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Last week was awesome! SAP TechEd Las Vegas Rocked! Beginning with a strong Innojam, continuing with really interesting keynotes, followed by one of the most active clubhouses ever, it was round the clock energy! I’d like to briefly recap a few of my personal favorites.

Demo Jam was the best! Really interesting demos, many of which I’d want to use today. The middle school kids were awesome, kudos to John Astill for his supportive mentoring! If you missed them, check this clip out.

Clubhouse & Scouting: The SCN team was kept hopping from community members to potential members at our pod. Continuous visitors wanting to learn more about SCN, best practices and especially recommendations on how to navigate. Visitors were pleasantly surprised with all the recent improvements in search. Many took advantage of the professional head-shots and I’ve already seen many go up here and in FB

I loved having the fun come back to the clubhouse. The racetrack seemed to be a big hit and I personally visited the photo booth 3 times!

SCN Moderators & SAP Mentors: Both Moderators and Mentors are special people. Their community spirit enriches all of us. TechEd is the one time of year we get to meet up in person, en-mass. It’s wonderful! Sylvia Santelli was continuously surprised by the amount of people I was meeting for the first time in person Yes we’ve been virtually connected for years but finally getting to say hi in person was definitely one of the highlights of my visit! Moya Watson, Tammy Powlas, Gretchen Lindquist, Susan Keohan, Sascha Wenninger, Derek Loranca Gigi Read to name a few.

In addition, seeing new mentors receive their coveted shirts and dancing in a drum circle (awesome idea Marilyn Pratt) top the list of fun events! Check out Karin  Tillotson , Marilyn Pratt, Matthias Steiner and Mark Yolton jamming below!

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TechEd is also a great opportunity to reconnect with the Moderator Team. Spending time with them is fun but also makes my job easier since since I can hear in person which issues require addressing first from a moderator’s perspective. I’d like to especially thank those that took the time out of their busy schedules to speak in depth with me; Henrique Pinto, Prateek Raj Srivastava, Ethan Jewett and Eduardo Rezende It was incredibly helpful!

Mark Yolton before Demo Jam sharing our truly ‘extraordinary people’! G Lakshmipathi Thomas Zloch Benny Schaich-Lebek among others.

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Empathy in Design Thinking:

Once again Marilyn organized a thought provoking evening event. Speaker Seung Chan Lim (a.k.a. Slim) spoke powerfully of his personal path in understanding empathy.  Hester Hilbrecht spoke about Design Thinking briefly and then it was time to get to know those with us as well as hone our true listening skills.

Networking:

Always the highlight of an event, a common thread in almost all my favorites above. Interacting with attendees, getting to hear new perspectives and in some cases even bringing about change. I love this most of all and even held an expert networking session on the topic. There were so many I chatted with both new and old alike, too many to name here. Know though that it was connecting with you, which made my TechEd the best ever!

Replays can be found on TechEd Online, Please connect with me on twitter @gks

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    1. Gali Kling Schneider Post author

      And an incredibly active one too 😀 While I’m certain your insight would have been helpful I understand the time pressure in TechEd to be everywhere at once! Next year Tammy!

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  1. Audrey Stevenson

    Gali, I can only add that one additional highlight of going to TechEd is the chance to get to see our fellow SCN team members face-to-face, since so many of us live in locations distributed around the globe. In this case, the chance to squeeze in a little road trip to Valley of Fire and Hoover Dam with you and Jeanne Carboni on the weekend before TE was the cherry on the sundae!

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    1. Gali Kling Schneider Post author

      I completely agree Audrey!! You were certainly one of the people I referred to when I wrote unnamed but who made my TechEd (and JW12 before that) the best ever!

      Connecting and collaborating in the venue, over a meal or while on our awesome road trip, which was indeed the ‘cherry’ of the trip!

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  2. Susan Keohan

    Gali,

    I can’t believe we never met IRL before #SAPTechEd!  But I am glad we did!

    It was a great conference, and I really enjoyed seeing your little lion too 🙂

    Getting to see old friends and new is always once of the best parts of SAPTechEd.

    And I second your shout-out to Marilyn Pratt for the amazing drum circle AND the Empathy event.  Slim was also a wonderful speaker.

    Cheers,
    Sue

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  3. Moya Watson

    Gali — you were one of the very first people I saw in Las Vegas – right after walking through the lobby — and your friendly welcome (and shout out above) was most appreciated.  I’m only sad that we didn’t get to hang out after that!

    I admit to having enjoyed several coffees at the Clubhouse.  I also even got my picture taken — but I have yet to find it anywhere.  Perhaps that’s a good thing…

    Hope we can connect even more in the future.  Thanks for being there.

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  4. Thorsten Franz

    Gali,

    Thanks for this beautiful recap, which made me relive moments I enjoyed very much (especially the empathy event) and allowed me to share those I missed (DemoJam, which I was happy to spend in he company of two very dear persons whom you also mention in the “we met here first in real life” section 🙂 ).

    Considering that we have some very good friends in common, which is never a coincidence, I feel it’s high time we get to know each other better. Hopefully in Madrid.

    Best,

    Thorsten

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    1. Gali Kling Schneider Post author

      Thorsten, thank you for your touching comment! I too would be happy to get to know you better. Sadly I won’t be in Madrid but look forward to the next closest opportunity!

      Gali

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  5. Frank Koehntopp

    Meeting people is the single biggest thing for me at TechEd – don’t tell anyone, but I might accidentally miss sessions in favor of talking to people 😉

    Can’t wait to see everyone in Madrid!

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  6. Thomas Zloch

    Hi Gali, thanks for mentioning me, and do I understand correctly that my portrait was visible on the big screen in Las Vegas? I feel shocked and honoured at the same time… 😉

    I’m hoping to be able to attend of the big events again in the foreseeable future. About time it’s happening in Berlin again.

    Cheers

    Thomas

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  7. Tom Cenens

    Hi Gali

    Very nice recap! I love it when a blog reads fluently, like cutting through butter. I’m excited for SAP TechED Madrid and I look forward to network and meet many new persons.

    Best regards

    Tom

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