Announcing the GeekOut 365 Call for Papers

GeekOut 365, the successor to BriForum is taking shape. Now we need the most important part—our expert speakers!

Last month we announced GeekOut 365, the successor to BriForum, and now today we’re starting our Call for Papers process. The deadline for submissions is May 5, and we’ll announce the selections on May 15. We’re excited to see what great content the community has to share—read on to find out how to take part!

What is GeekOut 365?

You can find the full story in our recent post, but essentially GeekOut 365 is going to take BriForum and bring it into a new format.

We knew that with Brian Madden heading on to his next adventure, last year’s BriForum would be the last one. In addition, the conference industry has changed a lot in the last 12 years. With all that, it’s time for something new.

GeekOut 365 is going to be a modern online environment, featuring the best BriForum sessions along with new videos going forward. The big advantage is that it’s free, so there’s no need to spend money and time out of the office to get there. It’s more flexible, which is great because trying to narrow down all the quality submissions to fit the constraints of a live event was always challenging. And once it’s launched, it will run year-round, which means more timely content.

Gabe and I and our TechTarget colleagues are hard at work building GeekOut 365 right now. (Well, most of the hard work is being done by our colleagues, but I will say that if you want to learn about using Python to script against Brightcove’s API, Gabe can share some interesting experiences.)

Now this is where you come in: the expert content. Community submissions made BriForum the premier independent desktop virtualization and EUC conference, and we want to bring that model forward to GeekOut 365.

GeekOut 365 will cover all the same topics that we cover here at—desktop virtualization, enterprise mobility, storage, cloud, Windows, and all things related to end user computing. For an idea of the sessions we’ve featured, check out our current BriForum video archive, or skip down to the bottom of this article.

Call for Papers

If you're new to the process, here's how it works: You fill out a survey with all the information we might need about your sessions. This includes your contact information, session title, 3-5 takeaways from your session, and a concise (but detailed) abstract. You'll also be asked to indicate what level of experience an attendee should have.

If we accept your session, it will be featured in the GeekOut 365 environment, and spotlighted on Instead of being restricted to conference attendees, it will be free for everyone, immediately after it’s posted.

GeekOut 365 goes live in July, so we’ll ask you to send us a video of your session by June 30. Your video can be as simple or as fancy as you like. If you need help getting started, or help with software or equipment, we’re here for you. It’s actually pretty simple, and we actually think it’s a lot easier to make a super slick video than it is to do a live presentation.

Again, since we’re not limited by the logistics of a live event, there’s more flexibility for everybody involved. For example, we find that 30 to 45 minutes is an optimal time for an online presentation, but feel free to go longer if you want to get deeper on your subject.

Furthermore, after the big launch in July, the GeekOut 365 session submission/acceptance/posting process will be ongoing. For example, we may decide to post 20 new videos to start, then do four more in August, and so on. The Call for Papers process will likely happen at the beginning of every quarter. We’ll be sure to communicate everything to

With that said, there are a few rules:

Rule #1: You must submit your own session.

The first thing we do is check to see if the speaker is the same as the person that submitted. You will be disqualified immediately if you have your PR firm send in your session for you.

Rule #2: Speakers employed by a vendor in the EUC space can speak, but not about their own products.

We're pretty strict on this one. For example, David Stafford is a BriForum alumni that works for Dropbox, but he's not allowed to submit a presentation that covers Dropbox for Business. He is, however, allowed to speak about cloud security or the process that companies have to go through on-premises to move their data to the cloud. Gabe and I decide whether or not something crosses the line, so if you think your idea could be erroneously disqualified under this rule, make sure you let us know in the Notes section of the survey. If you're a vendor that wants to have a session talking about your products, we have separate sponsorship opportunities for that. You can learn more about sponsored sessions by contacting your TechTarget representative.

Rule #3: Your title should be concise, and your abstract should be interesting.

Our selection process focuses on the title and abstract before we ever look at speaker names. Even Tim Mangan, the only other presenter besides Brian to speak at all 18 editions of BriForum, has to have a title and abstract that we like before we find out it was his session. (If you want to see what the selection process looks like from an outsider's perspective, check out Kevin Goodman’s article as he watched us go through the final round of BriForum selections.)

Ready to submit?

If you're ready, great! Click on the button below.

BriForum Call for Papers is open from now until FRIDAY MAY 5, at which point we’ll begin our selections. That process takes some time to work out, so we’ll make the final announcement on May 15.

We're so excited to start this process. Selecting sessions for BriForum was one of the most fun things we did every year, but it was also hard because the live show had so many constraints. With the flexibility that GeekOut 365 will give us, we can’t wait to see where it will go.


Our overall focus, as usual, is on the end user computing space as it relates to desktop virtualization and enterprise mobility.

However, in the past, we’ve also had all sorts of other topics, like the distant future, artificial intelligence, IoT, and more. We want GeekOut 365 to reflect what's on the mind of the community today, so if you think it's important, let us know!

What follows is a list more specific list of topics we’re thinking about for GeekOut 365. Again, this is just to get you started—feel free to go beyond this.

Desktop Virtualization

  • VDI products, like Citrix XenDesktop, VMware Horizon View, Microsoft Remote Desktop Virtualization Host (RDVH), etc.
  • RDSH-based products, like Citrix XenApp, VMware Horizon Apps, and Microsoft RDSH
  • Storage Optimization
  • Smaller SBC vendors, such as Ericom, nComputing, Parallels, Jetro Platforms, Thinspace, Accops, Leostream, Windows MultiPoint Server, etc.
  • Graphics virtualization (NVIDIA GRID, AMD MxGPU, Intel Iris Pro)
  • Hypervisors
  • Hyper-converged Infrastructure
  • Client-based VMs and client hypervisors
  • Business Impacts created by desktop virtualization
  • Cloud Computing (as it related to desktops and apps)

Desktops-as-a-Service (DaaS)

  • Comparison of providers (Workspot DaaS 2.0, Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop Essentials, VMware Horizon Air, dinCloud, Nerdio, Dizzion, TuCloud, Amazon WorkSpaces, etc.)
  • Internally-hosted DaaS versus cloud-based external DaaS
  • Single application DaaS versus whole desktop solutions
  • Migrating to DaaS
  • Case Studies / Real world examples

Windows Server, Desktop, and Application Management

  • Modern Application Management (Citrix Unidesk, FSLogix, Ivanti, Numecent, Liquidware FlexApp, Turbo, etc.)
  • User Environment Management / Workspace Management
  • Unified Endpoint Management
  • Microsoft App-V
  • VMware ThinApp
  • “Traditional” Windows app management (eg: SCCM)
  • Printing
  • Licensing
  • New features in Windows 10
  • Operations Management
  • Scalability and High-Availability
  • Scripting and Programming

Cloud apps, identity, and consumerization

  • Identity management (Okta, Azure AD, ADFS, Ping, Centrify, etc.)
  • Integrating cloud-based and SaaS apps with enterprise apps
  • Shadow IT, FUIT, modern work collaboration
  • Security
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
  • Federated application management (combining Windows desktop, mobile, and web apps)
  • “Workspace” management
  • Migrations

Enterprise Mobility Management

  • Mobile Application Management (MAM) (SDKs, app wrapping, AppConfig, etc.)
  • Mobile Device Management (MDM) (iOS, Android for Work, Samsung Knox, etc.)
  • Unified Endpoint Management
  • Managing Windows 10 with MDM
  • Enterprise file sync and share
  • Mobilizing existing applications
  • Comparisons of providers, or deep dives into specific products (AirWatch, MobileIron, Intune, BlackBerry, XenMobile, MaaS360, etc.)
  • App transformation, MADP, RMAD, citizen app development
  • Mobile Threat Detection / Mobile Antimalware

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