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Visual Studio Live! Nashville, Microsoft HQ, & San Diego 2020

event starts

17 May 2020

event ends

21 May 2020


For over 26 years, Visual Studio Live! (VSLive!) conferences have provided expert solutions for developers, engineers, software architects, and designers. Attendees come to Visual Studio Live! to acquire practical, pragmatic, and immediately applicable knowledge. They come for inspiration and to be shown a vision of a better future through the use of concepts, techniques, patterns and technology that they can apply in their organizations. And they come for a glimpse of the future of technology; the cool stuff that Microsoft and others are building that may not be useful today but will factor into their strategic planning process.

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Call for Speakers
CfS opens at 12:00 AM

13 Aug 2019

CfS closes at 11:59 PM

11 Nov 2019

This event is in UTC-08:00 - Baja California time zone.
Closing time in your time zone is .

The Call for Presentations for Visual Studio Live! Nashville, Microsoft HQ, & San Diego 2020 is now OPEN.

Proposals are due: Monday, November 11, 2019, 11:59 PST

Visual Studio Live! Nashville - May 17-21, 2020

- Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, Nashville, TN

Visual Studio Live! Microsoft HQ - August 3-7, 2020

- Microsoft Conference Center, Redmond, WA

Visual Studio Live! San Diego - Sept. 27 - Oct. 1, 2020

- Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego, CA

Visual Studio Live! Nashville, Microsoft HQ, & San Diego will offer a combination of hands-on labs, 4-hour & 8-hour workshops, 75-minute sessions, 20-minute fast focus sessions, and panels.

We require that you submit multiple presentations (three or more) so that the conference chairs have more than two options per speaker. Each speaker will generally be selected to deliver two 75-minute presentations.

We are also looking for two-day workshops and two-day hands-on labs that will be offered as part of the 2020 VSLive! Training Course series at these and other locations..

Session proposals are welcome in the following topic areas: 

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and DevOps

  • General DevOps (no tools)
  • DevSecOps and other DevOps enhancements
  • Operations for developers (on premises and cloud)
  • Site Reliability Engineering (SRE)
  • Production incident response
  • Observability
  • Incident Analysis
  • Human Factors in DevOps
  • Azure DevOps Services
  • Azure DevOps Server 2019
  • Azure DevOps and GitHub Integration
  • Microsoft ALM / DevOps Tooling (version control, agile planning, build, release, monitoring)
  • DevOps Features in Visual Studio Enterprise (CodeLens, Profilers, IntelliTrace, Load Testing); anything new in Visual Studio 2019
  • Online services (e.g. Azure DevOps, GitHub)
  • Visual Studio App Center
  • Release Tooling (Azure Pipelines, Chef, Puppet, Octopus Deploy, Terraform)
  • Agile Software Development (Scrum / XP / Lean / Kanban) with tools
  • Manual Testing Practices
  • Load and Performance Testing for Application
  • Customizing your team development environment
  • PowerShell for developers working as IT Pros
  • 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 an Azure DevOps (formally named TFS / VSTS) environment
  • Moving to GitHub
  • GitHub Actions
  • GitHub Enterprise

Cloud Computing

  • Includes cloud, server and messaging technologies
  • Container technology like Docker, Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry, Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS), Azure Container Instance (ACI) and Azure Container Registry (ACR)
  • Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine
  • Microsoft Azure new features and Marketplace offerings
  • Microservices architecture, design, and implementation
  • Serverless computing (Azure Functions, Amazon Lamda)
  • Messaging (Azure Service Bus, RabbitMQ)
  • Azure Logic Apps, Microsoft Flow, PowerApps
  • Web API design
  • Services in general (REST, queuing, etc.)
  • Hosting non-Microsoft platforms in Azure (Java, NodeJS, Python, etc.)

Database and Analytics

  • SQL Server (2019, as well as pre-2019 features/topics)
  • Moving to SQL Server 2019
  • SQL Server big data clusters
  • SQL Server on Linux and in containers
  • Azure SQL Database, including Edge, Serverless and Hyperscale
  • Azure Database for PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB
  • Entity Framework, Entity Framework Core 
  • Microsoft BI, including Power BI, SQL Server Analysis Services and Azure Analysis Services
  • Big Data, including HDInsight, Azure Data Lake Store Gen2, Azure Data Lake Analytics, Azure Databricks, Azure Data Explorer and Azure SQL Data Warehouse
  • Data Management, including Azure Data Catalog, Azure Data Factory, SQL Server Integration Services
  • Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), including Azure Machine Learning; Azure Cognitive Services; ML/AI on Azure Databricks; AutoML; ML.NET; using TensorFlow with Microsoft technologies
  • NoSQL, including Cosmos DB, IoT and streaming analytics (including Azure IoT Hub; Azure Event Hubs; Azure Stream Analytics; Spark Streaming on Azure Databricks or SOL Server 2019; and Apache Storm or Kafka on HDInsight)
  • Data Science, including R and Python (standalone, in SQL Server, in Power BI, on Machine Learning Server, on HDInsight and/or on Azure Databricks)
  • Data tooling, including SQL Server Data Tools, Visual Studio Code (with add-ins) and Azure Data Studio

New Experiences - Mobile, Desktop, and Native Clients

  • Windows Forms, WPF, UWP, WinUI on .NET Core 3
  • Xamarin native for iOS, Android 
  • Xamarin.Forms for iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Linux
  • iOS, Android native development (Swift, Java, Kotlin)
  • React Native
  • Flutter
  • Cross-platform desktop development with Electron
  • Voice, text, and other bot experiences
  • AR/VR/MR experiences (Hololens and others)
  • Mobile web and responsive web design
  • 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

Software Practices

  • All things agile (Big “A” and little “a”)
  • Team Building
  • Development Patterns
  • Security practices
  • Asynchronous development techniques
  • Dependency Injection
  • Team Communication/Collaboration (Microsoft Teams, Slack, Gitter, etc.)
  • Agile Testing Practices
  • Design (UI, UX, Interaction)
  • Scrum
  • Kanban
  • Lean
  • Crystal
  • Value Stream Mapping

Visual Studio / .NET Framework

  • .NET Core 3.0
  • .NET 5
  • Visual Studio 2019 features
  • Visual Studio Code
  • Visual Studio for Mac
  • .NET Standard 2.0 and beyond
  • .NET Core on Windows, Linux, Mac, and others
  • New C#/VB language features
  • IntelliCode, Live Share
  • Extending Visual Studio
  • Black belt coding
  • Polyglot/Heterogeneous development (native / scripting)
  • Maker / Hobby / Games

Web Client

  • Single-page application development
  • Angular, React, Vue, and other JavaScript UI frameworks
  • WebAssembly, including Blazor, Uno, and others
  • Progressive Web Apps
  • ECMAScript/JavaScript
  • TypeScript
  • node.js and other server-side frameworks
  • Client-side build and package management (e.g. npm, web pack)
  • Offline apps and database storage (e.g. SQLite)
  • Calling services via AJAX
  • Web UI 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
  • Visual Studio Web developer tooling (built-in, add-ons, testing)
  • Developing ASP.NET applications for non-Windows servers
  • node.js

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 (learning objectives)
  • Speaker's Color Photo (hi-resolution)
  • Speaker's Bio, including previous conference speaking/presentation experience

Speakers chosen to present at a Visual Studio Live! conference will receive a stipend for each session they present. Visual Studio Live! Conferences 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. Speakers are responsible for their own travel costs and incidentals.

We look forward to your submissions. 

~ The Visual Studio Live! Event Team 


expenses covered

event fee

free for speakers