Visual Studio Live! Call for Papers

The Call for Presentations for Visual Studio Live! Orlando 2023 is now OPEN.

Proposals are due: Monday, March 20th, 2023 11:59 PM EST

Submit your proposal here:

Visual Studio Live! Orlando [Part of Live! 360]
November 12-17, 2023
Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Orlando, FL

Visual Studio Live! Orlando 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 two, and ideally more than 2 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, a quality abstract, and compelling takeaways for our participants.

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 2023 / 2024 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)
  • 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

Cloud Computing

  • Includes cloud, server, and messaging technologies
  • Container technology like containerd, Docker, Kubernetes, Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS), Azure Container Apps, Azure Container Instances (ACI) 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, 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 with modern applications
  • IoT and streaming analytics (including Azure IoT Hub; Azure Event Hubs; Azure Stream Analytics; Spark Streaming on Azure Databricks, Azure Synapse Analytics; and Apache Storm or Kafka on HDInsight)

New Experiences - Mobile, Desktop, and Native Clients

  • .NET MAUI for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac
  • Upgrading / Migrating Xamarin.Forms to .NET MAUI
  • iOS, Android native development (Swift, Java, Kotlin)
  • Uno Platform
  • Blazor native and hybrid app development
  • Flutter
  • 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 6
  • Design Principles (UI, UX, Interaction)

Human Factors in Engineering

  • Asynchronous development techniques
  • High quality code review outcomes and experiences
  • Building and supporting high performing teams¬†
  • Mentorship programs, benefits, and strategies for technologists
  • Effective inter-team feedback and communication
  • Team Communication/Collaboration tools (Microsoft Teams, Slack, Gitter, etc.)¬†
  • Product delivery processes and frameworks (agile, Scrum, Kanban, Lean, etc.)
  • Metrics at any level, what to collect and how to use them effectively
  • Lean and agile Testing Practices
  • Delivering at scale, the what, why, and how
  • Value Stream Mapping - what, why, and how
  • Psychologically safety and trust, why it matters
  • Teaming effectively in an increasingly remote and asynchronous world
  • Tools and techniques for facilitating events/meetings/ceremonies for distributed teams
  • Technologist career paths and career development strategies

Visual Studio / .NET

  • Visual Studio productivity
  • Visual Studio Code and extensions
  • Visual Studio for Mac
  • .NET 7, .NET 6, .NET Standard 2.0
  • Cross platform .NET for Linux, Windows, Mac, and others
  • New C# language features
  • Advanced .NET, such as building analyzers and .NET 6 or 7 code generation
  • Deep dive topics such as threading, performance optimization, and memory usage
  • Dependency Injection
  • Maker / Hobby / Games

Web Client

  • Blazor (server-side and client-side)
  • 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 Visual Studio Live! events will receive a full-conference pass and a stipend for each session they present. Speakers are responsible for their own travel costs and incidentals. That being said, the speaker stipend for two talks typically covers domestic flight costs and travel to/from the airport. Visual Studio Live! will also cover hotel accommodations (room and tax only) for a pre-determined number of nights at a hotel as outlined in the speaker agreement.

Proposals are due: Monday, March 13th, 2023 11:59 PM EST

Submit your proposal here:

We look forward to your submissions!
~ The Visual Studio Live! Event Team

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]