PUG Challenge

Call for Speakers!

We are now accepting session proposals for PUG Challenge Americas/Exchange the premiere face-to-face conference for Progress OpenEdge users in the Americas!

The deadline for submissions is February 11th. Proposals that are submittted after that date will be wait-listed.

As always, our goal is to deliver valuable and highly technical content to people involved in developing, integrating, managing and improving Progress applications. Presentations can include both Progress and non-Progress technologies that support or complement Progress applications.

This conference is the destination for guidance on real-world OpenEdge innovations. Expert speakers from Progress Software and the community will present over 75 technical sessions, workshops, info exchanges and commercial sessions. The conference mixes both the old and the new with practical, technical insight. Browse through last year's session speakers and choices at http://pugchallenge.org/agenda2016.html to get a taste of this event!

Proposals must be submitted via our Proposal Web Form Submitting your proposal via this form ensures that we have them in a uniform format that can be easily used to create the agenda and schedule. If you go around that process you are creating a lot of extra work for the organizing committee. And if your email client or word processing software come from Adobe or Microsoft you are also probably embedding all sorts of "helpful" control codes that cause endless formatting problems.

Sending emails with, or without, documents in various formats to people on the organizing commitee is a pain in the neck. Please don't do that.

Benefits for Speakers:

  • Gain professional exposure to a large
    audience of eager,technical listeners
  • Enjoy the recognition of peers
  • Spread the word about new ideas in computing
  • Help educate the community
  • Complimentary conference pass!

Your session could be organized as a detailed "How-To" presentation, a Case Study demonstrating an implementation or a Best Practices illustration. Standard session slots are 60 minutes long and should allow time for Q&A following your presentation.

Workshops are 3 to 4 hours long and include lab-like exercises. Participants will bring their own computers, but we will facilitate cloud deployment of workshop materials.

So what do we ask of you? Your ideas and suggestions on sessions that you would be interested in presenting or that you would like to see delivered by someone at PUG Challenge Americas/Exchange.

All presentations and supporting materials (sample code etc.) must be shared. We will post the materials on our website after the conference. Do not submit a proposal if you are not willing to share.

We have a commercial track reserved for commercial presentations -- if your talk is a sales pitch this track is available. See our sponsorship page for details on the cost.

You may submit more than one session proposal. Please review the important dates in the sidebar to make sure you can meet our deadlines. Proposals received after the deadline will be considered only on a space available basis.

Submissions for talks should include:

  • Presenter name, company, job title, and contact information
  • Title of talk
  • Short summary or outline suitable for inclusion in the program guide
  • Intended audience
  • Special technical requirements (internet connection, high resolution projector etc.)
  • Suggested keyword tags appropriate to the talk (4GL, Database, SaaS, Performance etc.)
  • Speaker bio

PUG Challenge provides LCD projectors and screens. Our projectors are have a native resolution of at least 1024x768 and we have several that have native 1920 x 1600 -- if you need the higher resolution please let us know.

The conference will be held June 4-7, 2017 in Manchester NH which is easily reached from both Boston (BOS) and Manchester (MHT) airports. The hotel is just a short drive up the road Progress Software's Bedford, MA Headquarters.

Good Luck! We look forward to seeing many great proposals and working with you to make a memorable experience.