TheServerSide Java Symposium (TSSJS), a community event focusing on current and emerging technologies in the Enterprise Java space, has opened its call for presentations for TSSJS Europe 2009. TSSJS Europe takes place in Prague, Czech Republic on October 27-28, 2009. TSSJS’s mission is to advance the Enterprise Java platform, propagate industry-wide best practices, and provide a forum for the Java community to engage in forward-thinking discussions. The Symposium is a gathering place for thought leaders and innovators to examine the next generation of Java technologies as well as to provide instructive guidance on popular frameworks, tools and methodologies being used today and in the immediate future by enterprise Java developers, architects and technical team leads. The 2009 conference occurs during an especially exciting time in the Java community. The move of open source into the mainstream has given the broader community access to an explosion of frameworks, tools, and application servers that define the state of the art in software development. Architectures such as OSGi, grid, and cloud computing are challenging how we package and deploy Java applications. We are accepting proposals in the following areas: 1. Tracks and Topics The 2009 TSSJS Europe will include sessions in four areas: • Frameworks – Easing Development Pains • Architectures – Starting Off Right • Languages – The Right Tool for the Job • Tools and techniques – Getting the Job Done Within these categories, we are looking for proposals that do one or more of the following: • State of the art • Problem/solution • Tips and tricks • Getting started 2. Fireside Chats – Formerly called Birds of a Feather (BOFs) We have a limited number of fireside chats, scheduled for 60 minutes. The goal of the Fireside Chats is to provide attendees quality time with experts in an informal discussion group as a forum for learning and exchanging technical information and experiences. The Fireside chats will not include slides, as traditional presentations are not allowed here. Discussion leaders will kickstart the discussion and guide the group though issues/challenges/pain-points. Successful Fireside Chat topic proposals will be about current or emerging Java technologies that architects and developers just can’t get enough of or just can’t get a handle on. A good discussion leader is someone comfortable with moderating group discussions, who has in-depth technical knowledge of the topic, and is able to assess problems/challenges presented and provide answers, tips, tricks and solutions. About the audience: TSSJS Europe will consist of a somewhat multinational audience of senior developers, developers, architects, technical team leads/project leads working primarily on enterprise Java projects. Many attendees are usually regular readers of What we are looking for in a speaker: We are looking for expert end-users, developers & architects from the community, and trainers/educators. You do not have to be a professional, polished speaker, but an understanding of public speaking, creating effective presentations and demonstration skills are required. All of our sessions are presented in English, so the speaker should be able to communicate technical concepts in that language. What’s in it for you: In addition to the recognition and respect of your peers as an expert in the area, we can provide some assistance with travel and lodging. Due to a limited budget for speaker travel assistance, preference will be given to speakers based in Europe. What to submit: Your bio: No more than 100 words. Session proposal: Using the proposal template provided. Only complete proposals in the template will be reviewed. How to submit your proposal: Download the proposal template (Word doc) and send your proposal with bio to cfptheserverside at techtarget dot com Important dates: Earliest date to submit proposals: Immediately Latest date to submit proposals: Monday, June 8, 2009 After we receive your proposal: We will acknowledge receipt of your proposal within two business days. We will review and evaluate your proposal not only for its individual merit but in comparison with other proposals. Please understand that this review process takes some time but we will be sure to get back to you to inform you whether or not your proposal has been accepted. TheServerSide Java Symposium Call for Proposals Submission Form Speaker Information Name: Company Name: Email Address: City/State/Country: Website: Track Category Session Format ___Frameworks ___State of the Art ___60 minutes ___Architectures ___Problem/Solution ___Fireside Chats ___Languages ___Tips and Tricks ___Tools and Techniques ___Getting Started Session titles and descriptions are posted on the Web site and used in marketing materials so attendees know what to expect from your session. This should remain consistent with what you will deliver at the conference. We can change things along the way, as necessary. Just let us know in advance. 1. Session title: 2. Session description: 3. What problem(s)/challenge(s) will an attendee learn to solve by attending your session? 4. What are you addressing that represents or indicates a new or emerging trend? And why do attendees need to be aware of this information TODAY? 5. What will attendees learn by attending your session? Please list 3-4 attendee takeaways. (In this session you will learn; attend and learn how to; after attending this session you will be able to) 6. Who should attend your session? (please indicate by job title or by years of experience or level of the session) 7. What basics should attendees know before attending your session? This may exclude some attendees, so try to be as inclusive as possible. 8. Describe the format of the presentation (case study, presentation with real world examples, hands on, step by step instructions, problem-solving session where attendees bring questions).