Thank you for your interest in presenting at POWERUp 2019 and/or the IT Executive Conference, May 19-22, at the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, California.

Below is important information regarding the Call for Presentations process. Review it thoroughly before submitting your session proposal(s). Also, please review the Speaker’s Resources page.

The deadline for submissions is November 26, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. Central.

POWERUp | IT Executive Conference

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POWERUp 2019

POWERUp is a four-day educational and networking event packed with sessions on a variety of topics, in addition to an exposition, and numerous networking opportunities. The conference will consist of stand-alone sessions, lectures and demos, hands-on labs, and preconference interactive workshops.

Session Topics

The education team is looking for sessions in every course of study.

A downloadable list of session topics is found here.

Interactive Workshops

COMMON is proud to introduce a new educational format at POWERUp 2019 – Interactive Workshops. We invite you to be a part of it by submitting a workshop.

We are all aware that people learn best by doing. While hands-on labs were offered in the past, these were generally scripted. With this new interactive format, we believe creative thinking and deeper learning will result. In addition, in today’s world of short attention spans, sitting through an extended half-day lecture is less attractive to many attendees. We’d like to address these points as opportunities for improvement.

Interactive Workshops should include:

  • Brief lectures, each followed by a timed problem-solving segment to apply the skills learned
    • At the end of the segment, the instructor will solicit volunteers to discuss how they solved the problem, and if appropriate, review the optimal solution
  • Written instructions for the problem-solving segment, limited to an explanation of the problem to be solved, basic setup information such as how to sign on and what resources to use, and, optionally, a few hints
    • Step-by-step instructions and screen shots should not be provided
  • An opportunity for students to work in teams, providing there are sufficient resources available

Note: Strive for a 50/50 split of workshop time between lecture and hands-on problem solving. In no case should either component consume more than 70% of the workshop.

We look forward to your creative ideas.

POWER Picks

The POWER Pick session track gives the COMMON community an opportunity to select topics they want on the schedule. In the past few weeks, the community submitted subjects and cast their votes, narrowing it down to these subjects.

Speakers now can submit sessions to address these subjects, in addition to submitting for regular sessions. The POWER Pick sessions can be new or ones previously submitted that fit the subjects.

Note: Submitting a session for the POWER Pick track does not take it out of consideration for the POWERUp general sessions. It will be given special consideration to be featured as a part of this attendee-driven track.

Please reference the session topics list for the POWER Pick subjects.

Session Review

To ensure that conference attendees are presented up-to-date content, sessions in existence for three or more years will go through a review process during curriculum planning at the Subject Matter Expert (SME) level. Speakers submitting these sessions will be notified and asked to submit a copy of their slides. Once an older session goes through this process, it is tagged as up-to-date and will not be reviewed again for three years. If the SMEs decide that the content needs updating, the speaker will be asked to review and update that portion of the presentation.

Submit a Session

Take these steps to submit a session for consideration:

  • Sign in to your Cosmo account
  • Hover on Call for Presentations in the top menu
  • Select Submit a New Session
  • Select POWERUp 2019

After submitting a session, it can be viewed and edited until November 16 by visiting My Sessions.

Note: Returning speakers are able to submit a previously submitted session. In Cosmo, go to My Sessions and click Select next to the session in the list to edit its status.

IT Executive Conference

The IT Executive Conference was created with the needs of IT leaders and decision makers in mind, with a focus on high-level topics that impact organizations.

Session submissions should be interactive and facilitate discussion among the group on the topic being presented. The formal presentation of material should be limited to 15 – 30 minutes, with the remainder of the time allocated for interactive discussion between the speaker and the attendees. Sessions are 60 minutes in length.

IT Executive Conference sessions are not to be technical in nature. They should address business needs/value from a high level. Absolutely no product or marketing pitches will be allowed. All submissions will be reviewed by the IT Executive Conference Planning Committee.

Session Topics

  • Disaster Recovery / High Availability
  • Benefits and drawbacks of SAN
  • Finding new talent / recruitment
  • Security in the Enterprise
  • Business value of open source / which open source is the right choice?

Submit a Session

Take these steps to submit a session for consideration:

  • Sign in to your Cosmo account
  • Hover on Call for Presentations in the top menu
  • Select Submit a New Session
  • Select POWERUp 2019
  • Select IT Executive Conference (ITEC) in the Session Course of Study menu

After submitting a session, it can be viewed and edited until November 16 by visiting My Sessions.

Note: Returning speakers are able to submit a previously submitted session. In Cosmo, go to My Sessions and click Select next to the session in the list to edit its status.