2020 has been a year like no other.  A horrific pandemic spread across the world bringing with it health devastation and economic destruction.  One of the only bright spots to come out of this year is the proof that UC and Collaboration tools work as well as we have been saying they do for many years.  Knowledge workers around the world have proven that a hybrid working model – with remote connections when necessary and in person attendance only when needed – will be the model that organizations use for many years to come.

 

The IMCCA, the non-profit industry association for unified communications and collaboration, was forced to cancel our planned, in-person October Collaboration Week events along with all the other in-person conferences in the world until the pandemic has passed.  However, we did not want this year to end without acknowledging the role that UCC has played in sustaining businesses across the globe. 

 

On November 17th at 11am EST, 4pm UK, The IMCCA will hold a celebratory webcast to discuss how this year has changed our industry, how the post-pandemic world will shake-out, and to honor our industry members that truly stepped-up during the crisis.  An IMCCA Collaboration Thanksgiving / IMCCA Gives Thanks will be hosted and moderated by a number of IMCCA board members, and will include panel discussions with industry experts explaining what has happened and what the future looks like, a panel discussion of end-users sharing their plans and experiences, and the presentation of awards to industry organizations that are deserving of recognition.  See the full program here and the panelists announced to date here.

 

The IMCCA Board of Directors and Executive Board have nominated 41 organizations to be recognized for their outstanding and game-changing contributions to the industry and to society during the COVID19 pandemic.   Nominations took place in four categories:

 

  • Collaboration Platforms

  • Hardware & Peripherals

  • Integrators & Service Providers

  • Distributors & Miscellaneous Organizations

 

A group of five impartial, expert judges selected three of the nominees for recognition in each category, and will present them with an IMCCA Industry Impact Award, highlighting and honoring their outstanding contributions during this horrific yet perfect storm of a year for collaboration. 

Irwin Lazar of Nemertes Research is the lead judge, and is joined by the following distinguished panel of fellow judges:

 

 

 

 

For more information and sponsorship / participation opportunities contact Carol Zelkin: Czelkin@IMCCA.org

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