WHAT IS EUROPEAN COLLABORATION SUMMIT?

May 28-30 2018, Mainz, Germany

The European Collaboration Summit (ECS), also known by its hashtag #collabsummit, is the largest community-driven conference in Europe in 2018 with a focus on Microsoft’s products Office 365, Azure, SharePoint, Exchange, Skype and Project. Its aim is to bring together business and technology in order to help delegates make sound decisions in the rapidly changing world of digital transformation. ECS is a three-day community event, based on the traditions of SPC Adriatics Zagreb, SharePoint Saturday Munich, Office 365 Conference Germany and SharePoint Saturday Stockholm. World-leading experts and speakers will deliver a range of “what is new” and “best practices” sessions for these technologies.

Where and when is it happening?

In Mainz, Germany, from 28–30 May 2018. This picturesque German city, famous for the beautiful Rhine valley and Gutenberg’s printing press, offers all we need for a great conference: stunning scenery, convenient logistics, a central European location with easy air links (Frankfurt Rhein Main airport), and a vibrant Microsoft community. The last days of May promise perfect – not too hot – temperatures and lots of fun after the sessions. The address for the venue is Rheingoldhalle, Rheinstraße 66, 55116 Mainz, Germany.

How many attendees can be expected at ECS 2018?

We are expecting up to a thousand attendees from all over Europe to gather in Mainz for the European Collaboration Summit. Based on previous attendances, the delegates will be an equal distribution of business and technical audience, as well as professionals and end users.

What is the conference language?

English. Keynote, all sessions, panels and round tables will be in English. The registration desk staff will also speak English.

Which topics will ECS 2018 cover?

ECS 2018 will focus on all topics based on Microsoft’s collaboration products stack, such as Azure and Office 365 cloud platforms, SharePoint, Exchange, Skype for Business and Project (both in the cloud and on premises), and cloud-only services such as Microsoft Teams, PowerApps, Logic Apps, Flow, Planner, and Yammer. These products and services will be approached from all sides: business, organizational, and technical. We will see a range of planning, adoption and strategy sessions focused on deciders and business users, as well as deep-dive technology sessions focused on administrators and developers. Please take a look at the list of focus topics.

Which speakers can be expected at ECS 2018?

You will see the most prominent community (MVPs, MCMs) and corporate (Microsoft) speakers at European Collaboration Summit 2018. Check the list of featured speakers already confirmed for 2018 and speakers from previous years, and add even more to that: this is what you can expect. The first group of speakers can already be found on the featured speakers page.

WHY IS THIS EVENT ALMOST 10 TIMES CHEAPER THAN OTHER EVENTS IN EUROPE WITH THE SAME FOCUS?

Because this is a non-profit event, financed to a great extent by our sponsors, for which we are very grateful. The symbolic conference fee we require is to prevent people from registering and then not attending (and so blocking places for those who would attend). The only goal is to get the world’s best experts and to share their knowledge with as many community folks in Europe as possible, because “sharing is caring” (the legendary words of Microsoft’s Vesa Juvonen, just one of our top speakers). Does the non-profit approach mean less valuable sessions, reduced networking opportunities, lower quality venue and fewer fun elements? On the contrary! ECS 2018 will host the best-of-the-best speakers, including all Office 365 and SharePoint legends. Among our speakers in 2017, we had four Microsoft speakers, forty-six MVPs, eight MCMs and two MCAs, a keynote address from Dan Holme, and a range of product announcements. In 2018, we will set the bar even higher.

WHAT IS A "COMMUNITY-DRIVEN" CONFERENCE? HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM COMMERCIAL CONFERENCES?

A community-driven conference is a non-profit event delivered by people active in the community for people in the community. The organizers are not doing this for money, and all have their proper day jobs. They are organizing this conference because they love doing it. “Addicted to it” is a term we have heard recently. ECS attracts the best Microsoft speakers, as well as a range of MVPs, MCMs and MCAs, and we are convinced that this conference will offer the best content and the best speakers on our core topics – Office 365, SharePoint, Azure, Exchange, Skype and Project – in Europe in 2018.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY "BASED ON THE TRADITIONS OF SPC ADRIATICS ZAGREB, OFFICE 365 CONFERENCE COLOGNE, SHAREPOINT SATURDAY MUNICH AND SHAREPOINT SATURDAY STOCKHOLM"?

SPC Adriatics was a cult community event that focused first on SharePoint and then, in later years, on the whole Microsoft Office stack of technologies, with arguably the best speaker line-up at community conferences ever. The Office 365 Conference was the largest and most prominent community conference with the same focus in Germany and the Nordics. SPS Munich and SPS Stockholm were arguably the two largest SharePoint Saturdays in Europe. ECS will build on the experiences gained from all four of these events to become the ultimate community event focusing on Office 365, Azure, SharePoint, Exchange, Skype, and Project in Europe – from Lisbon to Moscow, from Rome to Helsinki.

I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK AT ECS 2018. HOW DO I APPLY?

Speakers will be partly pre-selected by our programme committee (which will be announced soon), and partly selected through the public call for sessions. The public call for sessions will be announced in September 2017 (after Microsoft Ignite), so stay tuned.