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Visual Studio Live! Philadelphia 2020

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18 Oct 2020

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22 Oct 2020


Philadelphia Marriott Old City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States


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

27 Jan 2020

CfS closes at 11:59 PM

25 Feb 2020

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The Call for Presentations for Visual Studio Live! Philadelphia 2020 is now OPEN.

Proposals are due: Monday, February 24, 2020, 11:59 EST

Visual Studio Live! Philadelphia - Oct. 18 - 22, 2020

- Philadelphia Marriott Old City, PA

Visual Studio Live! Philadelphia will offer a combination of hands-on labs, 4-hour & 8-hour workshops, 75-minute sessions, and 20-minute fast focus sessions.

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.

Session proposals are welcome in the following topic areas: 

DevOps in the Spotlight

  • 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, Containers, and Microservices

  • 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.)

AI, Data, and Machine Learning

  • 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

Developing New Experiences

  • 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

Delivery and Deployment

  • 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

.NET Core and More

  • .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

Full Stack Web Development

  • 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
  • ASP.NET Core
  • Razor Pages
  • 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 Visual Studio Live! events will receive a full-conference pass and a stipend for each session they present (stipends for two talks covers typical domestic flight costs and more). Visual Studio Live! will also cover hotel accommodations (room and tax only) for a minimum of two nights at the host hotel as outlined in the speaker agreement. Speakers are responsible for their own travel costs and incidentals. For more specifics on speaker compensation and compensated hotel nights, please reach out to Danielle Potts at   

We look forward to your submissions. 

~ The Visual Studio Live! Event Team 


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