verb: engage; 3rd person present: engages; past tense: engaged; past participle: engaged; gerund or present participle: engaging
1. occupy or attract (someone's interest or attention).
"he ploughed on, trying to outline his plans and engage Sutton's attention"
synonyms: capture, catch, arrest, grab, seize, draw, attract, gain, win, captivate, hold, grip, engross, absorb, occupy
"the tasks must engage the children's interest"
involve someone in (a conversation or discussion).
"they attempted to engage Anthony in conversation"
2. participate or become involved in.
"organizations engage in a variety of activities"
synonyms: participate in, take part in, join in, become involved in, go in for, partake in/of, occupy oneself with, throw oneself into; share in, play a part in, play a role in, be a participant in, be associated with, have a hand in, be a party to, enter into, undertake, embark on, set about, launch into
"they like to engage in active sports"
establish a meaningful contact or connection with.
"the teams needed to engage with local communities"
Organizing a User Group and events for free (for attendees), can only be done by the generosity of sponsors. Engage gives you the opportunity to meet and present your products and services to the top IBM software users in Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, and many other European countries.
We've started about 10 years ago, and we currently have over 1500 members.
For our next 2-day event, coming up on Tuesday-Wednesday, May 22-23, 2018, we expect over 400 attendees (per day), consisting of Business Partners, End-Users and IBM-ers.
This will be our 20th event/meeting and our 10th major event!
On previous occasions, we had some famous speakers (2017) and also in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010.
We'll have great speakers from around the world again, and our keynote speaker will be another top executive from IBM.
Ed Brill, Ann-Marie Darrough, Jason Roy Gary, Huguette Ranc, Peter D'Haeyer and Luis Guirigay joined us during the 2017 keynote.
None other than Inhi Cho Suh General Manager, IBM Collaborations Solutions did us the honors in 2016!
Who the keynotes speaker(s) for 2018 are, is still to be decided.
Look at the agenda and sessions we assembled for 2017!
We got 5 simultaneous sessions in 5 tracks: Business & Strategy, Administration & Deployment, Development, Analytics and Emerging Technologies.
In the main sponsor lounge, lunch and coffee is served, and here the sponsor booths are located too. This way you'll get plenty of exposure.
If you like a booth, the deadline for submitting the sponsor form is March 14th.
On the evening of the first day, we host a fabulous 'VIP Dinner' for speakers, sponsor representatives (max. depending on sponsor level) and IBM delegates, in the venue itself!
We'll start around 20h (8pm), after speed sponsoring.
We would like to reward the people who have to stand at the booth for 2 days.
On the first day, late afternoon, there is also Speed Sponsoring, which will help you get your message across to ALL attendees.
The bar is open, and we'll throw in some prizes to make it more appealing for people to stick around.
We would like you to be there this time too, just like these generous sponsors for 2017.
This is the list of sponsors for 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and for 2009.
Sponsor entries need to reach us before March 28!
Due to limited number of booths, we had to decline some sponsors on previous occasions. Don't wait too long!
IMPORTANT: New sponsors have to have the invoice paid, before we mention anything more than your Logo on the sponsor page.
As soon as we get your payment, we will put all your information on the page, and your logo on the homepage. We will also send a tweet about you becoming a sponsor.
For silver level and up, that also confirms your booth.
Read our General Conditions of Sale.
*INCENTIVE: We expect to reach the maximum number of attendees rather quickly. We want to give priority to users/customers!
Each sponsor is therefore limited in the number of staff members they are allowed to register, depending on the level (see above)!
However, we will supply each sponsor with a unique URL. Use this URL in your mailings to your own customers, and/or on your website. For every 3 customer registrations we receive, using this URL, you are granted 1 extra staff member to attend.
Every sponsor is encouraged to submit one or more give-away for the Closing Session and/or Speed Sponsoring.
If you do, it's up to you to collect business cards or custom entry forms at your booth and/or during your session.
Next to our mobile app, we print a paper Event Guide too, as we notice people still use them a lot.
Content for the event guide needs to be in our possession before March 28th.
If you require any further information, please contact Theo Heselmans (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Note that everyone is entitled to submit non-commercial session and round-table proposals.
Session proposals will be opening soon.