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Friday, January 17, 2020

How to successfully submit your lecture for the WinDays20 conference?

Want to submit your lecture and become this year's WinDays20 Technology conference speaker? Read the text below and learn how to successfully complete the nomination process.

WinDays Conference nomination process lasts only few more days, so this period ahead of us will be very stressful for anyone looking to submit their lecture and become one of the presenters at the 20th edition of WinDays.

Through this article, we want to help you with a few instructions that will be very helpful to you, especially if you are first time applying. They will also increase the chances of your lecture being accepted. Every year, WinDays gets at least twice as many lecture submitions compared to what conference can accept, so our content team needs to invest a lot of time and energy to select the best lectures and to create an agenda that will delight all participants.

Nominations

You can submit nomination of your lecture through our website https://www.windays.hr/en/nominacija/. You will need to create a user profile and go through the whole registration and application process. 

Topics which we're looking for

The topics that will be covered most at the WinDays20 Technology Conference are the following:


Mobile Solutions Development (Android / iOS native, Xamarin, Progressive apps…)
Web Solutions Development (ASP.NET/.NET Core, Django, Express, Spring, Rails…)
Serverless (Azure Functions, Logic Apps, AWS Lambda…)
Containers and DevOps (Docker, Kubernetes, Helm, Azure DevOps, Jenkins, microservices architecture…)
Modern data technologies (SQL / NoSQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, CosmosDB, Hadoop / Spark, Data Lakes, Streaming data…)
Artificial Intelligence (Advanced ML, Deep Learning, Tensor…)Hybrid Cloud (Linux / Windows Server, Hyper-V, System Center…)
Business IT Solutions (Business Productivity, Office 365, Dynamics, PowerApps, Flow…)
Of course, this does not mean that you cannot submit a lecture nomination that covers another topic which is not listed above.

Description of the lecture

The right description of the nominated lecture is the most important when submiting your application because it will tell the WinDays content team what you want to present and whether it gives value to the conference participants. Think in advance about the structure of the content you want to present to the participants, as this will also help you prepare the lecture itself, and for the content team it will be the most important thing on which they will base their decision.

The degree of lecture complexity 

This is an important thing for both the content team and the participants. Through it, you want to tell how deeply you are going to cover a topic and thus filter the participants which will attend your lecture.

  • Level 100 (introductory lectures) - for the most part, these are introductory lectures that demonstrate the basic functionality of the product and are understood by an extremely wide audience. They do not contain complex demonstrations but deal with the idea and positioning of a topic, product or solution
  • Level 200 (medium complexity) - technically drill-down of a specific product and technology

Drilling into architecture, integration, and configuration (what makes the feature tick?)

Supportability reviews

Code samples

Best practices

High-level troubleshooting techniques

Known limitations/issues

Where to find additional information

  •  Level 300 (more demanding lecture, more experienced lecturer) - product migration, deployment, architecture, development

Drilling into how a Product/Technology is designed to  be deployed, migrated to, etc. while focusing on how it is actually deployed, migrated to, etc.

Real world examples as appropriate.

Complex coding, known issues and workarounds (sample code/examples)

Lessons learned, both positive and negative

Sample migration plans including sample Project Plans

Deployment case studies

Architecture design best practices and case studies

Where to find additional information

  •  Level 400 (advanced lecture, expert level) - own code, scripts, application solution development, architecture and infrastructure design and solutions

Advanced coding considerations/challenges

Design considerations / challenges

Architecture considerations/challenges

Troubleshooting techniques at the debug level

Where to find additional information

In practice, this means that if you are going to talk basics about some technology which people who are beginners can follow, then you will choose levels 100 or 200. If you want to present very advanced things and you want audience of participants who already have a lot of knowledge about it, then you will choose levels 300 or 400. In this way, you will avoid having "simpler" lectures attended by experts who will find it uninteresting, and on the other hand, "more advanced" lectures attended by beginners who cannot keep track of content which is too advanced for them. 

You can now visit https://www.windays.hr/en/nominacija/, and subbmit application for your lecture or few of them. Help our content team with a quality description, and this will greatly increase the chances of your lecture being selected and included in the conference program.

Contact us via e-mail info@windays.hr and follow us via Facebook and Twitter.
Or simply register for the conference.