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Nice list! I should would like to see more Mentor interactions with conference attendees as well. Tom Cenens also raised this to me, and shared some nice ideas on how to make SAP Mentors more approachable. Actually, Mentors are very approachable already! 🙂 They're hosting informal Networking Lounge sessions, giving lecture sessions and can be found all over the showfloor. We're still collecting ideas and always looking for ways to increase Mentor-engagement, so please feel free to share here or DM me.
SAP Mentors are a super-busy bunch at TechEd. However, I would encourage Mentors to set aside some time during the conference to just 'hang out' on the showfloor, interact with other attendees, and trust their natural host-mindset will do the rest to make others around them feel comfortable. 😉
For all the folks attending the conference, I challenge/invite you to take the initiative to meet at least 5 SAP Mentors at SAP TechEd this year - introduce yourself to those in "blue shirts," ask them what their area of expertise is. Then ask them the toughest question you can think of, and maybe take a selfie to capture the start of a new relationship (remember, tweet #saptd 😆 ).
I agree that the Mentors are very approachable. On my only (to date) TechEd experience I spent quite some time on the showfloor (and at the piano bar 😉 ) talking to Mentors I've followed on SCN/Twitter but didn't know IRL. And as I couldn't find the super-busy Tammy Powlas on the showfloor, I went to one of her sessions just to say hi. It was worth it 🙂
Awesome .. , but is not fair a selfie contest, i.e: What about Julia Dorbic ? she won't have time for anything else with a queue of people asking for a Selfie (just kidding)
Jason, another question, will you bring me a bottle from Vegas ? 😉
Waitaminute...won't bottles in Barcelona will be same as those in Las Vegas? I think they might be same. If they're different, then you can have mine. 😛
Haha! How come I only see this now? And what is this all about Luis? 😉
Making the Mentors more visible, showing what interesting, fun, including and also amazing experts in their fields they are would be indeed a good idea! 'Get a selfie with a Mentor' could be a challenge on the (twitter)-showfloor, this way we could engage people in conversations and they could get points or smth for each selfie with a Mentor. Not to forget a hashtag with their expert field, to show the diversity of the mentor program!! Or lets present a 'Typical Mentor Story' at an Expert Networking Session or the like, or invite interested participants to a Q&A with the Mentors! There are so many options! How about a new video showing the value of the program around the globe? What do you think?
Looking forward to seeing everyone in Barcelona!
Great suggestions Julia!
A lot of these are in the works, including a new value of SAP Mentor Program video, topic meetings & Q&A with SAP leads, and more in an upcoming call (including SAP Mentor Mondays webinar).
Moshe Naveh did that last year at berlin. It was great fun. I'm in 😎
We took a selfie last year after I grabbed a t-shirt with you 🙂
Hi Gabriela, yes I remember that selfie! Hope to see you at TechEd again this year.
Yup, I'll be there - see you in Vegas! 😀
+1 to all of your wishes
+1 all of your wishes. What's the story behind the bottle? Anyway, I also want one 😉
I think it was 2013 in Vegas where everyone got a waterbottle which you could refill.
Muuuuuch better than the one-way water/softdrink bottles.
2012, and 2013, not sure about 2014 ...
Yes, 2014, too.
2014 wasn´t so good as 2013.. 🙁
My additional wishes: - better breakfast (most important meal of the day, as we know 🙂 );
- better management of hands-on sessions - at least in 2013 there was a lot of time simply wasted because of some technical issues or incorrect handouts.
+100 on the WiFi. I really want to do live demos in my session but I've never had WiFi good enough (at TechEd or Sapphire) to do that. Watching video just isn't the same. And I need to use my own laptop for the demos, but I've never been able to connect it to the wired network, which I assume is restricted to SAP-only devices?
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