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Message to Community - December 2021

By Marius Ciortea posted Tue December 07, 2021 01:36 PM


November was extremely busy for the IBM Community, as we hosted our annual user group event. Three years ago, we started out with a one-day, multi-track event; last year upped it to 2-days; and this year went all out with a five-day IBM Community Festival. Thank you to those who presented, participated, shared, or had any involvement in this year’s event!


The Festival, presented on IBM Expert TV, had an average of 7,775 viewers per day across 215+ sessions. By the numbers:


  • 1 integrated brand program
  • 2 voice of the user days
  • 3 geos
  • 6 IBM General Managers
  • 10 executive keynotes
  • 20 user groups
  • 35 IBM Distinguished Technologists
  • 60 client sessions
  • 72 IBM Champions speakers 
  • 215+ total sessions
  • 260+ speakers


We also held a live, virtual volunteer program with Goodera, in which participants worked in teams or individually to record an audiobook, write a letter of support to the transgender community, or create e-flashcards for black history and STEM. You can read more about IBM Community’s volunteering here: Community for Social Good on the IBM Data Science in Practice Medium blog. We also had a thrill of a time with DJ Rich Girl’s music breaks (Positive Musical Vibes playlist here) and Drag Queen Bingo!

Most session videos are now available on the IBM Community YouTube channel, with more to come.


Four things to know this month:


IBM Champion nominations are [still] open!

IBM Champions provide content, leadership, mentorship, and advocacy across IBM products, technologies, and communities. IBM Champions are enthusiasts and advocates: IT professionals, business leaders, developers, executives, educators, and influencers who support and mentor others in their use of IBM products, offerings, technologies, and community. 

TL:DR - IBM Champions nominations are open through 30 November extended: close on 30 December. Join the webinar to learn more and nominate today!


IBM Community Social Hour: Holiday Edition! is coming up

Join us for IBM Community's second social hour on December 16, celebrating the end of the year! We will be announcing our community member of the quarter and enjoying a relaxed hour with members to celebrate all of our members' successes. Registration and details here.


IBM Community Meetups

Did you know IBM Community has a network of over 200 groups on Check out our events and connect with us if you are a meetup group leader or would like to be. IBM Community is co-hosting our next Data and AI Meetup on December 14. Register here.


Free O’Reilly Technology Reports

Grab two free downloads from the IBM Community this month:



If you haven’t checked out our Community Recipe Book, get some cooking inspiration and share yours with all of us. Wishing you all a joyful, safe, and fulfilling holiday season. See you on the 16th!