Today, we are proud to announce the agenda for the upcoming Social Connections VI event in Prague on 16th and 17th of June.

Featuring a record 44 sessions over two days, we think this is more than likely the most comprehensive IBM Connections-focused event ever. In fact, the team received so many awesome session abstracts, we had to schedule a fourth room to allow us to accept more sessions than we otherwise could. Even then, we were forced to turn down a few that we’d have loved to see ourselves so we send our commiserations and apologies to those that submitted sessions and were not selected…

Here’s a high-level overview of the schedule for the event:

Monday 16th June:

Selected Highlights
09:30 Registration Opens
10:00 – 12:00 Optional Jumpstart: Introduction to Social Business (in Czech)
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch, meet the Sponsors and networking
14:00 – 14:30 Opening General Session
14:30 – 15:15 Keynote: IBM Connections “Next” is Here – Why It Matters! (Luis Benitez, IBM)
15:15 – 15:45 Leveraging Global CEMEX: a reinforced Global Networks Model to move from “Good” to “Great” (Luis Garza, CEMEX)
15:45 – 16:15 Break
16:15 – 17:00 Keynote: The IBM Social Mail Roadmap (HP Dalen, IBM)
17:00 – 17:30 Social Business Adoption in 5 easy steps (Alan Hamilton, IBM)
17:45 – 18:30 Speed Sponsoring
19:30 – 23:00 Evening Reception

Tuesday 17th June:

Selected Highlights
09:00 – 09:45 Keynote: IBM – Understanding the journey of becoming a Social Business (Chris Crummey, IBM)
09:50 – 10:55 Breakout sessions (4 rooms, 8 sessions)
10:55 – 11:20 Break
11:20 – 12:25 Breakout sessions (4 rooms, 8 sessions)
12:25 – 13:15 Lunch, meet the Sponsors and networking
13:15 – 15:05 Breakout sessions (4 rooms, 12 sessions)
15:05 – 15:20 Break
15:20 – 15:55 Breakout sessions (4 rooms, 4 sessions)
15:55 – 16:40 Pardon the Interruption (panel session)
16:45 – 17:30 Keynote: The Future of Work – Towards the Networked Enterprise (Luis Suarez, elsua S.L.)
17:30 – 17:45 Closing General Session

The idea is that those travelling from further afield can arrive on the Monday morning for a social lunch before the event formally kicks off at 14:00.

For attendees that are more local, there is a jumpstart session in the local language on the Monday morning, providing an introduction to Social Business for those that are new to this enhanced way of working.

We conclude the first day’s agenda with Speed Sponsoring and then an exclusive evening reception for all attendees (more details to come very soon!).

We are honoured to have four tremendous keynote speakers (Luis Benitez, HP Dalen, Chris Crummey and Luis Suarez) on the agenda spread over the two days – we’ll be highlighting each of their topics over the next few weeks.

On Tuesday, we kick off with Chris’ keynote, then go into a pretty intensive set of breakout sessions.

As before, the majority of the sessions at Social Connections VI will be just 30 minutes long, so we put the onus on our speakers to be fast-paced, concise, focused and most of all, exciting!  Why 30 minutes? The team love the TED-style of short sessions delivered by passionate and opinionated experts – we think it makes for a more interesting event.  With 8 breakout slots on the agenda, the shorter sessions also give each attendee a change to pick and chose a mix of sessions that works for them – we have tracks that cover management, case studies, administration and development so there should be something for everyone.

The day concludes at 17:45 so again, those travelling can hopefully get home on the Tuesday evening if they wish.  Of course, if anyone wants to make the event part of a longer, more relaxed stay in Prague, we won’t be surprised at all!  In fact, we have a special Social Connections ‘Tag It On‘ workshop taking place on Wednesday 18th June at the same venue.  Look out for more news later today…

For the first time, we have a full online agenda for this event allowing each attendee to create their own customised schedule which can be exported to their calendar.  It has a mobile UI option and a printable view, as well as listing all our speakers too.

So, two (or more) days in beautiful Prague, over 40 great sessions, brilliant IBM and community speakers, many IBM Champions, great opportunities for networking and social engagement, and much more besides.  Social Connections VI will be a super event, and thanks to our sponsors, it will be absolutely free to attend!

What are you waiting for? Register now!