TechMentor! Call for Presentations

The Call for Presentations for TechMentor @ Microsoft HQ 2023 is now OPEN.

Proposals are due: Monday, November 28, 2022 11:59 PM PST

Submit your proposals here:  https://sessionize.com/TM2023_MSHQ

TechMentor @ Microsoft HQ – July 17 – 21, 2023

Microsoft Conference Center, Redmond, WA / Hyatt Regency Bellevue

TechMentor @ Microsoft HQ 2023 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 TechMentor 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 2023 TechMentor IT Pro Training Course series. 

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. Microsoft just destroyed the myth of Windows 10 being the last Windows ever, with Windows 11. Windows 10 will be supported until 2025 side by side with Windows 11 but there is an upgrade to plan already! Windows 7 was EOL in January 2020, so it’s now out of date, but many still need to keep supporting it, and there are ways to have support – like Windows Virtual Desktop.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
  • Windows 11
  • Servicing and patching
  • Microsoft 365
  • MDM
  • Intune
  • Configuration Manager
  • Autopilot
  • Endpoint Analytics
  • UEFI
  • Windows Virtual Desktop
  • Azure Virtual Desktop
  • Windows 365
  • 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 scripting in general as core session topics. TechMentor is all about how to make an admins or devs life easier. 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
  • JIT/JEA
  • 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 2016/2019/2022 network services, Certificate Services, network troubleshooting, and Group Policy.

  • Group Policy
  • Windows Server 2019/2022
  • Windows Admin Center
  • Migration and Upgrading to Server 2019/2022
    • 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 2019/2022
  • Networking in Server 2019/2022
  • Storage Spaces Direct (S2D)
    • Azure Stack HCI
  • MFA in Server Management
  • 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)

Security
Explore how attackers try to defeat your best security measures. Learn how to think like a hacker (threat 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 2020, there were more than 360,000 new malware samples found per day – Security has to evolve, and so do you!

  • Hacking techniques
  • Security Baselines
  • Proactive security
  • Password Vaults
  • Multi-Factor Authentication
  • Azure AD Security
  • Privileged Identity Management
  • BitLocker
  • Allow-Listing (previously Whitelisting)
  • 2nd generation anti-malware
  • Microsoft 365 Defender
  • Microsoft Defender for Endpoint
  • Microsoft Defender for Office 365
  • Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps
  • Microsoft Defender for Identity
  • Microsoft Defender for Cloud
  • Microsoft Defender for IoT
  • Microsoft Sentinel
  • Azure Security Center
  • Teams Security
  • Ransomware in 2022
    • CyberSecurity Insurance
  • You are breached NOW WHAT?
  • Supply Chain attack mitigation
  • Successful SoC in-house or outsourced
  • Incident Response
  • 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 / Microsoft 365 for the IT Pro
Almost every person in IT needs to manage and support Office 365, now Microsoft 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 Microsoft 365 from the administrator’s perspective.

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

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 TechMentor events will receive a full-conference pass and a stipend for each session they present. Speakers are responsible for their own travel costs and incidentals. That being said, the speaker stipend for two talks typically covers domestic flight costs and travel to/from the airport. TechMentor 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.

Proposals are due: Monday, November 28, 2022 11:59 PM PST 

Submit your proposals here:  https://sessionize.com/TM2023_MSHQ

We look forward to your submissions!
~ The TechMentor Event Team

For questions or to be added to our call for presentations notification list, please contact:
Danielle Potts 
Sr. Event Manager
dpotts@Converge360.com  
925.207.0468

For questions regarding exhibit or sponsorship sales, please contact:
Brent Sutton
Vice President
bsutton@Converge360.com   
415.518.1962