MMS

Speaker Agreement - MMS 2017

Speaker Agreement and Expectations 

*Session proposals will be accepted from November 16th to December 16th, 2016. Keep an eye on our blog and twitter feed.

By submitting a session, you agree that your presentation: 

  • is fresh content (not presented at other conferences) 

  • is entirely your work, completely owned by you (and your co-presenter) 

  • can be shared publicly (sample scripts as well as presentation materials will be available and downloadable for attendees) 

You also agree to the following deadlines:  

Date  

Task  

7 days after acceptance 

You MUST complete your attendee profile (bio, pic) on sched.org within 7 days of your welcome email. 

01 MAR 2017 

Speakers must submit their airline receipt and exact hotel dates to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. **No airline reimbursement after this date! 

10 MAR 2017 

07 APR 2017 

28 APR 2017 

Final presentation due (speaker to post on sched.org site for attendees to review/download) 

  

  • You will co-present at least two sessions 

  • Attend and participate in the conference all four days (May 15-18) 

  • Co-lead at least one Ask-the-Experts session or Nerds of a Feather (NoF) session 

  • Collaborate with another presenter for your sessions. (All sessions will have two presenters)  Wear your speaker hoodie daily and make yourself available to attendees. 

  • Engage with attendees - help them see the value of the community. 

  • Your session may mention 3rd party (Non-Microsoft) products, but your session will not promote sales or demonstrations of paid-for 3rd party products.  (If you're interested in selling or demonstrating a product, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be a sponsor - sponsor sessions are available). 

  • MMS is a deep technical conference. We expect level 300, 400, and deeper content. During slide review, we may ask you additional questions to ensure that your content will meet our attendee expectations. 

  • Meet Deadlines! The deadlines mentioned above are crucial to ensure a well-flowing (and cost-effective) conference. Missing deadlines could result in canceling your reimbursement or acceptance to speak. 

  • Promote MMS in your social media presence. 

  • Promote MMS by using the speaker logo in your email signature and blog posts when possible. 

  • Flight reimbursement: 

  • We will reimburse up to $1,250 maximum for international, $599 maximum for domestic. 

  • You must submit your receipt on time (by Feb 17 2017) 

  • You must co-present at least two sessions 

We're excited about our fourth annual event, and look forward to having you as part of the MMS 2017 speaker team! 

 

Session Selection Starting Soon! 

We start session selections in January, meeting weekly until all slots are filled. If none of your sessions are selected, we might come ask you to co-speak with someone else's session or run a Birds of a Feather session. Session proposals will be accepted from November 16th to December 16th, 2016. Keep an eye on our blog and twitter feed.

Tips for session submission 

  • Plan for 75 min of content and 30 min of Q & A 

  • How deep is your content? Give us (and attendees) an idea of the target audience. Think of use cases on how your content will apply to the target audience. 

  • Goals of the session - we find that it's helpful to include information in your description that helps attendees understand what they will learn and the value they will obtain. 

  • We know that tech evolves fast - if you want to submit content on something that is not yet released, or expected to change before MMS, please include this information in your proposal - we will work with you to refine the session description as we approach the conference. 

  • We love co-presenters! In fact, we love co-presenters so much, that we require each session to have two presenters. From experience, we have learned that some presenters prefer to present on their own. We also learned that many of our presenters last year really enjoyed the opportunity to work with someone else. Many times, it was someone that they had known (or known of) for several years, but never really worked together or got to know. If you wish, we can pair you up with someone (and might have to if they're booked for another session at the same time). 

  • Three (co-presented) sessions max for each speaker! Many of our speakers have been overworked in the past – we are limiting speakers session count (not including Birds of a Feather and Ask-the-Expert sessions). 

  • Help us get to know you. We know several of you, but we don't know all of you. When you submit your sessions, include information to help us learn more about you - your LinkedIn profile, blog posts, and other places on the web that you share content. This will help us determine if you (and your content) are a good fit as a presenter at MMS. 

  • MMS is a deep technical conference. We expect level 300, 400, and deeper content. Of course, 'levels' are subjective. If you say it's a 400 level session, tell us how it's a 400 level session.