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, SharePoint 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.

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.

As part of a journey combining a business trip to Canada and attending the MVP Summit later in March in Seattle, I’m honoured to be part of the amazing speaker line up von NACS. My session is called “OFFICE 365, AZURE AND A RASPBERRY PI: A 21ST CENTURY LUNCH BELL” and combines the work I’ve done over the last 10 months in the fields of custom vision API, Microsoft Teams and some minor IoT related work and is based on the project posted here: http://www.modernworkplacesolutions.rocks/raspberry-pi-cognitive-services-microsoft-teams-how-a-pi-informs-us-about-lunch/

The hardest part this time is the demo part. Based on the time difference a live view of the system isn’t possible. It’s already dark back home by the time my session starts. This means we had to come up with some ideas for a travel setup. As my colleague Stephan Bisser and myself are very happy about being picked at other conferences as well, we decided it’s time to create a mobile-ready demo environment. Here a sneak preview of what to expect:

 And a short video: