Speakers, welcome to IT/Dev Connections 2018!

IT/Dev Connections 2018 is a deep-dive, technical event considered by its loyal community more as a weeklong training class. Our attendees expect highly technical content that focuses less on specific products and more on solving problems. This means that to have submissions reviewed and accepted they must follow specific guidelines.

Here’s a few tips to follow to ensure your session ideas are compelling and focused enough to be selected by our Track Chairs and meet the strict requirements of our attendees:

  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. Deliver your proposal as a solution, or workload, and not based on a product. Consider submitting topics about solutions that can work in all situations and on diverse platforms.
  5. Rely on your experience and expertise, not on product documentation. ITDC attendees want to hear how you would do it in the real-world, not how the vendor thinks their product should work. Attendees want to know: What’s in it for me? Session descriptions should be no more than four to five short sentences and 75 words in length and address how the session will benefit individual attendees and/or their organizations.
  6. Prepare your sessions to be free-flowing, conversational, and interactive – more like a User Group meeting than a formal conference. Each general session is 1 hour, 15 minutes in length.
  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. TIP: Include an entire segment just for Q&A. You can do this by inserting slides containing Frequently Asked Questions to help spur interactive discussions.
  9. Be a teacher, not a preacher. There’s so much we can learn from each other.
  10. We have four technical content tracks for which you can submit content. The technical content tracks are: Cloud, Data, Developer, and Security. Think of each track as a platform and not focused on a single vendor product group. Check out the Tracks page for full information.

Additionally, we require that each of our speakers deliver 2 or more sessions that have never been delivered anywhere else – so make plans accordingly to submit 5-6 (or more) different session ideas that contains new content. The more sessions you submit, the better your chance of being selected. In fact, we often select speakers that have submitted at least 3 diverse topics.

And, yes…we do verify that the some or all of the content you provide is unique to IT/Dev Connections. IT/Dev Connections is not just another stop on a professional speaker tour. Our attendees expect to hear about things they can’t learn in a blog post, product documentation, or by watching a video from your last speaking engagement.

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

For additional value we've also created a private forum for IT/Dev Connections 2018 speakers. To gain access you must create a user account and then email us your created profile name so we can give you proper access. Once you've been granted access the private forum exists at: http://www.myitforum.com/forums/ITDC-Speakers-Discussion-Forum-f240.aspx

The deadline for submissions is April 2nd, 2018.

We look forward to working with each of you this year!

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