Session types

Connect 2017 will offer a wide variety of session types for you to experience. Most session types will range between 20 – 45 minutes, featuring a presentation followed by a short question-and-answer segment. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect from each:

Breakout Sessions

A 45 minute breakout session offers a detailed exploration of a single topic in a traditional classroom atmosphere with up to two presenters, allowing for a 35-minute presentation plus 10 minutes of Q&A.

Panel Sessions

Moderated by IBM executives or Subject Matter Experts, panels allow thought leaders and/or technical experts to engage in roundtable discussions on today’s most intriguing technological advances. While some audience participation may be encouraged, the format tends to remain structured.

Engagement Theater Sessions

These presentations are held within theaters located around the Expo area. These 30 minute "Ted style" talks are concise and highly focused around a specific topic and can be either a formal presentation (1-2 speakers using slides) OR a less formal and more interactive sharing of ideas and discussion between the host and audience.


These intensive one (or two) hour technical sessions are conducted in a classroom environment with exercises that are pre-selected, instructor-led, and offered at a time published on the conference agenda. Please be aware that these sessions will have limited seating. Pre-registration is strongly suggested –registered attendees will be able to enroll through the IBM Event Mobile App.

Featured Sessions

These sessions are led by Subject Matter Experts and focus on providing greater insight into IBM solutions and products. Unique to the Connect conference, sessions such as “Gurupalooza”, and “ASK the Technical Team” provide opportunities to meet and speak directly with experts from the IBM Collaboration Solutions team or our Business Partners.

February 20 – 23
Moscone West
San Francisco, CA