Call for Speakers on SharePoint

Come speak at a SharePoint conference!

Caroline Marwitz

May 1, 2013

3 Min Read
Call for Speakers on SharePoint

It's not too late to meet your goal of speaking at a SharePoint conference this year--or add a SharePoint conference to your list of speaking gigs. The IT/Dev Connections conference is taking a call for presentations. The annual conference, sponsored by Penton Media's Windows IT Pro magazine, SQL Server Pro magazine, SharePoint Pro magazine, and Dev Pro magazine is set this year for Monday, September 30th through Friday, October 4th at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Conference organizers are looking for 75-minute technical sessions and full-day, deep-dive pre-conference and post-conference workshops that offer practical advice and walk attendees step-by-step through SharePoint features, techniques, and troubleshooting. Sessions should be original and not have been presented at previous Connections events. Below is a list of topic areas for your reference as you begin to think about areas in SharePoint you might cover. Suggestions for additional topics are always welcome.

SharePoint Topic Areas

·        Administering SharePoint

·        Developing for SharePoint

·        Customizing and integrating SharePoint into your business

·        Fine-tuning your deployment

·        Making SharePoint work for your end-users' needs

·        Plus SQL Server and SharePoint integration, SharePoint and Visual Studio, SharePoint performance, search in SharePoint, SharePoint social features

We ask that each speaker present a minimum of two 75-minute sessions.

How to Submit Your Proposal

Submissions are due by EOD Tuesday, May 14th, 2013. Final session selections will be made by June 14th, 2013. If your sessions are chosen, you will be notified by email.

We are making it easier than ever to submit your session proposals and biographical details. Simply go to, click Submit a Proposal, and fill out the required fields. After you have submitted your first session proposal, you will have the option to submit additional proposals. You also have the ability to save your session proposals as drafts and modify/submit them at a later time. Here’s the basic information you’ll need to provide for each session proposal:

  • An active session title that describes what attendees will learn from your session

  • A 1-paragraph abstract that describes in detail what you will discuss during your session and the value the attendee will get out of attending that specific session

  • The track

  • The ability level (beginner, intermediate, advanced)

You’ll also be asked to provide a 1-2 sentence biographical statement and headshot photo.

We look forward to seeing your session proposals!

Additional IT/Dev Connections Topic Areas for Your Non-SharePoint Colleagues:


·        HTML5

·        ASP.NET

·        Visual Studio

·        Cloud & Datacenter Development

o    Windows Azure

·        Windows 8 Development


SQL Server:

·        SQL Server Database Administration

o    AlwaysOn

o    Performance Monitoring & Tuning

o    Security

o    Virtualization

·        SQL Server Database Development

·        SQL Server Business Intelligence

o    SQL Server Reporting Services

o    SQL Server Integration Services

o    SQL Server Analysis Services

o    Power View

o    PowerPivot

o    SharePoint Integration



·        Windows Server Management (Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008/R2)

·        Windows Systems Management (Active Directory & Group Policy, Networking, Storage)

·        Windows Virtualization

·        Windows Deployment (Windows 8, Windows 7)

·        System Center

o    Configuration Manager

o    Data Protection Manager

o    Endpoint Protection

o    Operations Manager

o    Orchestrator

o    Service Manager

o    Virtual Machine Manager

o    Windows Intune


·        Cloud & Datacenter Management

o    Windows Azure

·        PowerShell


Exchange/Office 365/Lync:

·        Exchange

o    Exchange Architecture & Infrastructure

o    High Availability/DAGs

o    Exchange Security Features, such as Role Based Access Control (RBAC) and retention policies

o    Interoperability (with SharePoint, Office 365, other versions of Exchange, etc.)

o    Exchange Management Shell (EMS)


·        Lync

·        Office 365


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