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I’ve been Inspired by Angela Dunn’s post on the essential SAPPHIRE NOW kit — here’s my list:

  • The SAPPHIRE NOW mobile application. I’ve found this incredibly useful at previous conferences to find out what is going on, and how to get there. You can download it here, for iOS, Android, or Blackberry:
  • Fitbit fitness device ( Comfortable shoes are essential, because you’ll be walking a long way – and it’s a good time to get fit! We’re organizing a competition for SAPPHIRE NOW — take your favorite pedometer/device, and record your footsteps, distance, stairs, etc, and we’ll be collecting the data and using SAP Visual Intelligence to analyze it (details here on how to take part)
  • Cameras. As one of the SAPPHIRE NOW social media ambassadors for the analytics campus, I’ll be taking my faithful Canon digital EOS camera, tripod, lenses, and wireless microphones to grab footage of anybody prepared to say something interesting about analytics (follow the SAPPHIRE NOW YouTube channel to get a constant stream of news and interview from the show). But we’re also very interested in seeing what you have to show us! Take your pictures and upload them to twitter or instagram, or your videos to Vine and tag them with #sapphirenow (but of course, please be courteous about the privacy of others and respect any content usage restrictions)
  • Mobile devices and chargers. I’ll be blogging for the SAPPHIRE NOW blog and the SAP Analytics blog, and my PC always runs out of juice before the end of the day. I have an iPad and an detachable keyboard by logitech that is perfect for taking notes during presentations, and a “Merlin” power adapter that can charge four different USB devices off a single power socket (perfect for making new friends when there aren’t enough sockets to go around).
  • Wireless presentation mouse and adaptor. I’ll be presenting a session at ASUG 2013 on “BI Culture Eats Technology for Breakfast” and so I’ll be bringing the tools of the trade.
  • Headache and sleeping pills. I have a six-hour time-zone difference and (I hope) some great evening events to recover from 🙂

I hope to see you there!

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  1. Eric Vallo

    Timo, I wouldn’t be a friend if I didn’t kindly suggest you are missing one important thing from the survival kit here.

    Our Australian friends shared this with me.  Cures jet lag, unfortunate after party misery, etc.

    Berocca FTW

  2. Marilyn Pratt

    Sue and I have been working/speaking these past few months with the org MSF (Doctor’s without Borders) ….actually we have been doing charity coordination work with MSF for a number of year’s now starting with and her team of Workflow experts donating  their SAP Press Book sale money to that fabulous org.

    I’ve just completed a 40 mile bike run and raised some money for MSF through the inspiration and support of  Susan Keohan and donation support from community folks like Phil LoewenBala PrabaharTammy PowlasGretchen LindquistKarin  TillotsonTwan van den Broek Roel van den Berge Heike van Geel and many others!

    Sue Keohan as some fun and funky ideas for Sapphire/ASUG which I think would make a BRILLIANT match to the cool idea you have around fit bit that you mention in this blog.

    Please take a look at what she is doing here:

    If we can join your ideas to Sue’s we can have some powerful
    leverage with the community and attendees.

    In addition, we are in discussions with MSF event management and they are working with us to use our new Gamification platform to create missions in SCN that relate to
    MSF donations.

    Perhaps we can also engage with your contest and coordinate with Laure Cetin and have an SCN mission around Visual intelligence and fitness?

    Can we partner with you/Sue and make your fitbit idea really “do
    good” as well as “do geek” at the event?


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