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Collaboration Events Calendar 2019 [Updated for Q4]

Blog Industry News July 8, 2019
Collaboration events
Dominic Kent


Collaboration Events Calendar 2019 [Updated for Q4]

Collaboration events

Collaboration events play a huge part in the collaboration and messaging arena. Despite the enablement of remote working and dispersed teams, sometimes you can’t find better than a good old-fashioned get together.

Below is a list of key collaboration events in the calendar where Mio will be either exhibiting or attending.

Collaboration events October

TAD Summit 15th – 16th October

TADSummit is the sister event of TADHack. While TADHack focuses on the business made possible by programmable telecoms, TADSummit focuses on developers, technology, and creativity.

TAD Summit
TAD Summit

Located in Chicago, TAD Summit covers all areas of enterprise communications including:

  • Unified Communications
  • Contact Center
  • Team Collaboration
  • Contextual Communications
  • Conversational CRMs
  • M2M and IoT
  • APIs and WebRTC

Mio’s Director of Customer Success, Frank Geck, will be a panelist on the CPaaS Panel at 10am on Wednesday 16th: Closing the Gap with Twilio, What CPaaS Providers Need To Do.

Frank is joined by:

  • Chair: Alan Quayle
  • Sammy James, CEO Speak2Leads
  • Tony Jamous, previously President at Nexmo, the Vonage API Platform, currently investor and advisor
  • Terry Hsiao, Entrepreneur, Advisor, Investor, and Head of Strategy at Kaleyra
  • Chris Brown, Chairman and CEO Zip911
  • Harold Vance, Global Director Customer Success at VoIP Innovations

Frank will then be running a short presentation at 1.25pm introducing Case Studies in Enterprise Messaging Federation.

Here, he’ll run through some use cases for messaging interoperability and present a vision of the federation and interoperability landscape for the next few years.

Slack Frontiers London October 17th

Slack takes its Frontiers conference on tour and it hits London on October 17th.

At Frontiers, you can join other entrepreneurs, leaders, and admins to explore the full potential of your tech and talent.

Slack Frontiers
Slack Frontiers

At the London edition, you can expect Slack visionary keynotes from the C-level and speakers from further afield.

Two tracks tailored to real-world collaboration problems are in place at the London edition. So, whether you’re a Slack admin or an HR leader, there’s something for you at Slack Frontiers.

Spec 2019 October 22nd – 23rd

Spec is the Slack conference for developers. Set in San Francisco, Spec, attendees can expect:

  • Ways your peers at companies around the world are solving similar problems for their teams
  • Design skills to make your app shine—and get used
  • Learning how Slack engineers build Slack

Speakers include Brian Elliott, VP and GM of Platform at Slack, Sarah Franklin, EVP and GM of Trailhead and Developer Relations at Salesforce, and Ellie Powers, Director of Product at Slack – and more to be announced soon!

Spec Slack conference
Spec Slack conference

Collaboration events November

Microsoft Ignite November 4th – 8th

With 25,000 attendees, 1000+ sessions and 200+ hands-on experiences, Microsoft Ignite is set to be one of the biggest collaboration events of the year.

On Monday, expect to hear from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and other visionaries to kick off the week. The day then breaks up into various technology tracks and breakout sessions.

The trickiest part of Microsoft Ignite will be finding the time to slot in all the fantastic sessions.

Microsoft Ignite 2019
Microsoft Ignite 2019

December 2019

Aragon Transform December 5th

December is usually a quiet month as the Unified Comms and Collaboration industry starts to wind down. However, Aragon has saved their best til last in this case.

Redwood City hosts Aragon Research’s annual awards ceremony recognizing Hot Vendor, Innovation, and Women in Tech.

Mio was named as a Hot Vendor by Aragon Research for 2019
Mio was named as a Hot Vendor by Aragon Research for 2019

Prior to the ceremony, Aragon hosts an intimate analyst briefing which features two guest panels and will end right before the opening reception for Transform begins.

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Where we’ve already been this year

Collaboration SEVT February 24th – 28th

This intimate Cisco event kicked off our collaboration events list for 2019 in style. Bringing the Cisco community together, partners benefited from hands-on demonstrations of the latest Cisco-related innovations.

Based in San Jose, Collaboration SEVT saw Mio VP of Product, Jacob Ross and Director of Customer Sucess, Frank Geck showcase our Cisco Webex Teams <> Slack interoperability during the Monday night reception.

Frank Geck at Cisco Collaboration SVET
Frank Geck at Cisco Collaboration SEVT

Collaboration events March

The Future of Work Experience Center @ Capital Factory March 11th – 13th

During SXSW, The Future of Work Experience Center was innovative, world-class effort to showcase Austin tech startups, Cisco Webex technologies, and other disruptive hardware and software startups that help improve human workflows using AI.

We attended and demonstrated our Slack, Microsoft Teams and Cisco Webex Teams interoperability platform and hosted a messaging mixer dinner.

Cisco also had a large presence and showcased these new items:

  • Cisco Room Kit Mini – the world’s 1st AI enabled codec and USB devices
  • Webex Board 70″ – a touch screen enabled collaboration, whiteboarding and presentation sharing device
  • Cisco Webex Meetings, Teams, and Devices (Pro & Plus) – The Gartner Magic Quadrant leader for Meeting Solutions
  • Cisco Meraki – cloud-based networking and wireless devices
  • Kinetic- connect distributed IOT devices to the network, and then extract, normalize, and securely move data from those devices to distributed applications

Enterprise Connect March 18th – 21st

We are immensely happy to announce that we were awarded the Best Innovation for Collaboration award at Enterprise Connect 2019! We’d also like to give a big shout out to Microsoft who was also nominated for the Best Innovation for Collaboration award with their front line workers offering.

Headline keynote speakers included Lori Wright, General Manager, Microsoft 365 and Amy Chang, SVP, Collaboration Technology Group, Cisco.

Mio is the "Best Innovation for Collaboration" Winner at #EC19
Tom Hadfield, Meredith Schulz, & Jacob Ross accepting Mio’s award at Enterprise Connect 2019

Collaboration events April

Cisco Connect Houston April 2nd

The Cisco Connect series runs across the US through the year. Our local Cisco Connect is in Houston, Texas. Cisco Connect offers leadership on Cisco’s strategic direction and partnerships direct from Cisco executives and provides latest and upcoming product releases insights.

Cisco Connect Houston

Slack Frontiers April 21st – 23rd

Slack’s annual conference this year featured a standout keynote from Serena Williams. Outside of sports stardom, seminars included future of work, agility in the workforce and new features announced to the product set.

New announcements from Slack included:

  • Shared Channels beta in Enterprise Grid
  • Workflow Builder for non-techies
  • Email + Calendars + Slack
  • Expanded search

This year’s conference was aligned to three tracks:

  1. Pathfinder: for business leaders looking to utilize Slack to drive a more agile and strategic workforce
  2. Opportunity: for IT admins wanting to hear more about peer level success in introducing and getting the most out of Slack
  3. Curiosity: aimed at developers looking for hands-on Slack demos and scenarios to better their own Slack environments
Slack Frontiers 2019

Collaboration events May

UC Expo 15th – 16th May

UC Expo kicked off in London on 15th May. Over the course of two days, UC Expo showcased the biggest brands in Unified Communications and the latest innovations in the world of business communications.

A key theme through the course of the event was interoperability between key vendors Microsoft and Cisco. We’ve reviewed the entire event here.

UC Expo 2019

Collaboration events June

Comms vNext June 5th – 6th

Comms vNext is a community driven Microsoft IC/UC focused conference & exhibition. Held in Denver, Colorado, Comms vNext brings together Microsoft admins and users to share best practices, drive adoption and futureproof your Microsoft deployments.

Speakers at Comms vNext this year include:

  • Heidi Gloudemans, Director of Product Marketing for Microsoft Teams 
  • Ilya Bukshteyn, Partner Director for Microsoft Teams Devices
  • Laurie Pottmeyer, Community Lead for Microsoft Teams
  • Eric Marsi, IT Specialist – Preferred Compounding

Check out Comms vNext Founder, Josh Blalock’s, video with 5 reasons you should have attended this year.

Comms vNext

Cisco Live June 9th – 13th

The Cisco Live series is Cisco’s annual conference delivered to each continent. This version hit San Diego to showcase everything Cisco that can empower your business through the world of digital communications.

Cisco Live connects partners, prospects, and customers to top-level Cisco executives and tailored insights and educational sessions.

Amy Chang’s headline keynote revealed how unified experiences and cognitive collaboration are helping teams work smarter and faster. Included in this was a video showcasing the numerous integrations the Cisco Collab team has launched to make Amy’s vision a reality:

  • Office 365 + Webex
  • Webex + iOS
  • Webex + Google Cloud
  • Slack + Webex (made possible by Mio!)

To support Webex Teams integration with Slack, Cisco customers can leverage Mio’s Slack interoperability with Webex Teams, so employees can chat no matter which tools they’re using.

Mio for Slack and Cisco Webex Teams

Collaboration events July

Microsoft Inspire July 14th – 18th

Hosted in party central Las Vegas, Microsoft Inspire is where partners meet to connect, collaborate and celebrate as one community.

Full of keynotes and Microsoft seminars, Inspire is the perfect place to network with Microsoft professionals and learn what’s new and what’s coming in the Microsoft stack – direct from Microsoft executives.

Hear from existing customers to see how Microsoft is transforming enterprises across the globe and find out who is crowned Microsoft partner of the year for 2019.

Microsoft Inspire
Microsoft Inspire

Microsoft Future Decoded October 1st – 2nd

Future Decoded is the UK’s premier Microsoft event. Split across 2 days dedicated to “exploring technology as an enabler” and “the future of work”, the London Excel Centre is always packed when Microsoft is in town.

At Future Decoded, you can expect expert insights from Microsoft executives, partners, and customers, get your hands on the latest Microsoft devices and gadgets, and network with peers from all over the world.

As a less technical conference to Microsoft Ignite, Future Decoded is one for the masses, whether you are a Microsoft customer or not!

Here is last year’s highlight reel to get you started:

Microsoft Future Decoded

Collaboration events September

Cloud Comms Summit September 11th – 12th

The Washington edition of Cloud Comms Summit offers you the opportunity to learn from experts and leaders in cloud communications and collaboration, and network with key industry players and market leaders, all in one place.

Cloud Comms Summit
Cloud Comms Summit

Hosted by Cavell Group, long term voice and Unified Comms analysts, this year’s event sees an influx of team collaboration vendors and seminars.

You can look forward to seminars from the likes of:

  • Elka Popova from Frost and Sullivan
  • Dmitry Netis from Stephens Inc.
  • Blair Pleasant from CommFusion
  • Curtis Peterson from RingCentral
  • Scott Hoffpauir from Cisco

As more events get added to the collaboration calendar, we’ll update this post with our whereabouts and other events that you need to know about. If we’ve missed any or you’d like to meet up at any of these events, drop us a comment, follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn and we’ll get back to you.

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