WHAT IS EUROPEAN COLLABORATION SUMMIT?

June 03-05 2019, Mainz, Germany

The European Collaboration Summit, also known as Collabsummit, is the largest community-driven conference the world with a focus on modern workplace technologies and topics such as Microsoft 365, Azure, SharePoint, AWS, Multicloud and Business Productivity. 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. Collabsummit is a three-day community event, where world-leading experts and speakers will deliver a range of “what is new” and “best practices” sessions for these topics.

Where and when is it happening?

In Mainz, Germany, from 3–5 June 2019. 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 Collabsummit 2019?

1605 attendees from allover the Europe joined us for Collabsummit 2018, and we expect to exceed that number in 2019. Based on the previous attendances, we expect the delegates to be an equal distribution of business and technical audience, from the IT (40%) and other industries (60% – delegates from all major European corporations were present in Mainz in 2018).

What is the conference language?

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

Which topics will Collabsummit 2019 cover?

Collabsummit 2019 will focus on all topics based on the modern workplace products stack, such as Microsoft 365 and Azure platforms, SharePoint and Teams collaboration platforms, AWS cloud platform, multicloud approach, as well as different Business Productivity topics (PowerApps, Logic Apps, Flow, Planner, Yammer etc). 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 2019?

You will see the most prominent community (MVPs, MCMs) and corporate (Microsoft, AWS) speakers at the European Collaboration Summit 2019. Check the list of speakers already from previous years, and add even more to that: this is what you can expect.

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

Because this is a community-based event, financed to a great extent by our sponsors, for which we are very grateful. The symbolic conference fee we require is to cover basic catering costs, and to prevent people from registering and then not attending the conference (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 attendees in Europe as possible, because “sharing is caring” (the legendary words of Microsoft’s Vesa Juvonen, just one of our top speakers). Does the community approach mean less valuable sessions, reduced networking opportunities, lower quality venue and fewer fun elements? On the contrary! Collabsummit 2019 will host the best-of-the-best speakers, including lot of Microsoft and AWS legends, MVPs and MCMs, and business and networking aspects are the primary focus of this event.

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

A community-driven conference is an event delivered by people active in the community for people in the community. The organizers are not doing this for money, and they all have their day jobs. They are organizing this conference because they love doing it. “Addicted to it” is a term we have heard recently. Collabsummit attracts the best Microsoft and AWS 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 – Microsoft 365, Azure, SharePoint, AWS, Multicloud and Business Productivity – in Europe in 2019.

I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK AT COLLABSUMMIT 2019. 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 late September 2019 (after Microsoft Ignite), so stay tuned.