No doubt about it – at SAP TechEd, educational sessions and hands-on workshops are the “heart” of the event. At this year’s SAP TechEd in Las Vegas, it’s the extra-curricular activities and events I’m really looking forward to…
This pre-conference event is already sold out, and it is anticipated that over 120 participants will come together, utilize SAP technology, solve business problems, and apply gamification dynamics for the enterprise. Last year, I was one of the hosts for Innovation Weekend (former name of InnoJam). This year, I plan to participate and join the ‘game.’
SCN Interactive Station
This is located on the show floor, in the Clubhouse. Actually, I hope to make this my home base while at TechEd. If you’re interested is in the Business Analytics topic, come by and chat with us. I should be there every day the Clubhouse is open, and would love to chat about what’s hot and what’s new in the community.
Experts Networking Lounge
I intend to sit in on a few of these Lounge sessions, meet the experts and join in on the conversations.
- I’ll be hosting the “Badges, Badges, Badges!” session (Thurs Sept 15 2-2:30pm in Lounge 3). Let me know what you think about SCN’s Contribution Recognition System, and I might show you what we’re planning around points and reputation for year-end, and beyond.
- Also, Marilyn Pratt and I are hosting a “SCN Topic Leaders Meet-up” (Tue Sept 13, 1-1:30pm, Lounge 4).
- Finally, Kirby Leong, Chris Kim, and I will host a meet-up to get your feedback on the Business Analytics Community (Wed Sept 14 5:30-6pm in Lounge 4; and in case you have more feedback Thurs Sept 15 5:30-6pm in Lounge 1). Meeting Introducing the new SCN “Tip in a Minute” Video Series should be enough for you to be there!
Before the actual demos begin, we can expect to see SAP Mentors and Topic Leaders on the demo stage for a big round of applause. Then, the demos can begin! Hundreds have submitted their proposals, and we get to see the best of them that night. I hope to get a seat near the front where I can scream and cheer for my favourite demos. Since we’re in a betting town, I just might engage you in a friendly wager before the event starts!
Every year, the guest keynote speakers give attendees a lot to think about. These are forward-thinking, trend-setting futurists who have uncanny abilities to tell us today what others will do tomorrow. I can’t wait to hear Dr. Jane Mcgonigal speak about gaming. I’m probably not the first to recognize the coincidence that this gamification topic should come up while we’re in the “gaming” capital of America. Coincidence or not, I have a feeling the similarities and differences between these games will be cleared up in the keynote.
This gets me every time – just when I thought I couldn’t get inspired any more, the executive keynote puts things into perspective for me, then poof! I’ll be up in the stratosphere again! It’s like that!
Compared to some SCN veterans, this will only be my 4th year at SAP TechEd, but after this year, I will have attended 9 TechEds. Every year, SAP Presents rocks the house. I predict this year’s event with OneRepublic will be the same – LOUD and FABULOUS! Don’t forget…you can Win Backstage Passes to Meet One Republic at SAP TechEd Las Vegas.
Is there room for educational sessions? I expect I’ll be able to squeeze in a few sessions. But no guarantees…these are forward looking statements after all!
My offer still stands…