Microsoft Ignite 2020 | PixelMill’s Session Picks for Power Users

Registration is now open for Ignite! Microsoft’s annual developer and IT conference will take place virtually from September 22nd – 24th.  Over 700 sessions will run 24 hours a day until 8:00 a.m. PST on Thursday, September 24th, ranging from keynotes to digital breakout sessions, ask the expert panels to pre-recorded on-demand sessions. 

Are you experiencing session overload? You’re not alone! Our team curated their session agendas with care and we want to share them with you!  

There are sessions for multiple types of users and we’re sharing our picks of must-attend sessions in a few blog posts for Power Users, Microsoft Administrators, and Microsoft Developers. 

Avoid FOMO! 

Note that some sessions encourage greater interaction between participants and require an RSVP. As space is limited and several sessions are already full, be sure to sign up ASAP! Also, some sessions will be presented more than once to accommodate people in different time zones. 

PixelMill’s Power User Ignite Agenda: 

As a Power User myself, my session agenda focuses on learning more about how to more fully utilize Microsoft 365 in remote work environments, Project Cortex, and using Microsoft 365 for Firstline workers.  

Microsoft is launching a new site next week called the Virtual Hub that will host additional opportunities to learn more about Microsoft 365 applications. 

Here are some of our top picks for Microsoft Power Users for the ignite content. All times are listed  Pacific Daylight Time.

Tuesday, September, 22 

8:15 am– 9:15 am Satya Nadella Key Segment – Building Digital resilience  

10:00 am –10:20 am Jared Spataro – The Future of Work 

11:30 am-12:00 pm Brad Anderson – Playing chess on a trampoline: How to innovate in an era of Uncertainty  

12:15 pm -12:45 pm Jeff Teper – Enabling collaboration, communication, and knowledge sharing with Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, Project Cortex and more  

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Chris McNulty – Project Cortex: Knowledge discovery and content intelligence in Microsoft 365 

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Sue Hanley, Shafina Hassam, Curtis Jonstone, John Peluso – How Microsoft 365 enables true productivity – Real world stories from the community (need to RSVP) 

3:15 pm -3:45 pm – Kristina Behr and Mark Kroese – Digitally Transform an Essential Part of your Organization, the Firstline Workforce 


Wednesday, September, 23 

9:00 am 9:30 am Mitra Azizirad – Envisioning the Future: How Microsoft Approaches Innovation 

10:00 am – 10:30 am Brad Anderson, Panos Panay – Panos and Brad Unplugged – a conversation about new hybrid workstyles with Windows and Microsoft 365 

12:15 pm– 12:45 pm – Dan Holme, Murali Sitaram – Employee Engagement and Communities in Microsoft 365  

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm – Marios Stavropoulos, Stephaen Sicilliano – Automate your desktop with Power Automate 

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Atanu Banerjee, Kamal Janardhan, Daniel Popper, Leanna Rob, Scott Ruble – Ask the Expert: Bring harmony to work and life with insights from MyAnalytics and Workplace Analytics 


Some of the sessions require an RSVP and will have limited capacity and several popular topics are already full. 

Watch On Demand  

Additional topics we’re interested in that will be available through the Virtual Hub starting September 22nd :

Get started with Microsoft Lists by Lincoln DeMaris and Bharath Manoj Manda              

Microsoft Teams ❤ Microsoft Lists by Michael W. Lam and Ansuman Acharya 

Get more done with Microsoft Planner by Si Meng 

Managing task capabilities across Microsoft 365 by Holly Pollock 

Automate your Planner tasks workflow by Jackie Duong 

Ask the Expert

Our President & Co-Founder, Eric Overfield, will be moderating the following sessions: 

It can be quite challenging to stay up-to-date on all that’s changing in the Microsoft ecosystem, but Microsoft Ignite is a great way to get up to speed quickly. If you’re not able to attend, have no fear! Remember that many sessions will be available on demand. Plus, we are offering a webinar to recap the important updates and topics.

Webinar | Through the Looking Glass: A Review of Microsoft Ignite 2020 

Thursday, September 24th from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM PST 

Register for the webinar! 

Join Microsoft MVP’s Eric Overfield (@EricOverfield) and a panel of special guests from the Microsoft community for the next episode of the PixelMill WebinarsSharePoint and Microsoft 365 continue to grow and mature. It keeps us users on our toes to stay up to date. And what better way to do that than with a team who has the inside track to all this craziness? If you’re unable to attend Microsoft’s biggest conference of the year, but don’t want to miss out on all the exciting announcements this one’s for you! Not only will you get updates on where Microsoft’s headed, but Eric and friends will give you their predictions for the future of the digital workspace as it relates to Microsoft’s initiatives and how your organization can capitalize on the latest and greatest. 

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