SAP TechEd 2013 Las Vegas.JPG(Edited: Apologies for any broken links leading to this blog. I’ve made a minor modification to the blog title.)

I’ve been fortunate to attend over 10 SAP TechEd conferences in my lifetime. In Las Vegas this year, I sensed something different (although not new) – a sentiment of fun, a spirit of community, and a feeling of casualness.

SAP TechEd is an opportunity to get educated about SAP and partner solutions. However, anyone who has attended school knows that “play” is an important component of learning. When we play, we trigger something deep inside that uninhibits our competitiveness, and at the same time, our creativity. Some have also said that embedding games into learning improves knowledge retention (How many of you learned your ABCs with a song? 😉 ). Evidence of fun and play were everywhere in Las Vegas this year, from the gamified mobile event app to our SAP Mentors band performing at the evening Networking Reception. How appropriate since the theme of this year’s SAP TechEd is “Get in the Game!” 😆 What a great message too! Beyond the social and gaming meaning, it’s also a clear encouragement for us all to participate – whether at TechEd, SCN or where ever we find ourselves.

Rather than share a video like last year (SAP TechEd 2012 in Shanghai – Look Inside), I hope the comic-strip style image gives you a glimpse into the social and fun aspect of this conference. Afterall, SAP TechEd to me is an opportunity for build and strengthen relationships with fellow SCN members! 🙂

Whether you’ve attended before, or plan to attend in the near future, what does SAP TechEd mean to you?

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    1. Jason Cao Post author

      Thanks Krysten! Congratulations to you for such a wonderful tribute-display for SCN’s 10 anniversary in the TechEd Clubhouse! 🙂

      SCN is 10.JPG

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    1. Jason Cao Post author

      The pleasure was mine, Valter! We’ll have to make more time to chat about community and TechEd next time we meet in person.

      Cheers,

      Jason

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  1. Susan Keohan

    Hey Jason,

    Wow, what does TechEd mean to me?  In no particular order…

    • Fun
    • friends
    • frivolity
    • Sharing
    • learning
    • helping

    and so much more.

    Cheers,
    Sue

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    1. Jason Cao Post author

      Hi Sue! Love “frivolity!” Sometimes it’s just good to sit back, enjoy good company and be silly! 😛 I like how you can “let your hair down” and still command so much respect from your peers at the end of the day.

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    1. Jason Cao Post author

      Thanks Jitendra! Hope you’ll be able to attend SAP TechEd for yourself next year as well. Then you can see what all the buzz is about. 🙂

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  2. Midhun VP

    For me Teched is a place for networking and learn new technologies. As a techie I love hands on workshops a lot at Teched more than anything, that covers all new trends that I can play around and talk about till next teched 😉 .

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    1. Jason Cao Post author

      Thanks Midhun, you are probably a kinesthetic learner then? I like to learn from test-driving the tool (or appliance) as well. Networking is really a big part of TechEd, and as long as you see someone wearing a TechEd badge, there’s always something to talk about. 🙂

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    1. Jason Cao Post author

      Thanks Vivek! Would like to meet you in person at TechEd as well. It’s a really special feeling to meet our online members in person. 😎

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