Visual Studio Live! Call for Papers

The 2017 Visual Studio Live! Call for Presentations is now OPEN for the following locations:

  • Visual Studio Live! Chicago, a four day conference taking place September 18-21, 2017 at Chicago Marriott Downtown.
  • Visual Studio Live! Anaheim, a four day conference taking place October 16-19, 2017 at Hyatt Regency Anaheim, a Disneyland® Good Neighbor Hotel.
  • Visual Studio Live! Orlando, a five day conference taking place November 13-17, 2017 at Loews Royal Pacific Resort.

Proposals are due:    Friday, March 24, 2017 5:00pm PST

Submit your proposal here:
For 24 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.

The agendas will cover the following topics:

Software Practices

  • Team Building
  • Development Patterns
  • Security practices
  • Async development techniques
  • Containers, Docker, etc.
  • Dependency Injection
  • Team Communication/Collaboration (Teams, Slack, Gitter, etc.)

Application Lifecycle Management

  • ALM Features in Visual Studio Enterprise (CodeLens, Profilers, IntelliTrace)
  • Team Foundation Server Features
  • Online services (e.g. Visual Studio Team Services, GitHub)
  • Microsoft ALM / DevOps Tooling (version control, agile planning, build, release, monitoring)
  • Agile Software Development (Scrum / XP / Lean)
  • DevOps
  • Release Tooling (Microsoft Release Management, Chef, Puppet, Octopus Deploy)
  • Load Testing
  • Agile Testing Practices
  • Customizing your development environment
  • PowerShell for developers
  • Cross-platform / heterogenous development teams
  • Automated deployment to online stores

Visual Studio / .NET

  • Visual Studio 2017 features
  • .NET Core on Windows, Linux, OS X, etc.
  • Visual Studio Code
  • New C#/VB language features
  • Hololens, Unity, and related AR/VR/Gaming technologies in .NET
  • Internet of Things (IoT) development using Visual Studio (e.g. Windows 10 IoT Core)
  • Extending Visual Studio
  • Black belt coding
  • Heterogeneous development (native / scripting)

Mobile, Desktop, and Native Clients

  • Xamarin native for iOS, Android
  • Xamarin.Forms
  • OS, 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
  • Side-loading LOB applications to Windows 10
  • .NET Native compiler for UWP
  • Moving from desktop to Universal
  • Moving from Windows 8.x to Universal
  • UWP for Xbox
  • UWP for HoloLens

Web Client

  • Single-page application development
  • Programming
  • Angular, React, Aurelia 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

Cloud Computing

  • Microservice architecture, design, and implementation
  • Includes cloud, server and messaging technologies
  • Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine
  • Microsoft Azure new features and Marketplace offerings
  • Services in general (REST, queuing, etc.)
  • Azure IoT Suite
  • Using Bash on Ubuntu on Windows

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 Store, Azure Data Lake Analytics and Azure SQL Data Warehouse
  • Azure Data Catalog
  • Machine Learning, including Azure ML
  • NoSQL, including DocumentDB
  • Azure Data Factory
  • IoT and streaming analytics (including Azure IoT Hub, 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 March 24, 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 the 2017 Visual Studio Live! Chicago, Anaheim and Orlando 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