WHAT IS north american COLLABORATION SUMMIT?

March 2-3 2018, Branson, missouri

The North American Collaboration Summit (NACS), also known by its hashtag #collabsummit, and formerly known as SharePointalooza, is a premium community-driven conference in Branson, Missouri in 2018 with a focus on Microsoft’s products Office 365 and SharePoint. Its aim is to bring together business and technology in order to help delegates make sound decisions in the rapidly changing world of digital transformation. NACS is a two-day community event, based on the traditions of SharePoint Saturday Ozarks, SharePointa and our sister conference the European Collaboration Summit. World-leading experts and speakers will deliver a range of “what is new” and “best practices” sessions for these technologies.

Be sure to check out our sister conference www.collabsummit.eu 

Where and when is it happening?

In Branson, Missouri, from 2–3 March 2018. This picturesque Missouri city, famous for it’s live music, dining, shopping, and entertainment offers all we need for a great conference: stunning scenery, convenient logistics, a central North American location easily accessable from many major cities brining in Microsoft experts from all over the world! Early March is the perfect time before large crowds arrive and ideal for a lesurely stroll through Branson Landing in the evenings for didning, shopping, or even some fun at the dueling piano bar. The address for the venue is 200 EAST MAIN STREET, BRANSON, MISSOURI, 65616.

How many attendees can be expected at NACS 2018?

We are expecting up to a 500 attendees from all over the US and even a handful of Canadians to gather in Branson for the North American Collaboration Summit. Based on previous attendances, the delegates will be an equal distribution of business and technical audience, as well as professionals and end users.

WHAT HAPPENED TO SHAREPOINTALOOZA?

SharePointalooza is alive and well. NACS *IS* SharePointalooza taken to another level. We are honored to be teaming up with the biggest and best community conference in Europe, the European Collaboration Summit. By joining forces, the community now has access to even more great speakers and amazing content. 

Which topics will NACS 2018 cover?

NACS 2018 will focus on all topics based on Microsoft’s collaboration products stack, such as Office 365 cloud platforms, SharePoint, Exchange, Skype for Business and Project (both in the cloud and on premises), and cloud-only services such as Microsoft Teams, PowerApps, Logic Apps, Flow, Planner, and Yammer. These products and services will be approached from all sides: business, organizational, and technical. We will see a range of planning, adoption and strategy sessions focused on deciders and business users, as well as deep-dive technology sessions focused on administrators and developers. Please take a look at the list of focus topics.

Which speakers can be expected at NACS 2018?

You will see the most prominent community (MVPs, MCMs) and corporate (Microsoft) speakers at the North American Collaboration Summit 2018. Check the list of featured speakers already confirmed for 2018. In addition, NACS is being held the weekend before Microsoft’s MVP Summit and up to 1/3 of NACS speakers are expected to be international MVP’s. The caliber of speakers at NACS is matched only by our sister event http://collabsummit.eu   

WHY IS THIS EVENT ALMOST 10 TIMES CHEAPER THAN OTHER EVENTS IN NORTH AMERICA WITH THE SAME FOCUS?

Because this is a non-profit event, financed to a great extent by our sponsors, for which we are very grateful. The symbolic conference fee we require is to prevent people from registering and then not attending (and so blocking places for those who would attend). The only goal is to get the world’s best experts and to share their knowledge with as many community folks in North America as possible, because “sharing is caring” (the legendary words of Microsoft’s Vesa Juvonen, just one of ECS’s top speakers). Does the non-profit approach mean less valuable sessions, reduced networking opportunities, lower quality venue and fewer fun elements? On the contrary! NACS 2018 will host the best-of-the-best speakers, including all Office 365 and SharePoint legends. There’s no need to spend thousands of dollars for world class content at a premium event. Plus, you won’t get lost in the crowd at NACS. Get to know the speakers, staff, and community from all over the world. 

We are confident you will not find a better Office 365 and SharePoint conference experience in North America

NACS is organized by a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization Mason Jar Productions, we gladly accept tax-deductible donations to help us ensure all expenses are covered. 

WHAT IS A "COMMUNITY-DRIVEN" CONFERENCE? HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM COMMERCIAL CONFERENCES?

A community-driven conference is a non-profit event delivered by people active in the community for people in the community. The organizers are not doing this for money, and all have their proper day jobs. They are organizing this conference because they love doing it. “Addicted to it” is a term we have heard recently. NACS attracts the best Microsoft speakers, as well as a range of MVPs, MCMs and MCAs, and we are convinced that this conference will offer the best content and the best speakers on our core topics – Office 365, SharePoint, Azure, Exchange, Skype and Project – in North America in 2018.

I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK AT NACS 2018. HOW DO I APPLY?

Speakers will be partly pre-selected by our program committee (which will be announced soon), and partly selected through the public call for sessions. The public call for sessions has already been announced. Submit your sessions today and good luck! https://sessionize.com/SharePointalooza