Ignite, Microsoft’s new, premier enterprise technology event, kicks off May 4th in Chicago. If you’re planning to attend the event, try your luck in the Ignite Trip Report Challenge sweepstakes. To participate, create a remarkable trip report of your learnings at Ignite using the newest Office application, Sway, and get a shot at winning one of three awesome prizes—Surface Pro 3, Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise-Cancelling headphones or GoPro HERO3 with an Office 365-branded chest harness. This gives you a fun way to share your experience with your colleagues back at the office while offering you the chance to win a great prize! Start building your Sway now, so it’s easy to add content once you are onsite at Ignite.
- Create a free account at sway.com.
- Start building your Ignite Trip Report in Sway by providing the information on each of the eight Ignite experiences below.
Ignite Experience #1—Introduce Yourself
Start your Sway with an introduction including your name, where you are based, your organization and your area of interest/expertise. Include 2-3 goals for the week at Ignite. Remember, Sways are public, so all you have to do to share your Sway is share the link.
Bonus tip: Add in a link to your profile on the Office 365 Network and Twitter/LinkedIn to help other attendees connect with you!
Ignite Experience #2—Keynote Key Takeaways
What announcement(s) in Monday’s keynote will impact your organization the most and why? In your Sway, note the news or demos in the keynote that you are most excited about or will have the biggest impact on your organization.
Bonus tip: Try the Twitter embed feature in Sway to pull in your favorite keynote-related tweet. Tag @office365_tech so we can follow along!
Ignite Experience #3—Best Sessions
What is your favorite session(s) from the week? Explain why and include the top three takeaways from the session as well as the speaker’s name.
Bonus tip: Videos of each session will be published to ignite.microsoft.com within 24 hours of the session. Share the link to the video if it’s available so your colleagues can check it out.
Ignite Experience #4—Hands-on Time with Products
To complete this challenge, you will need to grab a screenshot or picture of you exploring your favorite product(s) in the Office space on the Expo floor. It could be OneNote, Skype for Business, SharePoint or any of the others. Head to the Office booth in the Expo Hall to get started.
Bonus Tip: Try using a product or application that is new to you. This is a great chance to get tips from the pros at the booth and test drive new technologies like Delve, Clutter, Office 365 Video and others.
Ignite Experience #5—Photo Time
Head over to the Office 365 Network photo booth in the Office area of the Expo Hall and get your photo taken with your favorite product props. Add the picture to your Sway.
Bonus tip: There are a number of different ways to pull photos in to Sway. Upload from OneDrive, a USB, or even import from Twitter.
Ignite Experience #6—After-Hours Fun
Snap a picture and tag the best connection you made at one of the many after-hours events, such as the Welcome Reception Monday night, SharePint, #IamMEC, or just an impromptu gathering with friends new and old. Add the picture and a brief description to your Sway along with any relevant tweets.
Bonus tip: Provide a link to your new connection’s Yammer or Twitter profile to help them build their network.
Ignite Experience #7—Partner Solutions
Head to the Expo Hall to check out some of the innovative solutions delivered by Microsoft partners. Many offer fun activities and giveaways at their booths, so this is also a great opportunity to add to your swag bag. Add a picture of the partner booth and a comment about what makes their solution interesting or noteworthy to your Sway.
Bonus Tip: Add the link of the partner so your Sway audience can easily learn more about the organization and their offerings.
Ignite Experience #8—Attendee Party
No Microsoft event is complete without a special party on the last night! Snap a few photos and add them to your Sway along with notes on your favorite things about the party. We’ll read these and consider ideas for future parties!
Bonus tip: Try using the stack or group features to add more than one photo to Sway.
When complete, submit your Sway to the Ignite Trip Report Challenge group on the Office 365 Network by 12 p.m. CDT Friday, May 8th for a chance to win one of the great prizes. Winners will be announced in the same group at 5:00 p.m. CDT Friday, May 8th. Get more information about the Ignite Trip Report Challenge in this Sway. See Official Rules here.
Join us onsite at Ignite
We also have a number of activities planned for Office 365 Network members who will be onsite at the event in Chicago:
- Stay on top of event discussions and info in the Ignite Event group on the Office 365 Network.
- Come to the Office 365 Network Breakfast Meetup Tuesday, May 6th at 8:00 a.m. CDT in the Hall B Meal area to meet other people active on the network and the community team. Meeting invite here.
- Test your luck in the Ignite Trip Report Challenge by building an interactive trip report using Sway and submitting it to the Ignite group.
- Get social updates and participate in daily contests by following @office365_tech on Twitter.
- Snap a photo with your favorite product props at the Office 365 Network photo booth in the Office Expo area. Prints and digital files will be available immediately.