Welcome to The Wrap Podcast – where our Acceleration Economy team recaps the week and the latest from the business and tech market. Today’s episode is brought to you by Summit North America 2021, our in-person conference. In this episode, Bridget Courneya and Aaron Back are joined by special guest Wayne Sadin live at Summit covering highlights from the event this past week.
00:40 – Introducing Wayne Sadin, a member of the Acceleration Economy Analyst Network, as a special guest on this special podcast episode.
01:23 – The team discusses the 600+ sessions occurring all throughout this past week.
Sessions, Interviews, and Key Moments
03:02 – Bridget shares one of her favorite moments from the week: Women in Tech. This session hosted a panel of different perspectives to celebrate women in technology.
04:34 – There was an abundance of networking opportunities. For instance, Wayne sparks a discussion, reflecting on the incredible connections and conversations he had this week. Additionally, he talks about his major takeaways from the event and the sessions.
07:07 – Throughout the week, Bridget and Aaron interviewed Summit attendees. These interviews enabled them to gain more insight into the work interviewees have been doing within their companies. They also learn about their experience at the conference. The team also discusses how this event wasn’t just for IT and tech professionals. It’s aimed to educate business users.
09:00 – On Tuesday, we were able to virtually interact with representatives from Microsoft. So, attendees were able to learn directly from Microsoft experts.
12:59 – Bridget acknowledges that the concept of relatability was a huge theme this week, as it was full of learning experiences for everyone.
14:00 – Aaron refers to a Community News Desk interview where he got to hear about an attendee’s first-time experience and what he wanted to learn from Summit.
Why Attend Summit?
15:11 – The team dives into the question, “Why is it so important for people to attend Summit North America?”
16:08 – Wayne shares a story from when he was in college and first started reading technical manuals. He connects this to understanding technical language. Aaron further connects it to Summit, noting how it’s important to make practical use of this information.
19:37 – Co-creation has been on the rise, as vendors have been working closely with their customers.
21:12 – In a discussion about building software and considering others’ needs, Wayne provides insights from a book by Fred Brooks called “The Mythical Man-Month.”
22:40 – In an interview with Bridget, Pablo Moreno shares his book “Machine Learning in Power BI with R and Python.” Not only did he write it in English, but he also translated it into Spanish. In addition, he is working on a Portuguese version as well.
23:53 – It’s essential to compete fast. This doesn’t just apply to business. It also applies to your personal life, to stay ahead or you’re going to fall behind.