It’s evening here in Berlin and I managed to get a few quiet moments in the Messe to take a peek at the rooms that will be used for tomorrow’s Innovation Weekend.
I think its the first time I’ve ever arrived at an SAP Event venue for a “walk-thru” in advance of any other of my colleagues.
It’s a bit eery but there is something rather exciting about seeing the “blank canvass” that will certainly become a space that is dynamic, noisy, productive, instructive and hopefully a great deal of fun for 100 lucky participants of the Innovation Weekend during the next day and a half.
I hear voices approaching in the large empty corridor. I recognize them as belonging to folks who have gathered from various corners of the globe. Craig Cmehil and Rui Noguiera have just come from the cluetrain from Frankfurt. Chip Rodgers and Philippe Rosset arrive from the east coast of the US. Jason Cao and Kirby Leong have landed some few hours before from Vancouver in Canada. There is Leor from Israel (he’ll be presenting River) and Andy from Boston who helps make “Code Exchange” possible.
I take a quick look at the 10 breakout rooms that will serve as war rooms for the groups that will form.
There are 3 Education stations for folks to visit, to learn from and to take a look and try some new technologies
Jason and Kirby are weighing how best to promote the business cases and attract participation.
I have my video camera on and of course can’t resist a quick executive chat with Chip Rodgers.
I learn from Chip (officially) that in the next few days over 4,000 folks will be flocking to the Messe to participate in SAP TechEd 2010. I admit, even I, TechEd fanatic that I am, find myself impressed by the large turn out numbers.
And I’ll be very privledged to host them……