Thanks, IBM Champions, for two great User Group conferences!
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I had the honor of attending two independently run user group meetings in Europe recently: ICS User Group in Bremen, Germany, and Engage User Group in Ghent, Belgium. Both conferences are organized by IBM Champions, Stafan Sucker and Theo Heselmans, respectively. I am thrilled that I got to go and support them, and the 40+ IBM Champions who were speaking at the conferences, either one or both of them.
It was an amazing experience to see the commitment and passion in the community, from the organizers, the sponsors who make these user group conferences possible, the speakers, and the attendees. There was high-quality content being presented, and people learned new things. New friendships were made, and barriers broken down. That's what this is all about.
Between the two conferences, there was a very fun mode of transportation, fondly referred to as "the beer bus". I admit to not drinking a single beer ;-) (what I did drink will remain a mystery to those not on the bus) Needless to say that as the miles passed, the jokes got funnier, the dancing got better, and the noise level got louder. 7 hours in a closed environment with some of the best the ICS community has to offer: unforgettable.
So that's my short and sweet intro. I'll let you discover for yourselves how the conference went with some social metrics, and some links to other peoples' reports and photo streams:
A BIG THANK YOU! to hosts Stefan Sucker and Theo Heselmans for their hospitality and attention to detail. The community truly appreciates your efforts.
Number of Champions speaking
ICSUG = 15
EngageUG = 30
Some social buzz during the conference:
Links: (this is by no means a comprehensive list, but merely the ones I could easily find on twitter today - feel free to comment links to others you find)
Amanda's Storify: http