Visual Studio Live! Call for Papers

The Call for Presentations for Visual Studio Live! Las Vegas 2023 is now OPEN.
Proposals are due:  Friday, September 2, 2022 11:59 PM PST

Submit your proposals here:  https://sessionize.com/vslive2023_LV

Visual Studio Live! Las Vegas – March 19-24, 2023 
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV  

Visual Studio Live! Las Vegas 2023 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 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 2023 VSLive! Training Course series. 

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

DevOps and Beyond

  • DevOps practices (not specific to tooling)
  • DevSecOps and other XXXOps enhancements
  • Operations for developers (on premises and cloud)
  • Site Reliability Engineering (SRE)
  • Production incident response
  • Observability
  • Incident Analysis
  • Human Factors in DevOps
  • Azure DevOps Services
  • Azure DevOps Server (latest release)
  • Azure DevOps and GitHub Integration
  • GitHub Enterprise Cloud
  • GitHub Advanced Security
  • GitHub Enterprise Server
  • GitHub Codespaces
  • GitHub Copilot
  • Microsoft ALM / DevOps Tooling (version control, agile planning, build, release, monitoring)
  • DevOps Features in Visual Studio Enterprise (CodeLens, Profilers, IntelliTrace); anything new or better in Visual Studio 2023 and later
  • Online services outside of Microsoft (e.g. GitLab, AWS, etc.)
  • Visual Studio App Center
  • Automated deployment to online stores (Apple, Android, etc.)
  • Release Tooling (Azure Pipelines, GitHub Actions, Chef, Puppet, Octopus Deploy)
  • Visual Studio tooling that facilitates Agile Software Development Practices (Scrum / XP / Lean)
  • Manual Testing Practices
  • Load and Performance Testing for applications using open-source technology
  • Developer Inner-loop optimization (workstation configuration, using containers, shells, etc.)
  • Customizing your team development environment
  • PowerShell for developers working as IT Pros
  • Cross-platform / heterogeneous development teams
  • 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
  • Migrating from a non-Microsoft platform to GitHub

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 Compute Platform
  • Microsoft Azure new features and Marketplace offerings
  • Microservices architecture, design, and implementation
  • Serverless computing (Azure Functions, Amazon Lambda)
  • Azure Logic Apps, Power Automate, PowerApps
  • 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 to modern applications
  • SQL Server (2019, 2022)
  • SQL Server on Linux and containers
  • Azure SQL Database, including Managed Instance, Edge, Serverless and Hyperscale
  • Azure Database for PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB
  • Microsoft BI, including Power BI, Power BI Premium, SQL Server Analysis Services and Azure Analysis Services
  • Big Data/Data Lake, including Azure Synapse Analytics, HDInsight, Azure Databricks, Azure Data Explorer and Azure Data Lake Storage
  • Data Management, including Azure Purview, Azure Data Factory, SQL Server Integration Services
  • Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), including Azure Machine Learning; AutoML; Azure Cognitive Services; Azure Open AI; ML/AI on Azure Databricks; ML.NET
  • NoSQL, including Cosmos DB, Managed Instance for Apache Cassandra
  • 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)
  • Data Science, including R and Python (standalone, in Azure Synapse Analytics, in SQL Server, in Azure SQL Managed Instance, in Power BI, on HDInsight and/or on Azure Databricks)
  • Data tooling, including SQL Server Data Tools, Visual Studio Code (with add-ins) and Azure Data Studio

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)

Technical Excellence and Leadership Skills

  • Development and Security leading practices
  • Asynchronous development techniques
  • Building and supporting high performing teams 
  • Coaching and mentorship skills
  • Effective feedback and communication skills
  • Team Communication/Collaboration tools (Microsoft Teams, Slack, Gitter, etc.) 
  • All things agile (Big "A" and little "a")
  • Lean and agile Testing Practices
  • Agile framework deep dives - Scrum, Kanban, Lean
  • Scaling Agile (SAFe, LeSS, etc.) - frameworks, strategies, and leading practices
  • Value Stream Mapping - what, why, and how
  • Building psychologically safe environments based on trust with your teams
  • Maintaining connection in an increasingly remote and asynchronous world
  • Best tools and techniques for facilitating events/meetings/ceremonies for distributed teams

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
  • ASP.NET MVC
  • ASP.NET Web API
  • 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 the host hotel as outlined in the speaker agreement.

Proposals are due: Friday, September 2, 2022 11:59 PM PST 

Submit your proposals here:  https://sessionize.com/vslive2023_LV

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]  
925.207.0468

For questions regarding exhibit or sponsorship sales, please contact:
Brent Sutton
Vice President
[email protected]   
415.518.1962