It seems like just yesterday that we were kicking off #HPMeetup16 in Beijing and Grenoble, then making our way over to Seattle, so it seems too soon for me to write this, but -- #HPMeetup16 has concluded with a bang in Barcelona, São Paulo, and Dublin! Where has the time gone? I guess it really does fly when you're having a good time 😉
In August, HP Experts in our Spanish community met up in Barcelona. For those of you who don't know, HP's main European office is in Barcelona, so of course, they had to stop by for a visit.
Experts were treated to a tour of the HP Graphics Demo Center, as well as a presentation about the latest in 3D printing and mobility technology. They also had the opportunity to share their feedback and ideas with the European customer support services teams.
When Experts weren't exploring HP Barcelona, they were out exploring Barcelona! This included lunch in Barceloneta and a trek up to Montjuic for the best view of the city. And of course, no Barcelona visit would be complete without a visit to La Sagrada Familia.
Then last month, our Portuguese community descended upon São Paulo, where Experts got to visit HP's São Paulo office, which also houses the HP Experience Center. They also had the opportunity to play with some of the newest HP products. Bonus: the Meetup also coincided with the the HP Support Forum's Portuguese community's 7th birthday!
Besides visiting the HP office and HP Experience Center, Experts also had a chance to take a tour of the coast of São Paulo state, including Monte Serrat and the Port of Santos. And being in Brazil, they had to make time in the itinerary to visit the Soccer Museum and Stadium of Santos FC!
Over in Dublin, our German community met up for the last #HPMeetup16 event earlier this month. Here's a fact that might be surprising to some: HP's Leixlip campus, which is about a 30 minute drive away from Dublin, is one of the major hubs for HP's ink technology. Being so, Experts were treated to a tour of the actual ink production lines and got to learn all about what goes into the technology, how the quality control process works, and even got to get hands-on with the demos.
Outside of the ink production lines, Experts got to explore the beauty of the Irish countryside, as well as the Guinness Storehouse, aka the Guinness Factory. When in Rome (or in this case, Dublin!)...
And that's a wrap for #HPMeetup16! To recap, that's 6 Meetups, in 6 different countries, with all 7 of our different language communities represented, which brought nearly 100 HP Experts from all over the world together over the course of 2016. The HP Support Forum will celebrate its 8th anniversary next month and it's been amazing to see how it's evolved and moreso, how many people our Experts have helped, and all the relationships that have come out of our communities.
Thank you to everyone who contributes to this amazing community and makes events like these worthwhile and a reality!