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DataWeekender call for speakers is now open

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Today I want to announce that DataWeekender call for speakers is now open. Which you can find here.

Recap

Just a quick recap for you all. DataWeekender is a free online conference for the Microsoft Data Platform community. You can find out more about the event itself and the team of organizers on our website here.

Last time we hosted the conference in Microsoft Teams which proved to be a big success. So, we’re going to do the same this time around.

Diversity

All of us in the DataWeekender organization team want to make one thing very clear. Which is that we are a global conference and embrace diversity. With this in mind, we have a statement about diversity which you can read in detail here.

In addition, as I mentioned in a previous post here we have also changed our Code of Conduct. Which states that the master-slave terminology will not be welcome at the next DataWeekender.

Basically, we want submissions from a variety of speakers in the spirit of diversity. We welcome sessions from all backgrounds and genders.

Session variety

We use #The SQL as part of the promotion for this event. However, we welcome sessions relating to anything at all to do with the Microsoft Data Platform.

For example, below is a list of Azure related services we had sessions about at the last DataWeekender.

  1. Azure Cognitive Services
  2. Azure Data Lake
  3. Azure Data Studio
  4. Azure Databricks
  5. Azure DevOps
  6. Azure Kubernetes Service
  7. Azure SQL Database
  8. Azure Synapse Analytics
  9. Cosmos DB
  10. Microsoft Power Platform (including Power BI)

Of course, we welcome sessions in other fields as well as Azure services, including good old SQL Server.

We also welcome sessions of all levels as well. From introductory sessions to expert level sessions which are simply mind blowing. If you have a session that’s very high level about anything in the Microsoft Data Platform to submit that’s fine with us.

In addition, if you recently spoke at the ‘New Stars of Data’ event you are more than welcome to submit for ours.

Tracks

As before, we are not naming tracks as part of call for speakers. Just like last time we will see what happens during session selection. We don’t want to miss out on any diverse sessions just because they didn’t fit into a box.

Especially since some of our diverse sessions like the one from Tracy Boggiano went down so well last year.

In fact, the same goes for the number of sessions and the start and end times of the event as well. Because the sessions we select and the location of speakers we select will influence these.

Registering to attend

You can sign up to attend the next DataWeekender which is happening on October 17th here.

Selected speakers

Even though we have zero sponsorship and a minimal budget we’re thinking of doing a small gesture for selected speakers this year. Which is a DataWeekender sticker. We have all agreed to dig into our pockets for this since whoever is selected will be giving up some of their personal time to speak for free.

Badge

If you are going to post about your support for us taking this step feel free to use the image below.

Final word

Since we have all been asked this a lot I’m glad the DataWeekender call for speakers is now open. If you are going to submit for it I wish you good luck.

Of course, if you have any questions about it please feel free to contact me or any of the organizers. You can find a lit of the organizers here.

DataWeekender call for speakers is now open
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