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Visual Studio Live! Chicago & Microsoft HQ 2024

event starts

29 Apr 2024

event ends

3 May 2024


Swissotel, Chicago IL & Microsoft HQ, Redmond, WA Chicago, Illinois, United States


For over 30 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
Call opens at 12:00 AM

27 Sep 2023

Call closes at 11:59 PM

20 Nov 2023

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The Call for Presentations for Visual Studio Live! Chicago & Visual Studio Live! @ Microsoft HQ (Redmond, WA) 2024 is now OPEN.

Proposals are due: Sunday, November 12, 2023 11:59 PM PST

Visual Studio Live! Chicago - April 29 – May 3, 2024 

-  Swissotel, Chicago IL

Visual Studio Live! @ Microsoft HQ - August 5-9, 2024 

- Microsoft Conference Center, Microsoft HQ, Redmond, WA

Visual Studio Live! Chicago & Visual Studio Live! @ Microsoft HQ (Redmond, WA) 2024 conferences will offer a combination of in-depth and interactive sessions including workshops, hands-on labs, 75-minute breakouts, and 20-minute fast focuses. We invite you to submit sessions in any and all of these categories, and you may also submit across multiple topic areas at a single show.

To help you in creating successful submissions, we want to share some of the considerations that go into our process of selecting our speakers and sessions for a Visual Studio Live! event. First, each speaker will typically be selected to deliver two presentations. That means that it is in your best interest to submit at least two breakout sessions in addition to any Fast Focus topics you may be submitting. This ensures that the conference chairs have more than two options per speaker, particularly if the topic you are submitting is popular and is being submitted by a number of people for the same show. Next, please make sure that your title is clear and appropriate to the track you are submitting it to, and that your description includes enough detail to understand what audience members will walk away from your sessions having learned. Again, many speakers often provide submissions on the same topics, meaning it comes down to a meaningful title and a quality abstract.

Wanting to dig in even deeper and offer hands on experience and learning? We are also looking for speakers willing to deliver two-day workshops and two-day hands-on labs that will be offered as part of the 2024 VSLive! Training Course series.

Session, workshop, and hands-on lab proposals are welcome in the following topic areas:

Session proposals are welcome in the following topic areas: 

Modern Software Engineering

  • Key Pillars of DevOps (automation, collaboration, customer centricity, etc.)
  • DevSecOps and other XXXOps enhancements
  • Operations for developers (on premises and cloud)
  • Site Reliability Engineering (SRE)
  • Platform Engineering
  • Observability benefits, strategies, and tooling
  • Monitoring benefits, strategies, and tooling
  • Azure DevOps Services
  • Azure DevOps Server (latest release)
  • Azure DevOps and GitHub integration
  • GitHub Enterprise Cloud
  • GitHub Enterprise Server
  • GitHub Advanced Security
  • GitHub Codespaces
  • GitHub Copilot
  • Other AI assistant tools like AWS CodeWhisperer, Cody, Facebook Lama, etc.
  • Microsoft DevOps Tooling (version control, agile planning, build, release, monitoring)
  • DevOps Features in Visual Studio Enterprise (CodeLens, Profilers, IntelliTrace)
  • Online services outside of Microsoft (e.g. GitLab, AWS, etc.)
  • Release Tooling (Azure Pipelines, GitHub Actions, Chef, Puppet, Octopus Deploy)
  • Visual Studio tooling that facilitates Agile Software Development Practices (Scrum / XP / Lean)
  • Leading practices in test development, execution strategy, environment management, and automation
  • Developer “inner-loop” optimization (workstation configuration, using containers, shells, etc.)
  • Customizing your team development environment
  • Windows Subsystem for Linux (aka “Bash on Windows”)
  • Application Analytics (App Insights, New Relic, etc.)
  • Migrating from a non-Microsoft platform to an Azure DevOps Server/Services environment
  • Development, Quality, and Security leading practices
  • Asynchronous development techniques

Cloud Computing

  • Includes cloud, server, and messaging technologies
  • Container technology like containerd, Docker, Kubernetes, Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS), Azure Container Apps (ACA), and Azure Container Registry (ACR)
  • Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud
  • Microsoft Azure new features and Marketplace offerings
  • Microservices architecture, design, and implementation
  • Serverless computing (Azure Functions, Amazon Lambda)
  • Azure Logic Apps, Power Automate, PowerApps
  • Low code/no code, including Power Platform and SharePoint
  • Web API design
  • WebAssembly outside the browser (e.g. WASI, component model, rustlet)
  • Services in general (REST, queuing, etc.)
  • Hosting non-Microsoft platforms in Azure (Java, NodeJS, Python, etc.)

Data and Analytics

  • Entity Framework
  • Integrating “legacy” data to modern applications
  • SQL Server 2022
  • SQL Server on Linux and containers
  • Azure SQL Database, including Managed Instance, Edge, Serverless and Hyperscale
  • Azure Database for PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB
  • Microsoft BI, including Power BI, Power BI Premium, Microsoft Fabric, SQL Server Analysis Services and Azure Analysis Services
  • Big Data/Data Lake, including Microsoft Fabric Data Lakehouse, Data Warehouse and Data Engineering, Azure Synapse Analytics, HDInsight, Azure Databricks, Azure Data Explorer and Azure Data Lake Storage
  • BI, including SQL Server Analysis Services, Power BI and Microsoft Fabric
  • Data Management, including Microsoft Purview, Azure Data Factory, Microsoft Fabric Data Factory (pipelines and Dataflows v2), SQL Server Integration Services
  • NoSQL, including Cosmos DB, Managed Instance for Apache Cassandra
  • IoT and streaming analytics (including Azure IoT Hub; Azure Event Hubs; Azure Stream Analytics; Microsoft Fabric Real-Time Analytics, Spark Streaming on Azure Databricks and Azure Synapse Analytics; and Apache Storm or Kafka on HDInsight)
  • Data tooling, including SQL Server Data Tools, Visual Studio Code (with add-ins) and Azure Data Studio
Cutting Edge AI
  • Azure AI, including Azure OpenAI, Azure Machine Learning and Azure Cognitive Services
  • Microsoft Copilot technologies and development, building Copilot plug-ins, using ”Copilots” in dev tools
  • OpenAI services and APIs
  • Generative AI tooling, including PromptFlow, Semantic Kernel, Azure AI Studio and Responsible AI Dashboard
  • AI in Power Apps, Power Virtual Agents, and in-application AI in Windows 11
  • Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), including Azure Machine Learning; Azure AutoML; Microsoft Fabric Data Science and FLAML; ML/AI on Azure Databricks; ML.NET
  • Data Science, including R and Python (standalone, in Microsoft Fabric, Azure Synapse Analytics, in SQL Server, in Azure SQL Managed Instance, in Power BI, on HDInsight and/or on Azure Databricks)
  • MLOps and model monitoring, including MLflow on Databricks and in Microsoft Fabric

New Experiences - Mobile, Desktop, and Native Clients

  • .NET MAUI for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac
  • Upgrading / Migrating Xamarin.Forms to .NET MAUI
  • iOS, and Android native development (Swift, Java, Kotlin)
  • Flutter, Uno Platform, Avalonia, and similar products
  • Blazor native and hybrid app development
  • Flutter
  • Voice, text, and other bot experiences
  • Metaverse: AR/VR/MR experiences
  • Mobile web and responsive web design
  • WinUI, WPF and Windows Forms applications with .NET 8
  • Design Principles (UI, UX, Interaction)

Human Factors in Engineering

  • Recognizing burnout in yourself or your team and taking appropriate action
  • High-quality code review outcomes and experiences
  • Mentorship programs, benefits, and strategies for Technologists
  • Effective inter-team feedback and communication
  • Team Communication/Collaboration tools (Microsoft Teams, Slack, Trello, etc.)
  • Metrics, OKRs, and goal setting for individuals and teams
  • Psychologically safety and trust, why it matters, and how to build it
  • Teaming effectively in an increasingly remote and asynchronous world
  • Tools and techniques for facilitating events/meetings/ceremonies
  • Technologist career paths and career development strategies
  • Customer experience strategies, tools, and leading practices
  • Product delivery processes and frameworks (agile, Scrum, Kanban, Lean, etc.)
  • Lean and Agile Testing Practices
  • Delivering at scale; the what, why, and how
  • Value Stream Mapping - what, why, and how

Visual Studio / .NET

  • Visual Studio productivity
  • Visual Studio Code and extensions
  • .NET 6 and 8
  • Cross platform .NET for Linux, Windows, Mac, and others
  • New C# language features
  • Advanced .NET, such as building analyzers and .NET code generation
  • Deep dive topics such as threading, performance optimization, and memory usage
  • Dependency Injection
  • Maker / Hobby / Games

Web Client

  • Blazor (server-side, client-side and .NET 8 capabilities)
  • Angular, React, Vue, and other JavaScript UI frameworks
  • WebAssembly, including .NET, Go, Rust, and others
  • Progressive Web Apps
  • ECMAScript/JavaScript
  • TypeScript
  • node.js and other server-side frameworks

Web Server

  • ASP.NET Core Features
  • ASP.NET Razor Pages
  • Visual Studio Web developer tooling (built-in, add-ons, testing)

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 


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