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Author's profile photo Philip Kisloff

From nothing to amazing in 30 hours

There’s nothing on this good earth like a challenge that both inspires and frightens at the same time.

Marilyn Pratt and her team have come up with a challenge, starting on Sunday, the day before the main TechEd10 conference, to build a working system with NetWeaver tools that provides world-need solutions to real-world problems.

Think of it as the project you would give your eye teeth, or sell your iPad, to get on the team, and know that it’s open for all. Everyone who joins the Innovation Weekend will have the chance to be actively involved in the planning, design and development of innovative solutions using cutting edge technology.

There are several  business cases proposed, and great work has already been done fleshing out ideas, but nothing has been written in stone. The event will be shaped by those who attend and the skills and enthusiasm they bring on the day. Success is NOT guaranteed. That is the truly frightening thing, but it also the very thing that makes it one the greatest events at TechEd. This is where the real lessons are to be learnt and remembered. Mistakes and mis-steps may well be made, but hopefully not too many. But what is certain is that after 30 hours you will come out of it with more valuable experience than ever could be achieved in such a short time any other way.

For me personally, I am looking forward to this event as a chance to become involved in a fun project using some of the latest technology and ideas in the world today. But more than that, I will have a chance to part of the creation of a solution from inception to build, working alongside experts who have come to colloborate and share their knowledge in a community endevour. As with all things, investing your time and energy into something worthwhile and unique is never an opportunity to be passed up lightly. 

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      Author's profile photo Bala Prabahar
      Bala Prabahar
      I'm going to Las Vegas. I agree with everything you said except: "Mistakes and mis-steps may well be made, but hopefully not too many". I'm going because:
        1) I can learn by making mistakes, my own as well as others. 
        2) I can alert others(or vice versa) before one is about to make mistakes thereby learning lessons without making mistakes
        3) Learning new technologies in 30 hours
        4) More importantly,I'll get to meet some of the best and brightest minds on this earth
        5) Looking forward to meeting/working with individuals with diverse backgrounds.

      I'm excited!!!

      Author's profile photo Philip Kisloff
      Philip Kisloff
      Blog Post Author
      Absolutely! I remember when I first started developing workflows, a small oversight meant I wasn't receiving workitems (refresh org btw) and it was seriously impacting my timeline. It's that emotional connection of problem to solution that sears it into your mind but can't be created in the classroom.
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Innovation weekend is something I've been looking forward since I watched the first blog.   I'll be at the one in Las Vegas. 

      1.  FUN!  - Yes, it is an important driver for me.
      2.  Creating something that can be leveraged by non-profit organizations.  Very cool to be involved in that.
      3.  Place to meet Phil.  It's going to be great meeting and working with all the people in the community.
      4.  It's a competition and everybody likes a fun competition.
      5.  Of course the food and drinks are good. Or better be.
      6.  I love to stay up all night.  🙂

      Hope to see you all there!