We've talked a bit about BriForum 2010 in the past, which will take place June 15-17 at the Chicago Hilton. This year's BriForum will be just about the same as BriForum 2009, except we'll have real food at the party and it will take place offsite at Lucky Strike (which is where we had the party for BriForum 2007).
Last week Gabe and I finalized our "call for papers" process for 2010. The main difference this year is that we're using a web form to collect responses instead of just asking potential presenters to send us an email. (It's funny that it took us eight BriForums before we realized how much easier this would be!)
If you'd like to present a session at BriForum 2010 Chicago, you can submit your details via this web form: (If you want to submit multiple sessions, please submit a new form for each one.)
Like years past, we're accepting sessions on just about any topic related to desktop or application virtualization. BriForum is a technical conference, so the more technical and real-world your session, the better.
Session submissions are due April 1, 2010, although this year we're doing a "rolling submission" window, so if we know for sure that we're going to accept your session, we'll let you know before April 1.
The general experience for speakers is the same as years past. So if your session is accepted:
- We pay your travel to/from Chicago
- We pay for your hotel while in Chicago
- We pay for your conference admission
If you want to submit a session with multiple presenters, then we will work out some kind of deal. (For example, maybe we give both of you free admission, you share a hotel, and you each pay your own travel.)
From a technical standpoint, we're also going to be the same as years past:
- The projector will be 1024x768
- We will video record your session. While you will own your own IP, you must give us permission to publish the video, etc.
- We record the session from your VGA connection, so you can use Mac, Windows, multiple laptops, etc.
- All sessions are 75 minutes
Our guidelines for acceptance are also similar to years past:
- You're welcome to submit sessions on whatever you want, but of course we're looking for the content that has the most broad appeal.
- If you work for a vendor, you can still submit a session. However, you cannot submit a session about your company's product. (Example, Kevin Goodman, CEO of RTO Software, did a session last year about creating your own scriptable virtual channel. That was fine. We would not have accepted a session from him talking about the advantages of RTO Software's Virtual Profiles product.)
I can't think if there's anything else I should mention. If I'm forgetting anything, please add your thoughts in the comments. We'll officially launch the BriForum.com website in a few days. It's mostly up-to-date now, although we still have to finalize a few of the pages.
Good luck with your submissions, and see you all in June!