There are many reasons to attend the European Collaboration Summit 2018: it is the largest community-driven conference focusing on Microsoft’s products Office 365, Azure, SharePoint, Exchange, Skype, and Project in Europe in 2018, with an expected attendance of a thousand people. During this three-day event, world-leading experts and speakers will deliver a series of full-day workshops, and a range of “what is new” and “best practices” break-out sessions relevant to these technologies.

Mainz, a picturesque German city with a fascinating history, offers all we need for a great conference: stunning scenery, convenient logistics, a central-European location with easy air links (Frankfurt Airport is close by), and a vibrant Microsoft community.

Here are just some of the reasons why you simply must attend.

INCREDIBLE SPEAKER LINEUP

More than 60 members of Microsoft’s product teams, MVPs, MCMs, and other experts, from 20 countries and five continents, will guide you through all the changes happening in the IT world now. Three top-quality full-day workshops, leading-edge developer and IT Pro sessions, business-oriented sessions on current developments, digital transformation, issues and strategies will be delivered by world experts. This speaker line-up is unique in Europe in 2018. To see all these folks in one place, you simply have to come to the European Collaboration Summit 2018 in Mainz, Germany.

FUTURE-ORIENTED KEYNOTE

Some of the world’s most influential experts will discuss the new developments in the Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint and Microsoft Azure landscape. Adis Jugo, longstanding Microsoft MVP, will moderate the keynote address and talk about perspectives for business users, developers and IT Pros, and how the digital workplace is changing as we speak.

PLENTY TO LEARN

The new Office 365 and Azure services are here, new on-premises stuff is arriving, and the European Collaboration Summit is the best place to learn about it. Microsoft’s new services, like Teams and Planner, but also new SharePoint capabilities like Communication Sites and PowerApps integration are driving digital transformation on a daily basis. Hybrid is the new thing, and Microsoft Azure is increasingly becoming the glue holding it all together. There can be no argument: European Collaboration Summit in 2018 is the best place to hear and learn about it all!

SHAREPOINT DEVELOPER PNP STUFF

The European Collaboration Summit is a developer’s paradise. We will have the legendary Patterns and Practices Team (PnP) delivering sessions which will help you to become fit for the new way of development. This is something that every developer needs to see. SharePoint Framework? Check. Microsoft Graph? We have it. New development capabilities for Microsoft Teams? Sure. SharePoint Dev PnP stuff? The European Collaboration Summit is the unique opportunity to see, hear and meet the PnP team live, in addition to all the other developer legends that will be in Mainz.

INCREDIBLE PRICE

The European Collaboration Summit is a community event, a non-profit event possible only because of our great sponsors. The conference fee is minimal, and it is there to help us cover basic attendee costs.

COMMUNITY AND NETWORKING

A conference is never only about the content, especially not a community conference. At the European Collaboration Summit in Mainz, you will meet Office 365, Azure, SharePoint and Exchange people – consultants, admins, developers, business people, end-users, nerds, speakers, MVPs, masters, Microsoft people… And they are all there because of knowledge sharing and because of community. Without a doubt, the European Collaboration Summit, a networking and community paradise, is a unique opportunity to meet all these people at one place.

SHAREPINT AND GREAT PRIZES

Our sponsors are cool. Really cool! They are some of the coolest ISV and consulting companies out there. We are really proud of all of them. Check the list! During the closing ceremony, they will be giving away a lot of cool prizes – gadgets, licenses, swag, or just cool nerdy things like Lego Technic and similar nonsense that we all love. Of course, we will continue with a great tradition adopted from the SharePoint conferences – the SharePint: we will be serving cold beer at the same time. Isn’t that great?

FULL DAY TUTORIALS

The pre-conference tutorial day will feature full day tutorials with some of the most prominent technology visionaries in the areas of digital transformation, business, development and infrastructure. This is an amazing opportunity to dive deep into the discussion, to complete your learning, and to come up with solutions to your biggest problems.

MAINZ IS GORGEOUS, GERMANY IS STUNNING

The views are stunning: Mainz downtown with its historic buildings, the cathedral, the Rhine valley flair and beautiful old churches. Outside of Mainz, there’s the Rhine, numerous castles, and some of the oldest vineyards in Europe. Add a few free days on to your European Collaboration Summit trip and enjoy some extra time in the historic UNESCO World Heritage site of the Rhine valley. Unmissable!