Presenting at BrainStorm



If your presentation is chosen by the Steering Committee, you still need to register separately for the conference. Even if you plan to just present, registration is still needed.

  • Submission of a presentation does not automatically guarantee selection
  • Vendors who are chosen to present must purchase a booth or sponsorship
  • Vendors who purchase a booth or sponsorship are not guaranteed a presentation session

DEADLINE is October 31, 2017!!

(We have a new submission system this year.  You will need to create an account (not linked to BrainStorm registration), which will allow you access to a portal so you can submit one or many sessions, as well as come back and revise/update those sessions before the deadline of October 31st.)

Call for Presentations is now closed


  • Prefer school district personnel as primary presenter
  • NO sales pitches
  • Live demos
  • Less PowerPoints
  • Question/answer time in roundtable format
  • Keep it technical – primary audience is IT staff
  • NO curriculum topics
  • Handouts (available via BrainStorm website)

Presentation topic ideas:

  • First hand project experiences from school districts/higher education institutions
  • Microsoft SCCM
  • 1:1 device management
  • Google Apps/management
  • Apple device management
  • Higher ed related topics
  • Helpdesk ticketing systems
  • Hardware inventory systems
  • Cyber security
  • Virtualization
  • Office 365
  • Cloud based IT management
  • Network management
  • Wireless technology updates
  • Chromebook management
  • Linux server management
  • Group policy
  • Legal issues in IT
  • Community area networks/site-to-site fiber construction
  • Windows server and Windows 10
  • Firewall security
  • Switching, vlans, etc.
  • VOIP
  • Network Security
  • Monitoring the cloud sites and apps (the issue is not always the lan)
  • Mobile device management
  • Hardware repair workshop
  • Single sign on/identity management
  • Data Security – technical and policy
  • Student data privacy
  • Powershell scripting
  • Backups/DR
  • Putting VM’s into the Cloud
  • Azure
  • Switching and routing basics
  • Two-Factor authentication
  • Scripting and automation processes
  • Ransomware
  • Backing up cloud resources
  • Professional and leadership side of IT (CETL)
  • 3D printers/STEM

Frequently Asked Questions

Breakout & Hands-on Session proposals my be submitted by school technology directors, network administrators or other IT personnel and vendors.

There is no fee for vendors to present but the vendor must purchase at least one booth at the Expo. Purchasing a booth does NOT guarantee your presentation will be selected.

You will be notified by the steering committee if your session is chosen. Alternatively you can view the sessions through the the registration site and the mobile app.
Presentations are chosen based on the following criteria:

  • inform & educate K20 technology directors, network administrators and other IT personnel
  • enhance technology for schools
  • encourage audience interaction/response/questions (hence “BrainStorm”)
  • are not curriculum topics
  • are not sales pitches but instead lead a technical discussion of a specific hardware or software product requiring a systems engineer from the vendor, can be the presenter or additional person(s), or experienced school district user to answer technical questions
  • Hands-On Sessions include all of the above and should also demonstrate active participation, such as participants using their own laptops with VM software

Proposals will be reviewed by the Steering Committee. You will be notified upon acceptance of your proposal.

Presenters must be able to answer detailed technical questions about their product/service.

Vendors should bring at least one technical person (e.g. engineer, etc.) if the primary presenter is a sales/marketing person.

Schools are exempt from providing an “engineer” type presenter but may want to partner with other schools, if needed, to provide a more technical presentation.

Breakout session are 1 hour, or a double breakout is 2 hours 15 minutes.

Hands-on sessions are normally 2 hours.  If a different length is needed for a hands on session, please contact the steering committee.

You are welcome to give away a nominal door prize(s) valued at $25 or less per item. Since many of our speakers are volunteers from school districts we don’t want vendors drawing attendees away from other sessions because of the prizes.

Vendors that desire to give away more expensive door prizes are encouraged to do so during the Vendor Expo at their booth and/or by submitting a door prize drawing to be given away at the close of the Expo.

There are 15 min breaks between breakout sessions. Hands-on sessions have several hours prior to their sessions to setup.
No, we understand that many of you are not professional presenters but have some great information to share with fellow K20 techs. Thus the title of the conference “BrainStorm”. It is all about sharing.
Presentations may include a reasonable amount of secondary speakers. The primary speaker will serve as the contact for all correspondence with the program committee.
  • Wireless Internet access (wired upon request when submitting proposal)
  • Multimedia projector
  • Projection screen
  • Extra tables, chairs, electrical needs can be requested when submitting proposal

All other equipment is the responsibility of the presenter.

No, but if desired the presenters may share their contact info with the audience at the time of the presentation.
No, but then you will not be given a conference badge that permits entrance into the Welcome Reception, other breakout sessions, meals and the Vendor Expo. . Even if you plan to just present, registration is still needed.
In the event that a presenter is unable to participate at BrainStorm for reasons including but not limited to: inclement weather, scheduling conflicts, etc., the presenter should contact a Steering Committee member by emailing or calling 800-910-6382 option 0. If a substitute presenter is available to conduct the session, the presenter registration will be transferred to the substitute presenter. The presenter is solely responsible for handling any hotel reservation cancellations, etc., and META is not responsible for any loss to the presenter.
To register as a “Speaker Only” please email or call 800-910-6382 so our event coordinator can get you qualified and signed up for a “Speaker Only” pass.

Use this option if you will only participate in our conference as a speaker but do not plan on attending any other sessions, meals, expo, etc.

To upload your files please go to the Upload Presentation Files link.
Yes, vendors who are chosen to present a session are required to purchase a booth or sponsorship. There is no extra charge for presenting. The purchase of a booth does NOT guarantee a speaking slot.
The attendees are made up of computer techs, network administrators and technology directors mostly from the MidWest (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, Illinois & Indiana). The discussions tend to be on a higher level of tech talk but introductory topics are also welcomed. Be prepared to answer tougher questions and if you are a vendor you are required to bring a knowledgeable engineer along vs. just a salesperson.