Today's the last day to submit breakout sessions for BriForum. We have probably close to 100 submissions so far, so we'll definitely have a lot of great stuff to choose from. We'll start going through the list tomorrow, and we'll probably share a bunch of ideas later in the week before announcing the final list next Monday.
Full details about how to submit a session are available on BriFrum.com. If your session is selected then we'll pay for your full conference admission and travel costs.If you're interested but you don't have time to write up the full description, at least send us a note by the end of the day today about what you'd like to do, and if it sounds interesting, then we'll let you know and you can write up the full details this week.
By the way, I'd like to reiterate that these BriForum breakout sessions must be INDEPENDENT. So if you work at a vendor, you can't have a session about your vendor's product. A good example is Kevin Goodman, the CEO and founder of RTO Software. RTO makes profile virtualization and performance monitoring software. In the past, Kevin has given very successful presentations about things he's learned while making those products, but not about those products themselves. Some of his popular past sessions have been about the Windows Terminal Server and Citrix logon process or how to troubleshoot a crash dump. So I encourage people who work at vendors to submit sessions, but the submissions must come from the "people," not the "vendor." When I get submissions from a PR agency that say "Here is Vendor X's submission," I get scared.
This year's BriForum will be our seventh event. It's taking place in Chicago from July 21-23, 2009. Registration is now open for $1495.