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What Attendees Are Saying About Dreamforce

I have been contributing to the Salesforce Community for past 3 years but my luck has never allowed me to attend DREAMFORCE, though I fought really hard. I’m already fighting for 2017, and stronger than ever! As Dreamforce is now almost here, I thought it would be awesome to ask members of the Salesforce Community what they are thinking leading up to Dreamforce (FYI: for more Information on Dreamforce please check my Blog). I also believe that sharing the views of the salesforce community will help me win my battle, the same as shown in the Movie “The Conjuring2”

Here is the dialog from the climax (“Your Name gives me Dominion away you Demon, and I do Know your Name”, are you chuckling, Oh! No no no!!!). I really want to feel the excitement, passion, and fragrance of being at Dreamforce, so the best way to feel it virtually is by collecting the experiences and thoughts from the Community itself.


Here I have listed some of the more well-known figures from Salesforce Community, let’s see what they feel about Dreamforce.

Abhinav Gupta


(Twitter | LinkedIn | Blog )

Dreamforce is an experience of a lifetime, everyone should at least go once, and I am sure they would never miss it next year. This event is huge beyond imagination, and I wonder how well Salesforce manages to execute the same every year. This event has plenty of opportunities for everyone, i.e. customers, partners, admins, and developers. You can surely take back a lot of learning and inspiration back from the event. What I like most about Dreamforce is knowledge which is flowing at a rapid pace all around, and networking with best minds in the industry, you will never find so many talented individuals at the same place anywhere else. See you at DF16!

Jennifer W. Lee


(Linkedin | Twitter | Blog  )

Dreamforce 16 will be my fourth Dreamforce and I already know it will be the best yet. I have made so many connections to those in the community since DF15. I look forward to not only learning new things as I do at every Dreamforce from Salesforce or my colleagues but also sharing my knowledge with others (did I mention, I am a first time presenter with three sessions?!) BUT most of all, I am really look forward to meeting those I’ve only interacted with virtually, whether it is via Twitter, through my blog, LinkedIn or the Success Community in the community or those who work at Salesforce in person. There is truly no other community like the Salesforce community. It’s a community of love and support. This is why #DF16 will truly be an EPIC Dreamforce for me.  If you have a passion for Salesforce and you’ve never gone to Dreamforce, you need to do what you can to attend one. I highly recommend it!

Eric Dreshfield


(Twitter | Linkedin |Blog )

It probably will come as no surprise to anyone who really knows me that what excites me the most about Dreamforce is the people. The people I already know, the people on my “must meet” list, the people I “know” only because I follow them on Twitter and the Success Community, and even the people I do not know at all! I say it all the time in my “Kevin Bacon” blog series, but it bears repeating: For me, one of the greatest strengths of the Salesforce Ecosystem is its people and the connections that are shared.

This year is no different. I’m excited to meet all the people. I’m also excited to hear what Marc Benioff will share during his keynote. If I don’t make it to any sessions, my Dreamforce will be complete, if connect with people, watch Marc’s Keynote, and the pre-keynote interviews conducted by Peter Coffee. The other aspect of Dreamforce that I’m really excited about is all the “Give Back” opportunities. Salesforce has really set the bar high this year with so many great opportunities for people to give back a little while at Dreamforce. (Red) is very inspiring – I hope they are able to help create an AIDS-free generation! In addition, Talk, Read, Sing is a great one…any opportunity to help children is a MUST, in my opinion.

Adam Olshansky


(Twitter | LinkedIn | Blog )

I’m super excited for Dreamforce this year! It’s always a great opportunity to connect with friends in the community I primarily know virtually. Also, a great place to learn something, get hands on with a new technology, and pick up some swag! It’s always pretty busy and I’m sure I’ll be exhausted by the end of it but it will definitely be worth it!

David Liu


(Twitter | LinkedIn | Blog )

Dreamforce: the best week of the year! I learn more during this week than I do in any other month!

Sharif Shaalan


(Twitter | LinkedIn | Blog )

I’m very excited to go back to Dreamforce for a few reasons.

1. To see all of my salesforce friends in person.

2. To see all the new features SF is working on.

3. Get a look at the roadmap for the various clouds!

Stephanie Herrera


(Twitter | LinkedIn )

How do I feel about Dreamforce? I don’t believe there is enough time or words to eloquently sum up how I feel about Dreamforce other than I HEART IT! It’s like the Nerd version of Disneyland! I love the fact that everywhere you go, there is an opportunity to LEARN! I also really love hearing the inspiring speakers and the awesome free concerts! My absolute FAVORITE part of Dreamforce though has to be the COMMUNITY! I get to hang out and mingle with other people who love Salesforce as much as I do! I’m so excited that I get to hang out with my Austin WIT group while meeting WIT members from throughout the country and the world all in one spot! I’m also VERY excited that I will get to meet so many of my #SalesforceSaturday peeps this year here at Dreamforce too! I’m a fan of so many of them on Twitter, it’s going to be so wonderful to finally meet them in person! Also, the freaking AMAZING people that work for Salesforce who go to such great lengths to make sure we have an amazing experience in San Francisco! To sum it up, it’s the awesome people that make Dreamforce so awe inspiring for me!

Amy Oplinger


(Twitter | LinkedIn )

My expectation of my second Dreamforce is that it will surpass last year because I am more involved in the community. I am helping out my dear friend, Melinda Smith, with the 2nd Annual WIT Photo Hunt, sponsored by Apttus. Please check it out on Twitter, and play along to win some fantastic prizes! There is a version for both Dreamforce attendees, and those at home. Secondly, you will get to see me, along with Salesforce Developer Evangelist Mary Scotton and newly minted MVP Shonnah Hughes up on stage, hosting a brand-new Dreamforce event- #AwesomeAdmin Lip Sync Battle!

My first Dreamforce was a truly magical experience one I will never forget. The learning, the people, the connections and the city of San Francisco all made an indelible impression on my heart. Will this year top it? It will be tough, but I look forward to seeing you all in San Francisco soon and doing our best to make Dreamforce 2016 the best yet!

Geoffrey Flynn


(Twitter | LinkedIn | Blog )

Dreamforce for me is a few things :

1 – The chance to connect with people face to face.  I still have so many people that I’ve only ever met virtually through the community, and last year I got a lot out of just being able to sit down with some of them and talk in person.

2 – The chance to talk with clients in a more casual setting.  I’m a consultant, so this is a big part of the overall Dreamforce week.  It’s typically a much different conversation when everyone is very clearly off-site and can take the time to sit down without worrying about getting back upstairs for the next meeting

3 – The chance to help.  With all I’ve gotten out of the community it’s only fair to try and give back through doing a session and also volunteering in the Admin meadow

4 – The opportunity to really take a deeper dive into a particular piece of Salesforce where I don’t feel that I’m as strong as I should be or is new and I need to start learning about

Special Tip : If I could give one piece of advice it would be to just go up and say hi to someone you want to meet.  Between the poor picture quality on the badges and people using different pictures for their community/twitter profiles, you can’t expect people to necessarily recognize you.  So go introduce yourself.

Reference : DREAMFORCE 2016 TIPS

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Dazzling Dreamforce

Inspired by Blog Series – Kevin Bacon by Eric ,Girly Geek By Lauren , Answers Community Leaders by Vinay & the Answers Community   forum of which I have been a part from a long time,I decided to put this series to share astounding truths about dreamforce. Special thanks to Eric Dreshfield for being an Awesome Mentor, Supporter, and a True Evangelist.



A Paradise where we have the time of our life & its Memories, that last a Lifetime…

What is Dreamforce :

Isn’t this only a Salesforce annual user conference? Strictly, yes, it is Salesforce’s primary yearly gathering. Yet, Dreamforce is so much more than that.

Individuals assemble in San Francisco from everywhere in the world to share thoughts and challenges, learn about new product capabilities, associate and network with one another, and, in general, be educated and enlightened about the Salesforce ecosystem. You get the opportunity to engage with thought pioneers, industry leaders, and a great many your companions from the ecosystem. What’s more, you’ll leave with great learning, new connections, and memories that will endure forever.  With more than 2,000 breakout sessions, helpful keynotes, an exceptional expo, and a rockin’ show, Dreamforce is the world’s biggest innovation gathering. Basically, it’s the spot to be for the Salesforce Community.

Dreamforce offers:

Learn Without Boundaries:

Learn and share best practices on more than 2,000 sessions, including expert and MVP led sessions and hands-on trainings, a Cloud Expo (the world’s biggest!), exceptional selections for admins and developers, as well as Circles of Success, where you can get your inquiries addressed by product specialists.

Network like There’s No Tomorrow:

Make connections and share best practices. Whatever your part, organization size, or industry, the Community is prepared to share its knowledge and skills, and is eager to connect with you outside of Dreamforce, or even simply share lunch with you at Dreamforce.

Give Back in a Big Way:

The Dreamforce community consistently meets the challenges to make an impact on other that is as large as the event itself. It’s mind-boggling what we can accomplish when we join together as a whole community. In previous years we’ve given 3 million dinners to those in need and gathered over a million books!

History Of Dreamforce


Dreamforce may be the greatest cloud meeting anyplace, and it’s rapidly getting to be one of the biggest innovation gatherings in the world. With that developing notoriety, the industry has generally expected huge names when Salesforce declares the gathering’s keynote speakers. From Dreamforce’s first year, CEO Marc Benioff has shared conversations with VPs, performing artists, CEOs, and illuminating tech industry celebrities.

A list of all the Dreamforce keynote speakers from 2003-2016

Here’s a far-reaching history of Dreamforce keynote speakers since 2003, the first year of the Salesforce gathering. In the initial couple of years, Dreamforce was called a “Client and Developer Conference” and the speaker rundown did not feature such recognizable names as it does today. Still, Benioff figured out how to stock the speaker list with pioneers and innovators: Note beginning in 2013, Dreamforce and the Benefit for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital were joined. Earlier years, they were separate events.

2003 – Dreamforce 1 –(November 9-11)

Adam Bosworth (SVP of BEA Systems), Halsey Minor (Chairman and CEO, Grand Central), Chris Thomas (Chief E-Strategist, Intel), David Vaskevitch (SVP and CTO, Microsoft Corporation), Ernie Cormier (VP of Business Solutions, Nextel)

2004 – Dreamforce 2 –(November 1-4)

Brad Boston, (SVP and CIO, Cisco Systems), Adam Bosworth (VP of Engineering, Google), Marie Wieck, (GM, IBM), Jim Balsillie (Chairman and Co-CEO, Research In Motion) Jonathan Schwartz (President and COO, Sun Microsystems), Joe Rymsza, (President and CEO, Vettro), and Subrah Iyar, Chairman and CEO, WebEx)

2005 – Dreamforce 3 – (September 11-14)

Chris Anderson (Tech Luminary, Editor-in-Chief, WIRED Magazine), Adam Bosworth (VP of engineering, Google), John Freeland (Global Managing Partner, CRM practice, Accenture), Laurent Philonenko (VP & General Manager, Cisco), Chris Thomas (Chief strategist, Intel)

2006 – Dreamforce 4 – ( October 8 – 11)    Colin Powell

2007 – Dreamforce 5 – (September 16-19)  George Lucas

2008 – Dreamforce 6 –  (November 2-5)

Michael Dell, Neil Young, Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), Dave Girouard (President of Enterprise, Google)

2009 – Dreamforce 7 – (November 17-20)

Colin Powell, Shantanu Narayen (President and CEO, Adobe), Dave Girouard (President of Enterprise, Google)

2010 – Dreamforce 8 – (December 6-9)      Bill Clinton

2011 – Dreamforce 9 – (August 30 – September 2)

Eric Schmidt, Gary Vaynerchuk

2012 – Dreamforce 10 – (September 18-21)

Colin Powell, Jeff Immelt, Tony Robbins, Sir Richard Branson

2013 – Dreamforce 11 –(November 18-21)

Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer (CEO and President, Yahoo!), Deepak Chopra.

2014 – Dreamforce 12 – (October 13-16)

Hillary Clinton, Al (October 13-16) Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Max Levchin

2015 – Dreamforce 13 (September 15-18)

Marc Benioff(Chairman & CEO, Salesforce),Satya  Nadella(CEO,Microsoft), Jessica Alba(Founder,The Honest Company),Sujan Wojcicki(CEO,YouTube),Goldie Hawn(Founder,TheHawnFoundation), Hikmetersek(President/CEO,Western Union), DR. Laura Esserman(MD,UCSF School of Medicine),

2016 – Dreamforce 14- (October 4-7)

Melinda Gates (Co Chair , Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation),MARC BENIOFF (Chairman & CEO, Salesforce),Patricia Arquette,Billie Jean King ,Deborah Duggan (CEO, RED)

References : 

Dreamforce ’16 Ready

Get Ready for Dreamforce

5 Things to Know About Dreamforce ’16