Community Reporter @Adam Fowler did a fantastic job covering the Tech Summit in Sydney on Twitter! Now a week out I wanted to gather Adam’s thoughts on the event. Here is his interview:
- Of the sessions you attended, which were your favourites?
I think the Office 365 sessions were my favorites, as they were focused at the IT Administrator looking after the environment. Learning about some of the logic behind Office 365 Groups I can take straight back to my place of business and implement. It’s always good to take away information you can immediately use.
- Who do you think was the best speaker of the event?
I don’t like to pick favourites 🙂 It was great to see a lot of Product Managers from Redmond presenting, something we often don’t get in Australia. I did get to say ‘hi’ to @Michael Niehaus and saw a lot of other very high up people, which I think goes to show that Microsoft puts a lot of weight behind these events to make them successful and to share the knowledge.
- With a packed agenda, how did you determine which sessions to prioritize attending?
I used the Microsoft Tech Summit app which gives a list of all the sessions. I added anything that sounded interesting for the entire event (some timeslots had 5 sessions I was interested in!) and then when the time came up, I re-read the sessions and decided what the best fit was. I find I make better decisions at the time just before I need to go and want to commit to the most relevant or interesting to me.
- Outside of sessions, what other things did you do at the event?
I hung out at Microsoft‘s Tech Community Booth and answered a few questions from passers by which was fun, as I hadn’t done it in the context of being a Microsoft MVP before. I also went around to the vendor booths which is worthwhile finding out about other solutions out there as well as talking to existing vendors and getting an update on the latest information (and yes, getting swag is nice too!).
- What advice would you give someone who is attending the Tech Summit for the first time?
Go to lots of sessions, but also don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with anyone you come across. From my experience, the people that attend these events are very friendly and happy to have a chat. If you can’t find anyone that way, talk to people at booths or speakers after an event. Find what you’re passionate about and go for that. If you’re the social media type, that can be a good way to make new contacts too – there were a bunch of people I got to meet for the first time that I’d been tweeting to for months or years!
We also had @Dux Raymond Sy on site interviewing a few Microsoft staff at the event, check out his video interviews here
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