Landscape photo of the Austin skyline, with river in the foreground, with text about the dates for the Claris Engage 2024 conference

Looking Ahead to Claris Engage 2024 in Austin, Texas

Claris Engage 2024, the 25th In-person FileMaker Conference

2024 is a very special year for Claris, as it marks the 25th in-person FileMaker conference that they will be hosting. Breaking a four-year hiatus prompted by the global pandemic, the event previously known as FileMaker DevCon will launch under its new name of Claris Engage.

Being an Apple company, Claris has chosen the Apple Campus and Conference Center in Austin, Texas, to hold this special three-day gathering. With limited spots remaining, we encourage you to register soon as this conference will likely sell out.

Landscape photo of the Austin skyline, with river in the foreground, with text about the dates for the Claris Engage 2024 FileMaker conference
Austin, Texas – the  Live Music Capital of the World – will host the 25th in-person FileMaker Conference – Claris Engage 2024.

Connect with Portage Bay at Claris Engage 2024

This event is a momentous occasion in Claris’ history and Portage Bay, a Claris Platinum Partner, is actively participating in the conference through numerous methods. We’re eager to engage with the Claris community and will be involved in multiple capacities. If you’re interested in arranging an in-person meeting at the event, please schedule a time through Calendly.

  • Kate Waldhauser stands out as a featured speaker, focusing on Workflow Automation. 
  • The whole Portage Bay team will be in attendance, ready for meetings.
  • Additionally, Portage Bay is a proud sponsor of the Claris Community Party at Lone Star Court, an exciting event for networking and relaxing.
  • Kate is lending her support to WITfm and will be assisting at their booth during the conference.
Screenshot of Calendly page for scheduling an in-person session with Portage Bay Solutions at Claris Engage 2024.
Schedule a time to meet in person!

Is Claris Engage 2024 for me?

Whether you are new to Claris FileMaker or have been using it for decades, Claris Engage has something to offer everyone. Take advantage of the state-of-the-art Apple Campus and Conference Center to soak up a three-day event with opportunities for learning, networking, and making meaningful memories. 

The FileMaker conference begins on Tuesday, February 6th, with training day course add-ons. Tuesday evening sees the opening of the main conference with the keynote and celebration of Claris Excellence Award winners, followed by the after-party and reception.

Graphic showing tentative schedule for the three days of the Claris Engage 2024 FileMaker conference.
Claris Engage will provide three days of expert training and informative & timely sessions.

The subsequent days, February 7th and 8th, will offer over fifty unique sessions tailored to fuel innovation and shape the future. These sessions cater to both technical and business-oriented interests, providing ample opportunities to network, rekindle friendships, and explore the exhibition booths.

  • Mix and mingle and get better acquainted with Claris Community members and the Claris team.
  • Visit the Claris expo and chat with Claris Partners and community groups.
  • Enjoy lunch and refreshment breaks during the day.

Kate Will Present on Navigating the World of Workflow Automation

We are excited to be a part of the exceptional lineup of Claris experts speaking at this year’s FileMaker conference. Kate Waldhauser will lead a lively session on Workflow Automation. Using her years of experience, her insistent curiosity, and her analytic side, she will share her expertise to help business decision-makers as well as developers make better choices when it comes to automated workflows.

Leveraging insights from a community poll, Kate will compare the construction of automated workflows using Claris Connect, Claris FileMaker, and leading SaaS products’ automation features, showcasing their intersections and key considerations. As workflow automation rapidly evolves, it’s crucial for developers to grasp the current state. Attend this presentation for cutting-edge market insights and practical guidance on crafting enduring workflows.

Claris Engage 2024 graphic with Speaker notation and photograph of Kate Waldhauser
Kate’s session on workflow automation takes place on Wednesday, February 7th

The Portage Bay Team will be in Texas

The entire team at Portage Bay will be together in Austin and we’re especially excited about that. For Portage Bay, a company rooted in remote work, this gathering marks a significant milestone. After years of virtual interactions, it will be the first time that many of us will get to meet in person.

  • Kate and Brandynn are Texas-based and are within a short drive of Austin. (Though as the map below shows, being in Texas doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re close to other places in Texas.)
  • Joe will be traveling down from Nebraska, likely bringing along his trusty bike to explore Austin’s enticing trails.
  • Jacob will be jetting in from California.
  • John, Xandon, and Russell will be traversing from the Seattle area.
  • It’s going to be a blast!
Map of the United States and Mexico, showing a large swath in red - the red areas are closer to Texas than the widest distance across Texas.
The areas in red are closer to Texas than the maximum distance across Texas (791 miles)

Stay tuned as we countdown to Engage and offer some Austin insider tips!

With two Texas people on our team, and some who are previous travelers-to-Texas, we have a few ideas to share. Keep an eye out for the suggestions. And feel free to send us some places to include in the list!

Photograph of a restaurant landmark in Austin, Texas, with an "i love you so much" mural painted on the sign.

We Are Pleased to be a Sponsor for the Claris Engage Community Party

While you enjoy a week of an impressive array of seminars, workshops, and product demos, make time to relax at the Community Party at Lone Star Court on Wednesday, February 7th. Portage Bay Solutions is pleased to be one of the sponsors of this party, where Claris Partners and community members can come together and unwind.

Stop by the WITfm Booth to Enjoy a Chocolate Party

Kate is spearheading the planning for the WITfm booth, so stop by and chat on Wednesday or Thursday, Specifically Wednesday afternoon if you’d like to catch the chocolate party!

Women Innovating Together is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization supporting women in tech. The group exists to provide visibility, community, and resources for women working with Claris products, including but not limited to FileMaker. WITfm is comprised of women, and advocates for women around the world, who work in various roles including developers, analysts, entrepreneurs, project managers, consultants, administrators, support services, trainers, and many more.


Kate and Brandynn are both members of this organization and are proud to be part of a movement to create more diversity in tech. 

Graphic incorporating WITfm logo with images of the members who will be speaking at the Claris Engage 2024 FileMaker conference.
Several WITfm members will be speaking at Claris Engage!

Thank You for a Great Year!

We would like to thank our Claris FileMaker friends and associates for your continued encouragement and support. It’s an honor to build and improve software systems that we all work with every day.

We would also like to thank our clients for continuing to trust us with your software solutions and for valuing our input on your workflow decisions and directions. 

Are you ready to bring your solution up a notch with modernization and by turning more of your manual processes into automated workflows? Do you need a mobile app to connect more closely with your clients? We have a vast array of tools with which we can accomplish your ideas and we are looking forward to new and continued partnerships in 2024. Let’s get you on the schedule.

We wish everyone a very Merry New Year!

Photograph of a smiling woman at sunset, holding a clear umbrella that is lined with small, bright lights., with stars and a shooting star in the sky.
We wish you a year of delightful possibilities!

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