While many companies are embracing Apache Kafka as their core event streaming platform they may still have events they want to unlock in other systems. Kafka Connect provides a common API for developers to do just that and the number of open-source connectors available is growing rapidly. The IBM MQ sink and source connectors allow you to flow messages between your Apache Kafka cluster and your IBM MQ queues. In this session we will share our lessons learned and top tips for building a Kafka Connect connector. We’ll explain how a connector is structured, how the framework calls it and some of the things to consider when providing configuration options. The more Kafka Connect connectors the community creates the better, as it will enable everyone to unlock the events in their existing systems.