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World’s largest ‘SharePint’? It will happen ‘all week’ at Microsoft Ignite!

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):

Title Speaker Level
The Evolution of SharePoint (Overview and Roadmap) Bill Baer 200
MVP Panel: SharePoint On-Premises, Online and Everything in Between Chris McNulty; Christian Buckley; Dan Holme; Jennifer Mason; Laura Rogers 200
Build Solutions with Office Graph APIs Helge Solheim; Jon Meling 300
I Sync, Therefore I Am – a Deep Dive on OneDrive Sync Capabilities and Roadmap Jason Moore 300
The Social Intranet – Integrate Yammer into Your SharePoint Experience Eric Overfield; Naomi Moneypenny 300
SharePoint 2013 and Azure IaaS: Better Together Brian Alderman 300
Designing and Applying Information Architecture for SharePoint and Office 365 Scott Jamison 300
Transforming Your SharePoint Full Trust Code to the Office App Model Bob German; Chris O’Brien 400
Bose Turns Up the Volume with Microsoft Office 365 Brian Maher, Bose 200
Properly Scale and Deploy Enterprise Search Dan Benson; Paul Summers 300
Customizing NextGen Portals Using the New Video APIs, Doc Types and App Parts Daniel Kogan; Jeremy Kelly 300
What’s New for IT Professionals in SharePoint Server 2016 Bill Baer 200
Troubleshooting Hybrid Configurations and Workloads with SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 Aimme Triplett; Manas  Biswas; Neil Hodgkinson 300

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

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