Looking for the tech event of the year? Dreamforce 2017 is right around the corner. The diverse array of speakers, hands-on sessions, creative talks, and fun social events draw thousands of participants from around the globe to Dreamforce, which takes place November 6th through 9th in San Francisco.
Salesforce, the host of the conference, has been named by Forbes Magazine the number one most innovative company in the world, providing technology services and software to help create and run your business. With ratings like that, it’s clear that this conference is more than just your average tech event, and here are our top reasons to get excited for Dreamforce 2017.
You don’t have to be an IT expert to speak at tech events anymore. Listen to everyone from politicians to chefs to nonprofit CEOs in addition to your favorite IT professionals as they inspire you to find unique solutions for your business. Dreamforce’s speaker lineup for the 2017 conference is sure to make anybody jealous, featuring talks from Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, actor and entrepreneur Ashton Kutcher, Black Eyed Peas member Will.I.Am, Global Health Corps President and co-founder Barbara Pierce Bush, and former First Lady and healthy living advocate Michelle Obama.
Who says IT professionals can’t have fun? Many conferences feature music, poetry, dance, or other performances at night for participants to enjoy and have fun after a long day’s end. Want to see your favorite band in concert? Dreamforce is known for pulling the most popular stars across various genres for their conference concert, Dreamfest. Past Dreamfest concerts have included U2 in 2016, Foo Fighters and The Killers in 2015, Bruno Mars and Cake in 2014, and Green Day and Blondie in 2013.
Even the software at Dreamforce is unique from other conferences. Gain hands-on experience with the newest cloud computing software. At last year’s conference, Salesforce gave an in-depth exploration of Einstein, an artificial intelligence product. You can learn all about how Salesforce can help you with various three-day pre-conference sessions to teach you how to best use the technology and to tailor it for your business. Enhance your skills by taking Salesforce’s certification courses. Become a Salesforce Certified Administrator, Salesforce Certified Commerce Cloud Digital Developer, Salesforce Certified CQP Specialist, and more.
You don’t need to be an IT professional to benefit from Dreamforce, whose sessions are as unique and innovative as the technologies themselves. Not only are the sessions hands-on, allowing you to truly soak up all of the information, but the topics also cover a variety of categories. This year, you can expect sessions in dozens of fields including communications, education, energy, finance, government, media, nonprofit, and more.
Explore the ways in which tech influences every part of life. Learn how an admin can create reports to the team or about data-sharing in a university office. Schools can learn about personalized student internship models in elementary, middle, and high school systems.
Running a nonprofit? Learn how Salesforce’s’ software can help you better run your organization and effectively manage your services.
Sometimes, you just don’t want the learning to end, and luckily, it doesn’t have to. With many attendees returning year after year, Dreamforce has cultivated a sense of community. People attending the event are called ‘trailblazers’ for their innovation and entrepreneurship. Once a trailblazer registers for the conference, you become part of the ‘Success Community’, where you can continue to communicate with fellow members, trade tips on how to improve, and share stories about your experiences, even after the conference has finished.
Customer Success Expo
All the technology you want in one room. The expo is your one-stop shop for all the latest software from Salesforce and its long list of sponsors. At the expo, you can meet experts and gain tips, or try out your favorite software developments before they hit the market. Explore the software you like and become inspired by fellow attendees’ stories of personalizing the software for their companies.
The expo is also your chance to hear about how hundreds of other software companies tailor their services to work alongside Salesforce. Discover how IBM’s Bluewolf can assist your organization, or how T-Mobile’s business wireless plan can serve your business. Partners for this year’s conference include IBM, Deloitte Digital, Accenture, Facebook, T-Mobile, Amazon, Prezi, and hundreds more. Look for your favorite company on their complete list.
Dreamforce’s service aspect is yet another piece that sets this conference apart from many other tech conferences. Last year, the conference raised over three million dollars for Project (RED), to fight AIDS. Daily activities are available for conference attendees to join in something hands on while making an impact in the community around them. Dreamforce works to add social impact into every aspect of the conference experience, even down to this year’s Dreamfest concert, raising money UCSF Children’s Hospitals.
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