Time to dust off the lab coat, it is Tech.Ed time again, and once again Ian and I are organising the Office System track. The Office System is our “umbrella term” that covers Microsoft’s business productivity software and services – Office, SharePoint, Visio, Project, PerformancePoint (and we even bend the rules to include Windows Mobile and Dynamics content sometimes).
Last year we had over 50 unsolicited nominations for sessions in the Office System Track. This year, we are expecting plenty more and have put in place a structured tool to help manage all of that and to help provide better transparency of the process.
Go to the Call for Content tool and register with your email address and the RSVP code TechEdANZ. Fill in all the details and hit submit. You can come back to the site at any time to update or review the progress of your submission. This is the tool we will be taking nominations from. If you have contacted your favourite Microsoft employee, MVP or newsgroup great – but the Single Point of Truth for selecting community speakers is this Call for Content Tool.
So, with that said, some guidance:
Wow – that sure is a lot of guidance. But, being a speaker at Tech.Ed has its own rewards (in order of appearance):
1. The respect of your peers and
2. There are various awards for best speakers
3. A Tech.Ed speaker badge – which gets you into Tech.Ed (worth up to $1999, not redeemable for cash) and into the coveted speaker room*.
We won’t be paying for travel or accommodation expenses – so be aware that you’ll need to pay (and stay) your own way to the Gold Coast.
I really look forward to reading your nominations and seeing you at Tech.Ed this year. There is truly no other event like it in Australia and it is the best “week of geek” you’ll find.
* Okay, it isn’t that coveted.It is usually just a bunch of smelly people swearing at their virtual machines.
It’s time to get ready for TechEd Australia... I am getting many emails from SharePoint and Office experts
Last year we had over 50 unsolicited requests to be a speaker with 142 session ideas for the Office System