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Quickbase’s Guide to Empower 2019

Written By: Jessica Hawley
May 10, 2019
9 min read

Welcome to the Ultimate Guide to Empower 2019– your one-stop-shop for the who, what, when, why, and how of Quickbase’s annual user conference. In the months leading up to the event, this blog post will be updated regularly with the latest announcements and helpful event information. Bookmark this page and check back often!

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What is Empower 2019?

Each year, Quickbase customers from around the world get together for 3 days of learning, networking, and a lot of fun. While you may call it a user conference, we see it as much more. Empower is a chance for Quickbase users of every skill level, new and old customers across every industry, our most dedicated and passionate builders, employees, and partners to all be in the same room. The amount of idea sharing and knowledge exchange that happens is truly inspiring, and we see firsthand how putting the right technology in the hands of the people closest to the work empowers them to make a bigger impact for their companies and get noticed for their efforts. There’s nothing better than feeling the energy and seeing the innovation that happens in just a few days at Empower. See for yourself:

You may want to participate in the app-a-thon, learn from experts in breakout sessions, or simply network and attend parties (and there are certainly a lot of those). Whatever your motivation, you can expect to leave the conference with actionable tips and tricks, new Quickbase contacts, knowledge of what’s ahead on Quickbase’s product roadmap, amazing new app ideas, and be totally fired up about how you can make a difference for your company (and your career) with Quickbase!

Past attendees have said EMPOWER gave them the tools and motivation to solve even bigger problems for their companies. Are you ready?

What’s New in 2019?

If you’ve been to Empower before, you’ll be excited to hear there’s a number of new and exciting additions to look forward to this year. Here’s what’s new:

Networking Sessions

Want to easily connect with others in your industry? We’re scheduling formal time blocks for networking sessions where you can speak with and learn from others who understand your unique challenges. Choose from the following industries: Construction, HR, Finance, Small Business, Higher Ed, Healthcare, IT, Process Ops/Excellence, Manufacturing. These sessions will last for 75 minutes, and will be followed by a networking party in the Exhibit Hall!

Quick Hits

Join these 1.5 hour blocks of three 20-minute mini sessions taking place on Wednesday afternoon. We’ll have 24 sessions with 5-6 running concurrently. You’ll grow your skills and learn how to do something in Quickbase in 20 minutes. Stay tuned for more information on what each mini sessions will cover.

Channel Sales Session

This session is for people who deliver (or want to deliver) custom solutions to their clients with Quickbase or that have developed (or want to develop) their own IP on Quickbase to sell. The session is informational and will include a panel featuring current partners chatting about their experience.

Advanced Sessions

If you have a reputation of being a Quickbase expert at your company, these sessions are for you. If you’ve been using Quickbase for years, you’ll be right at home in advanced sessions.


We’ll share the latest announcements here leading up to the event, so check back for things like session tracks, the 2019 keynote speaker, and customer award finalists.

Attend the Women’s Breakfast

Wednesday June 12 7:30-9:15 am.

Did you know that almost half of Quickbase builders are women? Join us for our second annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast, providing an opportunity to gain career insights and network with your Quickbase peers.

This year’s speaker is Julian Guthrie, a best-selling author, keynote speaker and journalist.

7:30 a.m.– 7:40 a.m. Breakfast/Networking
7:40 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. Presentation by Julian Guthrie
8:20 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Round table Discussions
8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Networking
9:10 a.m.– 9:15 a.m. Toast: to all of the victories!

Come and join us and get empowered!

Quickbase Customer Awards

Customer Awards are all about the awesome work you, a colleague, or an industry peer is doing that deserves recognition. These awards help shine a spotlight on those who are creating a major impact in their organization with Quickbase.

Quickbase Customer Awards Finalists Announced!

With Empower quickly approaching, it’s time to announce the 2019 Customer Award finalists! Each year we recognize both Individuals and companies recognized for their excellence in using Quickbase to do what matters in their organizations. In a tremendously competitive landscape this year, we are proud to have a community of such outstanding customers who are creating digital transformations across their organization and driving tremendous value every day.

While you’re at EMPOWER, be sure to strike up a conversation with the following finalists and tap into their vast pool of Quickbase knowledge – they are fantastic resources and have proven they can utilize Quickbase to drive tremendous business impact.

We’re excited to share the following list of exceptional individuals and companies that have been selected as finalists:

The Pathfinder Award

To the organization that uses Quickbase to move the needle in new and different ways by reimagining how their business succeeds. This organization thrives on making the best decisions with the latest information, proving that faster is the new smarter.

Lighthouse Electric

The Impact Award

To the organization that demonstrates the results of driving ideas into action for their organizations every day. These organizations show what an agile business can deliver with engaged leaders, empowered employees, and innovative ideas

Farmers Insurance
Geisinger Health Plan
Vivid Biosciences

The Catalyst Award

To the organization that creates a culture in which motivated people are empowered people. These organizations smash the limitations of “who” and “how” with the power of “wherever” and “whenever.”

Work for Progress

The Hero Award

To the person for whom innovation has become part of the job. This person empowers entire teams and businesses with the confidence and courage needed to make a real impact on their organizations and the Quickbase community.

Heather Bryant, IFM Platform Manager | Able Services
Executive Director | Orleans Parish Communication District
Nathan Call, Chief Product Officer | Jump

What are Quickbase Customer Awards?

The Quickbase Customer Awards celebrate those who bring dynamic change to their businesses and the Quickbase community through team innovation and individual contribution. These builders constantly strive to find better solutions to everyday challenges and we’re honored to celebrate their success.

If a specific person is standing out in your mind who has demonstrated Quickbase excellence through innovation, collaboration, and integrity, we recommend you nominate them for an award.

How are finalists selected?

Finalists and winners are selected by a broad panel of Quickbase employees representing every department in the company.

What do finalists receive?

All finalists receive:

  • Complimentary passes to Empower 2019 (2 for organizational awards, 1 for individual awards)
  • Recognition in front of their peers at Empower 2019
  • Dedicated blog post roundup

Read about the finalists from Empower 2018 here, and learn what it takes to win a customer award.

Nominations are closed!

Event Logistics

When and where

Empower 2019 will take place June 10 – 13th, 2019 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami, Florida.

How much does Empower 2019 cost?

Full Conference Passes are $999 at full price. The earlier you purchase tickets, the deeper the discount you’ll receive. Our Early Bird deal is currently running. Register now to save $100 on your Full Conference Pass!

All meals are included with your Empower pass. Depending on where you’re located, you’ll want to factor in airfare and hotel costs into the total budget. We recommend you reserve your room as soon as possible if you plan on attending.

Plan your Schedule

Each year, we create session tracks that feature breakout sessions around similar themes and topics that we think could be appealing to builders and users of the same Quickbase skill level.

Build Your Foundation

For new builders and users or those who want a refresher on the basics, this session track will help you establish a sturdy foundation in Quickbase fundamentals. You’ll leave the conference with knowledge of data modeling, relationships and formulas, forms, reporting, dashboards, roles and permissions – and hopefully having built your first app! Some sessions will focus on app planning best practices, deployment, and management so you’ll be armed with knowledge to design apps your end users will love to use.

Build to New Heights

Native Advanced

Ready to push Quickbase to the limit? This session track is for advanced builders, with topics including formula URLs, automations, creating reports your way, and how to build high performing apps.

Non-native Advanced

Learn how to expand and extend your reach with Quickbase in these sessions. Topics include managing round-trip emails and SMS, advanced Quickbase API, and a Quickbase + Power BI deep dive.

New Features

If you’re all about jumping head first into new features, this track may be for you. You’ll learn how to leverage Quickbase’s powerful new features, including topics around building for mobile, security and compliance, and Kanban boards.

Master our most exciting features of this year and learn about upcoming Quickbase enhancements at our New Features session track. If you’re looking to dive in to best practices for developing apps for mobile, discover new report components that will deliver your data faster, cleaner, and more interactively, or get a sneak peek of our upcoming new sandbox capability, this track has it all!

Build Your Ecosystem

Check out this track on best practices and instruction for maximizing the strategic power of Quickbase. We’ll cover everything from integrations (all that’s possible!), governance frameworks, and staying on your IT team’s good side.

Build Your Network

Many of our customers say working with other Quickbase builders has been key to growing their knowledge. We’re lucky to have a diverse and expansive customer universe, with builders of all skill levels, from every industry, and across locations around the world. We’ll be offering a variety of events and sessions to help you meet other in your industry who are using Quickbase in a similar role. Look for customer panels, industry expert talks, and Q&A sessions!

“Everything about Empower was so impactful to me and my organization. Some of our best app ideas have come directly from the breakout sessions. Hearing how others use Quickbase helps us to dream bigger.” – Kelly Hayes, Senior Business Analyst, CCI Systems

Which session track suits you best? And remember, these tracks are just a guide – you can mix and match across session tracks as you please and attend any session you’d like.

Almost all sessions are announced!

We’ll be updating this blog post frequently. Check back for the latest promotions, announcements, and inspiration!

Written By: Jessica Hawley
Jessica Hawley is a marketing manager at Quickbase, focused on SEO, content and social media.