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Team Galacticos Salesforce Event Highlights

Anyone in the Salesforce ecosystem will know, we’re one big ohana. And before the Covid-19 situation affected us all, events and conferences were a big part of what we do (from local user groups and community Dreamin’ events, to large scale World Tours and of course, Dreamforce).

With all Salesforce events for 2020 now being re-imagined, some of the team members at Cloud Galacticos tell us their event highlights from previous years.

 

Neel Meghani CTO – India Dreamin 2018

Neel at India Dreamin

“My second time attending India Dreamin was back in December 2018. Representing Cloud Galacticos was Phil Walton (CEO) and our new (at the time) COO Paul Battisson, along with myself. This was also a very memorable event for me as it was the first time speaking at such an event.

From my experience of Salesforce related events, India Dreamin stands out above and beyond all others. There seems to be much more passion for learning about the platform. The entire two days had the feel of something special happening and that the Salesforce community should take notice!” 

 

 

Paul Battisson, COO – Dreamforce 2014

Paul presenting at Dreamforce

“This was my second Dreamforce, so I had learned a few of the newbie lessons from my first Dreamforce and was much better prepared for the craziness. The reason this is my favourite Dreamforce is that I did my favourite ever talk for the first time – ‘Building Machine Learning Systems With Apex’ with my then colleague Jen Wyher.

Why is this my favourite talk? Firstly, it took a tremendous amount of effort to get the system working. Secondly, this means Jen and I hold the record for being the first people to discuss doing AI/Machine Learning on Salesforce, years before Einstein. We got such great feedback from the talk. It started so many conversations with people that changed how I spent the rest of the event.”

 

Phil Walton, CEO – Punta Dreamin’, Uruguay 2018

Phil at Punta Dreamin

“Salesforce events have taken me around the world! I am proud to say I have spoken at events on five continents, and Punta Dreamin was a great excuse to travel to a whole new continent for me. I had never been to South America, so my trip to Uruguay – via a few days in Buenos Aires, Argentina – was an amazing trip. 

Great food, great wine, and Aldo was a great host. Also I was training for the Manchester marathon at the time, so I running in the heat of Buenos Aires and Punta was amazing. I always say running is a great way to see the sights of a new city.

Phil running in Buenos Aires

I look back on international trips like Uruguay, India, Morocco, USA, and around Europe with fond memories. Hopefully they will be back soon and we’ll meet again!” 

 

Val Southern, Senior Consultant – Salesforce World Tour London 2019

Val at World Tour London

“At Cloud Galacticos, we work remotely so it’s always good when the team gets a chance to meet up at Salesforce events. And for me, one of my annual highlights has been the Salesforce World Tour London in May.

Last year’s conference was great. We held our first ‘Client and Partner Drinks Reception’ the night before. It was at a fabulous rooftop bar near Salesforce’s London office. As one of the  sponsors of the conference, we had a stand which meant our day started at 7am, and didn’t finish till 6pm. But as usual, the day flew by, especially as we had a special guest keeping us company at the stand in the way of Paul Sturgess, Britain’s Tallest Man!

It’s a shame that the event couldn’t happen this year, but fingers crossed for 2021!”

 

Nkosi Ncube, Developer – Mulesoft Connect 2019

Nkosi Ncube at MuleSoft CONNECT 2019

“I have been to a few Salesforce events, the most notable ones being the Salesforce World Tour. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 most events were not to be this year. 

However, I did manage to attend the Mulesoft Connect event in London in October 2019. The main highlight was actually finally meeting a fellow Galacticos, Mike Gill. And of course I can’t forget the swag (very important at events!).

We hope and pray these events will be back soon!”

 

Phil's Salesforce Tip of the Week

Dreamforce 2020 Will Be Virtual – Phil’s Tip of the Week #398

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.

Safety First

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?

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