Great Start to IBM Think

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The IBM Champion and User Group day was a great start to IBM Think with some interesting sessions, although my morning was busy with delivering a session twice with Tony Holder and delivering a Lightning Talk.

On behalf of OpenNTF we also launched open badges for user groups to thank them for their support of OpenNTF. More open badges will come in the future as we expand the programme further.

Today was also the launch of the new ICON UK website. I agreed somewhere over the Atlantic to be track manager for development, so I’m looking forward to being involved in a new capacity.

Then this afternoon I was very proud to be announced as one of the new tranche of lifetime IBM Champions. It’s an amazing honour to join such an illustrious group. Thanks are due to all who have helped me on this journey, Tim Malone for backing my “where I want to be in five years” vision, Tim Clark for mentoring me and “sending the elevator back down”, Theo Heselmans for my first speaking session at a conference, David Leedy for agreeing to speak with me at Lotusphere and for his awesome work on NotesIn9, and everyone who has read or commented on my blog or open source code. Sharing is most definitely a two-way street. There are no plans to rest on my laurels and reduce my activities, already the opposite.

AUTHOR - Paul Withers

Paul Withers is an IBM Lifetime Champion, has been an OpenNTF Board Member since 2013, has worked with Domino since R4.5, XPages since 2009, co-authored XPages Extension Library and was technical editor for Mastering XPages 2nd Edition. He is one of the developers on OpenNTF Domino API as well as contributor to a variety of other OpenNTF projects. For full bio, see

  • Mick Moignard | Mar 19, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Congratulations. Well deserved.


  • Theo Heselmans | Mar 19, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Glad to have you join ‘the club’. Very well deserved indeed!

  • Sean Cull | Mar 19, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Very well deserved Paul !

  • Philippe Riand | Mar 19, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Well deserved Paul! You’re one of the best ICS evangelist. Congratulations!

  • Mihai Andreicut | Mar 26, 2018 at 6:32 am

    Congratulations !!

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