As promised in our blog post on the evolution of SharePoint a few weeks ago, this morning we released the complete list of SharePoint-related sessions that will be offered at Microsoft Ignite in Chicago, IL, May 4-8 2015. Ignite is the premier Microsoft event for IT pros, and the only one that brings the vast community of people who work with SharePoint every day together with the people at Microsoft who build SharePoint. Be there as we lift the curtain on SharePoint 2016, announce new Office 365 innovations, and share our overall technology vision and strategy. It will be a week of SharePoint and Office 365 community events—like one, giant week-long #SharePint, with SharePoint community experts mingling, presenting, learning, sharing and grabbing a pint or two together.
Deep technical content
At Ignite, we’ll publicly demo SharePoint Server 2016 for the first time. In addition, you’ll have your choice of 50+ breakout sessions dedicated to SharePoint on-premises and online, 24 hands-on-labs—including several new hybrid labs—and two important pre-day training offerings for IT pros and developers. Many of all these offerings will be presented for the first time at Ignite. If you add in SharePoint-related technologies, there will be 130+ sessions to choose from, similar to the breadth of what you would have experienced at the SharePoint Conference of the past. So go deep with leading experts from Microsoft and the community on topics ranging from product overview, best practices, how-tos and deep-dives, to vision and roadmap—all tailored by role, level and specific interests.
Here’s a sampling of SharePoint breakout sessions (links take you to the individual Ignite session page):
View all SharePoint and related sessions here.
Unrivaled community and networking opportunities
If you’ve been to any of our past conferences, you know the real magic happens with the connections you make onsite—joining the SharePoint runners, ad-hoc syncs during session breaks and afterhours at the big and small parties.
“You start meeting people and making friends, then you find out they have the same problems and issues and you start figuring out how to solve those things. You go to learn about what’s new from Microsoft, and you stay for the community.” – Naomi Moneypenny, Ignite Speaker, and past SharePoint Conference Speaker, @nmoneypenny
We’re hosting six large theaters in the event’s ginormous expo hall to serve as community zones. These provide a platform for community leaders to share their knowledge and experience with attendees, as well as comfortable meeting places for the spontaneous conversations that crop up. The content in these theaters is 100 percent community-driven. You can expect community-run panel discussions, short fire-starter sessions, where you can share an idea with the community and get immediate feedback, and birds of a feather session in which people with similar interests gather for discussion and maybe some of that ‘controlled chaos with clarity’ this community is known for.
“We have this organic community in SharePoint. Being at the event, anyone can just jump in and be part of the conversation.” – Laura Rogers, SharePoint Conference Alumni, @WonderLaura
Mealtimes and after hours provide a whole new slew of opportunities to network and make connections, from scheduled events including the Welcome Reception Monday night and Attendee Party Thursday night to more informal gatherings including meal-time mashups with seating by topic or geography so every meal at the conference becomes a chance to meet someone with similar interests.
And the legendary SharePint tradition will continue at Ignite with what no doubt will be the biggest SharePint ever. Three cheers to that!
Register today and join us at Ignite!
They’re thinking, “Wow, Ignite is the place to be for the best SharePoint training and community.”
The SharePoint Team