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Introduction

SAP TechED Madrid is over. It was not yet over last friday because a number of community members were discussing the idea of getting together on friday and do some more knowledge sharing before everyone takes off. So at the moment this blog was written I was sitting in a meeting room in my hotel awaiting the other participants to show up, share, think, learn and connect.

My first attendance to SAP TechED

The first impression I got when walking into the entrance was “this is huge!” and it was huge. Since SAP TechED and SAPPHIRENOW were hosted together the venue was pretty large but overall it was properly sized, constructed and well managed.

This was my first TechED and my first SAPPHIRENOW and I will always remember them. There were so many special moments each day that make this event an event to remember. I got to meet the persons behind the twitter handles, the SAP Community Network team, the SAP Mentors, the Enterprise Geeks and many more.

After spending a whole year tweeting, messaging, mailing and connecting with persons who are active in the SAP community it was so refreshing to meet them in person. Social Media is not necessary a bad thing but nothing beats meeting in person.

Wonderful moments

I had so many wonderful moments: meeting everyone, the Innojam results, the Demojam results, being called on stage at Demojam, the Enterprise Geeks dinner, co-hosting the SCNotty Award Show, the Embracing Inclusion and Design Thinking event, the keynotes, the celebration night and so on.  

Embracing Inclusion and Design Thinking

One of the most intriguing events was definitely the Embracing Inclusion and Design Thinking event which touched me deeply and it didn’t only touch me. You can read the blogs Otto Gold wrote who was in the same team as me if you would like to find out more about his experience and our (team) experience:

Otto’s experience part one: http://bit.ly/rr8zUf
Otto’s experience part two: http://bit.ly/td4n3G
Team blog: http://bit.ly/v9kXZZ

Celebration night

The celebration night was one to remember as well. We were able to see Cirque Du Soleil which must be one of the best and probably even the best Circus across the world and Anastacia who has been through a lot and still is standing strong. I’m not the biggest fan of Anastacia’s music but she can sing and she is a special person. I really enjoyed celebration night and even found some of her song lyrics were inspiring.

One of Anastacia’s songs includes the title of this blog and it’s a strong message. One individual can make a change, can have an impact so you have to believe in yourself and you can even shout it out:

“You can’t stop me now”

More than ever before I’m convinced that being active on SCN matters.

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  1. Michelle Crapo

    Excellent time.  “YOU CAN’T STOP ME NOW!!!!”  I think both of us were already singing that tune.  Now I have to go look it up via my friend google.Michelle

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    1. Tom Cenens Post author
      Hello Michelle

      Thanks for all the wonderful tips you had provided me with in advance. I was well prepared for SAP TechED and still it was hectic at times.

      Kind regards

      Tom

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  2. Marilyn Pratt
    Your short list included an activity that some might think has little to do with Technical Education, Emerging Technology and SAP.  Yet I am hearing over and over how the evening generated an atmosphere that was transformational for some, thought-provoking for others, and even annoying to some (in a way that prompted them to prompt us for improvements).  So glad you joined us and I would warmly invite you and others to become co-conspirators for future events such as these.
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    1. Tom Cenens Post author
      Hello Marilyn

      I’m grateful to have been able to participate in the event.

      The Embracing Inclusion and Design Thinking event will pop up anytime someone askes me how SAP TechED was since it was really inspiring for me.

      I agree this type of event should take place each time. It’s a good way to bring diversity to the SAP TechED planning. It’s also an excellent way of getting people together which is also an important pointer.

      Kind regards

      Tom

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  3. Kumud Singh
    Hello Tom,
    ‘You can’t stop me now’!!!–no better song could have been sung at tech-ed,I feel.
    After attending tech-ed we feel the same in terms of the plethora of ideas and thoughts that attack our mind.
    I would say I am suffering with ‘thought-attack’.

    Regards,
    Kumud

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    1. Tom Cenens Post author
      Hello Kumud

      Yes I’m suffering from the same thing but that’s a really good thing actually.

      I’ve got a good amount of draft blogs lined up already after SAP TechED. I just need to put in some time and effort now to clean them up and publish them.

      SAP TechED was really inspiring.

      Kind regards

      Tom

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    2. Tom Cenens Post author
      Hello Kumud

      Yes I’m suffering from the same thing but that’s a really good thing actually.

      I’ve got a good amount of draft blogs lined up already after SAP TechED. I just need to put in some time and effort now to clean them up and publish them.

      SAP TechED was really inspiring.

      Kind regards

      Tom

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