Unfortunately, I’ve received an email from VMworld which advised me that the paper I’ve submitted for a breakout session this year in Barcelona got rejected. As it was my first VMworld Call for Papers submission, I wasn’t really surprised it didn’t make it, however I have to admit I’m still disappointed.
Here’s the response I received from VMworld Content team:
Thank you for submitting your presentation for VMworld 2018. We’ve received and reviewed over 2300 session submissions and had a difficult time narrowing down the selection. Unfortunately based on voting results, feedback from our reviewers and available space, your proposal(s) was/were not selected for this year’s conference.
Submission ID: 1844
Event submitted to: Europe
Session Type: Breakout
Submission Declined for: Europe
Although we’re unable to extend you the opportunity to present a breakout session, we’ve identified you as an excellent candidate to present a livestreamed VMTN TechTalk with vBrownBag in the VMTN Community theater. To see what past TechTalks at VMworld have looked like, you can watch them on this YouTube playlist. If you’re interested in this opportunity, please go here to learn more about VMTN TechTalks with vBrownBag, and submit your application before June 30th. We appreciate your interest and hope you will consider submitting a session proposal for future VMworld events. Information on registration and the conference can be found on the VMworld website.
I already plan to submit a new paper next year, but for now I’ve decided to give the one I prepared for this year another shot, by submitting it to vBrownBag. If you don’t know what vBrownBag is, here’s a brief description taken directly from their website:
vBrownBag is about community education, created by the community to help others in the community. The TechTalks allow community members and community-minded sponsors, to present content at VMworld that would not (or did not) get accepted to the main conference track. The VMware Community team provides us a stage in the community area, and we invite participants, this blog post is your invitation. You can have either 12 minutes or 27 minutes on the stage. You can present slides, use our laptop for demos or talk to the assembled audience. Sessions are listed in the Content Catalogue and Schedule Builder application, so expect to get a live and supportive audience in front of you. Sessions are live-streamed and recorded, the video is posted to the vBrownBag YouTube channel, usually within an hour of your session. Community sessions will have sponsor logos on the recorded videos, without our sponsors there would be no TechTalks.
Well, never say never – I’m crossing my fingers and looking forward to vBrownBag TechTalks announcement later on this Summer. If my paper will get rejected there as well, I might convert it to a regular “Articles” category post and publish it on this blog.
Over the last few months, I’ve heard a lot of good words and received a lot of support while writing my VMWorld paper, so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who were behind me on this. I’m sorry I didn’t succeed this year, but you can have my word – I will keep trying to improve my writing/blog/presentation skills to eventually get there and represent open-source community on VMWorld. For now, cross your fingers for me and let’s all wait for vBrownBag response. I’ll give you all another update once I know anything.
That would be all – you can expect another regular post later on this week. Wilk’s out.