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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.

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

Abhinav Gupta

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(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

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(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

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(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

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(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

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(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

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(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

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(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

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(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

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(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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Know About Summer 2016 Class Of Salesforce MVPs

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Salesforce has recently  announced their  Summer 2016 Salesforce MVPs.  Here I am with this post congratulating all new MVPs with a bit of intro about them and what awesome they do in Salesforce World !!

My heartiest congrats to all the renewed MVPs as well 🙂 

Let’s deep dive into the briefs of new 21 Salesforce MVPs….

Adam Olshansky

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(Twitter | LinkedIn | Blog )

Adam Olshansky is 11x certified professional and currently working as a Salesforce Developer at YouTube. He is Trailhead addicted(110 Active Badges) and handling Trailhead LeaderBoard. He featured on SFDC99 for earning 5 certificates in only 6 weeks. Adam has a blog and co-host of a podcast, enjoys giving back to the community for those who have helped him. If you haven’t read his blogs yet, do not miss them. One of my favorite blogs is “Start Your Salesforce Journey“. He also spends his time to do volunteer with VetForce, RAD Women, and spreading the Salesforce love on Twitter and LinkedIn. Want to know more about him? Check here.

Adam Kramer

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(Twitter | LinkedIn )

Adam Kramer is 2x SFDC Certified professional and working as a Senior Project Manager for one of Salesforce.org’s partner companies, KELL Partners. He is also #NPSP Advisory Board Member,  Speaker at NTC, Southeast Dreamin, and Midwest Dreamin. He is an awesome contributor for implementing Salesforce solutions and best practice consulting services for nonprofits.He is working as a superhero solving complex problems for Salesforce.org customers and enjoys volunteering and restoring his 100+yr old house, with a little help from his pet Chihuahua. I love his post about Dreamforce an absolutely must attend event for Nonprofits and Higher Eds .Want to know more about him? Check here .

Jean-Luc Antoine

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Jean-Luc Antoine is Certified Technical Architect(7x certified) and working as Enterprise Architect Managing, Principal at Capgemini. In past, he worked as a Principal Consultant for Salesforce at San Francisco, CA. He is an Author of PAD apex framework, AdminBooster and Scripting Toolkit for Salesforce. He was also among top Salesforce 25 in London’s Calling Event.

Buyan Thyagarajan

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Twitter | Blog | Salesforce Community )

Buyan Kumar is salesforce architect specializing in higher education leading a Salesforce team for Eigenx. He is specialized in marketing automation solutions like Marketing cloud and Pardot. He is doing awesome contributor by his blog for higher education. Want to know more about him? check here .

Chester Bullock

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( Twitter | LinkedIn )

Chester Bullock is working as a VP, Digital Marketing Technology at Trendline Interactive. He involved in digital marketing since the mid-90’s. He specializes in ExactTarget, API, database architecture and salesforce marketing cloud. He is also an author of Salesforce Marketing Cloud For Dummies book. I love his post 6 Tips For Your First Week In Email Marketing.

Daniel Peter

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Twitter |Blog | Linkedin | Developer Blog )

Daniel Peter is 18x certified (Really hats of you) professional and Lead Applications Engineer at Kenandy. He is running user group Bay Area Salesforce Developer Group and prior to that he ran North Bay Salesforce Developer Group. He is doing awesome contribution via his personal blog. I love all his lightning blog posts. He also has spoken at Dreamforce and community events and contributed some articles to salesforce developer blog. Want to know more about him? Check his recent podcast with some personal background here.

David Giller

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David Giller is Salesforce Trainer,Author, Blogger,Founder & CEO of Brainiate. He is a leader of Northern New Jersey Salesforce User Group and co-leader of New York Salesforce User Group. He is also Author of the “Getting Started in Salesforce Series” on Amazon. He is doing awesome contribution about Salesforce related tips, best-practice via his blog post.Want to know more about him? Check here 

Douglas Ayers

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( Twitter | Blog | Linkedin )

Doug Ayers is 8x certified Salesforce enthusiast and Nashville Salesforce Developer Group Leader and currently working as Senior Developer at Virsys12. He is doing awesome contribution using his Blog and on GITHub.I love his blog post on Salesforce filter related lists without codeWant to know more about him? Check here  

Martijn Schwarzer

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( Twitter | Blog | Developer Forums  )

Martijn Schwärzer is 7x Salesforce Certified and currently working as a Sr. Consultant at Beethree. He is running “Netherlands Salesforce Developer Group“. He is doing awesome contribution using his blog and developer forum community. He was also among 25 people you should meet at Salesforce World Tour Amsterdam.

Elena Inurrategui

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( Twitter | Linkedin )

Elena Inurrategui is a Certified Force.com Developer ,Administrator and currently working at La Cle. She is from Argentina, and now living in Vancouver.She is co-founder at La Cle. She is a champ of Power Of Us Hub Community. She was awarded as Hub Hero by Salesforce in July’15 and now a Salesforce MVP !!

Gaurav Kheterpal

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( Twitter |Blog Developer forum | StackExchange )

Gaurav Kheterpal is a well-known Salesforce mobile expert. He has been a Dreamforce Devzone speaker every year since 2012 and is presenting 2 sessions at Dreamforce 2016 as well. Gaurav has been leading the Jaipur Developer User Group for last 4+ years and he’s presented at multiple DUGs across India. He works as Head-Mobility at Metacube, a Salesforce PDO partner in India. Salesforce recognized him as a ‘Developer Success Story’ on their developer blog last year. He was showcased among ‘22 people to follow before Dreamforce‘ in the year 2014. Gaurav ranks among the Top 2% contributors on Salesforce StackExchange and he’s a moderator on the official Force.com Mobile Discussion Boards.

Gaurav has also been a speaker at Salesforce World Tour in New York in 2015 and has presented sessions at leading technology conferences such as SenchaCon, DroidCon, TiConf, MobileMonday and several others. He’s also presented several webinars (example  – this one) educating people on Salesforce and been involved with Salesforce college campus outreach initiatives in India. He’s won several awards including Salesforce Global Mobile Development Challenge, Hammer of Thor, Appcelerator Enterprise App Challenge etc. He has also been covered on ‘Code Coverage‘ and ‘Admin Hero‘ – leading sites featuring who’s who from the Salesforce community.

Jennifer Lee

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(Linkedin | Twitter | Blog | Salesforce Community )

Jennifer W. Lee well known by Trailhead addict (123 Badges). She spoke at the Boston World tour this year on process builder and at the Salesforce Boston world tour and received the awesome admin award. If you are planning for Dreamforce this year then you can attend her session presenting in Dreamforce16 for the first time in 3 sessions (Related to process builder/flows).She also volunteered her awesome admin knowledge at the Ask the Experts booth at the NYC and Boston World Tours.

She is very active Member of the Boston User Group, Boston WiT, and Social media manager for WiT_Diversity. For sharing her love of Salesforce with the world, she is running her blog . She is an active member of the success community and active on Twitter, sharing information about Salesforce and interacting with the community. She was also featured in Girly Geeks of the week.

Kalman Sweetwine

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(Twitter| LinkedIn | GitHub)

Kalman Sweetwine is Certified Admin and Certified Sales Cloud Consultant and woking as the Lead Salesforce.com Analyst at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is Denver Salesforce.com NonProfit User Group Leader/Founder and awesome contributor to GitHub. He is also a steady contributor to the Power of HUB Community.Want to Know more about him? Check here.

Katie McFadden

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(Twitter | LinkedIn | NPSP)

Katie McFadden is the Director of Professional Services at Swift River Consulting and automation designer for nonprofits.She focuses on Salesforce implementations for nonprofits worldwide and targets small but highly motivated organizations as her market.She doing awesome contribution to NPSP as well.

Michael Slawnik

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(Twitter | Salesforce Hub | LinkedIn)

Michael Slawnik is a certified Admin and currently working as an IT Applications & Development Manager at Interlochen Center for the Arts. He is a co-leader of the Traverse City Nonprofit User Group. He is a champ of Power Of Us Hub Community and was awarded as Hub Hero by Salesforce in November’15 and now a Salesforce MVP !!

Rebecca Lammers

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(LinkedIn  |Twitter SFDC Community )

Rebecca works as a Business Analyst for Internet Creations . She was a recipient of Salesforce’s Awesome Admin award, earning the honor in 2015, the first year the award was offered.Today, she is a 5x certified leader of the Dallas Fort Worth Women in Tech User Group (formerly the DFW Girly Geeks) and a co-founder of the Dallas Fort Worth Study Geeks (A group dedicated to helping people preparing for their 201 and App Builder certifications). She volunteers for nonprofits through Jericho Road, an organization that pairs non-profits in need of Salesforce help with Admins who want to give back  and was a Midwest Dreamin 2016 speaker.

Shonnah Hughes

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(Twitter | Blog | Salesforce Community)

Shonnah Hughes is currently working as CRM Technical Lead at Minneapolis Institute of Art. I love her Girly Geek Chapter. She was Winner of the Dreamforce Journey to the future video contest  . She is running WIT Diversity Group as Leader , Minnesota Women In Tech Group as a Co-Leader and Minnesota Salesforce Study Group as a Leader.She is also doing awesome contribution using her blog and salesforce collaboration community.

Vered Meir

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Vered Meir is a certified Salesforce administrator and developer with over ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector and currently working as an IT Business Analyst at Year Up. She is a champ of Power Of Us Hub Community. She is also running her personal blog.

Mayank Srivastava

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(Twitter  |Blog | Salesforce Community)

Mayank Srivastava !! So who doesn’t know him? I am his big fan. He is an answers community contributor with around 8k Answers and 2100+ Best Answers. He is 13x certified and currently working as a Senior Consultant at Acumen Solutions. His success story featured on David Liu’s site and on Brent Downey’s blog. He helped numerous people who passed the ADM 201 exam through his own study groups with a 100% success rate so far(all 22 folks have passed their exams) which is incredible.Want to join the next one? You can join him here . He is also running his own personal blog at SUCCEED WITH SALESFORCE .

Vinay Chaturvedi

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(Twitter|LinkedIn | Blog | Salesforce Community)

Vinay Chaturvedi is a Salesforce community hero for Noida User Group. He is 4x certified and currently working as a Salesforce Consultant/Developer at Fujitsu. He is a Leader of Noida User Group and also runs Salesforce User Group Office Hours Call for APAC Region. He recently featured at Eric Dreshfield’s blog  . He is doing awesome contribution using Salesforce answer community and running his own blog. He is the big fan of Salesforce answer community and posted the number of the blogs about Salesforce community Answer leaders. Want to know more about him? Check here.

Calvin Smith

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Calvin Smith is 6x certified Salesforce professional and currently leading efforts to organize & launch DallasGiveForce which will be an ongoing program throughout the year to regularly help stand up small nonprofit org in the DFW community that meets his requirements for assistance. He is also a co-moderator on the Success Community in the Jobs Group. Want to know more about him? Check here.