Call for Proposals

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The organizers of the Cascadia IT Conference invite you to submit proposals for talks, tutorials, and panels to be presented at the 2014 Cascadia IT Conference in Seattle.

CasITConf is a gathering of professionals from the diverse IT (computer and network administration) community in the U.S. Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. We gather to learn from each other, share ideas, and make new friends. Whether you are paid to work with computers or just like to experiment with technology your time is well spent at CasITConf.

The conference includes panels, presentations, invited speakers and keynotes, as well as training by top­notch experts. We expect attendance of 125-­175 people from the IT community, businesses, and academic institutions in and around Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia.

Presentation Topics

We welcome topics on best practices; new developments in system, network, database and storage administration; and cutting­edge techniques to better manage Linux, Unix, or Windows hosts and environments.

Presentations should be of a technical nature and speakers should assume that members of the audience have at least a few years experience with Linux/Unix and/or Windows administration.

Some Suggested Topics (by no means exhaustive):

  • • Virtualization
  • • Backup
  • • Storage Management
  • • Security
  • • Cloud Computing
  • • Monitoring and Management
  • • Identity Management
  • • IPv6
  • • Email Management
  • • Capacity Planning
  • • Network Filtering
  • • Clustering and High Availability
  • • Log Management
  • • VOIP
  • • Ticketing Systems
  • • Bootstrapping and Automated Installation
  • • Configuration Management
  • • Encryption
  • • Network Design

Topics Explicitly Discouraged

  • • Sales Presentations
  • • Vendor Product Demonstrations
  • • Proposals or Vaporware (Although works in progress are appropriate topics for lightning talks)

Examples of Good Proposals and Topics

  • • Author of an open-source package explains the project, the benefits and how it works.
  • • System Admin presents a new technique, software system, or device he or she created.
  • • Someone with recent experience in particular technology presents “10 things I wish I knew before I started with [name of product]”.
  • • Windows engineer describes how they manage their fleet of of desktops/laptops.
  • • How we manage [Linux/Mac OS X/BeOS] in an Active Directory domain.
  • • How to Make Wireless Work in a Conference Setting.
  • • Incident Command for IT: What We Can Learn from the Fire Department.
  • • Deploying your Application to Cloud: Lessons Learned from Five Different Applications.
  • • What System Administrators Can Learn From [other industry].
  • • Thoughts on Uptime: Resisting Entropy.

Presentation Format

We are actively seeking proposals for presentations at CasITConf ’14. We have openings for:

  • • Presentations – 30 minutes including Q&A
  • • Talks: 60 or 90 minute presentation including Q&A
  • • Panels: 3-7 panelists, 90 minutes including Q&A
  • • Lightning Talks (solicited on­site only) ­ 5 minutes
  • • Tutorials ­ half­day and full­day sessions

Tutorials are managed separately from other conference sessions. If you are interested in presenting a tutorial, please contact the tutorial coordinators at

Submit Your Proposals

Everyone is welcome to participate! Public speaking experience is not required.

  1. All proposals, submissions and questions should be sent to
  2. Third party submissions (i.e. proposals submitted on behalf of the presenter by a PR agency or marketing department) will not be accepted.
  3. Each proposal, depending on format, should contain the following information.

Presentation Proposals

  1. Presentation title.
  2. Presenter(s) contact info: Name, title, affiliation, email address, postal address.
  3. Please attach a short abstract and/or slides as a PDF. We won’t be publishing a
    proceedings but will use your finalized proposal to tell people what your talk is about. Make sure it contains enough information for the Program Committee to understand what you propose to present.
  4. Presenter’s bio: (no more than 200 words).

Talk Proposals

  1. Presentation Title.
  2. Presenter’s Contact info: Name, title, affiliation, email address, postal address.
  3. Presentation summary: (3-­6 paragraphs; or an outline; We’re more likely to accept a
    proposal that includes details about the contents, not a vague description).
  4. Presentation description: (1 paragraph, as would be printed in the program listing).
  5. Presenter’s bio: (no more than 200 words).

Panel Discussion Proposals

We encourage attendees to create panels on topics of interest to the community. The submitter should be committed to facilitating the panel as well as finding 4­7 people to be on the panel.

  1. Panel Title.
  2. Facilitator Contact info: Name, Title, Affiliation, email address, postal address.
  3. Panel description: (1-3 paragraphs, as would be printed in the program book).
  4. Facilitator bio: (no more than 200 words).
  5. Name, affiliation, and (optional) short bio of panelists.
  6. Would you like assistance finding additional panelists? (yes/no)

Note: While CasITConf ’14 will try to aid you in finding additional panelists, much higher
priority will be given to proposals that include a draft slate of confirmed panelists.

Lightning Talks

  • • No proposal required.
  • • 5 minutes, no slides.
  • • Organized on site – sign up at the registration desk.

Dates and Deadlines

  • • 9 December, 2013 ­ Proposals due
  • • 20 December, 2013 ­ Notification to proposal submitters
  • • 1 January, 2014 ­ Advertising Deadline
  • • 7-­8 March, 2014 ­ Conference

Contact and Questions

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the organizers at

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