Yesterday was the first day of Collaboration University in London, following the three-day event in Chicago last week. 40+ knowledgeable customers and partners, the best community speakers in the business and a clear and unashamed focus on Lotus Quickr, Sametime and Connections – a great mix. There really is no better conference if you have an interest in these products – the sessions are very technical deep-dives, both admin/infrastructure and development topics are covered, the speakers are far more accessible than at larger events like lotusphere, there is plenty of time for networking and there is a real opportunity for customers to discuss any issues in depth and get answers to their questions.
To get an idea of the topics covered, check out the conference agenda for the London event.
Where else could you get that type of content in such a intensive 3 days? So, if you have to submit a training plan for 2010, make sure that Collaboration University is on the list – you’d be mad to miss it!
Organising an event? Then you should learn from this post:
Promoting an event like Going Solo is a huge amount of work often more than what youd imagine (and more than what I imagined initially). Thats why everything the community does to help counts.
So, Ive tried to make it easy for you to do something to help get the word out about Going Solo Leeds (to your readers/network/community/friends) if you feel like it.
First, logos and blog badges which you can easily insert in a blog post or a sidebar by copy-pasting the code we provide, like these two for example:
(You can find others on the Promote Going Solo page.)
Second, the Going Solo Leeds home page provides you with the main information and links, as well as a brief description of the event if youre looking for some stock text (we encourage you to speak in your own voice, of course, but sometimes its handy to know what the key points are).
Third, the videos and photos of the Lausanne conference are available (and embeddable Flickr and DailyMotion) as illustration material. I guess this is particularly relevant if you were present in Lausanne and want to point out one of the highlights of your Going Solo experience to tempt others to follow in your steps.
Fourth, there are events on Upcoming and Facebook (as well as a Facebook group) to which you can invite your friends very easily (you certainly know how it works if youre on one of those two services).
Fifth, if youre into offline stuff, you can ask me (steph at going-solo dot net, or @stephtara on Twitter) to have a box of Going Solo MOO cards sent to you, or print out our posters and plaster them all over your neighbourhood:
And sixth, so that you dont have to figure it all out for yourself, there are two links you can use to point people to registration:
* http://goingfar.expectnation.com/gsleeds08/public/register/order is the direct link
* http://leeds08.going-solo.net/registration provides some extra information.
While were at it:
* http://going-solo.net is the Going Solo blog
* http://leeds08.going-solo.net is the Going Solo Leeds website
Happy blogging, thanks in advance, and let us know if you dont see your post appear in the coverage list soon!
Isn’t that great? Everything you would need to blog about or to help promote the event. I think this could easily be a template that we should all use in the future for any event we organise or wish to tell others about. Great work @sephtara. Oh and by the way, the conference sounds great!
A reminder of one of the two “other” conferences taking place w/c 2nd June 2008:
Lotus are running a European Technical Conference on the 2nd / 3rd of June in Amsterdam. This is a new once a year event that presents the best possible opportunity for skill development, networking and building awareness of the latest and most up to date product and solution information from Lotus. The conference costs EUR 999 but an early bird EUR 100 discount applies if registering before 3rd May.
Come to Amsterdam to learn howTeam collaboration software helps you share content, collaborate and work faster on-line withyour teams –inside or outside your company’s firewall. Portal software provides a composite application or business mash-upframework and the advanced tooling needed to build flexible, SOA-based solutions. Lotus Technical Conferences can help system administrators, developers and IT leaders learn how.
The program will lead you in details through 2 tracks :
Messaging & Collaboration track
Collaboration software started with messaging. While e-mail remains an important tool, new Lotus software now offers so much more.
Team Collaboration software helps yo share content, collaborate and work faster on-line with your teams
The Messaging & Collaboration track provides system administrators, developers and IT leaders with the information,solutions and experts needed to meet these challenges. You will learn about theses topics:
- My Widgets and Live text in Notes 8
- Going mobile with Notes Traveler
- Notes Designer Web 2.0 support
- Building composite applications
- Best practices and features that help you migrate to Notes/Domino 8
- Lotus Symphony: deploy, manage, integrate open productivity tools
- Quickr Content Integrator
- Sametime 8 UC2: features, choices, integration and extensions
- REST services to integrate with Quickr and Connections
- Assembling situational applications with Lotus Mashups
- Creating and deploying Lotus Forms without IT
Portals can provide a window to the future of your business.
Content management, personalization, integration and security require complex solutions.
The Portal track provides system administrators, developers and IT leaders with the information, solutions and experts needed to solve these complex problems.
You will to learn about these topics:
- Integrating Microsoft and .Net applications in IBM WebSphere Portal Server
- Integrating your IBM Lotus applications in IBM WebSphere Portal Server
- Developing portlets with Open Source frameworks
- Leveraging your existing web applications in IBM WebSphere Portal Server
- Using IBM Portlet Factory 6.1
- Integrating your SAP environment in IBM WebSphere Portal Server
- Integrating your Oracle environment in IBM WebSphere Portal Server
- Upgrading IBM WebSphere Portal Server
Enroll today for this IBM Lotus Technical conference and grab the opportunity to learn directly from product experts.
Take advantage of networking opportunities that provide fresh ideas and insights into solutions that can work for you.
I myself won’t be there – the extra time away from paid work (on top of ILUG2008, 4-6 June) and the cost of this conference is simply too much for my business to bear. The timing is a great shame in that regard!
However, I do hope that the Technical Conference is a success, as it would be awesome to have a mid-year “mini-Lotusphere” in Europe on an ongoing basis…