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Introduction
SAP TechED Madrid 2011 has just closed its doors and one of the many great moments I had there was co-hosting the SCNotty awards along with Gali Kling Schneider and Sylvia Santelli. I arrived in Madrid on Monday and I was welcomed as a friend. Once we met, we started preparing for the SCNotty award show. We had already done some preparation and we had our evil plan worked out to some extent. Now all it needed was working out the details. SAP and in particular the SCN team jumped in to help us out and they did.
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I would like to thank everyone, Jim Spath the SCNotty godfather, Marilyn Pratt, Matthias Steiner, Gali Kling Schneider, Mark Finnern, Aslan Noghre Kar, Sylvia Santelli, Jeanne Carboni and Jason Cao for giving me the opportunity to work with you all and co-host the SCNotty award show with Gali and Sylvia which was an honor.
Announcing the winners
Yet again we had great entries for the SCNotty award show in Madrid 2011. Thanks to all participants for taking the time to create a SCNotty video!
 
You can call up the awarded video by clicking on the award title (which will provide you the video in a separate window).
The award winners
Dilek Adak
 
Ivan Femia
 
Tobias Trapp
 
Fred Verheul
 
Martin Lang
 
Martin English
 
Vitaliy Rudnytskiy
 
Greg Chase
 
The Dutch Mafia
Casper Ballemans 
Peter Combee 
Ravi Santani 
Roel van den Berge 
Sven van Leuken 
Twan van den Broek
Not to be forgotten
Matthias Steiner excluded himself from the competition because he was involved in setting up the SCNotties award show but his video deserves a mention as he took my swagger from SAP TechED Las Vegas and showed off his rap skills for SAP TechED Madrid 2011:
Martin Gillet created an amazing entry on the way to SAP TechED Madrid 2011 in the airplane with the help of Brussels Airlines:

Follow up blog

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Another blog will follow to fuel the SCNotty awards EMEA for next year. I have been discussing the SCNotty awards of Madrid with a number of persons and decided I should step up and try to make a change so keep your eyes open and spread the word once it’s there.

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  1. Michelle Crapo
    But I’m going to try to watch all of them from all the Techeds.  The work that is put into them is simply amazing or not depending on the SCNotty.  Even if it’s not, it’s a great way to see the personality of the SCN member.

    Michelle

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    1. Tom Cenens Post author
      Hello Michelle

      SCNotty award videos are creations of artists. I think they are great and it’s nice to see what community members are about or how they can express themselves. No matter how simple, short, creative, crazy or different the video is.

      Kind regards

      Tom

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      1. Michelle Crapo

        <Smile> Did I sound negative for a change?  Not that.  Probably I did.  You are completely correct.  Anyone who creates one of these is going the extra mile.  The shorter ones are the ones I get to watch quicker over lunch!  <br/><br/>I do believe you can see a lot of personality in all of them.<br/><br/>Keep in mind – I didn’t even get one out this year.  I’m a slacker.  I am amazed that people took the time to do this.<br/><br/>Michelle<br/>

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        1. Tom Cenens Post author
          Hello Michelle

          I would love to see more community members step up to create a SCNotty video so that will be a subject my follow-up blog will handle.

          A lot of persons were eager to check this blog to see the list of Award winners so I have posted it before I even got the pictures or videos at hand. I will update the blog ASAP once I got some additional content at hand.

          Kind regards

          Tom

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  2. Jim Spath
    Tom – thanks for publishing this, finally. While I knew most of the intended awards (a perk for making the trophies) the judges had the final say. To get the blog published faster, what I’ve done in the past is to write it first, show it scene by scene during the awards, and even hit “publish” right at the end. But I wasn’t there to help you, having done Bangalore earlier.
    For 2012, the SCNotties may change, depending on how well the new SCN platform performs (to my requirements). We want to continue seeing new faces of SCN members, and are scheming ways to persuade the shy persons to go on video.
    Jim
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    1. Tom Cenens Post author
      Hello Jim

      Thanks for your comment and feedback. I have talked to some TechED attendees who didn’t create a video to find out why they didn’t or wouldn’t and I will soon write a blog on that subject in an attempt to help out to up the number of participants towards next year.

      Kind regards

      Tom

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    2. Tom Cenens Post author
      Hello Jim

      Thanks for your comment and feedback. I have talked to some TechED attendees who didn’t create a video to find out why they didn’t or wouldn’t and I will soon write a blog on that subject in an attempt to help out to up the number of participants towards next year.

      Kind regards

      Tom

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      1. Marilyn Pratt
        Waiting enthusiastically for your blog then!  I can say that if I were to get my hand slapped in any way as a newbie or witnessed other newbies getting treated harshly, I certainly would be very reticent to participate.
        I’d like to see a soft touch in the spirit of encouraging.
        I think you Tom, together with Sylvia and Gali, did a stellar job of making the SCNotties award style original, entertaining, and the uniqueness of each of the MCs is (for me) what helps make the event incredibly fun.  I hope more can participate in the awards ceremony next year and that you all continue to innovate the format.
        What each of you bring: dance, Elvis, Italian Mafia, RAP is something personal, entertaining and extremely engaging.
        I love seeing “new sides” of our community members and you and your co-conspirators really took me by surprise.  And delighted me.  As did folks like Twan and co from Ciber.  Still laughing at the fact that they stayed in character for the whole award ceremony with their “gangster hats and glasses”.
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        1. Tom Cenens Post author
          Hello Marilyn

          Thanks for inspiring and encouraging me. I had a lot of fun collaborating with Sylvia, Gali and the whole SCN team for that matter (Jeanne and Jason helped write the rap lyrics for example), you helped out getting the location and so on.

          I agree with what you are saying and that will be part of the intake for my blog.

          Twan and co from Ciber were indeed really funny staying in character. At some point I was even wondering if they were going to stay in character throughout the whole evening 😉

          Kind regards

          Tom

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          1. Jim Spath
            Tom, thanks again for all the work you put into this, as well as your continuing effort to involve more community members. As the SCNotties have grown from a small seed, Marilyn Pratt observed how wonderful it was to see new faces of contributors, or faces of new contributors.  I’ve tried to find ways to magnify that.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy the amazing work of creative people like Thorsten (I’ll only name one, but fill in any number of over-the-toppers), it’s that I feel people who are intimidated by the prospect of contributing in this manner, with a certain innate shyness, may be stumped at how to contribute in such company. It’s like the “Mentor huddle” that has occurred at several SAP events, an unintended exclusiveness that requires discipline to prevent.

            Some have said, oh, wait until next year, for their next SCNotties video.  I want to shrink that time window, and have more frequent recognitions, so we don’t have to wait such a long time.  I also want to find a way to lower the barriers to entry, convincing people that elaborate productions, special effects, and hours of work, are not mandatory. I, for one, truly prefer the spontaneous, ad hoc “hallway” speeches I’ve been able to record, and am searching for ways to convince more of the SCN community to say hello.

            One of Marilyn’s (always) wonderful suggestions was that the veterans assist the rookies (my phrase, not hers) to create videos, and that maybe some how-to videos would be beneficial. After all, many of us live some distance apart, and we can’t very well show someone where the “record” button is one their device in person.

            The idea of “SCNotties” being a silly theme should continue, but I’m all for giving up the original concept, which was derived from the Razzies awards.  We can signify amongst our closest and oldest friends, but it won’t work for nearly total strangers.  At least, not until the third or fourth sequel. 🙂

            Jim

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            1. Marilyn Pratt
              Agree with many of your sentiments here Jim.  Thanks for capturing those “hallway” speeches.  Such initiatives to remove participation paralysis while raising the ante on fun and creativity sound a winning combo.
              I know that I was helped by my own colleagues to have fun with the SAP TechEd UpClose video concepts and recordings by having someone do a little handholding with me (and camera holding….recruited my friend and neighbor into the silliness and my home office) See: In Marilyn’s office I know I am not shy, but sometimes a tiny bit camera shy.  I’d be willing to help others overcome that.
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            2. Tom Cenens Post author
              Hello Jim

              Thanks for providing more insight. I like your idea and it would indeed refresh the SCNotties to a certain extent and change the concept to some degree.

              I have to say I felt almost obligated to go and find something creative the first time I created a SCNOtty video. I had been watching all the SCNotty videos that are there from the past and saw all these people leaping out of their comfort zone to create art.

              Afterwards I realized that’s not what the SCNotties are about and I wanted to do a regular introduction video but then Matthias came with his rap video and I couldn’t resist to create an answer to that 🙂

              My original video for SAP TechED Madrid:
              Original SCNotty video

              I love the fact that there are so many great comments on this blog.

              Kind regards

              Tom

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            3. Martin English
              Hi Tom,
              thanks for your efforts – the rapper theme came across quite well 🙂

              Jim,
              For documentation / instructional purposes, feel free to use my video as an example of how basic you can make a SCNottie Award winning video 🙂

              I recorded it in one take direct on http://www.youtube.com/my_webcam
              It probably shows; there are some very long pauses where I forgot my transition lines, but on the other hand it is VERY VERY simple to do –
              0) Join youtube.com, if you haven’t already
              1) go to http://www.youtube.com/my_webcam
              2) select record
              3) talk (or not, its your video)
              4) select stop

              You can add simple edits (like the text box that pops up when I talk about Thorsten and Tobias’s book), but certainly there was no ‘on-premise’ software used, apart from my browser.

              hth

              BTW, did I mention I made an AWARD WINNING video ? Now showing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1Vdo9Cq-OI

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  3. Gali Kling Schneider
    For your community spirit, jumping in and taking the plunge with me out of our comfort zones and into the new land of rapping 😉

    It was wonderful meeting you in person finally and co-hosting Madrid’s 2011 SCNotties!

    For those of you who haven’t seen them, be sure to check them out, they are very cool!

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    1. Tom Cenens Post author
      Hello Gali

      It was my pleasure to team up with you, it did indeed require plunging out of our comfort zone into the rap zone but that was great fun 🙂

      Co-hosting the Madrid”s 2011 SCNotties has become a bookmark in my book of amazing memories.

      I felt very welcome so thank you and thanks to the whole SCN team for welcoming me and embracing me!

      Kind regards

      Tom

      PS: Love the pictures!

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    2. Tom Cenens Post author
      Hello Gali

      It was my pleasure to team up with you, it did indeed require plunging out of our comfort zone into the rap zone but that was great fun 🙂

      Co-hosting the Madrid”s 2011 SCNotties has become a bookmark in my book of amazing memories.

      I felt very welcome so thank you and thanks to the whole SCN team for welcoming me and embracing me!

      Kind regards

      Tom

      PS: Love the pictures!

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  4. Kumud Singh
    Hello Tom,
    I had the pleasure of watching the tweets and twitpics when the notty event was going on at Madrid. Enjoyed Much!
    Kudos to winners!
    Looks like this event unlocks the self long closed door for many of the community members and show their real selves.
    No idea what sparked this but am sure it would and is turning to a great SCN Bonding event!

    Regards,
    Kumud

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    1. Tom Cenens Post author
      Hello Kumud

      Thanks and indeed the winners stepped up and created art which is great!

      It’s a very good event to get introduced to a bunch of enthousiastic, passionate people who play an important role in the SAP Community.

      Kind regards

      Tom

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