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Why you should consider submitting a demo to TechEd DemoJam 2013

Only seven weeks left for creating a demo and submitting it to TechEd DemoJam 2013!

If you are already working on a demo, make sure you avail of our free Demo Clinic offer. Our demo coaches will help you make your demo better. I can guarantee that. If you are not already preparing a demo, you should! And don’t just take my word for it – I asked last year’s DemoJam winners and finalist to share with you why you should attend and what happened to them as a result of presenting on the big DemoJam stage. Here’s what they had to say:

John Astill. TechEd DemoJam Las Vegas 2012 (coached Middle School students Angelo Castro and Nikola Bura) with their demo “Food Agent”. Winner, TechEd DemoJam Madrid 2011 with Save the Planet.

Demo Jam is addictive. My first demo jam I was really nervous but the feeling you get when the lights are on you and you start your demo cannot be beat. A live demo on stage in front of thousands, it’s an adrenaline rush that’s hard to match. And I got an Enterprise Geek patch 🙂 I also got lots of exposure and a chance to meet some very interesting people.

Ronald Konijnenburg. Finalist, TechEd DemoJam Madrid 2012 with Mike the Sales Guy.

The adrenaline feeling of needing to outperform yourself, showing what you are made of is incredibly rewarding. You will walk on air for weeks to come! Is is a beautiful experience, just do it!!

And as a DemoJam finalist you will receive a tremendous amount of recognition. You will be the talk of the town (and that town will be a big one after being in front of 5000 people and an even bigger audience online).  For me it was extra rewarding as I believe it also helped me in becoming a SAP mentor.

Krishna Kumar. TechEd DemoJam Bangalore 2012 with Reuse Code Using SAP HANA – Cut the System Landscape Boundaries Safely.

It is like a roller coaster ride. You have to try it. It is scary from outside, but the thrill is so great and addictive. Being on the big stage is the proudest moment of my 13-year career with SAP.

Will Powell. TechEd DemoJam Winner Madrid 2012 with CEO Vision.

DemoJam is a brilliant forum for everyone to share and experience the new technology. It acts as a lightning rod to start discussions and potentially new connections with people from all over the world. You never know you may see an idea on stage that you can integrate into your business or everyday life…. You saw it at SAP DemoJam first!

The best thing that happened as a result of being DemoJam winners is that we have inspired others, shown that what we can really do and we have started discussions with others which usually start with “I saw you demoed this…. Could it do this as well” allowing us to accelerate innovation and pull more ideas in.

Jasvir Gill. TechEd DemoJam Las Vegas 2012 with ‘Big Data In Action’: AlertEnterprise and SAP HANA Monitor Insider Threats at Airports.

TechEd DemoJam is one of the rare opportunities to shine like a Star in front of world’s best and brightest minds. We received a lot of attention and it gave us a lot of credibility in the SAP world.

Abdulbasit Gülsen. TechEd DemoJam Madrid 2012 with SAPlink Plug-In for ABAP in Eclipse.

It is an amazing experience to take part of this great show. It is not just a competition, it is a unique opportunity that comes only a few times in a lifetime. It is the easiest way to get on the stage at keynote hall!

Ramon Hutters. Finalist, TechEd DemoJam Madrid 2012 with Mike the Sales Guy.

It is a unique experience, which is not all about winning. You’re inside the absolute heart of SAP. It is an absolute learning experience which makes you a different professional than you were before you entered the DemoJam.

The best thing about DemoJam was receiving credit from the other contestants.  In that short intensive period of time, the pressure is high to perform. Being recognized as a finalist/winner makes you feel good about yourself and your team.

David Trastour. TechEd DemoJam Madrid 2012. Remix: Your Report on My Data.

Experiencing TechEd is in itself a great outcome. Being able to meet SAP’s customers, partners, technologists and mentors under the same roof is invaluable. And going on stage for DemoJam is really lots of fun, even if you have to be under the fire of Ian Kimbell’s jokes 

Leo van Hengel. TechEd DemoJam Madrid 2012. ‘The Garbage Collector’: A Cloud Solution That Simplifies Your Waste Administration Process.

DemoJam is absolutely the highlight of SAP TechEd for me and being on stage to compete with all these other SAP heroes is the best!

Suresh Venkatasubramaniyan. TechEd DemoJam Bangalore 2012 with Reuse Code Using SAP HANA – Cut the System Landscape Boundaries Safely.

Wouldn’t you want to know where you stand among a group of innovators without being shamed for not making it to the top of the list? (note: if you answer is ‘I wouldn’t’, very likely it would be mistaken as cowardice. Tch… tch… poor you!). Also it’s time your friends and colleagues whom you’d supported earnestly (and naively) in their DemoJam endeavours standup for you (warning: this may be a cruel eye-opener for you).

I will leave the final words to Wilfrid and Rohit who, together, capture the spirit of DemoJam:

Wilfrid Real. TechEd DemoJam Madrid 2012. Remix: Your Report on My Data.

As Pierre de Coubertin said : “The important thing is not to win, but to take part”.

Rohit Mahajan. TechEd DemoJam Bangalore 2012. Clean It (C0-ordinate Better).

As technologists we should try to help the world RUN better….

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      Author's profile photo Twan van den Broek
      Twan van den Broek

      Being on DemoJam stage is almost the highest achievement you can get in your career as SAP NetWeaver professional. Highest is to win 😉 And that is now high on my bucket list.

      Again, as others already wrote, taking part is already awarding and a fun experience.

      The best compliment that Leo van Hengel and I could get was from our customer who kickstarted our project after seeing the Garbage Collector possibilities.