The Call for Presentations for Visual Studio Live! – Part of Live! 360 Orlando 2018 Is Now Open!

Proposals are due:

Monday, April 16, 2018 11:59 PM EST

Submit your proposal here:

Live! 360 returns to Orlando, December 2-7, 2018 at the Royal Pacific Resort, Orlando, FL. Live! 360 offers six co-located technical conferences for the Developer and IT community at one time for one low price. Incorporating knowledge transfer, networking and leading-edge training, these conferences keep attendees up-to-date on current technologies with a look to the future.

Live! 360 invites you to submit proposals for our upcoming event, which includes the following co-located conferences. We strongly encourage you to submit multiple presentations (three or more) so that the conference chairs have more than two options per speaker.

Visual Studio Live!: is celebrating its 25th year of providing real-world, practical information and training to attendees with the cutting-edge techniques needed to solve development challenges with existing Microsoft products, shipping or soon-to-be shipping technologies compatible with the .NET Framework and Visual Studio.

SQL Server Live!: provides a broad range of content for administrators, DBAs, and developers to help them do more with their SQL Server investment. Sessions will cover performance tuning, security, reporting, data integration, adopting new techniques, improving old approaches, and modernizing the SQL Server infrastructure.

TechMentor: is celebrating its 20th year of providing in depth training for IT Pros. TechMentor not only covers the latest and greatest technologies, but also the latest techniques - even ones that help attendees leverage the technologies they are currently using. Expect troubleshooting tips, performance optimization training, and best practices from peers and experts in the industry.

Artificial Intelligence Live!: NEW to Live! 360 in 2018 - an innovative new conference for current and aspiring developers, data scientists and data engineers on AI, machine learning, data science, Big Data analytics, IoT and streaming analytics, bots, and more. Expect real-world training on the languages, libraries, APIs, tools and cloud services you need to do real AI and machine learning, today and into the future.

Office and SharePoint Live!: provides leading-edge knowledge and training for SharePoint administrators and developers who must extend, deploy and maintain SharePoint Server on-premises and in Office 365 to maximize the business value. In addition, this event will also cover Office 365 and Office clients for developers & administrators.

Modern Apps Live!: an innovative conference for software architects, development managers, team leads, and senior developers providing end-to-end narrative covering all aspects of building modern apps using today's technologies. Attendees will leave the conference with a complete picture of what goes into building a modern app for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android devices that all interact with state-of-the-art backend services running in public or private clouds. (Due to the nature of Modern Apps Live!, speaker proposals are not being solicited.)

Speaker Compensation:
Speakers chosen to present at a Live! 360 conference will receive a stipend for each session or workshop they present. Live! 360 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.

The Call for Presentations is posted at:

Remember, proposals are due: Monday, April 16, 2018 5:00 PM PST

CFP Topics by Event:

Visual Studio Live!

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, Load Testing)
  • Visual Studio App Center
  • 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 and Performance Testing for Application
  • Customizing your 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 / TVSTS

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
  • Serverless computing (Azure Functions, Amazon Lamda)
  • Azure Logic Apps, Microsoft Flow, PowerApps
  • Services in general (REST, queuing, etc.)
  • Container technology like Docker and Kubernetes
  • Hosting non-Microsoft platforms in Azure (Java, NodeJS, Python, etc.)

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
  • Asynchronous 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 v.Next features
  • Visual Studio 2017 features
  • Visual Studio Code
  • Visual Studio for Mac
  • .NET Standard 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
  • TypeScript
  • Angular, React, Vue, Vanilla JS and other JavaScript UI frameworks
  • node.js and other server-side frameworks
  • Client-side build and package management (e.g. Grunt, npm, yo, gulp, bower)
  • 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
  • Web API
  • Visual Studio Web developer tooling (built-in, add-ons, testing)
  • Developing ASP.NET applications for non-Windows servers
  • WCF
  • NodeJS

SQL Server Live!

We’re always open to our presenters’ suggestions for sessions, but here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Working with SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT)
  • Performance tuning and optimization in OLTP applications
  • SQL Server security—from an operational and development perspective
  • Analysis Services, including MOLAP and Tabular modes, MDX and DAX, as well as Reporting Services and SQL Server Machine Learning Services
  • Big Data and unstructured data in SQL Server with PolyBase and native JSON support
  • Information Management with Integration Services, Master Data Services and Data Quality Services
  • Power BI
  • The Microsoft Azure data stack: Azure SQL Data Warehouse, HDInsight, Databricks, Data Lake, Cosmos DB, Data Factory, Data Catalog, Event Hubs, Stream Analytics and IoT Hub
  • Operational analytics with in-memory OLTP and Columnstore indexes
  • High availability, disaster recovery, and continuity planning
  • Operational monitoring and maintenance
  • Development techniques and best practices
  • Cloud and hybrid datacenter services and approaches, including Azure SQL Database, SQL Server Stretch Database and SQL Server running on Azure VMs or Amazon Relational Database Services (RDS)


We are asking you to propose topics in the following general tracks:

  • Hybrid and Cloud Operations: These topics should include Windows Server, Azure Stack, Linux, systems management, virtualization, containers, and other datacenter-focused sessions. Sessions here can also focus on real-world use of cloud services and how to get more from them. Whether that’s Azure, Google, or AWS, sessions here should see a focus on extremely practical applications, not pie-in-the-sky, you-might-do-this-someday.
  • Client Devices: Sessions should focus on Windows Client, mobile device management, and other client-centric topics. Operating system deployment, device security, and related areas are also in-scope.
  • DevOps: These will drill into automation, with a strong emphasis on Windows PowerShell and related technologies. Desired State Configuration, self-service management, and similar topics are a great fit here.
  • IT Soft Skills: We will accept a small number of sessions designed to round out attendees’ resumes. Better presentation skills, project management, and related topics are perfect.
  • Infrastructure. This track will focus on networking infrastructure, storage infrastructure, and other, related topics. This is a great opportunity to help expand attendees’ knowledge base.
  • IT Security. White hat hacking, penetration testing, system hardening, network security, sessions in this track focus on the IT security tasks to be encountered by the everyday IT Professional in their job.

Artificial Intelligence Live!

Intelligent Applications

  • Ethics and AI
  • Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Microsoft Cortana
  • Amazon Rekognition
  • Azure Bot Service
  • Microsoft Bot Framework
  • Microsoft Cognitive Services
  • Machine Learning API Services on Amazon, Google, IBM clouds
  • Google AI
  • Q#
  • F#
  • Quantum Computing

Machine Learning Algorithms and Libraries

  • Picking the right algorithm
  • What is deep learning?
  • TensorFlow
  • Caffe
  • Microsoft CNTK (Cognitive Toolkit)
  • Apache MXNet
  • Scikit-learn, NumPy and Pandas
  • R machine learning algorithms and packages
  • Weka

Data Visualization

  • R plots and packages (ggplot2, etc.)
  • Python data visualization libraries (Matplotlib, etc.)
  • D3.js

Cloud ML Platforms

  • Microsoft Machine Learning Services and Machine Learning Studio
  • Amazon Machine Learning and SageMaker
  • Google Cloud Machine Learning, Datalab and AutoML

Tools and Platforms

  • Jupyter & Zeppelin notebooks
  • SAS
  • Data Iku, H20, RapidMiner, DataRobot
  • Knime, Weka
  • Microsoft Machine Learning Server (fka Microsoft R Server)
  • SQL Server Machine Leaning Services (fka SQL Server R Services)
  • Azure Data Science Virtual Machines
  • PyCharm, R Studio, R and Python in Visual Studio and VS Code


  • Python
  • R
  • Matlab

ML on Big Data

  • Spark MLLib
  • PySpark and SparkR
  • R Server on HDInsight
  • Apache Mahout, Samsara

GPU Technology

  • NVIDIA CUDA Programming
  • Intel MKL, DNN
  • Azure NC virtual machines
  • Google Cloud Platform GPU
  • Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs

Analytics and Big Data

  • Hadoop (including HDInsight)
  • Hadoop ecosystem components (Hive, Pig, Sqoop, HBase, etc.)
  • Spark (including HDInsight and Azure Databricks)
  • Spark subcomponents: Spark SQL, GraphX
  • Cosmos DB
  • NoSQL (including MongoDB, Cassandra, Couchbase, DynamoDB, Big Table, etc.)
  • Azure Data Lake Analytics and U-SQL

IoT and Streaming Data Analytics

  • Internet of Things concepts and technologies
  • Azure IoT Hub
  • Apache Kafka
  • Apache Storm
  • Spark Streaming
  • Azure Stream Analytics

Office & SharePoint Live!

Office & SharePoint Live! invites you to submit proposals for our upcoming event that are suited to our educational focal points, which include (but aren’t limited to):

SharePoint for IT Pros: These sessions will explore best practices for managing a SharePoint environment and integrating with other systems to unleash the full power of the software and your company!

  • Managing SharePoint Online / Office 365
  • Making the best of a hybrid world: SharePoint On-Premises linked with Office 365 / SharePoint Online
  • Consuming cloud services from SharePoint Online in on-premises deployments for hybrid scenarios

Office, Office 365 & SharePoint for Developers: These sessions will explore how to create applications for Office clients, Office 365, and SharePoint that solve real business problems, and demonstrate the type of third-party applications that have already been created to run on top of SharePoint.

  • Adapting existing ASP.NET web sites to integrate as SharePoint 2013 apps
  • SharePoint, Office & Office 365
  • Customizing & extending SharePoint with development tools – primarily Add-ins & client side extensions
  • Creating Office 365 Apps with Azure AD and Office 365 APIs
  • Extending Office clients with Office Add-ins

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

Speaker Compensation:

Speakers chosen to present at Live! 360 Orlando 2018 will receive a full-conference pass and a stipend for each session or workshop they present. Live! 360 will also cover hotel accommodations (room and tax only) for a pre-determined number of nights at a host hotel as outlined in the speaker agreement.

The Call for Presentations is posted at:

Remember, proposals are due:

Monday, April 16, 2018 11:59 PM EST

If you have any questions regarding the conference or the submission process, please contact:

Danielle Potts
Sr. Event Manager
(925) 207-0468

We look forward to your submissions.

~ The Live! 360 Events Team