Collaboration University 2009 sessions announced, early registration ending soon

By now you’re aware that Collaboration University 2009 for Lotus Quickr, Sametime and Connections registration is officially open. And, Rob and the team have been working hard behind the scenes, assembling an incredible lineup of 35+ sessions to address all of the changes in Lotus software this year.

Collaboration University is the only conference focused specifically on Lotus’s Web 2.0 technologies, and is independently produced by industry experts. Now in our 4th year, Collaboration University has gained a reputation as a high-quality, limited capacity, affordable conference experience that puts you in touch with well-known experts. This year is no different – spend time with Carl Tyler, Gab Davis, Chris Miller, Warren Elsmore, Rob Novak, Viktor Krantz, Julian Robichaux, Troy Reimer, Kathleen McGivney, Jerald Mahurin, Mitch Cohen, myself and several IBMers and guest speakers who work with real-life deployments for a living.

Session planning is now complete, and you can review the session list here. In addition, here are some of the conference experience innovations we have in store this year:

    * “Show Then Tell” approach – at the beginning of the conference, we’ll show you completed configurations and finished applications, so you have context for the individual breakout sessions. Why should you piece it together?
    * “Ask me about…” Each speaker is assigned a topic of expertise, clearly identified on a button, to help guide you to the right expert on a topic of interest to you (i.e. Dom.Doc to Quickr migration, Sametime upgrades, Clustering, etc.).
    * “Field Trips” to the labs – instead of disjointed lab exercises, we have selected specific session material that is better experienced than listened to. Your speaker may just stop teaching and take you to the lab to try a new technique yourself!

There are still some IBM-sponsored deals left on rooms ($124 in Chicago, as low as 114 GBP in London, if you can believe it!), but they are going fast. As well, the early registration deadline is August 1, 2009. The earlier you register, the better your chance at minimal travel expense!

Dates: September 14-16, Chicago and September 21-23, London

Website: http://www.CollaborationUniversity.com

Deadline: Saturday August 1, midnight CDT for early registration.

CU in Chicago and London!

Stuart McIntyre is a Senior Strategist at Fostering Community Limited. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. This blog represents his own slightly-eccentric and usually-controversial opinions!