Visual Studio Live! 2018 Call for Papers

Submit your proposals today!

Presentations are due:
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Submit your proposal here:

  • Visual Studio Live! Chicago - April 30 – September 17-20, 2018 - Renaissance Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Visual Studio Live! San Diego - October 7-11, 2018 - Hilton San Diego Resort, San Diego, CA

Visual Studio Live! Chicago and San Diego 2018 will offer a combination of hands-on labs, workshops, 75-minute 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.

Session proposals are welcome in the following topic areas:

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and DevOps

  • General DevOps (no tools)
  • Microsoft ALM / DevOps Tooling (version control, agile planning, build, release, monitoring)
  • ALM Features in Visual Studio Enterprise (CodeLens, Profilers, IntelliTrace)
  • Team Foundation Server Features
  • Online services (e.g. Visual Studio Team Services, GitHub)
  • Agile Software Development (Scrum / XP / Lean)
  • Release Tooling (Microsoft Release Management, Chef, Puppet, Octopus Deploy)
  • Load Testing
  • Customizing your development environment
  • PowerShell for developers
  • Cross-platform / heterogeneous development teams
  • Windows Subsystem for Linux (aka "Bash on on Windows")
  • Automated deployment to online stores
  • Application Analytics (App Insights, New Relic, etc.)
  • Visual Studio App Center

Cloud Computing

  • Includes cloud, server and messaging technologies
  • Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine
  • Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Steeltoe
  • Microsoft Azure new features and Marketplace offerings
  • Microservices architecture, design, and implementation, Azure Functions
  • Serverless computing (Azure Functions, Amazon Lamda)
  • Azure Logic Apps, Microsoft Flow, PowerApps
  • Azure IoT Suite
  • Services in general (REST, queuing, etc.)
  • Bot development; Microsoft Bot Framework
  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Intelligent assistants (Cortana, Alexa, Siri, etc.)
  • Other Artificial Intelligence

Database and Analytics

  • SQL Server (2017, as well as pre-2017 features/topics)
  • SQL Server on Linux
  • Azure SQL Database
  • Azure Database for PostgreSQL, MySQL
  • 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, 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), Microsoft Cognitive Services
  • NoSQL, including Cosmos DB
  • IoT and streaming analytics (including Azure IoT Hub, Azure Event Hubs, Azure Stream Analytics and Apache Storm or Kafka on HDInsight)
  • Data Science, including R and Python (standalone, in SQL Server and/or on HDInsight)

Mobile, Desktop, and Native Clients

  • Xamarin native for iOS, Android
  • Xamarin.Forms (iOS, Android, Windows, Mac)
  • iOS, Android native development
  • Mobile web and responsive web design
  • Cordova development in Visual Studio
  • React Native development
  • Cross-platform desktop development with Electron
  • 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
  • Building applications with Azure and UWP
  • Enterprise deployment and side-loading UWP LOB
  • .NET Native compiler for UWP
  • Moving from desktop to UWP
  • UWP for Xbox
  • UWP for HoloLens
  • Hololens, Unity, and related AR/VR/Gaming technologies in .NET
  • Microsoft Mixed Reality

Software Practices

  • Team Building
  • Development Patterns
  • Security practices
  • Async development techniques
  • Containers, Docker, etc.
  • Dependency Injection
  • Team Communication/Collaboration (Teams, Slack, Gitter, etc.)
  • Agile Testing Practices
  • Design (UI, UX, Interaction)

Visual Studio / .NET

  • Visual Studio 2017 features
  • Visual Studio v.Next features
  • Visual Studio for Mac
  • Visual Studio Code
  • NetStandard 2.0 and beyond
  • .NET Core on Windows, Linux, OS X, etc.
  • 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
  • Progressive Web Apps
  • Programming
  • Angular, React, Vue and other JavaScript UI frameworks
  • Client-side build and package management (e.g. Grunt, npm, yo, gulp, bower)
  • node.js and other server-side frameworks
  • TypeScript
  • Offline apps and database storage (e.g. SQLite)
  • Extensions to ECMAScript/JavaScript
  • Calling services via AJAX
  • 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

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 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
(925) 207-0468