Evolve Conference is for IT Professionals working with the Microsoft Cloud, covering Microsoft 365 and Azure.
The ethos behind each year's events is to help prepare IT Pros for the technology they will need for the year ahead and impart impartial, real-world advice to help them succeed. We love to share our expertise and enable others and that's why we started the original UC Day together, after being inspired by others.
Our conference is completely FREE to attend, and supported by sponsorship. We typically attract around 500 attendees which is about capacity for the venue. We split the tracks up into different rooms and provide refreshments and food for attendees during the day.
Following on from UC and Cloud Day, held in 2015, 2016 and 2017, the event returns to Birmingham's National Conference Center at the Motorcycle Museum located just a short distance from Birmingham International Rail station, Birmingham Airport and at the centre of the UK's road network.
Our event is open to all - people just starting out in IT, seasoned professionals and IT consultants. Everyone is welcome and we subscribe the Diversity Charter.
This year we have the following tracks, reflecting the evolving spread of technologies in Microsoft 365:
The team behind the event are MVPs and IT professionals including (in no particular order!):
For each session track the intention is to choose sessions that do not have much overlap between individual sessions, so we can give the attendee the option to stay within the track for the day (if that is their focus) and when picking the session line-up we will stagger particular sessions so that if someone is focused on (for example) security they can choose security sessions across multiple tracks.
We do not mind if you have spoken on this topic before at another conference. Our attendees include people who will not be as able to travel to international conferences. As we are a few weeks before Microsoft Ignite, we do not mind if you wish to perform a dry-run version of your session here.
As we have a limited number of speaking slots per track, we will prefer speakers who have experience, such as speaking at user groups.
This is a free conference and the organizers do not receive any payment. However for international speakers we understand it is unreasonable to expect you to cover your own flights and have allocated budget to support this up to a limit, stated below. We will also cover overnight hotel stay with meals for all speakers.
Flights for international speakers covered up to £250. Hotel covered for one night prior to the conference, along with evening meal at the pre-conference meal and breakfast.