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Revitalizing conversations in teams with IBM Watson Workspace (formerly known as Project Toscana)
Thu, Oct 27th 2016 10
Social Connections 11 postponed for Spring 2017
Wed, Sep 7th 2016 14
Social Connections 10 was our biggest North American event, and our third largest ever!
Fri, Jun 10th 2016 16
Missed the Social Connections 10 keynotes? Watch the replays now!
Mon, Jun 6th 2016 13
Today is Social Connections 10 day – and we stream the first morning of the event
Mon, Jun 6th 2016 17
Gala event an integral part of Social Connections
Fri, Jun 3rd 2016 15
The Social Connections Team – who are we?
Wed, Jun 1st 2016 9
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Today is Social Connections 10 day – and we stream the first morning of the event
Mon, Jun 6th 2016 17
Social Connections 10 was our biggest North American event, and our third largest ever!
Fri, Jun 10th 2016 16
Gala event an integral part of Social Connections
Fri, Jun 3rd 2016 15
Announcing another great speaker for Social Connections! – Tony Byrne Real Story Group
Mon, May 16th 2016 14
Social Connections 11 postponed for Spring 2017
Wed, Sep 7th 2016 14
In case you missed it – The Social Connections mobile app!
Tue, May 31st 2016 13
Missed the Social Connections 10 keynotes? Watch the replays now!
Mon, Jun 6th 2016 13
2 days, 20 sponsors, 80+ speakers, 18+ IBM Champions and an awesome venue!
Thu, May 19th 2016 12
We bring that extra to you in Toronto – a masterclass on adoption and engagement!
Mon, May 23rd 2016 11
11 days to go…..
Thu, May 26th 2016 10


Social Connections
Blog Title Social Connections
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Revitalizing conversations in teams with IBM Watson Workspace (formerly known as Project Toscana)
Thu, Oct 27th 2016 11:01a   Maria Enderstam
Taste the word: Toscana. It promises a lot. At least if you have a little bit of crush on Italy as I have. Food and wine in the sunset, overlooking a fabulous view of the countryside or the sea. Something ancient but also invigorating. No wonder I had high hopes on this team collaboration solution from IBM when I first heard about it. Yes, the comparison is silly, but hey. Don’t blame me! I didn’t name it Yesterday IBM launched Project Toscana with its new and equally invigorating name
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Social Connections 11 postponed for Spring 2017
Wed, Sep 7th 2016 7:51a   Wannes Rams
It is with great sadness in our hearts that the Social Connections team has to announce that there will not be an event this fall. We announced a November event in Southern Europe during the closing session of our Toronto event and the team has worked very hard since then to get this on the rails, but due to many factors we ran out of time. It is very important to us to maintain the quality of our events and even improve each and every one of them. We now are at the point where we cannot guarant
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Social Connections 10 was our biggest North American event, and our third largest ever!
Fri, Jun 10th 2016 9:13a   Jan Valdman
I am high in the sky over Atlantic heading back to Europe so I have had several hours to think about a recap of our last event in Toronto. Wow, it was a blast again! After many weeks of hectic preparations, the two conference days ran as racing horses. Now there is a time to recover, take some breath and shout “Oh my, we did it again!” First of all, we had a fabulous event with more then 200 attendees, 18 sponsors, 64 sessions, and 70 speakers. Thank you all so much for coming! We h
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Missed the Social Connections 10 keynotes? Watch the replays now!
Mon, Jun 6th 2016 4:37p   Martin Jinoch
We had an excellent first morning at Social Connections 10 event in Toronto today, and for the first time ever, professionally live-streamed the main tent sessions. If you missed all or part of this broadcast, the first three sessions are now available for replay via our livestream site: The three sessions currently available are: The OGS session lead by Simon Vaughan, also featuring Benoit Hardy-Vallée of IBM, followed by the event keynote hosted by Chris Crummey and Luis Benitez of IBM.
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Today is Social Connections 10 day – and we stream the first morning of the event
Mon, Jun 6th 2016 12:15a   Simon Vaughan
Today is the day, Social Connections 10 starts in Toronto. The attendance figures at the event will be announced at the OGS, but we wanted to confirm one point – We will be streaming the first morning’s keynotes from the event! If you would like to watch the Morning sessions from Social Connections 10, details of how to watch the event can be found here – http://www.smpav.ca/webcast.php?ID=30680 Author informationSimon VaughanSimon Vaughan (Outside in Collaboration) is an IBM
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Gala event an integral part of Social Connections
Fri, Jun 3rd 2016 8:10a   Femke Goedhart
As people who have attended previous events know Social Connections isn’t just limited to a day time program. One of the things we try to do is to also provide attendees with an opportunity to really connect and network with other attendees, speakers and organizers by providing an evening program in the form of the Social Connections Gala event. A way to socialize, enjoy some good food, great entertainment and also see something of Toronto outside the venue location. All attendees are invi
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The Social Connections Team – who are we?
Wed, Jun 1st 2016 9:00a   Maria Enderstam
First: you have registered for Social Connections 10 in Toronto, right? Good. Then you can continue reading this post. We thought it was time we told you a bit about ourselves. The people behind this fantastic user group called Social Connections. So sit back and enjoy: Author informationMaria EnderstamA creative and intuitive collaboration and communication enthusiast. Believes that sharing is one of the best inventions ever. | The post The Social Connections Team – who are we? appeare
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In case you missed it – The Social Connections mobile app!
Tue, May 31st 2016 9:00a   Lars Samuelsson
Well well well, time is winding down and we’re less than a week out from the event… So excited to go to Canada for the first time! I thought this would be the proper time to remind you guys about our mobile app. This will be a great place to socialize with other attendees, build your own schedule, be on the lookout for last minute changes and you know, everything that you can imagine from a conference app. We’ve had the good fortune of having the app sponsored by panagenda, so
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11 days to go…..
Thu, May 26th 2016 11:39a   Simon Vaughan
With only 11 days to go until Social Connections 10 kicks off in Toronto, we wanted to highlight a number of the great sessions that are being presented  at the event in Toronto… The first session of the day is an introduction to IBM’s take on the Future of work followed by a demonstration of how this will work in real life.  This session was a huge success at the recent Connect Conference in Orlando and it promises to  be another great session Following this session, we have a C
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We bring that extra to you in Toronto – a masterclass on adoption and engagement!
Mon, May 23rd 2016 7:30a   Maria Enderstam
Meet Luis Suarez! As if 2 days of networking, socializing and learning all about IBM Connections and everything around it isn’t enough, we bring you an extra day after the event with Luis Suarez and his masterclass ‘From Adoption to Adaptation, From Enablement into Engagement’. Join us the day after Social Connections 10 for a full blast masterclass about Social Business. On how to inspire and facilitate adoption in your organization. Get the means to re-define a new way of working wit
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An exciting addition to our agenda…
Fri, May 20th 2016 7:04a   Simon Vaughan
The Social Connections team are pleased to announce that at our event in Toronto the internationally recognized digital workplace expert, bestselling book author and futurist Dion Hinchcliffe will be presenting a session – ‘Conversational Collaboration: How Messaging, App Integration, and ChatBots Are Changing Social Collaboration’ The session will cover the following topic: ‘While the enterprise social network is still the top model for mass collaboration, a combined spr
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2 days, 20 sponsors, 80+ speakers, 18+ IBM Champions and an awesome venue!
Thu, May 19th 2016 7:05a   Martin Jinoch
The countdown continues to Social Connections 10 in Toronto and the team who organise the event wanted to highlight some of the great things that you will find when you attend this event! Some of key points that we would like to highlight are: – This is an event managed by a team of volunteers who are IBM Connections users – it is put on by customers of IBM, for customers! – One of the key themes of the event is to continue to  develop a community, foster team work and share b
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Announcing another great speaker for Social Connections! – Tony Byrne Real Story Group
Mon, May 16th 2016 8:12a   Femke Goedhart
As Social Connections team we always try to get an optimum mix of speakers for our conferences. Not just the well known names from within the IBM ICS community but also experienced speakers from outside the IBM ICS community. To get the best possible diversity in Enterprise Social / Technology / IBM Connections related topics but also to ensure that the discussions going on during the event which are crucial to it’s success get new input and fresh perspectives. We are therefore very happy to a
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Toronto – less than a month!
Tue, May 10th 2016 7:00a   Lars Samuelsson
Hey! We’re really getting close. Less than two weeks left to pick up your normal price tickets. After the 23rd the late late-tickets will be on sale, and we know you want to avoid that! So hurry up! Register now! We’re super proud of our lineup this time (as usual), we feel it’s a great mix between speakers and topics that ties in to the very core of the conference, which is Social Business and IBM Connections. Have you visited us before? Then you know you are in for a treat. I
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Social Connections 10 – An international line up of 70+ speakers!
Tue, Apr 26th 2016 8:44a   Bill Malchisky Jr.
Still undecided about attending Social Connections 10 in Toronto on Monday June 6th and Tuesday June 7th? If you are then check out some of the great sessions by speakers from across the globe!  Our agenda is now publish on our website Link and in our mobile app (where you can create you own personal schedule for the event! (Find out more about our mobile app). Here is a selection of some the great sessions you need to come and listen to: 10+ user case studies focused on their implemention of
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Sponsor Spotlight: Kudos
Mon, Apr 25th 2016 8:05a   Lars Samuelsson
So, Social Connections 10 is approaching at breakneck speed and we’re busy preparing for the event on every free minute we can find. Today we want to slow things down just a little bit to put the spotlight of one of our core sponsors, they have been with us for many events, for which we are truly grateful. Our ISW friends from down under brings you Kudos! Check out http://www.kudosbadges.com for a look at a truly great product that extends IBM Connections to new levels! Please take your
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The Heat Is On: The Agenda for Social Connections 10 in Toronto is published!
Fri, Apr 22nd 2016 8:47a   Maria Enderstam
The last week have been busy in the team! The weekly run, the dog walk, that extra coffee break or the after work with friends were all cancelled. Our joined forces has been pointed in one direction only. The Agenda! First, thank you all for submitting such interesting and professional abstracts! Just to read through them all was a treat in itself, and to get to chose from them an even bigger one. I can reveal that our scheduled team meeting where we concluded our votes doubled in time and discu
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Sponsor highlight: TrustSphere
Mon, Apr 18th 2016 11:00a   Wannes Rams
We are very happy to announce TrustSphere as a Gold sponsor to return for our Toronto event. Thank you for helping to make this a great event. See you very soon in Toronto TrustSphere is a recognized market leader in the field of Relationship Analytics, having pioneered a next-generation approach to analyzing both internal and external communication flow across an organization, to provide clients with actionable insights ; these insights are applicable to the following disciplines: Sales and
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Sponsor highlight: panagenda
Tue, Apr 12th 2016 7:23a   Maria Enderstam
A sunny Tuesday is a perfect day to highlight panagenda as our Spotlight Sponsor! Be sure to visit them in their booth, and also during the Gala night at Hockey Hall of Fame where they are event sponsors. We are very pleased you are onboard and look forward seeing you all in Toronto! We develop state-of-the-art solutions for communication and collaboration IT infrastructures. Our extensive expertise range from reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) and workload, to facilitating agile IT tr
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Social Connections Keynote – The return of ‘Pardon the interruption’ a Future of Work brain dump!
Mon, Apr 11th 2016 9:14a   Jan Valdman
If you attended IBM Connect13, one of the highlights of the event had to be the “Pardon the interruption’ session. This was a session that got everyone talking and we are please to announce that for our event in Toronto, the “3 Luis’s”  – Luis Suarez, Luis Benitez and Luis Guirigay will come together to discuss the hot topics that YOU the audience would like to question them on! In the fashion of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” we’ll share i
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Last push for abstracts – we know you have it in you!
Fri, Apr 8th 2016 3:54p   Lars Samuelsson
Hi Everyone! Now it’s time to push those last few abstracts in. We know that you have a lot on your plates, as we all do. But we’d love to hear from you at Social Connections. What’s your take on the future of work? How has IBM Connections (on premise or Cloud) helped you and your organisation become more social and efficient? Can the watercooler be removed now that we have a virtual one? The possibilities are endless (unlike my imagination, as you might see here). We have exte
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Game time! Do you want to visit Hockey Hall of Fame with ur in Toronto this June?
Thu, Apr 7th 2016 10:29a   Maria Enderstam
We sure we do! That is why we have booked just for you and all our attendees at Social Connections 10 in Toronto! We always want to make our Gala night an extra treat for our guests, and this time is no exception. Say “Toronto” out loud and you immediately think of “maple leaf” “maple suryp” and “ice hockey”. So let’s go with Ice Hockey. Welcome to an extra special night at the famous Hockey Hall of Fame! Closed for other guests, exclusive us
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The Design Track is back by popular demand!
Mon, Apr 4th 2016 7:02a   Lars Samuelsson
Good news everyone! A popular part of the Boston event is back for another run! The design track of sessions that IBM presented at Social Connections in Boston, with the focus on the Design Thinking strategy of IBM and what comes out of it is returning! In this track you will learn how IBM are bringing their design thinking into products like Verse and Toscana. We’ll be treated to a session on how designing IBM Verse led to the idea of “A New Way To Work” (Margo Ezekiel &
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Social Connections Keynote with Luis Benitez – IBM’s Take on the Future of Work
Tue, Mar 29th 2016 7:53a   Simon Vaughan
The Social Connections team are please to announce another keynote presentation at our event in Toronto on June 6th and 7th (at the St. Andrew’s conference Centre) – Luis Benitez presenting IBM’s Take on the Future of Work. IBM’s Enterprise Social Solutions provides the platform of tools you need to transform your organization into a social business, enabling you to reach your customers and partners faster, drive innovation, share content and expertise, and complete work fas
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Sponsor highlight: TIMETOACT GROUP
Thu, Mar 17th 2016 8:20a   Maria Enderstam
Time to highlight another one of our highly valued Gold sponsors. We say our thanks to: TIMETOACT GROUP provides professional services for IBM Software, Microsoft Software, Google Software and open standards. The group includes the companies edcom, BLUETRADE, CLOUDPILOTS, novaCapta, TIMETOACT and X-INTEGRATE. With more than 200 employees, TIMETOACT GROUP is one of the largest IBM Software Services providers in DACH. TIMETOACT GROUP is located in several locations in Germany, Austria, Switzerland
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Yet another keynote: IBM’s New Way to Work demo
Wed, Mar 16th 2016 8:02a   Wannes Rams
Featuring the fabulous demo team from the OGS Demo at IBM Connect, Sarah Gibbons and Christopher Crummey. They will be providing a demo on IBM’s New Way to Work. I think I can safely say that a lot of people (including me) were impressed by the demo at IBM Connect earlier this year. Missed it, want to see it again, this is your chance. Author informationWannes RamsI'm a IBM Collaboration software consultant. I am specialized in the architecture and technical lead of enterprise implementa
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We want to hear from YOU – submit your abstract for Social Connections
Mon, Mar 14th 2016 3:00p   Femke Goedhart
With the first keynote speakers getting announced and the first abstracts for Social Connections 10 in Toronto flowing in, it is time to start thinking about submitting YOUR abstracts. Yes that’s right we are talking to all of you! Social connections has always prided itself in being a very open conference that offers a podium to both the best of the best of seasoned and well known speakers as well as to anyone that can contribute from a wealth of day to day experience. Be it customers, bu
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Social Connections 10 – Keynote speaker, Alan Lepofsky
Mon, Mar 14th 2016 11:12a   Martin Jinoch
The Social Connections team are pleased to announce that we have secured another great keynote speaker at our event in Toronto on June 6th and 7th – Alan Lepofsky, VP and Principal Analyst, Constellation Research How Artificial Intelligence, Data and the Internet of Things Will Help Us Get Work Done Tools like Apple Siri, Google Now and Microsoft Cortana help keep us informed about the weather, news, stocks and sports scores. They can perform web searches, set alarms and play our favourit
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Social Connections 10 – Social Business Masterclass hosted by Luis Suarez!
Fri, Mar 11th 2016 3:36a   Femke Goedhart
Social Business Masterclass – ‘From Adoption to Adaptation, From Enablement into Engagement’ Wednesday June 8th – 9am to 15:30pm Lunch and refreshments included The Social Connections team are please to announce that as part of our Social Connections 10 event that we are collaborating with Luis Suraz to host an unique event in Toronto – a Social Business Masterclass! What if instead of “driving” adoption within your organisation, you could inspire and facilitate adaptation
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Social Connections 10 – Our First Keynote speaker announced
Wed, Mar 9th 2016 1:24p   Doug Morrison
The Social Connections team are very proud to announce Luis Suarez as one of our keynote speakers. Luis Suarez is a Chief Emergineer and People Enabler. A well seasoned Social / Open Business evangelist and 2.0 practitioner with over 15 years of experience on knowledge management, collaboration, learning, online communities and social networking for business, and has been living, since February 2008, a work life without email challenging the status quo of how knowledge workers collaborate and s
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Social Connections 10 – Our First Keynote speaker announced
Wed, Mar 9th 2016 11:49a   Doug Morrison
The Social Connections team are very proud to announce Luis Suarez as one of our keynote speakers. Luis Suarez is a Chief Emergineer and People Enabler. A well seasoned Social / Open Business evangelist and 2.0 practitioner with over 15 years of experience on knowledge management, collaboration, learning, online communities and social networking for business, and has been living, since February 2008, a work life without email challenging the status quo of how knowledge workers collaborate and
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Social Connections 10 – Our First Keynote speaker announced
Wed, Mar 9th 2016 8:53a   Doug Morrison
The Social Connections team are very proud to announce Luis Suarez as one of our keynote speakers. Luis Suarez is a Chief Emergineer and People Enabler. A well seasoned Social / Open Business evangelist and 2.0 practitioner with over 15 years of experience on knowledge management, collaboration, learning, online communities and social networking for business, and has been living, since February 2008, a work life without email challenging the status quo of how knowledge workers collaborate and
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Sponsor highlight: Harbour Light
Tue, Mar 8th 2016 1:44p   Maria Enderstam
It is already March and we are fast approaching our 10th conference in Toronto. The planning for this event move very fast and we in the team work very hard to keep up. For example we are thrilled that our sponsor slots are filling up in a steady pace. As you know, this event could not happen without our fabulous sponsors. They play an important role in our community and we will highlight each and every one of them as they come onboard. So here are our first sponsor for Social Connections 10 in
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Social Connections 10 – What a venue we have for you!
Mon, Mar 7th 2016 3:47a   Simon Vaughan
The Social Connections team are pleased to announce that we have now secured a venue for our event in Toronto on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th June. The venue is………… The St Andrew’s Club and Conference centre in Downtown Toronto!     We have secured the 16th floor for our event and the location offers first class facilities and stunning views of downtown Toronto! For the convenience of our attendees, the conference centre is located in the heart of Toronto, near a
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Social Connections 10 – Our First Keynote speaker announced
Sun, Mar 6th 2016 4:46a   Doug Morrison
The Social Connections team are very proud to announce Luis Suarez as one of our keynote speakers. Luis Suarez is a Chief Emergineer and People Enabler. A well seasoned Social / Open Business evangelist and 2.0 practitioner with over 15 years of experience on knowledge management, collaboration, learning, online communities and social networking for business, and has been living, since February 2008, a work life without email challenging the status quo of how knowledge workers collaborate and
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The Social Connections 10 Mobile App has hit the streets
Fri, Mar 4th 2016 8:03a   Wannes Rams
We are very proud to announce that for this event, Social Connections 10 in Toronto, we will provide our attendees with a mobile app. The app has been published in the Google Playstore and the Apple apps store. The app allows for Social interaction using attendee profiles and an activity stream. Please engage with each other. We will also publish our agenda as soon as we have it. We will be adding our keynotes in the next couple of weeks. You will be able to create your own schedule, see speake
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The race has began – and the winners are…
Thu, Mar 3rd 2016 9:43a   Jan Valdman
As soon as we announced our next event in Toronto, Canada, we also opened the call for abstract plus early bird registration and announced the sponsorship packages for Social Connections 10. Just within few hours abstracts, registrations and sponsorship inquiries started to come. We are thrilled by the feedback from the community and looking forward to meet you all in Toronto! Today we are happy to announce the unofficial “winners” in all the categories above. First of all, we are proud to a
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Calling for abstracts – Social Connections goes to Canada!
Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 3:55p   Stuart McIntyre
Hi everyone! We now, finally, have a call for abstracts running for Social Connections 10 in Toronto, Canada. It’s been long in the making, but we promise you, it’ll be worth it! Do you have something awesome that you want to tell the world about IBM Connections, or Social Business as a concept? Send in an abstract now. We can’t wait to see you share your insights. As in the past, we’ve got a couple of different lengths to pick from. You can go 15, 30 or even up to
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Social Connections 10, we will go to Toronto!
Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 7:42a   Wannes Rams
We know we have kept you waiting. Maybe longer than both you and we wanted. But it was for a good reason! After the great success of our last event in Stuttgart, and because this is our 10th event, we have cooked up something extra. We won’t release all the details yet, there are much more exciting things to come. But we can say this: It is with great pleasure that we can announce the dates and location for our next event. This time we will be crossing the Atlantic again, but to a new coun
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We’re still here, and we’re cooking up something amazing
Tue, Feb 16th 2016 11:54a   Lars Samuelsson
Hey everyone, Sorry for our absence from most communications channels lately. It’s a bit ironic, working with social. We are in the process of finishing up the details for our 10th event, which sure is promising to be something special. We can’t turn double digits without doing something a little bit “out there”, right? This blog post is just to tell all of you that we are still here, we are working as hard as we possibly can to get details out, and we hope that once we r
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Changes to the Social Connections organisation
Mon, Jan 11th 2016 11:59a   Stuart McIntyre
Over the past year, the team behind Social Connections have been working hard to put the organisation onto a firm footing for the future. As a thriving user group that had delivered 7 successful events between 2011-2014, and a growing leadership team featuring a number of IBM Champions from around the community, it was felt that it was time to cement the great work that had been done to get this far, and to build an organisation that would support and withstand the efforts of organising regular




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