Champion Conference Report: MWLUG
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I’ve been working with the IBM Champions for almost a year now (officially, although I’ve known many of them for much longer) and I continue to be amazed at the dedication and energy they show in the various communities they support within IBM. I’m just back from a few days at MWLUG in Austin, where the IBM Champions made a great showing.
The eighth MWLUG conference ran from August 17-19 in Austin, Texas, with the theme “Defining the Art of Collaboration.” You can read a great recap of the conference itself via Aman
However, what I’m most interested in discussing here is the involvement of IBM Champions in supporting this event. The event, which brought more than 200 people and 20 sponsors to Austin for 50 sessions, was (amazingly, tirelessly, beautifully) run by IBM Champion Richard Moy (and his family). IBM Champions are often to be found running user groups and launching events and the importance of these community-building activities cannot be overstated.
Then comes the content – what brings the attendees to these event. From security to strategy, from compliance to integration, from Java and XPages to Cloud and Verse, the sessions covered all sides of the technical environment. Of those 50 sessions I mentioned, about 30 were given by IBM Champions from all over the world on topics from The photo doesn’t include all the IBM Champions in attendance, but it gives you a great idea of their numbers (23 Champion speakers) and the contribution they made to the event.
Overall, great event for the IBM Social Business community and great showing of work by the IBM Champions.