COMMON Presentations Deadline Approaches; Scholarship Sponsorships Sought
October 14, 2013 Dan Burger
Preparations for the 2014 COMMON Annual Meeting & Exposition are a year-round activity, but one of the most important deadlines–the call for presentations–is coming up in just 16 days on October 30. COMMON’s education team is searching for sessions, labs, and all-day workshops related to IBM Power Systems, IBM i, AIX, and Linux.
Of particular interest are show-and-tell sessions designed so attendees experience a narrowly defined task from start to finish in step-by-step fashion. The use of live demonstrations or extensive screen shots is expected. The education team also has a priority to add new sessions on AIX, Linux, mobile security, intermediate-to-advanced RPG language, intermediate-to-advanced SQL, and business development.
The Annual Meeting is COMMON’s largest educational event of the year, with four full days of in-depth IBM i, AIX, and Linux-related education that includes all-day pre-conference workshops, open labs, a wide variety of regular-length sessions, and a premier Expo of leading solution providers and vendors.
The 2014 Annual Meeting will take place May 4-7 at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, Florida. The conference session agenda will include more than 300 stand-alone sessions of either 75 minutes or 165 minutes in length, lectures and demos, and labs.
To review the sessions that were presented at the 2013 Fall Conference and Expo, visit this website where you can view sessions by course of study (COS), speaker, or keyword search.
Session submissions will be reviewed by a subject matter expert and you’ll get either the thumbs up or thumbs down by late December.
Contact Ian Cartwright, COMMON Education Project Manager, for questions regarding how presentations should be formatted and the selection process by email at Ian_Cartwright@common.org.
Several scholarships will be available through COMMON Education Foundation and available to students in courses of study related to Power Systems, IBM i, AIX, and Linux. At the Fall COMMON Conference, nine students were able to attend because of scholarships made possible by the contributions of the IBM Power Systems Academic Initiative, ProData Computer Services, Profound Logic, iTech Solutions, ConsulTech Services, and Velocity Technology Solutions.
Companies or individuals who want to support the student scholarship program are asked to contact Michelle August, COMMON Education Foundation executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students and colleges that want to become eligible to receive scholarships are also asked to connect with August.
And for those who have yet to attend a COMMON conference, or haven’t been to one for years, check out this video for a look at what it’s all about.