January 5 by Eric Dreshfield
The new year brings many things…in some parts of the world, it means cold and snowy weather, while is other parts, it means hot weather. Regardless of the weather, and where you are in the world, there are plenty of Salesforce and regional community-led events to get excited about. In fact, there are Salesforce events for all seasons! Below you will find a complete guide of the must-attend Salesforce and Salesforce Community events to be held in 2018.
A Busy January
Salesforce Analytics Campfire
Salesforce brings a one-of-a-kind event to San Francisco on January 11, 2018. This Product Campfire offers participants a unique opportunity to get a look behind the curtain at how Salesforce uses Einstein Analytics across the business. Attendees will see demos, and hear discussions on Analytics at Salesforce from Ketan Karkhanis, Einstein Analytics General Manager and others at Salesforce who are using Einstein Analytics in Sales, Service and Marketing.
Salesforce Lightning Now Tour
The Lightning Now Tour is a 2-day workshop presented by Salesforce, designed to teach you about Lightning Experience and how your organization can benefit from it. Sessions include Lightning Roadmap, Customization, Implementation Considerations and more. You’ll leave with hands-on practice migrating an existing Classic application to Lightning, as well as knowledge on how to customize Lightning pages and build Lightning Components. The Lightning Now Tour will be in New York on January 15-16, 2018 and Boston on January 18-19. Both cities have already closed registration due to reaching capacity, but you can still register if you have a promo code. The Lightning Now Tour also makes a stop in Mexico City, Mexico on January 24-25, 2018.
Tahoe Dreamin’ is January 19 & 20, 2018, at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, in beautiful South Lake Tahoe. Tahoe Dreamin’ is a community-led event which last year featured a keynote address by Sarah Franklin, Senior Vice President, Developer Relations & General Manager, Trailhead at Salesforce. This year’s keynote speakers were just announced: Gillian Bruce and Leah McGowen-Hare, along with a full lineup of breakout sessions for Admins and Developers from awesome community members including Justice Sikakane, Brent Downey, Angela Mahoney and Amy Oplinger. It’s a full day of Salesforce knowledge sharing followed by a day of fun in the snow! For full details visit their website.
NPSP Day is a community organized event that brings together users, consultants, developers and supporters of the Salesforce.org Nonprofit Success Pack. NPSP Day comes to Dallas, TX on January 25, 2018 to help users better understand how to use the Nonprofit Success Pack and be successful. For more details on NPSP Day – Dallas, and to register to attend, please visit their website.
February and March
London’s Calling is February 16, 2018, at Skills Matter | Code Node in London, UK. London’s Calling, now in it’s third year, is Europe’s largest community-led event for Salesforce professionals. The 2018 keynote address will be given by Dr. Sue Black OBE. Check out the complete 2018 schedule here, and watch 2017’s keynote from Peter Coffee here.
The 2nd annual SkiForce event returns to the beautiful Bulgarian mountains on February 28 to March 3, 2017. This 3 1/2 day event focuses on skiing, snowboading and Salesforce. SkiForce is organized by the Sofia, Bulgaria Salesforce Developer Group, lead by Rad Radkova and Borislav Borisov. Speakers and sessions haven’t yet been announced. To stay current on the event visit their website.
Nonprofit Success Pack (NPSP) Sprint
Hosted by Salesforce.org, the Nonprofit Success Pack Sprint comes to Lake Buena Vista, FL on March 5 & 6, 2018. The NPSP Sprint focuses on collaboratively making improvements to the Nonprofit Success Pack in real-time. Attendees discuss enhancements that are needed, then dive right into the open source platform to make the enhancements real. More details and a registration link will be available soon on the Salesforce.org events page.
Salesforce brings its iconic World Tour back to Sydney, Australia on March 6, 2018. While not many details are available yet, like all World Tour events, this promises to be a full day of innovation, inspiration and learning. Registration is now open, and to stay current on details, visit their website.
Snowforce is March 7-9. 2018, at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City, UT. Snowforce is a community-led event featuring a keynote by Matt Evans, Director of Enterprise Strategy, Innovation & Transformation Center, Salesforce. March 7th kicks off the event with a networking dinner from 5pm to 9pm, then a full day of learning on March 8th, followed by a day of networking and fun in the snow at Solitude on March 9th. To register to attend, visit their website.
Punta Dreamin’ is March 9-10, 2018, at Hotel Conrad, Punta del Esta, Uruguay. Punta Dreamin’ 2018 is the second year for this community-led event specifically for the Latin American Salesforce Developer Community. For 2018 Punta Dreamin will feature keynotes from Salesforce’s Community Coordinator, Sofia Rodriguez Mata; Developer Evangelist, Zayne Turner; and Product Manager, Vladimir Gerasimov; as well as Salesforce MVP Don Robins, and a dozen breakout sessions.
The third annual Southeast Dreamin’ is March 15-16, 2018 at the Marriott Buckhead in Atlanta, GA. The call for speakers is open until 5pm EST on Friday, January 26, 2018. Here’s your chance to give something back to the Salesforce Community by presenting your success story. Follow Southeast Dreamin’ on Twitter for updates.
Higher Ed Summit
The 6th annual Higher Ed Summit takes place on March 21-23, 2018 in Washington, DC. Co-hosted by Salesforce.org and Georgetown University, the Summit is 2 1/2 days of innovation and thought-provoking insights from Higher Ed Community leaders. For updates and to register to attend, visit the Higher Ed Summit website.
TrailheaDX, the must attend Salesforce Developer conference, for Admin and Developers, returns to San Francisco on March 28-29, 2018. Registration is open now! The event gives you the opportunity to get hands-on learning direct from Salesforce engineers, product leaders and the community. This event has sold out the past two years and is likely to do so again, so register early!
April through July
Salesforce World Tour – Washington, DC, Boston & New York
Salesforce brings its iconic World Tour to Washington, DC on April 4, 2018, to Boston, MA on April 5, 2018 and to New York, NY on April 26, 2018. While not many details are available yet, like all World Tour events, this promises to be a full day of innovation, inspiration and learning. Registration has not opened yet for either location. To stay current on details, visit the Salesforce Events website.
Dreamole, Spain’s largest community event for Salesforce professionals returns for a second year on April 27th, 2018. It’s being held in Barcelona, Spain. Holly Firestone, Director of Community, Salesforce; and Zayne Turner, Developer Evangelist, Salesforce, are listed as the Keynote speakers. Dreamole is currently accepting speaker applications. For more event details, please visit their website.
PhillyForce, Philadelphia’s annual community led Salesforce conference will be returning for it’s 6th year in 2018 as an affiliate event of Philly Tech Week. PhillyForce takes place on April 30, 2018, at World Live Cafe. Watch meetup for more details. Interested speakers and sponsor should contact the PhillyForce organizers.
Force Academy LA
Force Academy LA is expected to return to Los Angeles, CA in early May, 2018. Force Academy LA takes a unique approach to a Salesforce community-led event. Every session is focuses on getting the attendees hands-on experience through training, rather than simply presenting static slides. There’s usually sessions for all levels of Salesforce Admins and Developers too. Watch their website for an impending 2018 announcement soon.
Salesforce World Tour – Toronto, London, Paris & Cebit-Hannover
Salesforce brings its iconic World Tour back to Toronto, Ontario, Canada on May 3, 2018; London, UK on May 17, 2018; Paris, France on June 6, 2018; and Cebit-Hannover on June 11 to 15, 2018. While details are available yet, like all World Tour events, these events promise to be full of innovation, inspiration and learning. Registration has not opened yet for any location. To stay current on details, visit the Salesforce Events website.
Apttus brings the Intelligent Quote-to-Cash gathering of the year back to San Francisco, on May 14 – 16, 2018. It’s more than just a Quote-to-Cash conference. In the past there has been a track dedicated to CRM admins, Legal professionals, and more. For 2018, the Palace of Fine Arts plays host to Apttus Accelerate. Why attend Accelerate? 93% of previous attendees said the investment in the conference was a good value for the time/money, and 96% of previous attendees said they left feeling inspired and motivated to perform better. New year, new venue, new excitement. Watch the website for all the details, and while you are there, check out all the awesome content from 2017!
Texas Dreamin’, the “Texas-sized Ohana Community Event” returns to Austin, TX, on June 14-15, 2018. The second annual Texas Dreamin’ promises to be bigger and better than 2017. Watch the website for updates.
DayDreamin’ at 5280
The Salesforce User Groups in Colorado join forces to host the 2nd annual DayDreamin’ at 5280 on July 11, 2018 in the Mile High city of Denver, CO. This half-day event features talks by Cheryl Porro and Peter Coffee, along with ample networking time. For details please visit their website.
Midwest Dreamin’ returns to Chicago for the 5th year in a row, coming back to the Palmer House – a Hilton Hotel, for a 2nd year on July 12 & 13, 2018. In past years, Midwest Dreamin’ has had such notable speakers from Salesforce including Peter Coffee, Erica Kuhl, Vala Afshar and Dan Darcy, along with an awesome cast of about 30 members of the Salesforce Community presenting breakout sessions. Watch their website for updates on speakers, sessions and registration opening up.
The definitive event for Salesforce Women in Tech, WITness Success, is back for it’s second year! This time coming to Denver, CO, on July 27 & 28, 2018. The focus of the event is to empower, support and invest in Salesforce Women in Tech user group members and leaders by helping them learn, grow and excel in their careers, as well as becoming role models and mentors. 2017 included keynote talks by Nora Poggi, Director and filmmaker of She Started It, along with Salesforce notables Ayori Selassie and Cheryl Porro. 2017 also kicked off with a dinner open to Allies, a.k.a., men. I would expect 2018 to be similarly structured. Watch their website for updates.
Nonprofit Success Pack (NPSP) Sprint
Hosted by Salesforce.org, the Nonprofit Success Pack Sprint comes to Denver, CO July 31 to August 1, 2018. The NPSP Sprint focuses on collaboratively making improvements to the Nonprofit Success Pack in real-time. Attendees discuss enhancements that are needed, then dive right into the open source platform to make the enhancements real. More details and a registration link will be available soon on the Salesforce.org events page.
Down Under Dreamin’ – Sydney
Down Under Dreamin’ Sydney Edition took place in August, 2017. It featured keynotes from Peter Coffee, Erica Kuhl and Andrew O’Keeffe, author of Hardwired Humans. While the 2018 date hasn’t been announced yet, look for this great community event to return to Sydney in July, 2018. Watch their website or follow the event on Twitter for updates.
August and Beyond
Forcelandia, the premier community event for the Salesforce Developer, returns to Portland, OR, on August 8 & 9, 2018. Forcelandia promises an eclectic mix of APIs and IPAs, along with sessions on the programmatic side of the Salesforce Platform. Whether you build with clicks or code, Forcelandia is a must attend event. Stay up to date by checking their website.
Dreamforce, the largest technology and learning event of the year, returns to San Francisco on September 25-28, 2018, and just like previous Dreamforce events, promises to be inspiring, motivating and educational. Dreamforce has its own channel on YouTube to see what you missed from 2017.
Nonprofit Success Pack (NPSP) Sprint
Hosted by Salesforce.org, the Nonprofit Success Pack Sprint comes to Portland, OR, on October 24 – 25, 2018. The NPSP Sprint focuses on collaboratively making improvements to the Nonprofit Success Pack in real-time. Attendees discuss enhancements that are needed, then dive right into the open source platform to make the enhancements real. More details and a registration link will be available soon on the Salesforce.org events page.
French Touch Dreamin’, a French event for the European Salesforce Community, returns to Paris, France on November 15, 2018. in 2017 it included keynote addresses from Shawna Wolverton, Ludovic Ulrich and Wade Wegner. Details for 2018 are not yet available – check their website or watch Twitter for updates.
There’s a new “Dreamin'” for 2018! Northeast Dreamin’ is coming to Manchester, NH on November 16, 2018. That’s all that is known about the event at this point. Watch their website and follow them on Twitter to stay up to date!
India Dreamin’ – the worlds largest community-led Salesforce conference, returns to Noida, India, on December 1 & 2, 2018. Organizers say it will be bigger and bolder than 2017. Watch their website and follow the event on Twitter to stay up to date.
Down Under Dreamin’ – Brisbane Edition
An event called OzDreamin’ took place in December, 2017, in Brisbane, Australia. It featured a keynote by community greats Mark Tossell and Kyla Longe. While the 2018 date hasn’t been announced yet, what seems clear is that the event will now be called Down Under Dreamin’ – Brisbane Edition is likely to take place in December, 2018. Watch the website and follow the event on Twitter to stay up to date.