That's a wrap: #HPMeetup16 in Seattle success!

 

I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm still reeling from the excitement of last week's HP Experts Meetup in Seattle.  Following the fantastic Meetups of the French community in Grenoble and the Chinese and Korean communities in Beijing earlier this spring, the English community descended upon Seattle for our own adventure, and boy, does this crew know how to have a good time!

 

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Photo credit: @Duane_D and @Debbie_L

 

Last week, HP hosted members of our HP Experts family in the lovely city of Seattle.  These technical rockstars volunteer their time to help out folks on the HP Support Forum, so, of course, we want to recognize and celebrate them.  And what better way than by bringing them all together in person?!

 

Presentations and panels

During the three day event, Experts had the opportunity to hear from a variety of speakers, including HP leadership, Microsoft support engineers, CEO of Unikrn Rahul Sood, and no less than ten HP support engineers behind the HP products that our Experts support and know so well. Topics included the history of HP ink as well as HP motherboard and systemboard best practices.  Our team also got to pick our Experts' brains on what they like about the HP Support Forum and the HP Expert Program as well as what we can improve on during our Community Focus Session.  We received a lot of very valuable feedback (thanks, Experts!).

 

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Photo credit: @Duane_D and @Debbie_L

 

Product Showcase

Experts got to get up close and personal with the latest and greatest in HP products during our Product Showcase.  We got to hear all about the newest HP products from none other than the very folks who support and are behind these products.  Some of these goodies aren't even on the market yet!  Included on the roster were the new HP Omen, HP Envy x360, HP Zbook, HP Elite x3, HP Wearables including the Titan Juxt, Movado Bold Motion, and Isaac Mizrahi Smartwatch, and even the HP Spectre, the world's thinnest laptop!

 

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A surprise guest

We had a very special surprise guest join us – Rahul Sood, founder of VoodooPC, which HP acquired in 2006, and most recently, co-founder of Unikrn.  Since the HP acquisition, Rahul has been on an interesting journey, going from CTO of HP's Global Gaming Unit, to later joining Microsoft as their "GM For System Experience", among other ventures, before co-founding Unikrn, an eSports betting service where he is also currently CEO.  He walked us through his fascinating history as well as shared his thoughts on the future of gaming. 

 

Interesting fact: eSports viewership far surpasses tradional sports viewership and that gap is only growing.

 

Awards

While we were at it with the surprises, we had to recognize our Experts who go above and beyond in the community.  Recipients of the awards were those who consistently provide friendly and helpful answers to the community, and those who make exceptional contributions to the community.

Congratulations and thank you to @Futureperfect, @banhien, @DavidPK, @old_geekster, @Dragon-Fur, @Huffer, @erico, @Donal_M, @Ciara_B, @wb2001, and @IT_WinSec!

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Field trip to Microsoft

Outside of the conference hall, we took a field trip to Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington.  Their palatial campus, akin to a small city, is just half an hour outside of Seattle.  Experts enjoyed time in the Microsoft Visitor Center as well as employee pricing in the Microsoft store (thank you for hooking us up, Microsoft!).  One of my favorite parts of the campus visit?  It's going to have to be the food court, especially the gelataria.  What can I say – I like to eat Smiley Tongue

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The physical campus aside, the real pièce de résistance of the Microsoft visit was a Redstone presentation from Charles Erwin!  This long time Microsoft Principal Supportability Manager was such a hit at the 2015 HP Experts Global Meetup, presenting on the then-newly released Windows 10, that we had to have him back for another Meetup.  This time, Charles Erwin dived into Redstone, the upcoming Windows 10 update, and an enthusiastic crowd asked a lot of great questions.

 

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Needless to say, we had a good time at Microsoft.

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Some of us may have had a better time than others...

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Exploring Seattle

When we weren't chatting HP ink and new OS releases, we got out and explored Seattle!  For some of our Experts, it was their first time in Seattle.  For a few others, it was their first time in the States.  And for at least one Expert that I knew of, it was his very first time on a plane to get here.  So of course we had to show everyone a good time!

 

We started off with a Welcome Reception at Sazerac.

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And enjoyed a very tasty Pike Place food tour with Savor Seattle.

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Followed by some free time around Pike Place Market.

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We had a tasty last meal together at Capital Grille.

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Then we sent everyone home with a few parting gifts.

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Which, by the looks of it, everyone enjoyed!

Of note were these custom printed Coca Cola bottles.  Coca Cola's "Share a Coke" campaign uses the technology of the HP Indigo Digital Press to custom print labels for each bottle, so every Expert received a Coke bottle with their HP Support Forum screen names printed on them!

Another noteworthy gift were the Miir water bottles.  Miir is an HP partner and every water bottle that we purchase from them helps one person get clean water.

Then it was officially goodbye... For now Smiley Happy

 

Thank you to everyone for a fantastic Meetup!  We're glad that you all had a good time and enjoyed the content, goodies, and each other's company.  You are an amazing community to be part of it and it was a pleasure to host you.

 

Next stop?  Barcelona for our Spanish community!

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If anyone has any questions or is interested in being a part of the HP Experts Program and this awesome community, please feel free to PM me  Smiley Happy

Comments
Provost Provost
| ‎06-26-2016 12:00 AM

 

Congrats HP Team  Smiley Happy

 

Heart warming scenes....missed it, glad to be a part of wondeful HP Expert community  Smiley Happy

 

 

Provost Provost
| ‎06-27-2016 01:58 AM

@Debbie_L

 

A very comprehensive round up. Many thanks to HP and the team which allowed me to meet many wonderful people during the #HPMeetup16.

 

Quang

HP Administrator
| ‎06-27-2016 08:22 AM

Thanks so much for the great re-cap!  Great event and great Meetup!!

Great memories!!

 

Gladys

HP Support Agent
| ‎06-27-2016 10:22 AM

Hey Team,

 

It certainly was an amazing time.  From the moment we arrived till we left Seattle, we were treated amazingly. I enjoyed meeting all the people I see every day on the Forums.

 

Thanks again and Thanks for posting the pics.

 

Laurie Smiley Happy @Mrstenter

Community Manager
| ‎06-27-2016 12:00 PM

@visruth, thank you!  Wish you could've made it, but you were there in spirit Smiley Happy

 

@banhien, glad you could make it!  Thank you for the kind words Smiley Happy

 

@gvsummer, glad we could help you relive the memories!!

 

@Mrstenter, great to have you there and I'm so glad that you had a good time!!

Regents Professor Regents Professor
| ‎06-27-2016 03:23 PM

Its absolutely great to look back what we have done!! Smiley Happy

 

Fab Job Debbie!! Every single PIC looks amazing and great to be a part of this community.

 

Thanks much for sharing these PICS!!

 

Regards,

KNRK

Community Manager
| ‎06-27-2016 05:23 PM

@KNRK, thank you!  Glad you enjoyed the post and could make it the Meetup this year Smiley Happy

Provost Provost
| ‎06-27-2016 09:02 PM

Thanks for sharing the pics. Looks like everyone had a great time-do we expect any less when hosted by HP. Every event I've attended we are made to feel appreciated. Sad not to be able to make it this year but the pics brought a smile.

Community Manager
| ‎06-28-2016 03:31 PM

 @CherylG, we were so bummed to miss you this year, but appreciate your kind words.  Thank you for sharing!!

PhD Student
| ‎07-23-2016 05:00 PM

@DebbieL   Yes, congratulations and thanks for sharing pics from Seattle, great Meetup ! Smiley Very Happy

 

ferRx.

Community Manager
| ‎07-25-2016 11:39 AM

 Thank you, @ferRX, it was great times indeed! Smiley Happy

Regents Professor Regents Professor
| ‎10-29-2016 03:37 AM

Great Meetup for sure. Nice meeting those in person I had not seen yet also.

Seattle was really fun.

 

Glad to see there's a photo of my signature Coke too.    Smiley Very Happy

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