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Social Connections is the international user group for HCL Connections and is the place-to-be to discuss topics such as the future of work, social collaboration and enterprise social networks. This year sees the 15th Social Connections, which is taking place in Munich this time.

It is also the first important meeting of this user group after HCL became the official owner of the former IBM Collaboration portfolio. We are looking forward to hearing the official announcements and presentations that were postponed over the last weeks and months during the takeover. This includes information about how HCL plans to support Universities in terms of (cost-free) academic software licences and especially the continuation of the University Competence Center for Collaboration Technology (UCT). Does HCL want us to continue our research projects on UniConnect, such as IndustryConnect and our many Domino student projects? Do they want us to keep putting our resources into the complex hosting activities required to provide access to their collaboration product portfolio for other universities?  We will meet and inform everyone as soon as we know more.

Under the headline “More than selfies and cat pictures: How the UCT teaches future superstars to use collaboration technologies in business scenarios” our team members Sebastian Bahles and Söhnke Grams will give a presentation about how to structure the complex world of collaboration in student classes. The UCT provides the UniConnect platform, which is based on HCL Connections and used by more than 40 universities for teaching and research projects. Lecturers from different disciplines also use the “Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)” course material which has been continuously developed by the UCT and is used for teaching in several member institutions including the University of Koblenz-Landau, EURO FH Hamburg and more. Groupwork is studied from a technical, organizational and also sociological point of view. Companies using collaboration technologies are also adapting our material, such as the 8C Framework and the IRESS Framework as “academic infusion” to complement their internal employee training.

Join us @Social Connections 15: https://socialconnections.info/sessions/more-than-selfies-and-cat-pictures-how-the-uct-teaches-future-superstars-to-use-collaboration-technologies-in-business-scenarios/