The location for our 10th major event: the ss Rotterdam!
Note the dates in your agenda:
Tuesday-Wednesday, May 22-23, 2018
Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Notice that each track has its own page. Click one of the tracks above to switch between them
Here's the 2-day agenda and the floorplan of the main venue 'Het Pand'.

 

Sp1. Keynote

Monday, March 30 | 09:00 - 11:00 | Aula

See here: engage-2015-keynote-replay-is-available.htm

Important: The Keynote is being held at the 'Aula', about 300m from the main venue!

The intertwining technology trends of analytics, cloud, mobile and social are forever altering the way employees engage with one another, and with partners and customers. Join Jeff Schick as he discusses how IBM is transforming enterprise social and email solutions to help leading companies get ahead and take advantage of these trends. See how business communications can be taken to the next level with stronger analytics, integration with public social media, user-centric design, rapid cloud delivery and innovation, and broad ecosystem support. Also see some of our latest innovations come to life with onstage demos of our latest capabilities in IBM Verse, IBM Connections and more.

Uffe Sorensen (IBM) @uffesorensen
Kramer Reeves (IBM) @KramerReeves
René Schimmer (IBM)
Omar Davison (IBM) @OmarDavison

Uffe is one of the Industry Cloud Solutions leaders for IBM in Europe, Middle-East and Africa. Engaged with customers through the region on their strategy for collaboration tools.

Kramer Reeves has nearly 20 years experience in the enterprise software industry, 12 of which at IBM.  He is currently Director of Product Management for Enterprise Social Solutions inside IBM Software Group.   In this role, Kramer leads a world-wide team and overall business responsibilities for key product lines including IBM's messaging and collaboration solutions; unified communications software; and the workforce productivity portfolio.  He also has overall business responsibility for IBM Verse.

In his current role as Sr. Product Manager for Social Software René Schimmer works closely with customers and partners on a world wide basis to communicate IBM’s Social Software strategy as well as to engage in active dialogues on key business challenges.
René has more than 17 years of experience as a Product Manager for online business services and enterprise software solutions. Throughout his career he has managed a range of products from web hosting, B2B online marketing, to various software offerings including web content management, document management, enterprise content management, and business process management solutions.

Omar Davison is a European Tech Sales Lead for Europe and has spent his career at IBM focusing on Collaboration which now includes IBM Verse. Prior to that, he worked at Microsoft as a SharePoint Engineer so understands the Collaboration Landscape well. Nowadays, you can find him enjoying a conversation about Collaborative Business with a Brownie or some Chocolates in hand.


Sp2. Speedsponsoring

Monday, March 30 | 18:15 - 19:15 | Sponsor Area

No Slides available

Stay for the 'Speedsponsoring' on Monday evening.
It's fast, frantic and fun - and in just 3 minutes you'll learn something cool about each of our sponsors.
On top of that: the BAR is open (serving excellent Belgian beers), and you might win something too!
Engage (All Sponsors)

BCC
Crossware
EASI
goodmeeting.biz
Groupwave
HADSL
IBM
Kudos
LDC Via
OnTime
panagenda
PIXELIXIR
Red Pill Development
Silverside
Teamstudio, Inc.
TIMETOACT GROUP
Trilog - Soluster
VitalSigns
We4IT
Ytria


Sp3. Ask IBM

Tuesday, March 31 | 16:00 - 17:00 | A

No Slides available

Kramer Reeves will moderate this session.
The full IBM team will be on hand to answer your questions about product strategy, market positioning, licensing and pricing, roadmaps, integration, tough developer questions and more!
We welcome those questions you could never quite figure out who to ask!
This lively session promises to provide new insights, ideas and as you'd expect: entertainment.
Kramer Reeves (IBM) @KramerReeves

Kramer Reeves has nearly 20 years experience in the enterprise software industry, 12 of which at IBM.  He is currently Director of Product Management for Enterprise Social Solutions inside IBM Software Group.   In this role, Kramer leads a world-wide team and overall business responsibilities for key product lines including IBM's messaging and collaboration solutions; unified communications software; and the workforce productivity portfolio.  He also has overall business responsibility for IBM Verse.


Sp4. Closing Session

Tuesday, March 31 | 17:05 - 17:30 | Sponsor Area

No Slides available

Always fun, and a big chance of winning a cool prize. We got several great giveaways.
The bar is open till 18.00h
Theo Heselmans (Engage) @theoheselmans

In 1993 Theo started working as a Notes/Domino consultant with version 3. He delighted (and still does) many customers with custom applications. He founded his own company Xceed. He's also a proud member of the Penumbra Group.
For over 6 years now, he is responsible for Engage (BLUG). During these events he gives users, speakers, IBMers and Business Partners the opportunity to share information, collaborate and network.
Theo visits other LUGs regularly, and has been to 20 Lotusphere conferences.
He is an avid believer in all things 'Social'. He loves to talk about Notes, Engage, Excel, wine and beer!


Sp5. A consultant’s story - changing your technology

Monday, March 30 | 12:45 - 13:30 | A

No Slides available

The Domino community is a vibrant, passionate world, but the market reality is now hard to ignore. You may be looking at the marketplace as it stands and thinking about the future. You may have spent a long time becoming well known in a technology set, only know to find it is going away.
In this informal session, Paul Mooney and Gab Davis will share their own stories and explain how you're a lot more valuable than you may think you are.
Expect a love of the Domino platform, a good dollop of positivity and a bit of painful honesty.
Paul Mooney @pmooneynet
Gabriella Davis (The Turtle Partnership) @gabturtle

Paul Mooney has been working the IT collaboration world for 20 years covering various technologies inside and outside of the IBM world.  While consulting and training in companies of every size across the globe, Paul has authored articles, spoken at many conferences and blogged in his little corner of the web for 15 years.
An IBM Champion for 3 years, Paul’s focus is now in other technologies and motorbikes.
Always motorbikes….

Gabriella Davis – Technical Director, The Turtle Partnership is an IBM Champion for Collaboration Solutions. With a focus on design, development, deployment and administration of global infrastructures, she has established herself and her firm as experts within the messaging/collaborative space. Gabriella enjoys sharing her love of collaborative technologies through authoring exams, her presentations and writing content such as the IBM Connections RedWiki, the Connections101.net site and the Sametime Administration Guide. She is also one of the founders of the Nerd Girl group encouraging women into STEM fields.


Sp6. Lotusphere 2016?

Tuesday, March 31 | 12:45 - 13:30 | A

No Slides available

While we didn't get any definitive answer from IBM on the future of Lotusphere/ConnectED at the Closing General Session a couple weeks ago -- they did not share a date or future plans -- that doesn't mean there are no plans for 2016 at all.
Right now different groups of people including IBM, some IBM Champions as well as User Groups and Community Leaders all have ideas.  
No promises but we’d like to hear what would be of most interest to you.
Do you want it in January in Florida again? Do you want to go to Las Vegas as a part of InterConnect?

This is not a guarantee that there will definitely be a Lotusphere/ConnectED 2016 (we can’t speak for IBM), but it's a great first step and opportunity to make your voice heard!
During this session we'll discuss our options and share our ideas.
Oliver Heinz (IBM) @oliheinz
Amanda Bauman (IBM) @amandabauman

As Community Manager for IBM Collaboration Solutions, Oliver works with these fantastic groups of dedicated professionals:
- IBM Champions for ICS
- Global Customer Partnership Council (GCPC)
- Global User Groups related to ICS products and technologies
- SocialBizUG.org
- and the overall ICS Community
He joined IBM in 1999 and has held various Product and Project Management roles since then.
Outside of IBM, Oliver is passionate about his family, photography, tennis and fine food.

Amanda is the manager of the worldwide IBM Champion program, working closely with the IBM Champion managers across all of IBM's business units to promote the program, streamline processes, and standardize benefits. Amanda joined IBM in 2000 as a senior technical writer and has held positions as development manager and program manager.
Outside of IBM, Amanda is passionate about art, fitness, travel, and music.


Sp7. Coexist with Salesforce

Tuesday, March 31 | 12:45 - 13:30 | B

Download: Engage2015_CoexistwiththeSalesforce1Platform.pdf

Technologies do not exist in a sterile world. Projects are rarely monolithic single-vendor experiences. Learn what to expect from Salesforce technology in that project where you will coexist, integrate, and sit side-by-side. Learn how to get the most out of your Salesforce integration.
Peter Chittum (Salesforce.com) @pchittum

Peter is a Developer Evangelist at salesforce.com.
Developer evangelism is being half developer, half speaker, half blogger, and half event organizer. The rest of the time is spent building connections with the growing community of developers in the salesforce.com economy and helping, enabling, building the community by finding links between our natural developer-base of enterprise applications and IT developers and developers of other technologies such as web developers.