TeamsFest | October 2020


Welcome to TeamsFest!

TeamsFest is a 100% free, 100% community driven conference dedicated to Microsoft Teams. It aims to bring together exceptional technical talent and thought leaders to democratise Teams knowledge, encourage participation in the Teams community and give those who are struggling financially an opportunity to attend a first class Teams conference

Organised by Chris Hoard, Adam Deltinger, Vesku Nopanen and Chris Webb, this will be our third TeamsFest – and we’ll look to build on the success of the first two events

Date: Wednesday 7th October
Time: 08:00am BST/09:00am CEST – 17.30pm BST/18.30pm CEST

Call for Speakers: Monday 22nd June – Friday 31st July 2020
Call for Speakers site:

We have a lot more details to share. We are currently working hard on the setup and look forward to you joining us on 7th October

Confirmed Speakers


Ilya Bukshteyn (US) | Twitter: here
As a Partner level Director at Microsoft, I am currently leading a team responsible for the strategy, product delivery, and business results of Intelligent Devices for Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business. My achievements to date include creating a devices portfolio strategy across first party devices, such as Surface Hub, as well as 3rd party devices from partners such as Polycom, Crestron, Logitech, Yealink, Plantronics, and Jabra, leading the creation and delivery of a new generation of devices optimized for Microsoft Teams, including IP desk phones running the Teams application, and a new generation of Microsoft Teams Rooms systems, and defining and delivering differentiating capabilities across devices for Intelligent Communications, including integration of the Cortana personal assistant and other Microsoft AI technologies in Teams devices


Anna Chu (Australia) | Twitter: here
As Microsoft 365 Product Marketing Manager, I launched the Microsoft Tech Community (Sept 1, 2016) to engage with the IT Pro audience. Starting from 0, this community now has just under 400k members and reaches 3.1M unique visitors monthly. This involves continuous partnerships between engineering and marketing to create opportunities for users to with Microsoft, to share critical product feedback and enable best practice sharing between customers. This facilitates a natural feedback loop between the people who build Microsoft 365 products and services and the people who implement them


Vesa Juvonen (Finland) | Twitter: here
Principal Program Manager in SharePoint/OneDrive engineering responsible for the developer ecosystem engagement worldwide, including documentation, guidance, sample, and open-source activities. Before that in Senior Program Manager role at Office 365 CXP/CAT team and Principal Consultant at Microsoft Enterprise Services. Executing programs like SharePoint/Office 365 Patterns and Practices and Office 365 Dedicated JDP for add-in model transition


Mark Kashman (US) | Twitter: here
Mark is a senior product manager on the SharePoint team focused primarily on SharePoint in Office 365. He has worked at MSFT since 2000. He started working with SharePoint building a digital asset management (DAM) solution built on top of SharePoint 2007 (IMM, the Interactive Media Manager) before moving to the SharePoint team. He lives in the Sammamish, WA area and enjoys kayaking, soccer, hiking, Dad’ness, and quiet-bird-chirping moments for reading and writing books – when not playing that darned addictive Bejeweled


Pouneh Kaufman (US) | Twitter: here
Working in CSE, driving collaboration, communication and online meeting experiences that deliver highly productive work environment for all end users through Microsoft Teams and O365 services. Applying end user insights and partnerships with engineering and business stakeholders to influence product direction, validating product readiness and enabling rich productivity experiences. As the Team Productivity Product Owner of Microsoft Teams and Office 365 services, I enable user-centric experiences that transcend technology and workflows to cutting edge digital and flexible workspace that drive greater productivity, and increase levels of engagement and satisfaction


Laurie Pottmeyer (US) | Twitter: here
Laurie has spent 15 years at Microsoft managing user adoption and pre-release programs for Live Meeting, OCS, Lync, Skype for Business and Teams – helping to build better products and helping organizations mobilize people to use them.  Laurie’s current role as Community Lead for Microsoft Teams is unique and demonstrates the commitment from Teams engineering to understand, listen, and build a high-quality product around the needs of users. She manages the virtual Microsoft Tech Community, creating a robust network of worldwide community events and user groups, and continues to mobilize the MVP Community to share their expertise around Microsoft Teams.  Laurie’s always listening for success stories, looking to connect people, and learning through experience


Jeff Teper (US) | Twitter: here
I lead engineering teams for Microsoft 365, including Teams, OneDrive, and SharePoint, that empower more than one billion people around the world to collaborate at work, home, and school. After more than 25 years at Microsoft, I’m still inspired by our core mission — connecting people everywhere with tools and technologies to create, build, and achieve more together. I joined Microsoft as a developer evangelist because I believed in empowering others with the Microsoft platform. Today, I’m still inspired by those principles as we deliver what’s next for Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, and OneDrive. When I’m not working, you may find me preparing for my next marathon, binging Disney movies with my family, or listening to my all-time favourite band- those boys from Liverpool


Mike Tholfsen (US) | Twitter: here
Responsible for Microsoft’s inclusive classroom product strategy, focusing on empowering students of all abilities including reading, writing, math, communication and focus. Leading the Immersive Reader set of products, which help students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, as well as non-native speakers and emerging readers. Recently announced Immersive Reader has 23,000,000 monthly active users across all apps and platforms. Leading the OneNote Education product strategy and roadmap for Class and Staff Notebooks, as well and Professional Learning Communities. Also work on Microsoft Teams for Education integration with OneNote