PASS Summit 2020

Community Call For Speakers

Thank you for your submissions! The Call for Speakers is now closed.

We are now in the process of finalizing the PASS Summit 2020 Program. We will be announcing the Call for Speakers results in mid-June.

Community Call for Speakers

Open: March 26, 2020

Close: April 23, 2020

We’re excited that you’re interested in presenting a session at PASS Summit 2020 in Houston, TX, November 10-13!

Currently, there has been no change to the status of PASS Summit, taking place November 10-13. We will continue to monitor health authority guidance relating to in-person events over the coming months to ensure the safety of our members, attendees, sponsors, and partners. We will provide regular updates should any PASS-hosted events, including PASS Summit, be affected. Read More

Content Goals

Our goal is to deliver first-class educational content for all data professionals who leverage the Microsoft Data Platform (and everything that connects to it), to help attendees make an impact in their role today and to prepare them for what they need to know tomorrow.

PASS has identified 4 fundamental streams to best represent our community as a whole – Analytics, Architecture, Data Management, and Professional Development. For more information, please refer to the Definitions Page.

In addition to the four fundamental streams in 2019, PASS introduced Spotlight sessions - highlighted topics threaded throughout each stream. Last year, the spotlights were AI, Cloud, and Security.

This year’s spotlights include:

  • Modernization and Migration
  • Open-Source Platforms and Tools
  • Performance at Scale

Finally, this year we will continue to make a real impact with targeted Learning Pathways that take our attendees through a specific content area, across multiple sessions. More details in My Submission Page.

We always look for content that is forward looking and showcases new tools and tech as we look to enable our attendees to future proof themselves for whatever changes we may see in data. We also remain grounded in today; enabling our attendees to go back to their job on Monday and make an impact with their new skills.

The following shows the percentage of sessions allocated for each stream, as well as the broad areas of technologies. Click here for a suggested, but not limited to, topics list.

Stream % of Sessions Areas of Technology
Data Management 40% - 60%

Database Administration
Database Management
Database Development
Application Development

Analytics 25% - 30%

Business Intelligence
Data Science
Artificial Intelligence

Architecture 25% - 30%

Data Architecture

Professional Development 5% - 10%

Career Development
Soft Skills 

To submit an abstract:

  1. Login to your PASS membership account. (If you don't have one, register for one now)
  2. Make sure you’re familiar with the Definitions and FAQ pages.
  3. Fill out your Personal Details. Make sure your biography conveys your key area of data-related expertise and number of years of data-related experience.
  4. Read and digitally sign the Speaker Contract.
  5. Submit your abstracts on the My Submissions page.

Please note that only submitted abstracts will be considered. Saved abstracts are not considered submitted.

Deadline for submissions: Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 23:00 UTC

High Level Timeline

As in previous years, PASS has begun targeting Pre-Conference and early General Session speakers. These sessions will be released over the coming months to allow us to promote some of our great content early on. This process sits outside of our general Call for Speakers and all interested speakers should submit their sessions within this Call for Speakers. All submitters will receive notification at the end of the abstract review in early to mid-June. If you have any questions, contact us at


Community Call for Speakers


Invitations go out toTargeted Speakers


Pre-Conference Sessions are Announced

April - May

Community Abstract Review


Email Notification of Call for Speakers Results

June - July

Announcement of Community Program Line-up


All Remaining Sessions are Announced

Good luck with your Submissions!