Here’s a tip for all you conference managers:

Q: How do you almost double the number of speaking proposal submissions in a short period of time?

A: Announce the deadline is only days away.

If you’ve been following along, we extended submission acceptance over the weekend (originally scheduled to close on Friday) and were inundated by folks who waited until the very last minute!

Our total tally is now just under 700 proposal ideas. That’s incredible and definitely beats the number of proposals submitted each year in the last several years.

I want to personally thank everyone who submitted session ideas! Just a cursory review of what has been provided and I’m more than excited. There’s some seriously valuable content coming for IT/Dev Connections 2017 from some major industry veterans and experts.

Now, comes the hard part. Today I’m sorting through what has been submitted, assigning missing tags where none exist, and separating the sessions out in logical ways to then be distributed directly to our Track Chairs. Once the Track Chairs get their marching orders, they’ll work alone and then together to sift through and identify those that match this year’s focus.

What’s the focus for each track? In case you missed the track focus coverage…

·         ITDC 2017: What to Expect from the Cloud and Datacenter Track

·         ITDC 2017: What to Expect from the Development and DevOps Track

·         ITDC 2017: What to Expect from the Enterprise Collaboration Track

·         ITDC 2017: What to Expect from the Data Platform & BI Track

·         ITDC 2017: What to Expect from the Enterprise Management, Mobility, & Security Track

My goal is to have our officially vetted and approved session catalog for IT/Dev Connections 2017 completed and posted within three weeks. That’s a lot of work, but we know that a good content catalog is the key to getting management approval to attend. So, the sooner the better.

Stay tuned, we’ll be providing updates on the process and highlighting some of the more interesting sessions along the way.