Visual Studio Live! Call for Papers

The Call for Presentations for Visual Studio Live! San Diego & Chicago 2019 is now OPEN.

Proposals are due: Friday, February 8, 2019, 11:59 PST

Submit your proposal here:

Visual Studio Live! San Diego
September 29 - October 3, 2019
San Diego Westin Gaslamp Quarter, CA

Visual Studio Live! Chicago
October 6-10, 2019
Swissotel Chicago, IL

Visual Studio Live! San Diego and Chicago will offer a combination of hands-on labs, workshops, 75-minute breakout sessions, 20-minute fast focus sessions, and panels.

We encourage you to submit multiple presentations (three or more) so that the conference chairs have more than two options per speaker. Each speaker will generally be selected to deliver two 75-minute presentations.

New for 2019 - all sessions will be recorded and made available to both on-site and virtual attendees.

We are also looking for two-day worshops and two-day hands-on labs that will be offered as part of the 2019 VSLive! Training Course series.

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

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and DevOps

  • General DevOps (no tools)
  • DevSecOps and other DevOps enhancements
  • Operations for developers (on premises and cloud)
  • Microsoft ALM / DevOps Tooling (version control, agile planning, build, release, monitoring)
  • ALM Features in Visual Studio Enterprise (CodeLens, Profilers, IntelliTrace, Load Testing)
  • Online services (e.g. Visual Studio Team Services, GitHub)
  • Visual Studio App Center
  • Team Foundation Server Features
  • Release Tooling (Microsoft Release Management, Chef, Puppet, Octopus Deploy)
  • Agile Software Development (Scrum / XP / Lean) with tools
  • Manual Testing Practices
  • Load and Performance Testing for Application
  • Customizing your team development environment
  • PowerShell for developers
  • Cross-platform / heterogeneous development teams
  • Windows Subsystem for Linux (aka “Bash on Windows”)
  • Automated deployment to online stores
  • Application Analytics (App Insights, New Relic, etc.)
  • Migrating from a non-Microsoft platform to a TFS / VSTS environment

Cloud Computing

  • Includes cloud, server and messaging technologies
  • Container technology like Docker and Kubernetes
  • Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine
  • Microsoft Azure new features and Marketplace offerings
  • Microservices architecture, design, and implementation
  • Serverless computing (Azure Functions, Amazon Lamda)
  • Azure Logic Apps, Microsoft Flow, PowerApps
  • Web API design
  • Services in general (REST, queuing, etc.)
  • Hosting non-Microsoft platforms in Azure (Java, NodeJS, Python, etc.)

Database and Analytics

  • SQL Server (2019, as well as pre-2019 features/topics)
  • SQL Server big data clusters
  • SQL Server on Linux and in containers
  • Azure SQL Database
  • Azure Database for PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB
  • Entity Framework, WCF Data Services, OData, Sync Services
  • Microsoft BI, including Power BI, SQL Server Analysis Services and Azure Analysis Services
  • Big Data, including HDInsight, Azure Data Lake Store Gen2, Azure Data Lake Analytics, Azure Databricks, and Azure SQL Data Warehouse
  • Data Management, including Azure Data Catalog, Azure Data Factory, SQL Server Integration Services
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, including Azure Machine Learning and Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK), Azure Cognitive Services, ML/AI on Azure Databricks, using TensorFlow with Microsoft technologies
  • NoSQL, including Cosmos DB, IoT and streaming analytics (including Azure IoT Hub; Azure Event Hubs; Azure Stream Analytics; Spark Streaming on Azure Databricks or SOL Server 2019; and Apache Storm or Kafka on HDInsight)
  • Data Science, including R and Python (standalone, in SQL Server, on HDInsight and/or on Azure Databricks)
  • Azure Data Explorer (formerly KustoDB)
  • Data tooling, including SQL Server Data Tools, Visual Studio Code (with add-ins) and Azure Data Studio

New Experiences - Mobile, Desktop, and Native Clients

  • Xamarin native for iOS, Android
  • Xamarin.Forms for iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Linux
  • iOS, Android native development (Swift, Java, Kotlin)
  • React Native development
  • Flutter
  • Cross-platform desktop development with Electron
  • Voice, text, and other bot experiences
  • AR/VR/MR experiences (Hololens and others)
  • Mobile web and responsive web design
  • Other HTML mobile tool/framework development
  • Smartphone, tablet, and touch-based HTML5 development
  • Bandwidth optimization and other mobile client concepts
  • Managing notifications
  • SQLite and offline data
  • Internet of Things (IoT) programming on devices
  • WPF and Universal/UWP applications with .NET + XAML

Software Practices

  • All things agile (Big “A” and little “a”)
  • Team Building
  • Development Patterns
  • Security practices
  • Asynchronous development techniques
  • Dependency Injection
  • Team Communication/Collaboration (Teams, Slack, Gitter, etc.)
  • Agile Testing Practices
  • Design (UI, UX, Interaction)
  • Scrum
  • Kanban
  • Lean
  • Value Stream Mapping

Visual Studio / .NET

  • Visual Studio 2019 features
  • Visual Studio 2017 productivity
  • Visual Studio Code
  • Visual Studio for Mac
  • .NET Standard 2.0 and beyond
  • .NET Core on Windows, Linux, Mac, and others
  • New C#/VB language features
  • Extending Visual Studio
  • Black belt coding
  • Polyglot/Heterogeneous development (native / scripting)
  • Maker / Hobby / Games

Web Client

  • Single-page application development
  • Angular, React, Vue, Vanilla JS and other JavaScript UI frameworks
  • WebAssembly, including Blazor, Ooui, Uno, and others
  • Progressive Web Apps
  • ECMAScript/JavaScript
  • TypeScript
  • node.js and other server-side frameworks
  • Client-side build and package management (e.g. npm, webpack)
  • Offline apps and database storage (e.g. SQLite)
  • Calling services via AJAX
  • Web UI Design
  • Core HTML5: newer concepts, tags, and enhancements to old ones
  • CSS 3
  • CSS animations
  • Rich media in HTML5 with the audio and video tags
  • 2D drawing/animation the canvas tag and SVG

Web Server

  • ASP.NET Core
  • Visual Studio Web developer tooling (built-in, add-ons, testing)
  • Developing ASP.NET applications for non-Windows servers
  • WCF
  • node.js

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! New Orleans, Boston, and Microsoft HQ 2019 will receive a full-conference pass and a stipend for each session they present. Visual Studio Live! 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 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

For questions regarding exhibit or sponsorship sales, please contact:
Navid Davani
Director of Sales