Omaha365 Conference - Virtual Edition

Location: Online

Date created: Feb 3, 2020


The 8th Annual Omaha365 (formerly Omaha O365/SharePoint Saturday) conference which was to be held on March 21, 2020, has been rescheduled because of COVID-19 concerns.  We have decided to go virtual this year.  So, what does this mean for our speakers and sponsors?  We need your sessions!  We will have the same tracks as our in-person event but each session will be pre-recorded.  Once we have all of the recordings, we will put a short sponsor "ad" in front of each session so we can continue to give our sponsors value and show our appreciation.  We will also place a code at the end of your session so attendees can submit feedback on the session and be eligible for prizes.This is what I need from you right now.Submit your session like you would a normal in-person conference.If your session is selected, you commit to recording the session by no-later than May 22, 2020 and provide us a link to download it.Provide contact information in the video, so viewers of your presentation can contact you with questions.Share the links we provide to your social contacts so we can have as much participation as possible.I know many of you will miss a great Omaha steak dinner, so if selected, our board will have a special treat for you, thanks to our sponsors. What Kind of Sessions Do We Need?The list and descriptions of our Tracks are below, but basically, we are looking for Office 365 and SharePoint presentations. 
Technical presentations showing code examples and SharePoint demos are always great, but we’re often asked for sessions targeted at end-users and business decision makers which help them learn how to use SharePoint in creative ways, how things work (and don’t work), and whatever else they need to know to get the most out of SharePoint within their organization. Sessions like “How [My Company] Solved [Something] Using SharePoint” tend to be very popular.   
Many people are interested to see and learn about SharePoint 2019 and Office 365. However, the Omaha community as a whole is still very actively engaged with previous versions of SharePoint (2013,2016), so in addition to SharePoint Online and 2019 content, possibly consider submitting sessions relevant to attendees who are not yet using the latest versions.   How Much Time Will I Have to Present?   
We are asking you to submit a video recording of a session that is approximately 50-60 minutes in length.  How Can I Improve My Chances Of Being Selected?  
First and foremost, think of your audience. You are writing your session titles and abstracts for the event attendees not for the people picking sessions. What you enter on the speaker submission form will be the exact text included on the program and schedule..   
Submit more than one session!  We love having options and we want this event to be as well rounded as we can.Please, do not try to pass off your company product demo as a session. This is something every O365/SharePoint Saturday event takes very seriously. If you feel your session abstract may sound like a product demo, please explain on the submission form why it is not. If your session is a product demo ask your company to become a Vendor Track sponsor.When is the Latest I Can Submit a Session?  Call for Presentations will close on April 24, 2020When Will Selected Sessions Be Announced?   
We will begin selecting sessions as soon as they are submitted and will begin notifying by April 22.
If Selected, What Time Commitment is Expected of Me?   Pre-record your session.  You can use tools like Teams, Zoom or Loom to record yourself presenting.  Once you have your recording, we will have a form you can use to submit your session.  A link will be provided once selected.Commit to responding to questions from people who watch your presentation. This is not live, but if you would like to arrange a live Q & A, we can set up a time and provide that link in the description of your session.If Selected, What's In It For Me?This is a weird time all over the world.  People are stuck at home and so this is one way in which you can help everyone out by sharing what you know!  People love to learn new things and maybe this way, we can all feel a little more connected.   If all the "feels" isn't good enough for you, there is that little surprise mentioned before.  Just sayin'...Tracks:    1. IT Pro/Admin - these sessions focus on administering SharePoint as well as the infrastructure that supports it. It can include both on-prem installations as well as hybrid. (Examples include Migration Tips, Architecture, How to Set SharePoint Up, Optimizing Search, and Security)  2. Developer - these sessions focus on developing applications for SharePoint. Most of our users are still using SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013. Some are moving to SharePoint 2016 and Office 365. Development topics that represent all these versions are welcome and encouraged. (Examples include What Code to Use for Which Version, Powershell, Creating a Great User Experience, and Bringing External Content Into SharePoint)  3. Power User/Business User - These sessions focus on what can be done with SharePoint by someone who doesn't have admin permissions. These can cover no-code application solutions or strategies for managing content in SharePoint. (Examples include Why Implementations Fail, Training Users - Best Practices, Project Management, Case Studies, Selling SharePoint to Management and Users, Tools for Managing Information in SharePoint)  4. Office365/SharePoint For Beginners – these sessions focus on brand new SharePoint and O365 users and help them learn the fundamentals of how to use SharePoint and O365. (Examples include What the Heck is SharePoint, The SharePoint Dictionary…Learning the Terminology, 10 Reasons SharePoint is Awesome, and Why SharePoint Gets a Bad Rap) 5.  Office365 - This track is dedicated to Office365 specific topics. These sessions can cover any of the O365 associated applications like Teams, Stream, Delve, OneNote, Whiteboard, OneDrive and Yammer as well as SharePont Online  (Examples include Demystifying O365, What’s New in O365, and What Do I Do Where in O365…O365 Groups, Teams, and SharePoint Online).6. Power Platform - We added this track this year because there is a lot of interest in the Power Platform.  Presentations here will cover PowerApps, PowerBI and PowerAutomate (formerly Flow).

Date conference starts: Mon Jun 15, 2020

Date conference ends: Mon Jun 15, 2020

Date CFP opens: Mar 26, 2020

Date CFP closes: Apr 24, 2020