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Call for speakers for DataWeekender CU5 is now open

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Call for speakers for DataWeekender CU5 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 CU5 will close on April 14 11:59PM Central European Summer Time (CEST). Which is 10:59PM UTC and BST (UK time).

DataWeekender CU5 will take place on Saturday May 14. You can register to attend the conference by clicking on the DataWeekender CU5 logo below or by following this link to the DataWeekender CU5 event on Meetup.

DataWeekender CU5
DataWeekender CU5 logo

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 in 2020 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 fifth time. Just like the before we have put a special stamp on it by naming it CU5. As a homage to Cumulative Updates.

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.

Call for speakers session formats at DataWeekender CU5

Just to confirm, we will have the same three session formats at this DataWeekender as last time. 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 again as well.

Just like before, all sessions will be done live on the day. We do not ask for pre-recorded sessions. We will have further announcements about the conference as we get closer to the event.

Session variety for DataWeekender CU5

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 CU5 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. For example, the sessions presented by Tracy Boggiano and Rob Farley in the past have gone down 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 speakers 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 CU5

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.

Who knows, if we have enough speakers at this level we might do the same as we did at DataWeekender v4.2. Where five speakers who were fairly inexperienced spoke at the same time.

Final words about call for speakers for DataWeekender CU5

I’m sure some of you are excited that DataWeekender CU5 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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