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Extra, extra, read all about it! As of March 24, 2015, the VMworld 2015 Call For Papers is officially open. If you’re a VMware partner and have integrated VMware solutions and technologies in an innovative or unconventional way, share your story at VMworld 2015 by submitting your session abstract today.

Submit your 2015 Call For Papers proposal by following these three easy steps:

1.    Review our Abstract Submission Guidelines tips on preparing your titles and descriptions; this can help you avoid common pitfalls that lead to abstract rejections.

2.     Check out the highest rated partner sessions from last year as a way to start thinking creatively about your proposal topic. Specifically session STO2496— vSphere Storage Best Practices: Next-Gen Technologies, and NET2745 – vSphere Distributed Switch: Technical Deep Dive. View the session replays.

3.    Use this VMworld 2015 Call for Papers link to submit your abstract before April 28, 2015.

As you submit, you’ll find tags to help further categorize your session proposal—Tracks and Sub-tracks, Products, Market Segment, Audience and Technical Level. Utilize the tags thoughtfully; the more we know about your session, the better. Please remember that these Call for Papers are highly competitive and we can only accommodate a select number of submissions.

Here are some tips on writing a thorough abstract:

·       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.

Good luck—we look forward to reading your submission.


The VMware Partner Network Team