Mark in your agenda our next major event: May 8th - 9th, 2017
at the Elisabeth Center Antwerp, Belgium.
An amazing venue, with awesome speakers!
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Eme01. Socialytics: Accelerating IBM Connections Adoption with Watson Analytics

Tuesday, May 9 | 16:00 - 16:45 | E. Stanley

Social adoption is a challenge for many companies. What is the most effective utilization of the environment? Who is using which resources, what in the environment is dormant or orphaned? Where should efforts focus in order to improve adoption? All of these questions can be difficult to answer and there is no "one size fits all" solution as each organization has their own unique needs. Join Femke Goedhart and Franz Walder and learn how to tackle this topic using IBM Connections and Watson. Starting out with IBM Bluemix Data Connect to collect and combine data from relevant sources, they use the cognitive power of IBM Watson Analytics to answer those tricky questions and provide solutions to real-world adoption challenges.
Femke Goedhart (panagenda) @Femkegoedhart
Franz Walder (panagenda)

Femke Goedhart has been working with the collaboration software from IBM, Microsoft and Salesforce focusing on topics around ECM, process management and social business adoption for the last 15 years. Femke works for panagenda as a Business Consultant for IBM Connections, data analytics and business development, lives in The Netherlands and is a frequent speaker at social business conferences and usergroup events in Europe and the United States. Her main focal points are in social business and software adoption, strategy enablement, business development, usability and requirements gathering. She has been an IBM Champion for the last 6 years.

Franz Walder is product manager of infrastructure analytics solutions at panagenda, an Austrian based IT management software solution provider. He has worked many years with companies in or around the financial sector in Europe in the field of IBM Notes Client and Domino Server administration. In addition to IBM software, his technical expertise spans from software development over Linux administration to being a virtualization enthusiast. Currently living in Vienna, Austria, Franz is a regular speaker at technical conferences in the US and Europe.

Eme02. Embracing IoT in the Enterprise and Blocking the Top 10 Risks

Tuesday, May 9 | 09:00 - 10:00 | C. Gorilla 3

Enabling Internet of Things (IoT) so your employees and your customers can have a simplified experience with new services and products sounds exciting. In this session, we will dig into the top ten risks that come with the IoT experience. Due to the rapidly evolving nature of IoT and associated threats, there are risks in allowing access to your enterprise resources. Custom firmware, embedded operating systems and wi-fi connectivity of IoT devices offer many possible areas for exploits and misuse. Come explore current security offerings and get a first look at best practices. Walk away with an immediate checklist to benefit your enterprise as it deploys and offers IoT access.
Gabriella Davis (The Turtle Partnership) @gabturtle
Chris Miller (Connectria) @idonotes

Gabriella Davis –Technical Director, The Turtle Partnership -is a highly respected member of IBM’s technical community and in 2016 received the first IBM Lifetime Champion award for her work with collaboration software. With a focus on design, development, deployment and administration of global infrastructures, she has established herself and her firm as experts within the social collaborative space.

Chris Miller, better known as IdoNotes, is an IBM Champion since 2011 and speaks globally at IBM events. He has spoken at Lotusphere/IBM Connect/IBM ConnectEd every year for over a decade. Chris operated one of the longest running blogs and podcasts and YoutTube channels in the industry. He also is the founder of IamLUG/ICON US, the user group event for the Americas. Chris also writes the Sys Admin Tips newsletter for over a decade that reaches thousands of global subscribers. He also produces free webcasts on IBM technology that are all archived and available online under

Eme03. Optimus XPages 2017: Client-Side Programming Gone Loco

Tuesday, May 9 | 08:00 - 08:45 | C. Gorilla 3

John Jardin returns with a sequel to his 2016 hit presentation titled "Optimus XPages.” This year, he’ll move away from server-side development to explore the many wondrous possibilities of client-side programming.
In this session, John will introduce the NEW JavaScript and demonstrate how it's leaps and bounds ahead of traditional scripting languages. You will also learn how to speed up your dev time and optimize your code with awesome online tools. Last but not least, get an understanding of libraries such as React, bundlers like Webpack, and more.
John Jardin (Agilit-e) @JohnJardinCodes

John Jardin is the CEO of Agilit-e, a product company specializing in bleeding edge on-premise and cloud-based solutions. John primarily focuses on technologies including the IBM ICS stack, Cloud, Integration, Mobile and Internet of Things. John currently holds a double IBM Champion title, for IBM ICS (2013 - 2017) and IBM Cloud (2016 - 2017)

Eme04. Design Thinking for App Developers

Monday, May 8 | 11:45 - 12:30 | C. Gorilla 3

Design thinking helps us understand and empathize with our users so we can provide them with the most enjoyable experience possible. As app developers, you can create tools that allow users to get their work done faster and with less interruptions. With the introduction of cognitive technology we have even more opportunity to extend our users’ expertise and build it into their everyday work. Together, we will discuss how users are interacting with apps today and explore new ideas for creating smarter, more engaging experiences with third-party content.
Katelyn Applegate (IBM) @kalunas
Joe Russo (IBM) @russoDesigns

Katelyn Applegate is a User Experience Designer for IBM Watson Workspace, focusing on designing cognitive experiences that leverage Watson Services.

Joe Russo is a senior designer at IBM currently leading the design for Watson Work Services, the developer experience for Watson Work. Prior to this Joe worked as a designer and developer on Connections, and before that as a developer on Quickr (Quickplace).

Eme05. React(.js) the Domino Way - High-Performance Client for Domino

Tuesday, May 9 | 11:30 - 12:30 | C. Gorilla 3

Developers around the globe are excited about Facebook's React.js, a JavaScript library for building high performance user interfaces. Websites like Instagram, Airbnb and Netflix are powered by React. This session will examine the library’s main concepts like virtual DOM, JavaScript extension JSX and unidirectional data flow. It will explain how to build a single page application and why React code is easy to write and maintain. React is a perfect match for Domino. Let's explore a working example that combines an optimal client development environment with npm, Babel, ESLint and Webpack with the power of Domino as database and application server.
Knut Herrmann (Leonso GmbH) @KnutHerrmann

Knut Herrmann is a Senior Software Architect at Leonso GmbH. He has been developing with Notes Domino since release 2. For many years he has been focused on web development with XPages and Java and more recently on modern client web technologies like React. Knut is one of the most active specialists on StackOverflow for the topics XPages, Notes and Domino.

Eme06. Defining the Next Generation of Collaboration and Unified Communications with IBM and Cisco

Tuesday, May 9 | 14:45 - 15:30 | E. Stanley

IBM and Cisco are partnering to bring joint solutions to market, enabling customers to take advantage of industry-leading collaboration cloud technologies in an integrated experience. Combining IBM mail, social and cognitive with Cisco Spark and WebEx, together we enhance team collaboration. Existing customers of IBM and Cisco will be able to integrate the platforms holistically. In addition, joint offerings will be offered that combine the capabilities of both platforms into a single solution. In this session we will demonstrate existing integration and preview what's coming in 2017 as well as our vision for the future with cognitive.

Luis Guirigay (IBM) @lguiriga
Bart Vanden Wyngaerd (Cisco) @bvandenw
Stijn Van Herzele (IBM) @StijnVanHerzele

Luis Guirigay is a WW Executive IT Specialist highly skilled in areas like administration, HADR, Cloud migrations and complex deployments. He focuses on Messaging, Social and Collaboration platforms. Luis is an IBM Certified Administrator for virtually all versions of IBM Connections, WebSphere Portal, Domino as well as an IBM Certified Developer and IBM Certified Instructor. He has published multiple articles and IBM Redbooks related to IBM Connections, Domino, DB2 and System i. He is a regular speaker at events in North America, LATAM, Asia and Europe. Luis is also a Certified Distinguished IT Specialist with The Open Group and a member of the Thought Leader Certification Board at IBM.

Bart Vanden Wyngaerd is a thought leader on collaboration and mobility.
He’s passionate about technology that solves business challenges and allows customers to achieve great things: “There is no better place than Cisco to do both!”.
Bart is a civil engineer, a healthy foodie and a passionate cyclist.

Stijn has been working for IBM since 2001. He is a Client Technical Professional (CTP) within the ‘IBM Collaboration and Talent Solutions’ team, he has more then 20 years of of experience as an IT Specialists.
His main focus lies within the IBM Social Collaboration portfolio, where he presents and demonstrates the solutions to the customer, assists with the deployment and drives adoption.

Eme07. Choose your own adventure: Update/Convert/Replace

Tuesday, May 9 | 13:30 - 14:30 | C. Gorilla 3

A world of adventure awaits you within every app's lifetime, none greater than when the managers decide it is looking a bit long in the tooth.
The realm is a tricky one, your cause may be just but how to you justify you opinion to the grand council of the Elder PMs?
Hunt for the hidden forest where backing from the business is said to dwell.
Visit the fantasy lands of 'bolting on the latest tech'
Face the dark overlord of Rip and Replace
Your challenges will not just be technical, but political & economic, can you defeat evil forever or will it rise stronger in 5 years time?
Let us be your Gandalf, and take you on a journey where you are the hero
Mark Myers (LDCVia) @stickfight

Mark Myers has been writing / fixing code as well as dealing with collaboration, infrastructure and security issues in companies large and small for over twenty years.
Constantly trying to mesh the latest thing with the tried and tested to give clients both the solution they want and the results they need.

Eme08. GraphQL 101

Monday, May 8 | 13:30 - 14:30 | C. Gorilla 3

GraphQL is a key approach for allowing flexible and performant querying via REST. Find out why it's at the heart of Watson Work Services, will be used in Connections Pink and has been implemented for Darwino. We'll also launch an open source implementation for accessing your Domino data. Learn its history and how it allows flexible run-time querying to return only the data you want. With natural language JSON querying independent of a specific database or storage engine, this introduction to GraphQL will be key for developers wanting to use or implement a flexible REST service API for their applications.
Paul Withers (Intec Systems Ltd) @paulswithers
Philippe Riand (Trilog Group) @philriand

Paul Withers is an IBM Champion and OpenNTF Board Member. He is a regular speaker at IBM conferences. Paul has been involved in a number of open source projects, including a Java SDK for Watson Work Services.

Philippe Riand is a technology visionary who spent his career designing application development platforms. Prior to joining Trilog Group and Darwino as CTO in 2014, he spent 10 years as the lead architect for the Domino XPages web development platform, which he originally invented and which has been very successful within the IBM developer community. Philippe also helped develop a thriving open source developer community around XPages and has been a regular contributor to the open source community. He has been an acclaimed speaker at IBM developer conferences for the past 10 years. Philippe is currently the chief architect of the Darwino business application development platform.

Eme09. Salesforce and IBM for Developers

Tuesday, May 9 | 16:00 - 16:45 | C. Gorilla 3

The newly announced partnership between Salesforce and IBM opens up a new world of possibilities for customers, partners, and developers. Are you interested in learning about how to leverage them? Then join this session which will showcase real-world examples around direct integration, weather or Watson. Authentication, authorization, workflows and UI - all will be handled and source code included. Become inspired to build your own solutions today!
René Winkelmeyer ( @muenzpraeger

René Winkelmeyer is a Senior Developer Evangelist with With over 16 years experience in architecting and building collaborative applications and mobile enterprise security, mostly using IBM technologies, René is nowadays wrestling all things Java, Objective-C and Swift (and node and ruby and and and). When he is not speaking at international conferences you can find him creating enterprise focused content around the Salesforce Platform.

Eme10. Free Beer 16! (And Some 'Boxed' Demos)

Monday, May 8 | 17:00 - 17:45 | C. Gorilla 3

IBM's relationship with Box is just getting heating up, but they've managed to make a lot of noise about the sales deals, integration points, and now the APIs, workflow and Box Platform.
In this session (after a beer) we will review for end users and execs what can be done with the platform, then move on to admins and developers to see where integration makes sense to us Domino & WebSphere people, what tools might help and finally look at a fully integrated OSGI application running in the Notes client, accessing Box through the Java SDK. Cheers!
Rob Novak (SNAPPS) @IBMRockStar

Rob has gained notoriety in the collaboration world for his ability to hide the actual content of sessions until on stage - yet people keep coming back. In the business for 25 years and speaking for 20, Rob has covered topics for admins, developers, end users and executives.

Eme11. 5 Things Bots Will Get You — And Why You're Probably Overlooking Them (20 min.)

Tuesday, May 9 | 14:45 - 15:05 | C. Gorilla 3

As we arrive at the intersection of bots and humans — the delivery of intuitive user experiences becomes more important than ever. In this session we will talk about how the design of cognitive experiences in Watson Workspace moves beyond bot interactions in products today, and toward more intelligent, natural interactions that are integrated into our workflows.
Katelyn Applegate (IBM) @kalunas

Katelyn Applegate is a User Experience Designer for IBM Watson Workspace, focusing on designing cognitive experiences that leverage Watson Services.

Eme12. Writing intelligent Bots in IBM Watson Workspace (20 min.)

Tuesday, May 9 | 15:10 - 15:30 | C. Gorilla 3

IBM Watson Workspace is the latest addition to the IBM Collaboration Solutions portfolio and offers group messaging with cognitive (Watson) capabilities built-in. As a developer you can hook into the conversation space and extend it as you wish. This session will show you how the API works and walk you through the setup and development of an intelligent bot that listens to what people are saying and can offer assistance when needed !
Steve Lievens (IBM) @steve_lievens

Steve Lievens has almost 20 years of experience as an IT Specialist. His main focus is on the ICS (IBM Collaboration Solutions) portfolio where he has both development and administration knowledge of a large portion of the product set. He has worked on many projects involving pilot installations, custom development, integration, migration and tuning exercises. Nowadays he works as a client technical professional where he is using his knowledge of the entire ICS product set to deliver solutions to the customer, assist with the delivery and drive adoption. Passionate about development, he continues to explore the many possibilities ICS products have to offer in a modern technology landscape.

Eme13. Cognitive Data Exploration for Domino/Notes Applications with Watson Discovery

Tuesday, May 9 | 08:00 - 08:45 | E. Stanley

In this session we will show how easy it is to build a cognitive search that unlocks actionable insights hidden in your unstructured Domino/Notes application data, using Watson Discovery and aveedo. Watson Discovery uses data analysis combined with cognitive intuition to take your unstructured data and enrich it, so you can query, discover, and pinpoint the information you need. aveedo is the platform to make Domino/Notes applications available on browser and mobile, modernize their UI and augment them with new features. With aveedo it is easy to get Watson Discovery to work on Domino/Notes data and to integrate the results in your applications. In our demo we will highlight different capabilities of Watson Discovery and aveedo.
Stefan Sucker (We4IT) @stefan_sucker
Roland Becker (We4IT) @roland_we4it

Stefan Sucker is managing partner of We4IT Group and a consultant since 1997 for all IBM Collaboration products. In December 2014 he became an IBM Champion. As an IBM Collaboration expert, he assists customers in optimizing their daily (team-)work and moving to a web-based and mobile collaboration strategy.

Roland Becker is COO of We4IT and responsible for the teams Cognitive Solutions, Product, Sales, and Marketing. He joined We4IT in 2016 and has over twelve years of professional experience in the areas of Digital Content, SaaS, E-Commerce, Mobile, and Social Media, thereof eight years in management positions. Roland is married and a proud dad of two children.

Eme21. Integration is not a luxury - especially in workplace collaborations (Round Table)

Tuesday, May 9 | 11:30 - 12:00 | Table 2 Gorilla 1

Integrations. Integrations. Integrations. Not a new word, not a new concept - positively an old and challenging problem - but one that is finally being reckoned with head-on. Please come learn more about "IBM Connections integrated" - the networked strategy you've been waiting for to bring all your tools, processes, systems of records and information, together, to collaborate better. From File Mgmt (Box, Dropbox, OneDrive, SharePoint, Google Drive...) to Customer Process (Salesforce, Zendesk, ServiceNow, Oracle...) to Process Mgmt (JIRA, Wrike, Asana, Github...) or maybe even your homegrown systems - integration is simply NOT A LUXURY to power up your enterprise collaboration network! IBM Connections allows for unlimited contextually integrated communities working together, today.
Ellen Feaheny (AppFusions) @ellenfeaheny

Ellen is CEO and best fan of AppFusions, and is absolutely manic about integrating IBM Connections cloud, on-prem, and hopefully much more. Her team has developed rich ready-to-go enterprise solutions to integration JIRA, Box, Confluence, SharePoint, Salesforce, Dropbox, Google Drive, Asana, GitHub, GitLab, Wrike, WordPress and many more in the hopper!

Eme22. Everything You Want to Know About Developing Domino Apps with Web Components, Material Design — and a Bunny! (Round Table)

Monday, May 8 | 13:30 - 14:00 | Table 2 Gorilla 1

Red Pill Now’s CEO, Peter Presnell, and Creative/UX Director, Bob Kadrie want to share their tips, tricks, and well… just about anything you want to know about developing modern Domino applications using web components, and Google's Material Design Specification. No question about planning, UX, back- or front-end development, or UI design will be too big, too small, or too silly for this session.
So join Bob and Peter at the round table – for all this – plus a killer rabbit with a vicious streak a mile wide for one lucky participant!
Peter Presnell (Red Pill Now) @PeterPresnell
Bob Kadrie (Red Pill Now) @bobkadrie

IBM Champion 2011/12, director of the Atlanta User Group for IBM Collaboration, and architect of the .Domino framework on OpenNTF, Peter Presnell is globally recognized as a lecturer, trainer and thought-leader within the IBM Notes marketplace. Peter leads Red Pill Now’s market strategy and program management practice.

During his career, Bob Kadrie has garnered scores of awards serving as advisor to senior business executives from AT&T, The Center for Civil and Human Rights, Emory University, General Motors, J.M. Huber, Rinnai Corporation and Worldspan, among others. Noted trainer and speaker, Bob leads Red Pill Now’s UX and design practice.