Late last week, Salesforce confirmed that for the remainder of 2020, all of their events including Dreamforce 2020 will be virtual. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this is not surprising. Salesforce held their Sydney World Tour as a virtual event earlier this year. This allowed them to have an experience for 80,000 people instead of the regular 11,000.
Firstly, Salesforce should be commended on taking a sensible “safety first” approach to event planning. For partners and potential attendees like us, it also gives clarity. Dreamforce is a very expensive experience, between flights, hotels, food, marketing, and fun. Planning and then cancelling such things can cost a small fortune in deposits, so this should minimise any risk of loss for people.
Additionally, even a Dreamforce at 33% of regular size would still be around 60,000 people. Given everything that has occurred, even if we are out of all forms of lockdown in November, it would be unwise to congregate that many.
Virtual Dreamforce 2020 Ideas
I hope the whole Salesforce ecosystem can use the time now before whatever virtual event occurs to plan to make it as good as possible. Our COO Paul shared some thoughts on making the most of virtual events earlier this week which you can read to get preparing as well. Some ideas we have had in the Galacticos team we would love to see include:
- A rolling 24 hours of coverage rather than a single fixed timezone. This will allow the maximum number of attendees to experience the content.
- Stream everything and make it instantly available for review. Pre-record just in case.
- A virtual 24 hour Dreamfest to raise money? Now we have no fixed time to worry about, what about a longer event globally to raise even more!
- A virtual hangout experience somehow – anyone remember Second Life?
These are some of the crazy things we have thought of – what ideas have you got? What would you like to see?
Zoom Gets 20x More Users
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Salesforce Org Limits App
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