7 unmissable sessions at the Collab365 Global Conference

On Wednesday 19th October at 7pm UTC we will be opening our virtual doors to 1000's of SharePoint fans from all around the world. The Collab365 Global Conference is, as it says, truly 'global' because we run the event for 24 hours so have sessions broadcast to every time zone in the world.

As with all of our conferences, the support of the speakers is amazing. They bring their time and expertise to you for free - all for the love of the SharePoint community!

If you're still wondering whether or not to visit the conference, then here are 7 sessions that in my view are unmissable. There are actually an eye-watering 121 sessions across 3 languages (English, Portuguese and Spanish).

Please note: All of the times are based on UTC, to see them in your own local time please visit the conference agenda here. We also strongly recommend that you register for free and attend live because the content may not be freely available on-demand afterwards!

Unmissable Session #1 - October 19th 7:00 - 8:00pm UTC

Mark Kashman


Home Location : USA

Opening Keynote

Mark is a huge crowd puller, living legend and will always give the very latest information about Microsoft's recent announcements and roadmap.

Mark will be joining us live from Microsoft HQ, Seattle to tell us about the latest developments and innovations from the product team. You need to watch this to stay ahead of the game.


Unmissable Session #2 - October 19th 8:00 - 9:00pm UTC

Laura Rogers

IW Mentor

Home Location : USA

Automating your work with Microsoft Flow

Must see for power users who use workflow and are interested in what Flow brings to the table. Laura is one of the most popular people in the community.

Have you been using SharePoint workflows, and now you are wondering what to think about Microsoft Flow? This session covers the creation of flows in Office 365, with specific examples of integration across line-of-business systems and SharePoint / Email. This session also includes specific examples and demonstrations of translating business processes from SharePoint Designer workflows to Microsoft Flow..


Unmissable Session #3 - October 19th 8:00 - 9:00pm UTC

Randy Drisgill


Home Location : USA

Getting started with modern client-side development in the SharePoint Framework (SPFx)

Great for developers wanting to get to grips with the SharePoint Framework. Randy is new to Collab365 so we're honoured to have him speak for us.

At the Future of SharePoint event Microsoft introduced the next generation of SharePoint which ushers a new way of developing customizations for SharePoint using the SPFx Framework. Many concepts in this framework will be new to power users as well as traditional developers as they were taken directly from the cutting edge of client-side modern web development. As a non-developer with many years of experience customizing the SP UI, I will walk you through the required concepts for getting up and running with creating custom functionality in the new SPFx framework. While not a deep dive on modern development in SharePoint, I will include several demos to get you started on your journey.


Unmissable Session #4 - October 20th 2:00pm - 3:00pm UTC

Nick Brattoli

Byrdttoli Enterprise Consulting, LLC

Home Location : USA

Managing your life with Office 365 as an independent consultant

This is a great all round session that will take you on a roller-coaster ride around O365, OneDrive, Planner and Exchange online!

Much of the available content on Office 365 revolves around having a company with more than a few employees. However, you can leverage Office 365 to greatly increase your productivity, allowing you remain competitive. If you are currently, or have thought about becoming an independent consultant, this session may not be something you want to miss.


Unmissable Session #5 - October 20th 3:00am - 4:00am UTC

Edge Pereira


Home Location : Australia

Project Online to Deliver Better Projects

Edge is one of the coolest and most knowledgable gents you will ever meet. If you want to know about Project Online, this is the session to watch!

Stop managing your project using Excel and embrace Microsoft Project. In this session we will see how to use Project Online to drive portfolio value with smart tools for scheduling, time and task management and resource assignment. These tips will allow you to boost your project team collaboration and to provide insights for smarter, faster decisions.


Unmissable Session #6 - October 20th 7:00am - 8:00am UTC

Paolo Pialorsi


Home Location : Italy

Developing real solutions with Microsoft Graph

Paolo is a deep expert in developing against SharePoint & O365. He also works on the O365 dev patterns and practices team with Microsoft. 

The Microsoft Graph is the new and unified set of REST API offered by Microsoft Office 365. In this session you will learn about the architecture of the Microsoft Graph, you will understand the authentication and authorization model, and you will see what are the main services and operations offered. Throughout the session you will see real and practical examples written both in .NET (C#) and REST-only, as well as leveraging the new Graph SDK for .NET, in order to explain how to leverage this new and powerful set of unified API within any development context.


Unmissable Session #7 - October 20th 8:00am - 9:00am UTC

Andre Vala

Everis Portugal

Home Location : Portugal

Office 365 Planner Deep Dive

Andre is one of the most recognizable community names to walk the streets of Portugal. He's also been instrumental in helping us put together a Portuguese track at the conference. 

Last year, Microsoft introduced Office 365 Planner, a new work management tool, meant to compete with solutions such as Trello in light project management scenarios. Planner is deeply connected to Office 365 Groups and leverages many of its features. In this session, we'll explain the purpose of Office 365 Planner and describe the main features. You'll learn about the architecture that supports plans and how they relate to Office 365 groups. We'll discuss which management options are in place and how to extend and integrate Planner functionality into your custom applications.


SharePoint Tournament - October 20th 3:00pm - 4:00pm UTC

We're also trying to inject some fun towards the end of the conference! We're going to be running a live, multi-player, 50 question quiz to see who knows most about SharePoint. We've also got 1000$ worth of prizes supplied by Concept Searching! Read more about it here.

Arghhh ... How can I pick only 7? Well I couldn't!

The task of picking just 7 was way too hard so I have added another 11 more conference sessions that you will kick yourself for missing!

What's your list?

Why not take a look at the agenda and let us know which sessions you don't want to miss? Leave your top 5 in the comments...

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