Call for Speakers

Our Call for Speakers opens in January 2022

WHAT WE LOOK FOR

Organic Content

Real World and unique content we love most! If you have hands-on, practical experience with Microsoft Teams and associated Microsoft 365 technologies, then we want to hear from you!

Learning Pathways

We recognise that people attend Commsverse for different types of content. We do our best to cater for everyone’s interests and ability. This year, we are concentrating on 4 main learning pathways that will offer the best value to everyone who attends

End User Productivity

This track is dedicated to improving the use of Microsoft Teams within a team-focussed environment. If you are a Team Leader, Manager or End User looking for ideas and tips on how to engage and increase your productivity through better use of technology, this track is for you.

Hybrid Workplace

The hybrid workplace is here & as we adapt our places of work we must also work to keep on top of employee engagement and togetherness. This track is dedicated to improving employee connections with their colleagues through proper us of technology & well-being strategies

Business Applications

Microsoft Teams is built from every part of Microsoft 365 and has multiple business applications. From collaboration, meetings to voice and contact centre. The Business Applications track is all about how to effectively deploy and operate these within your organisation

Extend & Automate

If you can think it, you can probably build it with Microsoft 365’s Power Automate and Azure Communication Services. In this track, learn how to automate business processes and extend your capability throughout the M365 platform and your Team. For the citizen and advanced developers

This year we are offering two main session durations to cater for different people’s tastes. We have a small number of 25-minute sessions that are available for Level 100 sessions only. The rest are 45-minute sessions that are reserved for Level 200+ sessions.

Session Styles

Content Selection

In previous years we have done blind auditions and also public vote. This year we will be selecting sessions behind closed doors and they will be assessed based on their quality and relevance to the event. We will look favourably towards new content that has not been presented before at other conferences. We are after sessions based on personal professional experiences only. We do not accept silent vendor or partner sessions.

PROSPECTIVE SPEAKER

FAQs

Submission Limit

Each speaker will be allowed to submit up to 3 content pieces. You will be allowed to edit your submission until the call for content period has closed. After this, any changes cannot be made.

Content Lock

The content submitted and the named Speakers are considered final once the call for content period has closed. If your session is selected it is expected that it will be presented as originally intended and submitted, including by the Speakers. We accept that there maybe cases where contingencies need to be made. However, you should contact us to discuss in the first instance.

Submission Criteria

We are a community event. This means our content is sourced from the community on a volunteer basis. We do not pay an appearance fee. Your content must be your own, you must be able to deliver it confidently.

When submitting please write your session titles and abstracts as you expect your prospective audience to read them. Your goal is not to impress us, but make it as easy as possible for attendees to grasp the purpose of your session.

Your content must be technology focussed and what you have learnt. It must not contain any sales or reference beyond a short introductory slide to your employer. If you are a vendor or partner with a product and you would like to have the opportunity to showcase this, then please consider full event sponsorship instead.

We do not accept sessions from current sponsors as part of the community call for content.

Travel and Expenses

We understand that volunteering to speak at a conference is not always covered by your employer. It is an expensive commitment and we want to make sure that expenses for you are kept to an absolute minimum.

For every in-person speaker we will provide 2-nights accommodation at our designated hotel inclusive with your speaking offer. We will also contribute to a fair and reasonable amount towards transport costs.

Remote Presenting

It is highly likely that Covid will remain an obstacle in 2022 for people attending. Being an in-person conference, we will always prefer and want in-person speakers. However, we will not discriminate great content that is worth sharing based on the physical attendance of the speaker alone.

If you have a great story to share, you should submit it. We can work out the method of delivery later when you and we know whether you’re able to be in-person or not. If not, then no problem, we have the technology to connect you remotely!

We welcome and promote people who are looking to further their skills with public speaking. Our new speaker program involves providing successful candidates with up to 10 hours professional training with a qualified vocal coach!

New Speaker 2021

Sam O’Donnell

Infrastructure Master, NetCompany

Sourcing New Talent

Timeline

Our current projected timeline for content collection is as follows

January 5, 2022

Call for Content Opens

January 5, 2022
February 1, 2022

Call for Content Closes

February 1, 2022
February 4, 2022

Content Deliberation

February 4, 2022
February 20, 2022

Sessions Announced

February 20, 2022

Good luck with your submission!

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