SIM Connect Live will take place at the Sheraton Dallas in downtown Dallas, TX from Wednesday April 11 to Friday April 13. Formerly called SIMposium, the conference attracts IT leaders from around the globe. But this isn’t your typical IT conference in which you’ll expect to show up to a panel, listen to an hour-long lecture, and then shuffle on to the next session. This is the place where you come ready to collaborate with your fellow practitioners and contribute to the conversation.
Here’s how SIM Connect Live differs from other IT events:
More facilitation, less lecturing
The first thing you’ll notice when attending sessions is there won’t always be a podium at the front of the room with rows of chairs facing it. These will be roundtable sessions in which the speaker sets the agenda for the meeting but then demands realtime feedback and discussion from attendees. Not only will much of the content be interactive, but it will force attendees out of their comfort zones and empower them to make new connections
Daylong topic tracks
While attendees are free to pick and choose which sessions they attend, each room will follow a daylong topic track that will enable visitors engaged in a particular subject matter to attend a series of panels that dive deeper and deeper into that topic. If you’re, say, thinking about introducing internet of things technology to your organization, there will be an entire series of sessions on this very topic, and you’ll have the chance to discuss your progress with colleagues embarking on a similar journey.
Solution centric vs content centric
Just as we don’t want our speakers lecturing attendees, we also don’t presume to know which topics those attendees will find most engaging. SIM Connect Live will poll attendees to discover which problems, pain points, and topics of innovation most interest them and design a curriculum around their interests. You can check back at the website often to see updated session topics we’ve added as feedback rolls in.
More opportunities for networking
SIM Connect Live is designed around interactivity. Not only will our sessions encourage collaboration, but we plan to offer up daily activities that will allow visitors to network with each other and make new connections.
Fewer sales pitches
So many conferences allow sponsors to essentially run the show. It’s not uncommon for an IT conference attendee to go to a panel and discover it’s little more than a glorified pitch for a vendor product. At SIM Connect Live, we will ensure that our sponsors deliver relevant, innovative, and educational content, all while leaving the sales pitch back in the office.
Making a difference
While the Society for Information Management (SIM) focuses heavily on networking, education, and leadership development, giving back to the community is one of our core missions. SIM Connect Live will not only host the STEM Outreach Awards, which recognizes SIM chapters that have launched innovative STEM initiatives, but we’ll also feature multiple sessions led by chapters that have cumulatively raised millions of dollars for their STEM outreach efforts.
Not your typical IT conference
As you can see, this isn’t your typical IT conference. If you’re looking for a place to half-listen to lectures while you scroll through your email on your laptop, this probably isn’t the event for you. Come ready to roll up your sleeves, collaborate, and make career-changing connections with the top IT leaders in your field.Register Today
As you can see, this isn’t your typical IT conference. If you’re looking for a place to half-listen to lectures while you scroll through your email on your laptop, this probably isn’t the event for you. Come ready to roll up your sleeves, collaborate, and make career-changing connections with the top IT leaders in your field.