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SAP TechEd ‘08 is fast approaching and Jason Lax’s great SAP TechEd 07 Mural 1 brought it home even more. In his blog Jason writes “… keep in mind that April sits midway between the last and fast coming TechEd season…” It’s amazing how time flies.  TechEd ’08 planning is well underway and I wanted to let you in a bit on the SDN Lounge concept and more importantly to ask for your collaboration on making it the best lounge yet!

Obviously the SDN Lounge will include all the usual musts of years past; a roomy area to meet friends (both old and new), a lounge to chill with the best cup of coffee at TechEd or connect via wireless, to learn, teach, network, a place where those interested can have coding fun.

But last year in Bangalore we added two twists and ask anyone there …they were a hit!

The first was the Wii and boy was that a favorite, especially the tennis doubles! I heard a few people say it was the most exercise they’d had in a long time 🙂  See the picture below taken by Marilyn, of  Chip & Craig testing the equipment the day before TechEd, although in this case, the name of the game was baseball. More pictures can be found on flickr.

The second was the way people earned tickets to play the Wii and that was by creating or expanding their community profiles. We even added user’s pictures!  Our objective was to familiarize people with the wiki and especially to show, how very easy it is to use. You don’t have to be a developer to use our wiki!

We’ve decided to use the same successful concept behind this year’s SDN Lounge. That is to say, based on popular demand, it looks like the Wii will be coming back!

So where does your collaboration come into play? The second part of course! In order to play the Wii everyone will need to earn their ticket. The question is, how will it be earned? It should be by doing something that highlights an area in SCN, or perhaps a tool.  While some good ideas have been discussed such as video blogging or the Code Gallery…I’d really like to hear YOUR opinion. 

What area or service on SCN should be showcased at TechEd in our SDN Lounge?

In order to gather all your thoughts and comments and to allow people to expand on others’ ideas, I’ve of course opened a wiki page (how could I resist). So please add your input here.

Looking forward to seeing you in our Lounge at SAP TechEd ‘08!  I’ll try to hone up on my tennis until then…

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  1. Alvaro Tejada Galindo
    Gali:

    Great idea! I really like it…Going to start thinking about how can I help it -:)

    I’m not sure if going to make to TechEd this year…But you know I wanted to -;)

    Greetings,

    Blag.

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  2. Daniel McWeeney
    A couple things from other conferences:

    1. When you think you have enough power add twice that.

    2. Extra Projects or Plasmas for “Lobby Con” style presentations are great

    3. 3 Words: Bean Bag Chairs.  They were great at JavaOne.

    4. I always thought the charity work done at 360|Flex in Seattle was a great idea ( http://www.360conferences.com/360flex/2007/07/360flex-charity-code-jam-press-release.html ).  Not sure it will be ready but would be a great way to introduce BBD to some tech hands.

    -d

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