Our 2017 Speakers

Speakers, welcome to IT/Dev Connections 2017!

IT/Dev Connections 2017 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. 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 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.

Additionally, we require that each of our speakers deliver 2 or more sessions – so make plans accordingly to submit 5-6 different session ideas.

For additional value we've also created a private forum for IT/Dev Connections 2017 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

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

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

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