BriForum 2009 Chicago call for papers is now open. You too can present at BriForum!

BriForum 2009 Chicago will take place July 21-23, 2009, at the Chicago Hilton. Once again, all of BriForum's technical breakout sessions will be presented by members of the community.

BriForum 2009 Chicago will take place July 21-23, 2009, at the Chicago Hilton. Once again, all of BriForum's technical breakout sessions will be presented by members of the community. We select which sessions (and therefore which people will present) via this "call for papers" process, which works like this:

  1. You think of a cool session idea.
  2. You email your session idea to briforumpapers@techtarget.com. (due end of day Monday, April 27, 2009) 
  3. We review your submissions and announce which sessions have been selected.
  4. You present at BriForum!
Also like previous years, we'll pay airfare, hotel, and conference admission for presenters.

When will you announce which sessions have been accepted?

The final announcement date when we'll have all sessions listed will be May 4, 2009. However, we'll announce sessions along the way as they're accepted, so the sooner you submit them, the sooner you can know if yours was accepted!

Am I allowed to submit more than one session?

Yes. In fact this is encouraged!

What do I need to submit along with my session?

We don't have a formal web form or anything you need to fill out. Instead, just send an email to briforumpapers@techtarget.com with the following information:

  • Session Title
  • Session Description (what you'll cover in this session)
  • Info about WHY someone would want to attend this session?
  • Info about WHAT specific things people will learn in your session
  • Info about HOW attendees can will be able to do their jobs better after attending your session.

Also, if you've never presented at BriForum before, please include a little bit about yourself. (Bio, blog, etc.)

What are my chances for getting my session selected?

It depends how good your submissions are. :) From a pure mathematical standpoint, in previous years we've received about 150 submissions and selected about 50-60 sessions.

I work for a vendor. Can I still submit a session?

Yes. However, keep in mind that the technical breakout sessions at BriForum are independent. So if you work for a vendor, then you can present on a topic that falls within your area of expertise, but you CANNOT present on your own company's product.

For example, Kevin Goodman is the CEO of RTO Software, a company that makes a profile virtualization project. Kevin has been one of the most popular BriForum presenters in the past. His topics were things like "How to read a crash dump" or "Understanding the Windows Terminal Server login process." Kevin has NOT presented anything like "Why RTO's Virtual Profiles product is awesome."

I don't have any ideas for a session, but I still want to present?

We don't "assign" sessions to people per se. It's really up to you to think about what your own area of expertise is and figure out something that might be interesting for people. However, we have a separate blog post on BrianMadden.com discussing all the different topics and content ideas for this year's conference, so you can check that out for inspiration.

Do you have server hardware available onsite for my presentation?

Yes. We can get whatever you need. (Seriously!)

Registration information for BriForum attendees

If you're just interested in attending BriForum, registration is now open at BriForum.com. Early-bird registration is $995 before April 22.

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