Janus Boye

10 years with J. Boye conferences

J. Boye Aarhus 2014 will be the 10th anniversary conference held by J. Boye.

As you can imagine much has happened since we launched the conference in 2005 under the name cmf2005. Back then focus was primarily on content management, but as time passed the scope of the conference broadened. Now, we explore subjects and challenges relevant for all digital professionals.

The digital landscape has changed drastically since 2005, but the main objective of the conference remains the same. We still strive towards creating an open-minded conference with a campus like atmosphere for digital professionals. A forum where you can meet and exchange experiences and knowledge in a professional, yet informal setting without the pressure from vendors. This is evident throughout the conference and its social events, which offers unrivalled networking opportunities.

Today the J. Boye Conferences have become benchmark events for experts and practitioners in the industry. We continue to perfect all aspects of the conferences and we still work hard to attract the best speakers.

We hope to see you (again) and we guarantee that you will have an inspiring and enlightening time!

Best regards,

Janus Boye & the J. Boye Team

Previous J. Boye Conferences

Philadelphia 14

Aarhus 13

Philadelphia 13

Aarhus 12

Philadelphia 12

Aarhus 11

Philadelphia 11

Aarhus 10

Philadelphia 10

The second J. Boye conference in the US featured 8 tracks on higher education, online strategy, user experience, web content management, intranet, e-health, online communication, and web project management. The social business and the social web was a big theme with a keynote from Peter Kim on designing a social business and multiple case studies on driving participating and generating business from collaboration. Permeating the discussions was the notion of “speaking human”, i.e. connecting with your users and customers on a down to earth way  – a concept proposed  by keynote speaker Eric Karjaluoto.

Aarhus 09

J.Boye Conferences in Aarhus was the 6th conference held by J. Boye in Aarhus. With 8 parallel tracks and great keynote speakers, Aarhus 09 attracted 230 participants. Discussions ranged from managing a successful Sharepoint project to global intranet trends. The programme offered thought provoking keynotes by BJ Fogg, about Design for Behavior Change: Why Facebook & Twitter Are Winning and Marc Canter – How to build a Digital City. As a new element on Aarhus09, keynotes videos was uploaded on the conference website along with footage from a number of tracks, small interviews, and commentary from participants, including speakers and vendors. We also used Twitter for discussion under and after the different speakers.

Philadelphia 09

Before finance crisis and swine flu, we had been encouraged by several of our American friends to introduce our conference model to the North American market. We held our inaugural US conference at the stylish venue, the Downtown Club in Philadelphia in May 2009. We had 4 parallel tracks each day, and the event generally followed the template we have developed in Europe. A large number of international practitioner case studies with some panel discussions and with good representation from both public sector organisations and private enterprise. The first Web Idol competition in Philadelphia was won by Norwegian open source vendor eZ Systems. Our Philadelphia participants were also introduced to our famous social events; we had a bowling night and Wednesday’s main conference party was a classy dinner at the impressive ship, the Moshulu.


With 8 parallel tracks, jboye08 attracted 261 participants and was our largest event so far in terms of attendees and also with the most practitioners. In addition it was our most international event with participants coming from around the world. The program offered thought provoking keynotes by Robert Cailliau, Co-developer of the World Wide Web, and Jared Spool, Usability Expert. It also featured an interesting expert panel discussion with Lisa Welchman, Mother of Web Operations Management, Martin White, Search and Intranet Expert and Nicolai Porsbo, Editor in Chief in the Danish Broadcasting Corp. A new addition this year was Whats On with an hour of informal roundtable discussions on a specific theme. In the Web Idol competition eZ Systems were dethroned when Sitecore won the reknowned trophy.


With 8 parallel tracks, cmf2007 attracted 245 participants. Discussions ranged from strategy and governance to specific systems and technologies. The program offered thought provoking keynotes by BJ Fogg, groundbreaking researcher in simplicity and persuasion, Bob Boiko , author of Laughing at the CIO and The Content Management Bible, and Lisa Welchman, thought leader in the web operations management arena. Pump My Website had consultancies competing in the art of website redesign, with Creuna as the winner, while eZ systems successfully defended their trophy in the Web Idol competition.


More users from around the world and record attendance at cmf2006, which was highligted by keynotes from Ted Nelson, the inventor of hypertext and Nick Carr, the controversial author of Does IT Matter? Representing the international user community, Ammar Bakkar provided insights into ambitious media organisation in the Middle East, while Steve Arnold presented a controversial take on Google. Many large, global and complex organisations turned up and shared their experiences. Web Idol was a new invention won by open source vendor eZ systems.


We met for the first time at cmf2005. At our inaugural event we discussed Web 2.0 and learned about new emerging technologies and standards at the BBC. The keynotes were given by experienced consultants from around the world, while the cases were mainly from Denmark.