The Call for Presentations for Visual Studio Live! Austin, Boston, & Redmond 2016 are now OPEN

Submit your proposals today!

Presentations are due:
Friday, December 4, 2015 5:00 PST

The 2016 Visual Studio Live!

Call for Presentations is now OPEN for the following locations:

  • Visual Studio Live! Austin, a four day conference taking place May 16-19, 2016 at Hyatt Regency in Austin, TX.
  • Visual Studio Live! Boston, a four day conference taking place June 13-16, 2016 at Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, MA.
  • Visual Studio Live! Redmond, a five day conference taking place August 8-12, 2016 at Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, WA.

Submit your proposal here:

For 23 years Visual Studio Live! events have provided expert solutions for developers. Attendees come to Visual Studio Live! to acquire practical, pragmatic and immediately applicable knowledge. They come for inspiration and to be shown a vision of a better future through the use of concepts, techniques, patterns and technology that they can apply in their organizations. And they come for a glimpse of the future of technology; the cool stuff that Microsoft and others are building that may not be useful today but will factor into their strategic planning process.

These four and five-day agendas will cover the following topics:

Software Practices

  • DevOps
  • Application Lifecycle Management
  • TFS/VSO Features
  • Team Building
  • Agile Software Development (Scrum / XP / Lean)
  • Development Patterns
  • ALM Features in Visual Studio (CodeLens, Profilers)
  • Release Tooling (Microsoft Release Management, Chef, Puppet, Octopus Deploy)
  • Online services (e.g. Visual Studio Online, GitHub)
  • Microsoft ALM / DevOps Tooling (version control, agile planning, build, release, monitoring)
  • Security practices

Visual Studio / .NET

  • Visual Studio 2015 features
  • New C#/VB language features
  • Async development techniques
  • Cross platform .NET on Linux, OS X, etc.
  • Internet of Things (IoT) development using Visual Studio
    e.g. Windows 10 IoT Core
  • .NET Core (DNX) development
  • Extending Visual Studio
  • Black belt coding

Windows Client (Windows 10 (including Win10 Mobile), WPF)

  • WPF and (Universal/UWP) applications with .NET + XAML
  • Building applications with Azure and UWP
  • Side-loading LOB applications to Windows 10
  • .NET Native compiler for UWP
  • Moving from desktop to Universal
  • Moving from Windows 8.x to Universal

Mobile Client

  • Xamarin development
    • Xamarin native for iOS, Android
    • Xamarin.Forms
  • iOS, Android native development
  • Mobile Web
    • Responsive web design
    • Cordova development in Visual Studio
    • Other HTML mobile tool/framework development
    • Smartphone, tablet, and touch-based HTML5 development
  • Bandwidth optimization and other mobile client concepts
  • Managing push notifications
  • SQLite and offline data
  • Internet of Things (IoT) programming on embedded devices

JavaScript/HTML5 Client

  • Single-page application development
  • Programming
  • Angular 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, AtScript
  • 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


  • ASP.NET 5
  • Web Forms
  • Visual Studio Web developer tooling (built-in, add-ons, testing)
  • Developing ASP.NET applications for non-Windows servers

Cloud Computing

  • Includes cloud, server and messaging technologies
  • Windows Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine
  • Windows Azure new features and Marketplace offerings
  • WCF
  • Services in general (REST, queuing, etc.)
  • Azure IoT Suite

Database and Analytics

  • SQL Server
  • SqlLite
  • Azure SQL Database
  • Entity Framework, WCF Data Services, OData, Sync Services
  • Microsoft BI, including Power BI
  • Big Data, including HDInsight, Azure Data Lake and Azure SQL Data Warehouse
  • Machine Learning, including Azure ML
  • NoSQL, including DocumentDB
  • Azure Data Factory
  • IoT and streaming analytics (including Azure Event Hubs and Azure Stream Analytics)

Session Length
We will be offering 75-minute sessions Tuesday through Thursday and eight-hour workshops on Monday and Friday.

Hands-On Sessions
We are planning to offer a number of hands-on sessions, in which attendees will use their own laptops. If you submit a session that could be hands-on, please clearly indicate this (“HOL”) in your proposal. Be prepared to provide a PDF lab guide for students to use in class, as part of your session materials.

Our call for papers will wrap up on December 4, so please don’t delay!

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
  • Speaker’s Color Photo (hi-resolution)
  • Speaker’s Bio, including previous conference speaking/presentation experience

Presenter Expenses
Speakers chosen to present at Visual Studio Live! 2016 conferences 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.

We look forward to your submissions.

The Visual Studio Live! Event Team