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Play the Game at #SAPTechEd 2013 Las Vegas

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? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). 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!” ๐Ÿ˜† 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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SAP TechEd 2013 Las Vegas PLAY.jpg

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      Author's profile photo Krysten Gentile
      Krysten Gentile

      Great post, Jason! I love the comic strip and have to agree that "fun and play" trigger a competitiveness and creativity.

      Author's profile photo Jason Cao
      Jason Cao
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Krysten! Congratulations to you for such a wonderful tribute-display for SCN's 10 anniversary in the TechEd Clubhouse! ๐Ÿ™‚

      SCN is 10.JPG

      Author's profile photo Eduardo Rezende
      Eduardo Rezende

      Very nice blog Jason!
      I also liked the comic strip.

      And, answering your question, TechEd means to me network and knowledge!

      Author's profile photo Jason Cao
      Jason Cao
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Eduardo! Network and knowledge are awesome take-aways from SAP TechEd!

      Cheers,
      Jason

      Author's profile photo Mark Richardson
      Mark Richardson

      Jason :

      Great picture. Thanks to you & all the SAP #MadeInCanada folks for helping make the SAP TechEd 2013 edition of the #CanuckHunt so much fun...!

      Hope to make it even bigger and better at SAPPHIRE 2014 next June.

      Cheers,

      Mark J. Richardson

      Communication Chair - @ASUG_Ontario

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      Author's profile photo Jason Cao
      Jason Cao
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Mark! Your #CanuckHunt challenge sure had a presence at SAP TechEd! It was nice to catch up with others from Canada, such as Kirsten Sutton Éric Ledu and Geoff Bazira as well.

      Hope to be part of SAPPHIRE next year and join your #CanuckHunt again.

      Author's profile photo Valter Araรบjo
      Valter Araรบjo

      Great post! It was a pleasure meet you personally at Club House!

      Author's profile photo Jason Cao
      Jason Cao
      Blog 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

      Author's profile photo Susan Keohan
      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

      Author's profile photo Jason Cao
      Jason Cao
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Sue! Love "frivolity!" Sometimes it's just good to sit back, enjoy good company and be silly! ๐Ÿ˜› I like how you can "let your hair down" and still command so much respect from your peers at the end of the day.

      Author's profile photo Susan Keohan
      Susan Keohan

      Ha, you don't know my real life peers.  Respect? wishfulthinking

      Author's profile photo Jason Cao
      Jason Cao
      Blog Post Author

      I was referring to the other SAP Mentors. They speak highly of you (at least behind your back). ๐Ÿ˜†

      Author's profile photo Jitendra Kansal
      Jitendra Kansal

      I really liked comic strip.

      Unfortunately I have nt planned for TechEd this yr. Maybe next year.

      Author's profile photo Jason Cao
      Jason Cao
      Blog 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Author's profile photo Midhun VP
      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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

      Author's profile photo Jason Cao
      Jason Cao
      Blog 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Author's profile photo Vivek Singh Bhoj
      Vivek Singh Bhoj

      Good post.

      Love the comic pic

      May be next year I will surely attend TechEd

      Regards,

      Vivek

      Author's profile photo Jason Cao
      Jason Cao
      Blog 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. ๐Ÿ˜Ž