TechMentor Call for Papers

TechMentor / Live! 360 Orlando 2021 Call for Presentations Now Open!

Proposals are due:
Monday, May 24, 2021 11:59 PM PST

Submit your proposal here: 

Live! 360 returns to Orlando, November 14 - 19, 2021 at the Royal Pacific Resort, Orlando, FL.

Live! 360 offers five co-located technical conferences for the Developer and IT community at one time for one low price. Incorporating knowledge transfer, networking and leading-edge training, these conferences keep Enterprise Developers, IT Implementers, IT Decision Makers, and Data Professionals up-to-date on current technologies with a look to the future.

Covid Disclaimer: we are closely evaluating multiple scenarios for an in-person Orlando conference in November as we monitor the ongoing Covid pandemic and vaccine timeline. We will only move forward with an in-person event if we believe it is safe for our attendees, staff and partners.

Live! 360 invites you to submit proposals for our upcoming event, which includes the following co-located conferences:

Visual Studio Live! – The development world's trusted educational provider of developer-focused content since 1993. Visual Studio Live! (VSLive!TM) provides real-world, practical information and training to attendees with the cutting-edge techniques needed to solve development challenges with existing Microsoft products, shipping or soon-to-be shipping technologies compatible with the .NET Framework and Visual Studio.

SQL Server Live! – provides a broad range of content for administrators, DBAs, and developers to help them do more with their SQL Server investment. Sessions will cover performance tuning, security, reporting, data integration, adopting new techniques, improving old approaches, and modernizing the SQL Server infrastructure.

TechMentor – Providing in depth technical training for IT Pros since 1998. TechMentor not only covers the latest and greatest technologies, but also the latest techniques - even ones that help attendees leverage the technologies they are currently using. Expect troubleshooting tips, performance optimization training, and best practices from peers and experts in the industry.

Artificial Intelligence Live! - an innovative conference for current and aspiring developers, data scientists and data engineers on AI, machine learning, data science, Big Data analytics, IoT and streaming analytics, bots, and more. Expect real-world training on the languages, libraries, APIs, tools and cloud services you need to do real AI and machine learning, today and into the future.

Cloud & Containers Live! – a new multi-day event covering both IT infrastructure and software development aspects of cloud-native software design, development, release, deployment, operations, instrumentation/monitoring, and maintenance. We believe the future of most computing is the cloud: containers, PaaS, and serverless. This conference provides attendees with the knowledge they need to succeed with cloud-based infrastructure and software development.

Session Formats:
Live! 360 will offer the following session formats:

  • 75-Minute Sessions
  • 20-Minute Sessions
  • 8-Hour Workshops
  • 8-Hour Hands-On Labs
  • 2-Day Hands-On Labs / Workshops

2-Day Hands-on Labs and Workshops:
We are also looking for two-day workshops and two-day hands-on labs that will be offered as part of our 2021 VSLive! Training Seminar series.

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

Speaker Compensation:
Speakers chosen to present at Live! 360 Orlando 2021 will receive a full-conference pass and a stipend for each session or workshop they present. Live! 360 will also cover hotel accommodations (room and tax only) for a pre-determined number of nights at a 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 Brent Sutton at  

The Call for Presentations is posted at: 

Remember, proposals are due: Monday, May 24, 2021 11:59 PM PST

CFP Topics by Event:

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

DevOps and Software Delivery Leading Practices

  • DevOps practices (not specific to tooling)
  • DevSecOps and other XXXOps enhancements
  • Operations for developers (on premises and cloud)
  • Azure DevOps Services
  • Azure DevOps Server 2020
  • Azure DevOps and GitHub Integration
  • GitHub Cloud
  • GitHub Advanced Security
  • GitHub Enterprise Service
  • Microsoft ALM / DevOps Tooling (version control, agile planning, build, release, monitoring)
  • DevOps Features in Visual Studio Enterprise (CodeLens, Profilers, IntelliTrace); anything new in Visual Studio 2019
  • Online services outside of Microsoft (e.g. GitLab, AWS, etc.)
  • Visual Studio App Center
  • Release Tooling (Azure Pipelines, GitHub Actions, Chef, Puppet, Octopus Deploy)
  • Visual Studio tooling that facilitates Agile Software Development Practices (Scrum / XP / Lean)
  • Manual Testing Leading Practices
  • Load and Performance Testing for Applications using open source technology
  • Customizing your team development environment
  • PowerShell for developers
  • Cross-platform / heterogeneous development teams
  • Windows Subsystem for Linux (aka "Bash on Windows")
  • Automated deployment to online stores (Apple, Android, etc.)
  • Application Analytics (App Insights, New Relic, etc.)
  • Migrating from a non-Microsoft platform to an Azure DevOps Server/Services environment
  • Migrating from a non-Microsoft platform to GitHub

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 Platform
  • Microsoft Azure new features and Marketplace offerings
  • Microservices architecture, design, and implementation
  • Serverless computing (Azure Functions, Amazon Lambda)
  • Azure Logic Apps, Power Automate, PowerApps
  • Web API design
  • WebAssembly outside the browser (such as running in containers)
  • Services in general (REST, queuing, etc.)
  • Hosting non-Microsoft platforms in Azure (Java, NodeJS, Python, etc.)

Database and Analytics

  • Azure Database for PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB
  • Entity Framework (Standard and Core), OData
  • Integrating "legacy" data to modern applications

New Experiences - Mobile, Desktop, and Native Clients

  • Xamarin.Forms for iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Linux
  • MAUI preview content for iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Linux
  • iOS, Android native development (Swift, Java, Kotlin)
  • Uno Platform
  • Blazor native and hybrid app development
  • Xamarin native for iOS, Android
  • 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
  • Ionic mobile tooling, including Capacitor
  • 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
  • WinUI, WPF and Universal/UWP applications with .NET + XAML
  • Design Principals (UI, UX, Interaction)

Leadership Skills and High Performing Software Team Practices

  • Development Patterns
  • Security leading practices
  • Asynchronous development techniques
  • Building and supporting high performing teams
  • Coaching and mentorship skills
  • Effective feedback and communication skills
  • Team Communication/Collaboration tools (Microsoft Teams, Slack, Gitter, etc.)
  • All things agile (Big "A" and little "a")
  • Agile Testing Practices
  • Agile framework deep dives – Scrum, Kanban, Lean
  • Scaling Agile (SAFe, LeSS, etc.) - frameworks, strategies, and leading practices
  • Value Stream Mapping - what, why, and how
  • Maintaining team trust and connection in a remote world
  • Best tools and techniques for facilitating events/meetings/ceremonies for distributed teams

Visual Studio / .NET

  • Visual Studio 2019 productivity
  • Visual Studio Code + extensions
  • Visual Studio for Mac
  • .NET 6 preview
  • Windows Forms and WPF on Arm64 (Windows and Mac)
  • .NET 5, .NET 3.1 LTS, .NET Standard 2.0
  • Cross platform .NET for Linux, Windows, Mac, and others
  • New C#/VB language features
  • Extending Visual Studio
  • Advanced .NET, such as building analyzers and .NET 5 code generation
  • Deep dive topics such as threading, performance optimization, and memory usage
  • Dependency Injection
  • Black belt coding
  • Polyglot/Heterogeneous development (native / scripting)
  • Maker / Hobby / Games

Web Client

  • Single-page application development
  • Blazor (server-side and client-side)
  • 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
  • Client-side build and package management (e.g. npm, webpack)
  • 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 Razor Pages
  • Visual Studio Web developer tooling (built-in, add-ons, testing)
  • Developing ASP.NET applications for non-Windows servers
  • node.js

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

  • Working with SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT)
  • Performance tuning and optimization in OLTP applications
  • SQL Server security -- from an operational and development perspective
  • Analysis Services (both SQL Server and Azure), including MOLAP and Tabular modes, MDX and DAX, as well as Reporting Services and SQL Server Machine Learning Services
  • SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters and Containers
  • Automation techniques and PowerShell
  • Big Data and unstructured data in SQL Server with PolyBase and native JSON support
  • Information Management with Integration Services, Master Data Services and Data Quality Services and Azure Data Factory
  • Data governance, Azure Data Catalog and Azure Purview
  • Power BI (including Premium and Premium Per User)
  • Azure SQL Database, and all its variants (Managed Instance, Hyperscale, Edge)
  • Lift and shift - moving on-prem databases to the cloud
  • The Microsoft Azure data stack beyond Azure SQL: Azure Synapse Analytics, Databricks, Cosmos DB, Event Hubs, Stream Analytics and IoT Hub
  • NoSQL data patterns with Cosmos DB
  • Operational analytics with in-memory OLTP and Columnstore indexes
  • High availability, disaster recovery, and continuity planning
  • Operational monitoring and maintenance
  • Development techniques and best practices
  • Cloud and hybrid datacenter services and approaches, including Azure SQL Database, SQL Server Stretch Database and SQL Server running on Azure VMs or Amazon Relational Database Services (RDS)

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

Client and Endpoint Management
Although apps are moving to the Cloud and web more and more, attendees still have to support, upgrade, migrate, and troubleshoot all of those client computers to use the apps. Windows client is evolving faster than ever, even if Microsoft says Windows 10 is the last Windows ever. Windows 7 was EOL in January 2020, so it's now out of date, but many still need to keep supporting it, and there are ways to have support – like Windows Virtual Desktop. We are looking for session submissions on the following topics:

  • Windows 10
  • Servicing and patching
  • Microsoft 365
  • MEM aka SCCM     
  • InTune / MDM
  • Autopilot
  • UEFI
  • Windows Virtual Desktop
  • Advanced Desktop Troubleshooting
  • Other (If you have other topics to suggest not in the list above, we welcome your ideas)

PowerShell and DevOps
TechMentor brings PowerShell, automation, and Desired State Configuration as core session topics. It's all part of the new DevOps approach so, sessions in this track teach attendees the tools and tech they need to make it happen inside their organization. PowerShell topics can now be cross-platform so, Mac/Linux topics are of interest to us.

  • PowerShell State of the Union
  • PowerShell
  • PowerShell Core / Cross-Platform
  • PowerShell Tooling
  • PowerShell DSC / Azure State Configuration
  • Graph API
  • Other (If you have other topics to suggest not in the list above, we welcome your ideas)

Classic Infrastructure
TechMentor's Infrastructure track covers the services that make the server, client, application, and services work together in an IT environment. We are looking for submissions on Server 2016/2019 network services, Certificate Services, network troubleshooting, and Group Policy.

  • Group Policy
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Admin Center
  • Migration and Upgrading to Server 2019
    • File
    • Print
    • Active Directory
    • DNS/DHCP
    • Migrating IIS on-prem workloads to the Cloud
    • Windows Defender for Servers
    • Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) in Server 2019
    • Networking in Server 2019
    • Storage Spaces Direct (S2D)
    • Azure Stack HCI
  • Other (If you have other topics to suggest not in the list above, we welcome your ideas)

Soft Skills for ITPros
Being a successful IT Pro requires more than just technology skills. These sessions will help attendees boost their careers by selecting sessions on the lighter side of technology. This track teaches attendees how to be successful in their careers and communicate their knowledge to others.

  • Presentation skills
  • How to sell an idea to your boss
  • Documenting
  • Working Remote
  • Dealing with Conflict
  • Professionalism in a Work from Home Era
  • IT Burnout – Coping with issues like COVID-19
  • Blogging and Social Media for IT Pro's
  • Book Writing for IT Pro's
  • Other (If you have other topics to suggest not in the list above, we welcome your ideas)

Explore how attackers try to defeat your best security measures. Learn how to think like a hacker (theat actor) and prevent the black hats from getting anywhere near your electronic assets. TechMentor assembles some of the best presenters in the industry to guide attendees on Securing Windows clients, servers, and assets in the Cloud. We are looking for essential sessions on information in forensics, Blocking Malware, and monitoring. In 2018, there were more than 1 million new malware samples found per day – Security has to evolve, and so do you!

  • Hacking techniques
  • Security Baselines
  • Proactive security
  • Password Vaults
  • Azure AD Security
  • Privileged Identity Management
  • BitLocker
  • Allow-Listing (previously Whitelisting)
  • 2nd generation anti-malware
  • Defender Advanced Threat Protection for Office 365
  • Defender Advanced Threat Protection for Windows 10
  • Defender Advanced Threat Protection for Servers
  • Azure Security Center
  • Azure Sentinel
  • Teams Security
  • Ransomware in 2021
  • CyberSecurity Insurance
  • You are breached NOW WHAT?
  • Other (If you have other topics to suggest not in the list above, we welcome your ideas)

Azure (Public/Hybrid)
At TechMentor, we leave the marketing presentations at home. Replacing them are real-world discussions on "the cloud" as you're using it: Hybrid, connected, private, and the real world. From onsite Azure Stack to everything in the Cloud is what we want to cover!

  • Azure IaaS
  • Azure Stack
  • Azure DevOps
  • Azure Zero to Hero
  • Introduction to Azure Concepts
  • Azure Labs
  • Azure Backup
  • Azure Site Recovery
  • Azure Networking
  • Azure Scripting and Automation
  • Azure Resource Manager
  • Azure AD Premium
  • Azure Licensing
  • Azure Virtual WAN
  • Azure VPN
  • Azure Firewall
  • Azure AD Conditional Access
  • Azure PIM (Privileged Identity Management)
  • Other (If you have other topics to suggest not in the list above, we welcome your ideas)

Office 365 for the IT Pro
Almost every person in IT needs to manage and support Office 365. Exchange servers are moving to the Cloud faster than anything else. Admins may no longer have physical servers to administer, but the job hasn't gone anywhere! At TechMentor we want to provide attendees with the up to date and real-life skills needed to manage all aspects of Office 365 from the administrator's perspective.

  • Migrating to Office 365
  • Managing Office 365
  • Troubleshooting Office 365
  • Optimizing Office 365
  • Teams
  • Exchange Online
  • SharePoint Online
  • Onedrive for Business
  • Backup and Recovery for Office 365
  • Reporting for Office 365
  • Office 365 Zero to Hero
  • Other (If you have other topics to suggest not in the list above, we welcome your ideas)

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

Intelligent Applications

  • Ethics and AI
  • Amazon Alexa, Google Home
  • Azure Bot Service
  • Microsoft Bot Framework
  • Amazon Lex (and supporting technologies)
  • Google Chat Bots (Dialogflow, Hangouts, etc.)
  • Other Chatbot Services
  • Microsoft Cognitive Services
  • Machine Learning Web Services on Amazon, Google, IBM clouds
  • Quantum Computing

Machine Learning Algorithms and Libraries

  • Picking the right algorithm
  • What is deep learning?
  • Scikit-learn, NumPy and Pandas
  • TensorFlow, PyTorch, Keras
  • ML.NET
  • R machine learning algorithms and packages

Automated Machine Learning (AutoML) Platforms

Production ML and MLOps

  • On Azure Machine Learning
  • On Amazon SageMaker, Google Cloud
  • With MLflow and on Databricks
  • Other platforms: Algorithmia, Dataiku, DataRobot, Domino, Iguazio

Bias, Interpretability and Explainability

  • On Azure Machine Learning, SageMaker Clarify
  • With LIME and SHAP

Data Visualization

  • R plots and packages (ggplot2, etc.)
  • Python data visualization libraries (Matplotlib, Seaborn, etc.)
  • D3.js

Cloud ML Platforms

  • Azure Machine Learning
  • Amazon SageMaker
  • Google Cloud AI Platform

Tools and Platforms

  • Jupyter & Zeppelin notebooks
  • VS Code for data science and machine learning
  • SAS
  • DataRobot, Dataiku, RapidMiner
  • H20, Knime, Weka
  • SQL Server Machine Leaning Services
  • Azure Data Science Virtual Machines
  • PyCharm, R Studio, R and Python in Visual Studio


  • Python, R, Matlab, Q#, F#

ML and Spark

  • Spark MLlib on Azure Databricks, HDInsight, Synapse Analytics, SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters and other environments
  • PySpark, SparkR and Koalas

GPU Technology

  • NVIDIA CUDA Programming
  • Intel MKL, DNN
  • Azure NC virtual machines, Google Cloud Platform GPU, Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs

Analytics and Big Data

  • Hadoop (including HDInsight) and Hadoop ecosystem components (Hive, Pig, Sqoop, HBase, etc.)
  • Spark (including HDInsight, Azure Databricks, Synapse Analytics and SQL Server 2020 Big Data Clusters) and Spark SQL
  • Synapse Analytics
  • Cosmos DB
  • Other NoSQL (including MongoDB, Cassandra, Couchbase, DynamoDB, Bigtable, etc.)

IoT and Streaming Data Analytics

  • Internet of Things concepts and technologies
  • Azure IoT Hub
  • Project Kinect for Azure
  • Apache Kafka and KSQL
  • Apache Storm
  • Spark Streaming
  • Azure Event Hubs
  • Azure Stream Analytics
  • Azure Data Explorer (formerly project "Kusto")

Cloud & Containers Live!
Session, workshop and hands-on lab proposals are welcome in the following topic areas:


  • Install Kubernetes on servers and clouds
  • Manage Kubernetes in dev, test, and production, including tools like Rancher, Prometheus, Lens, and more
  • Manage public cloud environments such as Azure, AWS, and GCP
  • Manage private/hybrid clouds with Azure Stack, VMware, Red Hat, and other tools/vendors
  • Securing cloud-based infrastructure
  • Cloud storage, including Kubernetes storage and tools like Longhorn
  • Continuous integration and delivery
  • Managing virtual disks, networks, and other hardware analogs in the cloud
  • Configuring network bridges to implement hybrid public-private clouds
  • Implementing common infrastructure models in public and private clouds
  • How to work with software developers to define base containers and other aspects of the runtime environment (for dev, test, stage, production)
  • Monitoring and troubleshooting container-based environments
  • Understanding the internals of cloud platforms such as K8s, OpenShift, Azure, AWS, GCP

Cloud-Native Software Development

  • Install Kubernetes, Docker, and similar tools/platforms on developer workstations
  • Building software to run in container technologies like Kubernetes, and container-based offerings from AWS, Azure, and other cloud platforms
  • Building software to run in PaaS offerings from Azure, AWS, and other cloud platforms
  • Microservices architecture, design, and implementation
  • Async message-based communication models
  • Working with the 12 Factor patterns and 8 Distributed Computing Fallacy anti-patterns
  • Leveraging PaaS services such as messaging, storage, and event grids
  • Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Platform
  • Serverless computing (Azure Functions, Amazon Lambda)
  • How to work with operations to define base containers and other aspects of the runtime environment (for dev, test, stage, production)
  • Implementing instrumentation in software to provide for robust runtime monitoring
  • Web API design
  • Services in general (REST, queuing, etc.)

Cloud DevOps

  • Infrastructure as code
  • Using infrastructure automation tools such as Terraform, Ansible, Azure ARM, Pulumi, etc.
  • CI/CD: Automated builds, unit testing, QA testing, packaging
  • Automated deployment (e.g. GitHub Actions or Octopus Deploy)
  • Release management for the cloud
  • Rolling updates: strategy and implementation
  • Culture building, team building, healthy communication that enables effective DevOps
  • Automated use of code scanning tools (e.g. SonarQube)

Proposals are due:
Monday, May 24, 2021 11:59 PM PST
Submit your proposal here: 

We look forward to your submissions.

~ The Live! 360 Events Team

For questions or to be added to our call for presentations notification list, please contact:

Brent Sutton
Event Director    

For questions regarding exhibit or sponsorship sales, please contact:

Navid Davani
Director of Sales