The Call for Presentations for TechMentor Las Vegas 2016 is now OPEN

Proposals are due: Friday, September 18, 2015, 5:00 PST

Submit your proposals here:

It’s that time again! TechMentor Events is looking for the best and brightest experts in the world to present at TechMentor Las Vegas 2016 (March 7-11).

As always, TechMentor provides the real-world, independent alternative to the big first-part conferences. Our goal is to give attendees what they need today, while preparing them for tomorrow. Zero marketing-speak, a strong emphasis on doing more with the technology they already own, and solid coverage of what’s just around the corner. With that in mind, we’re asking you to propose topics in the following general tracks:

  • Datacenter. These topics should include Windows Server, systems management, virtualization, and other datacenter-focused sessions. Anything that lives behind the locked doors of that air-conditioned room is a fit for this track.
  • Client Devices. Sessions should focus on Windows Client, mobile device management, and other client-centric topics. Operating system deployment, device security, and related areas are also in-scope.
  • DevOps. These will drill into automation, with a strong emphasis on Windows PowerShell and related technologies. Desired State Configuration, self-service management, and similar topics are a great fit here.
  • IT Soft Skills. We will accept a small number of sessions designed to round out attendees’ resumes. Better presentation skills, project management, and related topics are perfect.
  • Infrastructure. This track will focus on networking infrastructure, storage infrastructure, and other, related topics. This is a great opportunity to help expand attendees’ knowledge base.
  • The Real Cloud. We’re open to sessions that focus on how organizations actually use cloud services, and how to get more from them. Whether that’s Google, Azure, or AWS, we want to see a focus on extremely practical applications, not pie-in-the-sky, you-might-do-this-someday.

Session Length
We will be offering a mix of 75-minute sessions and 3-hour deep dives, as well as full-day (6 hour) and half-day (3 hour) slots on Monday and Friday (workshops). We ask that workshop sessions either be jump-start style content to help someone come up to speed on key technologies (suitable for Monday), or deep-dive content designed to really dig into a key technology (great for Friday).

Hands-On Sessions
We are planning to offer a number of hands-on sessions, in which attendees will use their own laptops. If you submit a session that could be hands-on, please clearly indicate this (“HOL”) in your proposal. Be prepared to provide a PDF lab guide for students to use in class, as part of your session materials.

Conference Dates
TechMentor Las Vegas
March 7-11, 2016
Bally’s Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV

We look forward to hearing from you! Also, despite the deadline above, please don’t delay in submitting your sessions. We’ll start combing through submissions early to start narrowing down our choices, so it pays to be the early bird, here.

Our call for papers will wrap up on September 18, so please don’t delay!

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

Presenter Expenses
Speakers chosen to present at TechMentor Las Vegas 2016 will receive a stipend for each session they present. TechMentor 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.

The Call for Presentations is now posted at:

We look forward to your submissions.

The TechMentor Event Team