The Call for Presentations for Live! 360 Orlando 2019 Is Now Open!

Proposals are due:

Friday, April 12, 2019 11:59 PM PST

Submit your proposal here:

Live! 360 returns to Orlando, November 17-22, 2019 at the Royal Pacific Resort, Orlando, FL. Live! 360 offers six 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.

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!™) 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 new 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.

Office and SharePoint Live!: provides leading-edge knowledge and training for SharePoint administrators and developers who must extend, deploy and maintain SharePoint Server on-premises and in Office 365 to maximize the business value. In addition, this event will also cover Office 365 and Office clients for developers & administrators.

Cloud & Containers Live!: NEW to Live! 360 in 2019 - 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.

Speaker Compensation:
Speakers chosen to present at a Live! 360 conference will receive 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 the host hotel as outlined in the speaker agreement.

The Call for Presentations is posted at:

Remember, proposals are due: Friday, April 12, 2019 11:59 PM PST

CFP Topics by Event:

Visual Studio Live!

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and DevOps

  • General DevOps (no tools)
  • DevSecOps and other DevOps enhancements
  • Operations for developers (on premises and cloud)
  • 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)
  • Agile Software Development (Scrum / XP / Lean) with tools
  • Manual Testing Practices
  • Load and Performance Testing for Application
  • 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
  • Application Analytics (App Insights, New Relic, etc.)
  • Migrating from a non-Microsoft platform to a TFS / VSTS environment

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, Microsoft Flow, PowerApps
  • Web API design
  • 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, Sync Services
  • Azure CosmosDB

New Experiences - Mobile, Desktop, and Native Clients

  • 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
  • WPF and Universal/UWP applications with .NET + XAML

Software Practices

  • All things agile (Big “A” and little “a”)
  • Team Building
  • Team Communication/Collaboration (Microsoft Teams, Slack, Gitter, etc.)
  • Agile Testing Practices
  • Design (UI, UX, Interaction)
  • Scrum
  • Kanban
  • Lean
  • Crystal
  • Value Stream Mapping

Visual Studio / .NET

  • Visual Studio 2019 features
  • Visual Studio 2017 productivity
  • Visual Studio Code
  • Visual Studio for Mac
  • .NET Standard 2.0 and beyond
  • .NET Core on Windows, Linux, OS X, etc.
  • New C#/VB language features
  • Extending Visual Studio
  • Black belt coding
  • Polyglot/Heterogeneous development (native / scripting)
  • Maker / Hobby / Games

Web Client

  • Single-page application development
  • Angular, React, Vue, and other JavaScript UI frameworks
  • WebAssembly, including Blazor, Uno, and others
  • Progressive Web Apps
  • ECMAScript/JavaScript
  • TypeScript
  • Progressive Web Apps
  • TypeScript
  • Angular, React, Vue, Vanilla JS and other JavaScript UI frameworks
  • node.js and other server-side frameworks
  • Client-side build and package management (e.g. Grunt, npm, yo, gulp, bower)
  • 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 Core
  • Web API
  • Visual Studio Web developer tooling (built-in, add-ons, testing)
  • Developing ASP.NET applications for non-Windows servers
  • NodeJS

SQL Server Live!

We’re always open to our presenters’ suggestions for sessions, but here are some ideas to get you started:

  • 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, 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
  • Power BI
  • The Microsoft Azure data stack: Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Cosmos DB, Data Factory, Data Catalog, Event Hubs, Stream Analytics and IoT Hub
  • 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)


We are asking you to propose topics in the following general tracks:

Client and Endpoint Management

Although apps are moving to the cloud and web more and more you still have to support, upgrade, migrate, and troubleshoot all of those client computers to use the apps. We’ve got you covered with a brand-new lineup of client-centric sessions from some of your favorite speakers. Windows client is evolving faster than ever even if Microsoft says Windows 10 is the last Windows ever. At TechMentor we cover currently used technologies so don’t be afraid if you are still on Windows 7 – we have content applicable to you as well.

  • Windows 10
  • Servicing and patching
  • Microsoft 365
  • SCCM / MDT
  • InTune / MDM

PowerShell and DevOps

TechMentor brings the PowerShell, the automation, and the DSC. It’s all part of the new DevOps approach. Sessions in this track will teach you the tools and tech you need to make it happen inside your organization. You can’t excel in this business without learning PowerShell! We will cater your needs whether you are a seasoned PowerShell junkie or a newbie.

  • PowerShell
  • PowerShell Core
  • DSC
  • JIT
  • JEA

Classic Infrastructure

TechMentor’s Infrastructure track covers the services that make the server, client, application, and services work together in an IT environment. The best instructors the industry has to offer are here to teach you hop topics such as Server 2016/2019 network services, Certificate Services, network troubleshooting, and Group Policy.

  • Group Policy
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Admin Center

Soft Skills for ITPros

Being a successful IT Pro requires more than just technology skills. Boost your career with a selection of sessions on the lighter side of technology from the industry’s most experienced speakers. This track teaches you how to be successful in your career and how to communicate your knowledge to others. Few of the most required skills today in IT are communications and networking. You can’t know everything, but instead, you should learn how to find out things and how to relay them to others.

  • Presentation skills
  • How to sell an idea to your boss
  • Documenting


Explore how attackers try to defeat your best security measures. Learn how to think like a hacker and prevent the black hats from getting anywhere near your electronic assets. TechMentor has assembled some of the best in the industry to be your guide in sessions on computer Securing Windows clients, server and assets in the cloud. We give you important 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
  • BitLocker

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 absolutely real. From onsite Azure Stack to everything in the Cloud, we’ve got you covered!

  • Azure IaaS
  • Azure DevOPs
  • Azure Zero to Hero
  • Introduction to Azure Concepts
  • Azure Labs
  • Azure Backup
  • Azure Site Recovery
  • Azure Networking
  • Azure Scripting and Automation

Artificial Intelligence Live!

Intelligent Applications

  • Ethics and AI
  • Amazon Alexa, Google Home
  • Amazon Rekognition, Rex, Polly, Comprehend and Transcribe
  • Azure Bot Service
  • Microsoft Bot Framework
  • Cortana Skills
  • Microsoft Cognitive ServicesMachine Learning API Services on Amazon, Google, IBM clouds
  • Google AI
  • IBM Watson Services
  • Quantum Computing

Machine Learning Algorithms and Libraries

  • Picking the right algorithm
  • What is deep learning?
  • TensorFlow
  • Caffe
  • Microsoft CNTK (Cognitive Toolkit)
  • ML.NET
  • Apache MXNet
  • Scikit-learn, NumPy and Pandas
  • PyTorch
  • Keras
  • R machine learning algorithms and packages
  • Weka

Automated Machine Learning (AutoML) Platforms

  • Microsoft Automated Machine Learning
  • Amazon Web Services SageMaker Automatic Model Tuning
  • Google Cloud AutoML
  • Auto-sklearn
  • Auto-Keras
  • H2OAutoML
  • Uber Ludwig

Data Visualization

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

Cloud ML Platforms

  • Microsoft Machine Learning Services and Machine Learning Studio
  • Amazon Machine Learning and SageMaker
  • Google Cloud Machine Learning, Datalab and AutoML

Tools and Platforms

  • Jupyter & Zeppelin notebooks
  • SAS
  • Data Iku, H20, RapidMiner, DataRobot
  • Knime, Weka
  • Microsoft Machine Learning Server (fka Microsoft R Server)
  • SQL Server Machine Leaning Services (fka SQL Server R Services)
  • Azure Data Science Virtual Machines
  • PyCharm, R Studio, R and Python in Visual Studio and VS Code


  • Python
  • R
  • Matlab
  • Q#
  • F#

ML on Big Data

  • Spark MLLib
  • PySpark and SparkR
  • R Server on HDInsight
  • Apache Mahout, Samsara

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)
  • Hadoop ecosystem components (Hive, Pig, Sqoop, HBase, etc.)
  • Spark (including HDInsight and Azure Databricks)
  • Spark subcomponents: Spark SQL, GraphX
  • Cosmos DB
  • NoSQL (including MongoDB, Cassandra, Couchbase, DynamoDB, Big Table, etc.)
  • Azure Data Lake Analytics and U-SQL

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 Stream Analytics
  • Azure Data Explorer (former project "Kusto")

Office & SharePoint Live!

Office & SharePoint Live! invites you to submit proposals for our upcoming event that are suited to our educational focal points, which include (but aren’t limited to):

SharePoint for IT Pros: These sessions will explore best practices for managing a SharePoint environment and integrating with other systems to unleash the full power of the software and your company!

  • Managing SharePoint Online / Office 365
  • Making the best of a hybrid world: SharePoint On-Premises linked with Office 365 / SharePoint Online
  • Consuming cloud services from SharePoint Online in on-premises deployments for hybrid scenarios

Office, Office 365 & SharePoint for Developers: These sessions will explore how to create applications for Office clients, Office 365, and SharePoint that solve real business problems, and demonstrate the type of third-party applications that have already been created to run on top of SharePoint.

  • Adapting existing ASP.NET web sites to integrate as SharePoint 2013 apps
  • SharePoint, Office & Office 365
  • Customizing & extending SharePoint with development tools – primarily Add-ins & client side extensions
  • Creating Office 365 Apps with Azure AD and Office 365 APIs
  • Extending Office clients with Office Add-ins

Cloud & Containers Live!


  • Install Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry, Docker, and similar platforms
  • Manage Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry, and similar platforms
  • Manage public cloud environments such as Azure, AWS, and GCP
  • Securing cloud-based infrastructure
  • Cloud storage
  • 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, CF, OpenShift, Azure, AWS, GCP

Cloud-Native Software Development

  • Building software to run in container technologies like Docker, Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry, Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS), Azure Container Instance (ACI) and Azure Container Registry (ACR)
  • Microservices architecture, design, and implementation
  • Async message-based communication models
  • Working with the 12 Factor patterns and 8 Distributed Computing Fallacy anti-patterns
  • Leveraging the capabilities of PaaS
  • 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, Azure ARM, Pulumi, etc.
  • CI/CD: Automated builds, unit testing, QA testing, packaging
  • Automated deployment (e.g. Octopus Deploy)
  • Release management for the cloud
  • Rolling updates: strategy and implementation
  • Culture, team composition, communication aspects to DevOps

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 2019 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.

The Call for Presentations is posted at:

Remember, proposals are due:

Friday, April 12, 2019 11:59 PM PST

If you have any questions regarding the conference or the submission process, please contact:

Danielle Potts
Sr. Event Manager
(925) 207-0468

We look forward to your submissions.

~ The Live! 360 Events Team