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MAKE AN IMPACT - BE A PART OF VMWORLD 2015
Have you integrated VMware solutions and technologies in an innovative or unconventional way? Share your story at VMworld by submitting your session abstract today.
We’re accepting submissions beginning on March 24 through April 28, so get yours ready now! Please note that due to the high volume of submissions each year, no late entries will be considered. If selected to present, you will receive either a complimentary or discounted conference pass dependent on your session role.
CREATING EFFECTIVE TITLES FOR SUBMISSION
- Do not use abbreviations or acronyms under any circumstances in the titles of your submissions.
- Do not use competitor or other company names in your submission titles. You’re welcome to use them within the session description.)
- Start with the Benefit: Ex: Shorten Adoption Time by Using VMware’s ...
- Use clear and concise language that attendees will immediately understand. The agenda will eventually host hundreds of sessions and attendees need to easily identify sessions of interest. Straight forward language like “Introduction to”, “Deep Dive” and “Case Study” are popular examples because they quickly tell the attendee important information about the session.
- Check out these great tips on creating titles: [ Learn More - Presentation Titles ]
WRITING WINNING ABSTRACTS
- Be Creative – Avoid beginning your session description with the phrase, “In this session we will…”, or “In this session you will learn…”. It does not add value and becomes tedious on an agenda of several hundred sessions. Instead try a rhetorical question, or an interesting industry data point.
- Be Clear –Ensure that what you submit is what you’ll present. Nothing upsets attendees more than signing up for a session that’s not as advertised.
- Be Enthusiastic – Your abstract should generate enthusiasm! Make sure your content is relevant, but also exciting. What invaluable information will you share during the session?
- Be Concise - Leverage the tags in the system for topics, level, and roles. Who’s the target audience? What products or topics does this session cover outside the track name? What roles specifically benefit from this session? Do not check every check box if your session is applicable to all.
- Be Original – Attendees want to see new presentations that cover the latest innovations in technology. Take the time to create well-written titles, abstracts, outlines, and the key takeaways for your submission. A thoughtful proposal has a better chance of selection, and if accepted, will be seen by thousands of attendees via the course catalog.
- Be Educational – VMware requires that sessions focus on the educational value of the presentation. Be sure your proposal doesn’t sound like a sales pitch, but rather an exciting opportunity for attendees to learn something new.
- Be Timely – Make sure your topic is relevant to the audience you’re targeting. Review the content topics before submitting a session.
CONTENT AREAS FOR SUBMISSION
Public and Hybrid Cloud
COMMON REASONS FOR ABSTRACT REJECTION
- The abstract is poorly written—ideas are not clear, goals are not established, there are grammatical errors, etc.
- The content is not relevant to the indicated audience.
- The session value is not clearly identified.
- The session topic is not unique or overlaps with another more appropriate abstract.
- Speakers – Sessions will be selected based on the content as well as the proposed speaker(s). Speakers should have extensive experience presenting at conferences of a similar nature. If a speaker has presented at VMworld in the past, we will look at speaker scores and session popularity and take them into consideration during selection.
- Quality over Quantity – Take time to review your proposal before submission. Submitting multiple session proposals will not increase your chances of having a session selected for VMworld 2015.
After submitting your proposal, a confirmation email will be sent to the author indicated within the submission profile. Please ensure that emails from firstname.lastname@example.org are not considered as spam by your e-mail provider.
All submitted abstracts go through a comprehensive review process. The abstracts are reviewed by an internal committee of subject matter experts, as well as an external committee of customers and partners. Lastly, we open up the session abstracts to public voting. We encourage all VMworld attendees past and present to participate in this valuable voting exercise as it truly helps us drive the highest quality agenda possible.
ABSTRACT SELECTION AND NEXT STEPS
You’ll be notified no later than June 23rd whether or not your proposal has been accepted for the VMworld 2015 agenda, and for which program: San Francisco, Barcelona, or both. If selected, the Speaker Resource Center also opens on June 12th and is chock full of information to help guide presenters, new and old, through the detailed timeline and deliverables required of VMworld speakers. You’ll also receive a weekly speaker newsletter to keep you up to date on all things VMworld.
- Effective Titles
- Winning Abstracts
- Content Areas
- Abstract Rejection
- Speaker Info
- Abstract Review
- Abstract Selection