Whoever said training can’t be fun has never trained in Las Vegas.
“The best training is almost always going to be hands-on,” Big-Data-crunching statistician and best-selling author Nate Silver said in the Harvard Business Review on Tuesday. “Getting your hands dirty with the data set is … far and away better than spending too much time reading.”
SAP partners, customers, and others around the world are preparing to get down and dirty this fall at SAP TechEd 2013 – metaphorically, at least. The premier technical education conference for IT architects, administrators, and developers will kick off in Las Vegas next month; move to Amsterdam in November; and wrap up in Bangalore this December. Silver will kick off the SAP TechEd season in Las Vegas as the guest keynote speaker. He’s no stranger to data, having correctly predicted the 2008 presidential election in 49 of the 50 U.S. states. He has since been published in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and more.
Talks, competitions, and even a rock concert
Silver’s keynote on Monday, October 21, will launch a week of competition, education, and outright data geekery at the Venetian/Palazzo Congress Center. Following a concert Thursday night by rock band Imagine Dragons, the event will end with breakout sessions on Friday, October 25.
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Things to do in Las Vegas
Opening for Silver will be a 30-hour collaborative innovation-fest where you can join forces with fellow SAP partners, customers, and mentors to create a brand new application. InnoJam starts at 9 a.m. on Sunday and officially ends at 5:30 p.m. on Monday – 15 minutes before Silver’s keynote. “You could be working through the night, and SAP will provide you with the food and drink to keep you fuelled for what is truly a great bit of fun,” Thomas Scaysbrook said in his guide for SAP TechEd neophytes. “The best solution/app will go forward to compete at Demo Jam.” Often hailed as “the ultimate developer competition,” Demo Jam gives SAP customers, partners, and employees an arena to demonstrate new technologies and applications. InnoJam finalists will compete at Demo Jam on October 22 in front of a live SAP TechEd audience, which will determine the winner.
Training in SAP technology
Americas’ SAP Users’ Group (ASUG) will offer more than 100 hours of customer-led educational sessions, influence opportunities, and ASUG SAP Mentor sessions. ASUG’s partnership with SAP TechEd provides a great way to gain insight from real-world customer experience and know-how.
And enemies of dark data can join a league of crusaders looking for insights and hidden meanings within dusty and derelict repositories of unstructured data. Bring your data to Las Vegas and share your story with the Data Geek superheroes of SAP Lumira’s Data Geek Challenge. (Or did you think I was kidding about the data geekery?)
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And vote for which of us should cover SAP TechEd in Bangalore from Dec. 11 to 13. Feel free to tell us how we should get our hands dirty.
This article originally appeared on SAP Business Trends.