Did you suffer from:
Then you probably suffered from PSTW, Las Vegas strain. My prescription? The following InnoJam recap blog. It even has pictures! Or links to pictures!
After the pre-con was done, I joined my team in time for Jane McGonigal's keynote presentation. While I'm going to leave the whole notion of gamification for enterprise reporting for another time, I will say that it does have its merits in specific applications. Her keynote was fun and even included the throwing of Angry Birds to an enthusiastic crowd- and since I caught one to take home to my daughter, it was even better! Following the keynote, it was time for the InnoJam judging. Taking some of the advice from the InnoJam coaches, our primary speaker (Vijay) got on stage to explain Team PUKR! Not being ones for outright pandering to the judges, Gretchen only took 1 copy of Jane McGonigal's book up, while I only mentioned that we linked to her book's Amazon.com page a few times. You can find the link to all of the recorded InnoJam's right here (Team PUKR starts about 46 minutes in): http://www.sapvirtualevents.com/teched/sessiondetails.aspx?sId=72
We might not have won- but we likely had the most fun out of any team. I appreciated the 'likes' from Jane McGonigal on our entry: she liked that we had 'character' and that we allowed for the option for people to choose the game! A highlight for me was getting the chance to speak in front of the InnoJam crowd and have it streamed over TechEd Live Online (which I did NOT know at the time)! When I took a look around the stage and saw 7 other SAP Mentors on stage with a HANA based, BusinessObjects Explorer Mobile and Xcelsius-fronted idea that started on a napkin and ended up on that screen in less than 24 hours- I realized that life is pretty good!!
I came into InnoJam with a preconceived notion, mainly around the fact that my particular skill-set might not be useful, only to be proven wrong. Our team wasn't the only team who utilized BusinessObjects, mainly Explorer Mobile. I also believe that other teams would've used BusinessObjects products, had more BOBJ folks been present. For those who have been on the fence about the whole 'platform-agnostic' vs 'ERP' BOBJ side of the fight, I believe that InnoJam allows ANY BusinessObjects developer a chance to interact with new technology and leverage your expertise. If you have a chance to sign-on for Madrid, Bangalore or Shanghai- take it!
I'll update the blog as soon as I get a chance to remember where and how I can post Team PUKR's SWF file for the community to 'game'!
In the interim, please accept this screencap:
Here's a picture of Team PUKR (minus one) from up on the InnoJam stage:
And finally, here's my gallery of assorted TechEd 2011 shots- courtesy of SAP, Aslan Noghre-Kar and my lousy BlackBerry Tour's camera: