What’s Going On with Dynamics Community Live Events

During the Covid19 Microsoft was working intensively on BizApps development. Meanwhile, the community had no chance to get together and exchange opinions on so many exciting novelties. Not only we were witnessing a shift from in-person to virtual events (e.g. Community Summit and Business Application Summit), but also the shutting down of some community events, such as Focus and eXtreme365.

First impressions were mixed, and many intriguing questions began to emerge.

Would the community play the same role and point when transmitted into chat rooms, zoom sessions, and comment chambers? How can we substitute informal parts of in-person conferences, such as chatting with our favorite speakers after sessions, with virtual alternatives? How would the virtualization of relations (business, mentorships, professional…) reflect to a feeling of belonging to the community?

Microsoft did its best to mitigate the pandemic effects by reinventing a platform for online user groups in 2021. (Did you know that you can join or set up your user group in no time and even request MS speakers to join the sessions? Awesome!). After all, we are the IT sector community, right? We can exist only digitally…right? More or less. Paradoxically, the IT sector was faced with the same lack as any other sector: human presence in the physical world.

During the pandemic, some things deteriorated, but some bright stars emerged. DynamicsCon, a virtual Dynamics 365 and Power Platform conference, made its debut in 2020, bringing some light and refreshment to the community under quarantine. Also, kudos to Power Community, including 365 Saturday Events, for connecting the community worldwide during times of silence.

As the pandemics began to ease in 2020, some took their chances, opened the doors, such as Scottish Summit2020, Community Summit NA 2020, and Directions EMEA 2021, and brought the enthusiasm for live events back on the scene. After two years of almost nothing happening at the site, the community is finally blossoming again, with many live events sprouting up like mushrooms, at least in the USA. But do we still have the same level of diversity as we had before?

Here are the top USA/Europe in-person conferences in 2022/2023. Are you ready to participate, showing up in your best glow? The time has come to sharpen your skills and knowledge, share experiences, meet and mingle, and make the community shine again. Community, here we go!

Where are we now and where we are heading? Map of in-person conferences in post-pandemic period, from 2021 onwards.

USA live conferences

DynamicsCon Live

And here we are, the DUG goes live. This time they are offering a live two-days multi-tracks experience in the breathtaking rustic setting.
🎯Focus: Dynamics365, Dynamics GP, and Power Platform
💵Price: 500$
🗺️Location: Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, San Antonio, Texas
⌛When: September 2022
🌟Experience tops: Content, Venue, Price
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Microsoft Power Platform Conference

We can follow up on the growing popularity and experts' interest in Power Platform events in every corner of Europe. Following the trend, Microsoft powered up its own Power Platform conference.
🎯Focus: Power Platform (Power Apps, Power Automate, Power BI, Power Pages, and Power Virtual Agents)
💵Price: various and depending on packages, from 749$-3349$
🗺️Location: Orlando, Florida
⌛When: September 2022
🌟Experience tops: Main Microsoft Heads as speakers, tech gifts for early birds
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Community Summit North America

If you enjoy large-scale gatherings, the Community Summit NA is the real deal. This year, Dynamic Communities and User Groups are opening their doors to more than 4000 attendees.
🎯Focus: D365 CE/CRM, Power Platform, D365 AX F&O, D365 BC/NAV, Dynamics GP, SL
💵Price: 1199$-1659$
🗺️Location: Gaylord Palms, Orlando, Florida
⌛When: October 2022
🌟Experience tops: Session opportunity (+500), Location
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EUROPE live conferences

BC Tech Days

Powered by Mibuso, BC Tech Days first draws attention with their universe-style cyber-neon website design. But what about the content?
🎯Focus: Dynamics365 BC/NAV Developers
💵Price: 495$-735$
🗺️Location: Kinepolis Event Center Antwerp, Belgium
⌛When: September 2022
🌟Experience tops: Pre-conference Workshops, Location, many speakers from Microsoft Development
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Bizz Summit

From Northwestern Europe, we are moving to the hot South to have a peak at Biz Apps.
🎯Focus: Biz Apps, Dynamics365, Power Platform, and other.
💵Price: Unknown
🗺️Location: Madrid, Spain
⌛When: September 2022
🌟Experience tops: Hackathon, Side events (Kids Session, Charity), Learn Spanish to fill out the forms and understand info from the website.
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Directions EMEA

After Directions 4 Partners paved the way in June with DOK Nordic, we can look forward to their Directions EMEA Conference as the second instalment of the trilogy. Their annual conference program finishes with Directions ASIA in 2023.
🎯Focus: Dynamics365 BC/NAV and Power Platform, Microsoft VAR and ISV Partners
💵Price: 999$-1299$
🗺️Location: Congress Center Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
⌛When: November 2022
🌟Experience tops: Community Awards, Strong Microsoft presence, Women in Dynamics, Travel accessibility
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DynamicsMinds Conference

A new Business Application Community Conference, covering all Dynamics 365 Technologies including Finance and Operations, Business Central, Customer Engagement and Power Platform. A first 3-day in-person event of that kind on European ground after a really long time!
🎯Focus: Dynamics 365 FO, BC, CE and Power Platform Professionals and Microsoft Partners
💵Price: Not published yet
🗺️Location: Convention Center Grand Hotel Bernardin, Portoroz, Slovenia, Europe
⌛When: May 2023
🌟Experience tops: Expert Sessions, Hot-Topic Roundtables, Community Talks, Women in Tech, Witchcraft theme with plenty of gamification
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Just to add, DynamicsMinds Conference is powered by Docentric 🤩. Wait, how? Why!? Well, we’ll write more about that! Stay tuned 🙋‍♀️

Did we miss any live events for D365 Community? Something new is showing up on the site? If so, let us know in the comment section below! We will explore further and update the list of upcoming live events for our Community.

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