Seamlessly Survive #SAPTechEd 2017 Las Vegas a @SAPMentors Recap
This webcast was held today
Ric Rogers started. Ric is the Global TechEd lead to produce the series globally
New thinking going on behind the scenes
You know who is coming…as SAP gets ready for the event.
Trying to attract more of the “who” – want all the technologists as it is the premier event for SAP.
This is a quick look next week
Monday is the Big Data event/product launch and a free lunch
You need to register in advance
9:00 am keynote on Tuesday – do not be late…will be exciting – content and entertainment
JAM band plays Tuesday evening
Wednesday morning run
After hours party on Thursday
The changes for 2017 – need to start embracing more modern audiences from SAP and expand the audience
With new SAP Leonardo, there is something for everybody
Boiled conference tracks to 5 easy themes
Synergy between show floor and conference sessions
Special pass for developers
Check through the website – 5 themes
Know is analytics
Run – core technology
Transform – Leonardo
Unlock is big data
Engage – UX and Fiori experience
Show floor – Venetian – closer to content
“no more basement” said some webcast attendees
SAP Experts & Solution Center – personalize content experience
Guide in right direction; can schedule NOW when logon
Showcases…always on – 5 themes and subjects on show floor
Designated footprint at designated time
Lecture series on show floor
Strategy talks focus on 5 content themes; a bridge between keynote and meeting rooms
Thought leaders for innovation talks
Re-think of Developer’s garage
- this is more about audience than hardware
- similar to build zone last year
- code reviews
- reached out to platform partners
Like the Hangout zone but this is more about community and sharing
Clubs – every 30 minutes a presentation – more of a meetup
More tips from Ric:
- One thing you will notice in the Pack Your Bags email. There will NOT be a printed guide in 2017. It might be a good idea to print a show floor pdf before you leave for the event.
- The mobile guide will have a full map and of course access to personal agendas
- The app will actually pull up your registration barcode when you enter the check-in area. Getting and activating the app on your personal wifi before arriving will move you much faster through registration
- The SAP Community will be hosting a lounge near registration. Often times Las Vegas hotel rooms aren’t available until later in the afternoon. If you arrive early, this is a good place to wait.
- TechEd is providing a conference bag for anyone on a full-conference pass again this year. If you normally pack an extra you can skip that.
- Hotel rooms in Las Vegas have lots of numbers. Keep your key packet or take a picture of your room number so you don’t forget where to go.
Add these sessions to your agenda
Add these SAP Community sessions to your agenda
These are Jelena Perfiljeva tips for transportation
Pack headache pills
Don’t hesitate to ask for help
Don’t carry so much
More from Jelena with links:
- Free attractions within walking distance from the venue: the volcano at Mirage (8pm and 9pm), Fashion Show Mall, Fall of Atlantis at Caesars, Wynn Resort (amazing architecture and art works on display, free to look at 🙂 )
- Notable restaurants “where locals eat”:
▪Raku (Japanese, small plates)
▪FireFly (Spanish / tapas)
▪Honey Salt (“farm to table”)
▪Lotus of Siam closed till end of month due to a roof collapse
Chris – play at networking lounge
More tips from Chris:
Check that you have the correct:
- Travel documents
- Vaccinations or shots
- Travel Insurance
- You are booked to the correct destination – don’t joke
- Inform your Bank and Credit card company you are going to be outside your normal spending activities
Travelling to TechEd is a journey which usually takes at least a few hours.
Often crossing and entering different states and/or countries.
After 15 years of travelling a few things have kept me sane
Your travel is mostly outside of your control – delays and cancelations happen. Live with it
Be respectful of people who work for the travel company
Bring things to keep you occupied – do not spend your time drinking
Keynote tips from Chris:
There are several areas in the keynote theatres which are reserved for groups of people. Look at the seating maps – a good place to sit is behind the Analysts and Blogger program
Wifi in the keynotes is awful – be careful of roaming charges but using Mobile network data is better
Take pictures, take notes – but enjoy the keynote and absorb the content. There are things which will take time to connect in your head so you need to be listening
Ric says “Note again that the keynote is up on the fifth floor. Allow some extra time to get up there”
How to “timetable” yourself:
There is a ridiculous amount of content available – nearly everyone there has content to impart
Not all sessions are created equal, if they are bad get out and go to something good – always have one or two backup sessions available
Put your sessions in your calendar so you don’t have to keep the welcome pack with you
Download the presentations from the TechEd website and have them available to annotate during the session
If you have a question – ASK IT!!!!. You have paid a lot of money/time/effort to be there – get the value out of it!
Take the time to walk the show floor and talk to people in the booths – they don’t always bite and they want to chat
Graham Robbo says “If you have a choice between manning your session or meeting someone new – meet someone new”
Chris advises – what to bring with you daily:
Hydration – Water or isotonic drinks
Medication – headache tablets etc…
Comfy shoes and underwear – you will walk at least 5 miles EVERY DAY
Wear layers of clothes – show floor is hot and session rooms are cooler
Battery pack – for when you need to charge your mobile device
Travel plugs – at least 1, 2 is better. 1 for laptop and 1 for mobile device
Ric Rogers: There is a Walgreens just outside the entrance (porte chachre) of the Palazzo
HAVE A LOT OF FUN – say yes to stuff you wouldn’t normally do
Gambling – Jelena says
The House always wins
Maria Farrales says There are still seats available for SAP Inside Track Silicon Valley Sept 22 @ Google San Francisco
Tammy, thanks for posting!
Rafael Guimbala shared some good tips on the transportation from the airport to the hotel on the Mentor Jam, maybe he could add them here too? I thought those were very helpful.
Hi Jelena Perfiljeva I believe you summarized these below - we forgot to add them to our slides 🙂
Here from Rafael Guimbala :
Terminal 1 - Taxicabs are available on the east side of baggage claim, outside door exits 1 - 4.
Terminal 3 - Taxis At Terminal 3, taxis are conveniently located outside on Level Zero.
2- Uber or Lyft
Ride Share Pick up from Terminal 1
The Ride Share pick up is located on level 2M of the parking garage.
Ride Share Pick up from Terminal 3
The Ride Share pick up is located on the Valet level of the Terminal 3 parking garage.
If you never used Uber or Lyft there are some cupons you can use:
Lyft - code: "newuser" - 20USD to use
Uber- code: "HITTHEROAD" - 15USD in the first ride
Group shuttles are an economical way to get from the airport to most major hotel/resorts. While en route, group shuttles make multiple stops at locations along the way, so relax and enjoy the spectacular view.
Terminal 1 - Group shuttles are available on the west side of baggage claim, outside door exits 7 - 13. Airport personnel are available to help queue the lines and provide assistance as needed.
Terminal 3 - At Terminal 3, shuttles are conveniently located outside on Level Zero on the west end of the building to serve domestic travelers and on the east side of the building to accommodate international travelers. Quick exit lanes will allow traffic to leave the airport quickly and airport personnel are available to assist as needed.