What to Expect

For the first time ever, POWERUp is going virtual! And as always, it will still be an immersive conference experience that promises the best of what COMMON in-person conferences have offered over the last 60 years… just in a virtual format.


What Didn’t Change?

  • Same breadth of education offering nearly 250 sessions organized into Education Modules

  • Industry-expert speakers delivering high-quality content

  • The largest Expo of its kind highlighting 60+ solution providers

  • Hands-on labs to interactive training

  • Invaluable networking opportunities to connect with fellow attendees, industry experts, and vendor partners

  • Knowledge that you can put into immediate action in your job

  • Four days that you'll want to mark on your calendars, and set aside time, to fully take advantage of all the learning, networking, and "face-to-face" networking opportunities


What’s New?

  • A virtual format that promises a robust, immersive experience

  • Educational content organized into modules, each with a defined task and business objective

  • Live panel discussion and Q&A with module presenters after each set of sessions

  • An interactive Expo experience where you can learn about each partner, chat, and have a face-to-face conversation

  • Lunch-n-Learn sessions with our vendor partners for expert insight into leading solutions and products available in the industry

  • Virtual networking events for fun, continued learning, and catching up with friends face-to-face

  • Access to session recordings after the end of the conference

  • No travel required – stay safe


So, you can expect from POWERUp 2020 what you’ve always come to expect from COMMON, even if the format is just a bit different. Leading educational content that you can put to immediate use, networking opportunities to get your questions answered and make friends, and the largest IBM i-related Expo of its kind.

Have More Questions?


What are Education Modules?

Education Modules consist of two sessions, one hour each, on a given topic with a defined task and business objective. They include live chat with the presenters during the sessions, and are immediately followed by a 30-minute live discussion/Q&A with the module presenters.

All educational content in POWERUp 2020 is organized this way, so that you can take away a specific skillset, or problem resolution, from each Education Module that you can immediately put into action in your job.
  • 2 sessions on a given topic + 1 live discussion with topic presenters = 1 Education Module

How will Expo Work?

COMMON's POWERUp events have always provided the largest IBM i-related Expo of its kind, and this time it will be no different featuring nearly 60 of our vendor partners who continue to support us and the rest of this community. The virtual Expo provides access to these exhibitors, where you can visit their booths, review their collateral, have a one-on-one chat with experts, Zoom off into a meeting for face-to-face discussion, and take part in their giveaways. And don't forget you can still play Passport to Prizes for your chance to win some cool stuff that we'll ship to you directly!

What Networking Events are Planned?

As a user group, networking is at the heart of what COMMON has offered for the past 60 years. A virtual format just gives us with more opportunities to engage with our attendees, and provide different formats for our community to engage and learn from one another. Whether it's Ask the Experts, or Fun and Games, or celebrating our volunteers, the evening events are sure to be a blast. Grab your drink of choice, and continue the conversation with live face-to-face interaction with your fellow attendees.

What are Lunch-n-Learn Sessions?

One of the pillars of COMMON events is providing access to the leading solution providers within this community. These are our vendor partners, and provide some of the most innovative products and solutions to meet the business needs of our community. They are industry experts and award-winning speakers, and the Lunch-n-Learn sessions provide you with an unprecedented opportunity to learn from their knowledge. Just grab your lunch and choose your content.

How will I know when to attend a specific education module?

Similar to the in-person conference, the virtual POWERUp will run on a schedule so you'll know exactly when each module starts and ends. The same applies to all the Lunch-n-Learn sessions, and the evening networking sessions. The schedule for the full conference, including the Friday workshops, can be found here - start planning!

How long will session recordings be available?

All educational sessions with an Educational Module will be available as recorded sessions after the event for registered attendees. Members will receive access for 14 days after the event, through October 2nd; non-members will receive access for 7 days after the event, through September 25th.

This value-added benefit allows attendees to go back and review sessions they attended, or watch sessions they were not able to attend during the event.

Are there any special software or technical requirements to participate?

All aspects of POWERUp can be done via a web browser and the free Zoom Client for Meetings, so as long as you're able to browse the internet and have taken part in Zoom meetings during this pandemic, you should be all set. Snacks and drinks to enjoy the full days of learning and interaction are encouraged... your choice!