Cascadia IT Conference CfP


The organizers of the Cascadia IT Conference invite you to submit proposals for panels and talks to be presented at Cascadia IT Conference ’11.

CasITconf’11 is a gathering of professionals from the diverse IT (computer and network administration) community in the U.S. Pacific NorthWest/Canadian Pacific SouthWest to learn, share ideas, and network.

The conference includes panels; posters; presentations; invited speakers and keynotes; and training by top-notch experts that is relevant, useful, and recession friendly. We’re also hosting an “unconference” track where attendees propose and host their own topics during the event. 

We expect attendance of 75 to 100 IT professionals from mid to large-sized companies and academia from Washington Oregon/Idaho and British Columbia.  We go by many titles but everyone is invited:  system administrators, network administrators, network engineers, Windows, Linux, Unix,  DBAs, etc.

Presentation Topics

We strongly welcome topics on best practices, new developments in systems administration, and cutting edge 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 in general IT, Linux/Unix, and/or Windows administration.

The audience will primarily hail from medium-sized businesses and academic institutions in the Pacific NorthWest. Attendance is expected to be 75-100 participants.

Some suggested topics (by no means exhaustive):

  1. System Administration

  2. Backups

  3. Security

  4. Troubleshooting

  5. Buying Decisions

  6. Virtualization

  7. Cloud Computing

  8. Enterprise Monitoring and Management

  9. Identity Management

  10. IPv6

  11. Web and Email Management

  12. Spam and Virus Filtering

  13. Network Filtering

  14. Wiki

  15. Clustering and High Availability

  16. Log Management

  17. VOIP

  18. Ticketing Systems

  19. Bootstrapping and Automated Installation

  20. Configuration Management and Packaging

Topics explicitly NOT requested:

  1. Sales Presentations

  2. Vendor Product Demonstrations

  3. Proposals or Vaporware

While this conference is in our first year, we ambitiously imagine presentations such as:

  1. An author of an open-source package explains the project, the benefits and how it works.

  2. A system administrator presents about a new technique, software system, or device he or she created.

  3. A senior system administrator describes the ‘lessons learned’ from converting from one email system to another.

  4. Someone with recent experience in particular technology (cloud computing, backups, Windows 7, etc.) presents "10 things I wish I knew before I started with [name of product]".

  5. A Windows engineer describes how they manage their fleet of of desktops/laptops.

Presentation Format

We are actively seeking proposals for presentations at CasITConf’11. We have openings for:

  1. Lightning Talks - 5 minutes

  2. Posters - shown during the conference reception

  3. Presentations - 30 minutes including Q&A.

  4. Talks: 90 minute presentation (or 75 + 15 minute Q&A).

  5. Panels: 3-7 attendees, 90 minutes including Q&A.

Submit  your  Presentation

Everyone is invited to participate! Please submit the following information:


  1. Poster title

  2. Presenter(s) contact info: Name, Title, Affiliation, email address, postal address

  3. No abstract needed, just a commitment to present

  4. Submission deadline is Friday, March 4th, 2011

  5. Displayed during the Friday evening reception

  6. See "Notes for all presentations and proposals" below for submission email address and other info

Lightning Talks

  1. No proposal required

  2. Organized on site

  3. A 90-minute session of 5-minute talks (including Q&A time)

"Presentation" proposals:

  1. Presentation title

  2. Presenter(s) contact info: Name, Title, Affiliation, email address, postal address

  3. Please attach a short draft paper and/or slides in PDF form. 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 Content Committee to understand what you propose to present

  4. See "Notes for all presentations and proposals" below for submission email address and other info

"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)

  6. See "Notes for all presentations and proposals" below for submission email address and other info

"Panel Discussion" proposals:

  1. 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 4-7 people to be on the panel

  2. Panel title

  3. Facilitator Contact info: Name, Title, Affiliation, email address, postal address

  4. Panel description: (1-3 paragraphs, as would be printed in the program book)

  5. Facilitator bio: (no more than 200 words)

  6. Name, affiliation, and (optional) short bio of panelists.

  7. Would you like assistance finding additional panelists? (yes/no)

  8. Note: While CasITConf’11 will aid in finding additional panelists, much higher priority will be given to proposals that include a draft slate of confirmed panelists

  9. See "Notes for all presentations and proposals" below for submission email address and other info

Notes for all presentations and proposals:

  1. 1.All proposals should be sent to

  2. 2.Submission deadline is 01-09-2011. Selections announced by 01-21-2011. Sadly we can not accept all proposals

  3. 3.Please note that in order to give a presentation or attend CasITConf’11, you must be registered for the conference. Presenting at the CasITConf’11 does not entitle you to discounted or free registration for the conference, nor priority with registration

  4. 4.Third party submissions (i.e. proposals submitted on behalf of the presenter by a PR agency or marketing department) will not be accepted

Submissions and questions should be sent to:

Dates and Deadlines

To encourage early submissions, priority (both for inclusion and scheduling) will be given to presentations submitted before the 31st of December.

  1. 01-09-2011 – Deadline for submissions

  2. 01-25-2011 – Notification to submitters

  3. 02-01-2011 – Publication of Schedule

  4. 03-11-2011 – Start of conference

Contact and Questions

Please see our website at for more information on CasITConf’11 and presenting at this great event.

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

One of the most important aspects of any workshop is the quality of the materials presented.

To that end we are soliciting proposals for Tutorials, Posters, Invited Talks, Presentations, and Panel Discussions.

The poster session will happen during the conference reception on Friday night.

Lightning talks are 5 minutes including Q&A. Presentations are 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions.  Invited talks are 75 minutes with 15 minutes for questions. Panels are 90 minutes with Q&A included in their format.

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Call for Proposals