact and scale
  • Effective inter-team feedback and communication
  • Team communication/collaboration tools (Microsoft Teams, Slack, Azure DevOps boards, etc.)
  • Recognizing and succeeding through confidence killers like Imposter Syndrome
  • Metrics, OKRs, and goal setting for individuals and teams
  • Psychological safety and trust, why it matters, and how to build it
  • Teaming effectively in an increasingly remote and asynchronous world
  • Leveraging AI tools and solutions to boost the non-technical aspects of your career
  • Tools and techniques for facilitating events/meetings/ceremonies
  • Technologist career paths and career development strategies
  • Customer experience strategies, tools, and leading practices
  • Product delivery processes and frameworks (agile, Scrum, Kanban, Lean, etc.)
  • Lean and agile testing practices
  • Delivering effectively at scale
  • Value Stream Mapping - what, why, and how

Visual Studio / .NET

  • Visual Studio productivity
  • Visual Studio Code and extensions
  • .NET 8 and 9
  • Cross platform .NET for Linux, Windows, Mac, and others
  • New C# language features
  • Advanced .NET, such as building analyzers and .NET code generation
  • Deep dive topics such as Dependency Injection, threading, performance optimization, and memory usage
  • Instrumentation, logging, tracing, and OpenTelemetry
  • Maker / Hobby / Games

Web Client

  • Blazor (server-side, client-side, and .NET 8 and 9 capabilities)
  • Angular, React, Vue, and other JavaScript UI frameworks
  • WebAssembly, including .NET, Go, Rust, and others
  • Progressive Web Apps
  • ECMAScript/JavaScript
  • TypeScript
  • node.js and other server-side frameworks

Web Server

  • ASP.NET Core Features
  • ASP.NET Razor Pages
  • Visual Studio Web developer tooling (built-in, add-ons, testing)

Submission Guidelines

Please include the following information with your submission (failure to supply all requested information may limit opportunities for selection):

  • Speaker's Name
  • Speaker's Title
  • Speaker's Company
  • Title of Presentation
  • 100-word Description of Presentation
  • 3-5 Bullets, explaining what the attendee will learn from presentation (learning objectives)
  • Speaker's Color Photo (hi-resolution)
  • Speaker's Bio, including previous conference speaking/presentation experience

Speakers chosen to present at a Visual Studio Live! conference will receive a stipend for each session they present. Visual Studio Live! Conferences will also cover hotel accommodations (room and tax only) for a pre-determined number of nights at the host hotel as outlined in the speaker agreement. Speakers are responsible for their own travel costs and incidentals.

Submit sessions here:

For questions or to be added to our call for presentations notification list, please contact
Danielle Potts 
Sr. Event Manager
[email protected]  

For questions regarding exhibit or sponsorship sales, please contact:
Brent Sutton
VP, Events
[email protected]