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Call for speakers for DataWeekender v4.2 is now open

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Call for speakers for DataWeekender v4.2 is now open. You can submit a session for this free community event it by following this link to the sessionize call for speakers page.

Call for speakers for DataWeekender v4.2 will close on October 3 11:59PM Central European Summer Time (CEST).

DataWeekender recap

Just a quick recap for you all. DataWeekender is a free online conference for the Microsoft Data Platform community. Which opens the door for everybody worldwide to attend.

It was the first online Microsoft Data Platform event to appear last year after COVID-19 became more widespread. To make up for cancelled or postponed events around Europe.

Because we are so proud of what we achieved in the past we are going do it for a fourth time. Just like the last one we have put a special stamp on it by naming it v4.2. I’m sure a lot of you will see the relevance in that.

In reality, we may make some changes this time around. Just like we have done with the below logo. However, our core values relating to inclusiveness and diversity will remain the same.

DataWeekender v4.2 logo
DataWeekender v4.2 logo

How to attend DataWeekender v4.2

You can attend the conference by signing up for DataWeekender v4.2 event on Meetup.

Call for speakers session formats at DataWeekender v4.2

Just to confirm, we will have the same three session formats at this DataWeekender. Which are the sixty-minute sessions, the ten minute lightning talks and the popular sixty minute – one slide session format.

We are limiting the session submissions to three per speaker this time around as well.

Just like before, all sessions will be done live on the day. We will have further announcements about the conference as we get closer to the event.

Session variety for DataWeekender v4.2

Just like before, we welcome sessions relating to anything at all to do with the Microsoft Data Platform.

For example, below is a list of some of the applications and services we have had sessions about at previous DataWeekender conferences.

  1. Microsoft SQL Server (inc. SQL Server services in Azure)
  2. Microsoft Power Platform (including Power BI)
  3. Quantum computing
  4. Git
  5. Azure Data Lake
  6. Azure Data Studio
  7. Azure Databricks
  8. Azure DevOps
  9. Azure Kubernetes Service
  10. Azure Synapse Analytics

In addition to this, we also welcome diverse sessions that are related to the Microsoft Data Platform. For example, sessions relating to mental health and racial equality when visualizing data.

DataWeekender v4.2 speaker tracks

As before, we are not naming tracks as part of call for speakers. Just like before 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 ones from Tracy Boggiano and Rob Farley, have gone down so well at previous events.

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 the speakers selected will influence these.

DataWeekender and 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.

Basically, we want submissions from a variety of speakers in the spirit of diversity. We welcome sessions from all backgrounds and genders. In fact, we are very proud of the gender balance we have achieved in the past and we hope to make it even better this year.

In addition to this, our existing Code of Conduct still stands and we also have a complaints procedure in case we have to deal with any matters that arise.

Potential new speakers at DataWeekender v4.2

Just like before we also welcome submissions from speakers at various levels. From new speakers to established MVP’s. If you are a new speaker and you decide to submit you can find a mentor to help you on the Speaking Mentors site if you are selected.

DataWeekender v4.2 badges

Even though the main logo has changed again you can still use the original event badges. With this in mind, if you are going to post about your support for us free to use the image below.

You are more than welcome to use this badge as part of your social media picture as well if you so wish. I know some speakers have done this in the past and it is very welcomed.

#DataWeekender supporter badge
#DataWeekender supporter badge


Whilst I am covering conferences, just a reminder as well that voting for the GroupBy conference is still open. I’ll admit I like the fact that the organizers have removed the speaker names this time around. It makes things more fun.

Voting ends on September 8. You can find out more and vote on the GroupBy voting page.

Final words about call for speakers for DataWeekender v4.2

I’m sure some of you are excited that DataWeekender v4.2 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 or comments about it, please feel free to reach out to myself or any of the other organizers listed in the ‘About us‘ page.

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