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Call for Speakers


Welcome to the IT/Dev Connections 2016 public call for speakers!

IT/Dev Connections 2016 is a deep-dive, technical event considered the “Anti-Keynote” conference – which essentially means we don’t force attendees to manually sift through fluff or marketing content, nor do we base the event on vendor messaging. This means that to have submissions reviewed and accepted they must follow specific guidelines:

  1. Make your title, abstract, and pitch attention grabbing and eye-catching.
  2. Think of an IT/Dev Connections session like a James Bond movie where the attendee is dropped directly into the action even before opening credits and a theme song.
  3. Plan your proposal to be a deeply technical experience. You can provide overview information to set context, but the bulk of each session should be designed to educate and provide information not found in other resources.
  4. Rely on your experience and expertise, not on product documentation.
  5. ITDC attendees want to hear how you would do it in the real-world, not how the vendor thinks their product should work.
  6. Prepare your sessions to be free-flowing, conversational, and interactive – more like a User Group meeting than a formal conference.
  7. Be open to allowing your audience to sometimes lead the conversation and direct the session.
  8. Be prepared to be engaging and architect your sessions to include audience feedback and questions.
  9. Be a teacher, not a preacher. There’s so much we can learn from each other.
  10. We have five distinct tracks for which you can submit content. The tracks are: Cloud & Data Center, Data Platform & Business Intelligence, Enterprise Collaboration, Enterprise Management, Mobility, & Security, and Development & DevOps.

To help with our costs we require that our speakers deliver at least two sessions during the week of IT/Dev Connections 2016, so be prepared to submit 4 or more session proposals. Monday of the event is workshop day. Feel free to submit proposals for all-day workshop classes.

If you have any questions, comments, or whatever, your lifeline is the email address. Keep it handy.

Remember, too…we accept all-comers. There’s always a chance your submission won’t get accepted (usually due to duplicate topics and being inundated with the usual onslaught of speaker-hopefuls), but we are always looking for the next IT, Dev, and DevOps rock stars – meaning you don’t have to be a famous speaker with a well-oiled delivery to speak at IT/Dev Connections. Many of the speakers you’ve seen in our past years’ session catalogs got their start and honed their speaking abilities through our event network or by first delivering content in our eLearning courses.

Good luck! Click below to submit today!

Curt Spanburgh
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