IMCCA Announces Collaboration Thanksgiving Webcast

Symposium to Address UCC Industry Changes & Adaptations Resulting from Global Pandemic  Highlights Include Presentation of IMCCA Industry Impact Awards to Recognize Outstanding Contributions

September 21, 2020, New York, NY — IMCCA, a non-profit industry association for Unified Communication and Collaboration (UCC), is hosting a webcast on November 17, 2020 to discuss how the Covid19 pandemic has affected the industry, how organizations responded and what can be expected going forward.

The IMCCA Collaboration Thanksgiving Webcast, in lieu of the originally planned UC Week Silicon Valley, will include a panel discussion by industry experts offering insight into what role the industry has played in sustaining businesses during the pandemic and what the future may look like going forward, and an end-user panel that will share plans and experiences to better help attendees grasp the benefits of new working models that were devised to adapt to the unusual situation.

“The power and value of remote visual collaboration was tested and proven just weeks into the shutdown caused by the virus, as businesses, schools and other entities pivoted their conventional models of in-person environments to accommodate remote workers,” said Carol Zelkin, Executive Director, IMCCA. “It’s a new chapter for UCC technology and our Collaboration Thanksgiving Webcast will bring to light the further benefits of remote visual collaboration as the many effects of the virus continue to unfold.”

A highlight of the event will be a presentation of IMCCA Industry Impact Awards to UCC organizations that are deserving of recognition for their contributions and outstanding support during the pandemic. Nominees for the Industry Impact Awards were selected by IMCCA Executive Board and Board Members. A panel of five independent industry expert judges will select three nominees from each of four categories, and the results will be announced during the program. Categories include Collaboration Platforms; Hardware and Peripherals; Integrators and Service Providers; and Distributors and Miscellaneous Organizations. Judges are Irwin Lazar of Nemertes Research; Blair Pleasant of Commfusion; Dan Ferrisi of Sound & Communications; Roopam Jain of Frost & Sullivan; and Tim Banting of Omdia.

The Collaboration Thanksgiving Webcast, to be hosted and moderated by IMCCA board members, is another of IMCCA’s undertakings to provide support and guidance for the UCC industry notes Ms. Zelkin. Additional actions to date include educational webinars, IMCCA member pandemic video updates, weekly virtual social gatherings, and others via IMCCA’s Pandemic Support page on the IMCCA website (

The Collaboration Thanksgiving Webcast is scheduled to begin at 11:00 am EDT and 4:00 pm UK on November 17, 2020. Registration is available online at Those registered will be sent a personalized link to join.

To learn more about the IMCCA Collaboration Thanksgiving Webcast and sponsorship opportunities, contact Carol Zelkin, Executive Director at 516-818-8184 or email at

IMCCA is a not-for-profit user application and industry focused association with membership comprised of service and product providers, consultants, and users. Members benefit from the understanding and the use of various interactive and collaborative communications technologies in their professional and everyday lives.

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