In July 2020, London Salesforce Developers hosted our first virtual TrailheaDX Global Gathering. It was also our fourth virtual event since the COVID pandemic landed.
There are pros and cons to virtual meet-ups. Obviously we’d love to see and interact with each other in person. But an online event allows people to join who wouldn’t otherwise get the chance. Plus we had signups from around the world! From an organiser’s perspective, it’s much easier to run the events, with no searching for a venue and beer/pizza sponsor. All we need is the BrightGen sponsored Zoom account and we are all set.
For those who haven’t attended one, Global Gatherings are a little different to our regular events. Typically we’d have one or two deep dive talks on specific technology. Then the presenters would be responsible for putting together all of the information and demos. For a Global Gathering event we cover the key highlights from TrailheaDX (or Dreamforce). Then we point the attendees towards the Salesforce recorded talks. It’s a balancing act. You need to give enough information to capture the attendees’ interest, without replicating everything they will see in the official videos. We also needed to make sure we gave them enough information to answer some quiz questions, as we had a couple of cert vouchers to give away!
The areas we covered this time were:
- DevOps Center
- Platform Highlights:
- Salesforce Functions (formerly known as Evergreen)
- Safe Navigation Operator
- Transaction Finalizers
- Einstein Text and VisionGraph API and Limits
- FIELDS() SOQL command
- Code Builder (or the tech behind it, as I didn’t make the pilot – read more at the Bob Buzzard Blog)
Finally, there were a few interesting questions and answers from the True To The Core session. Including True To The Core turned out to be a good decision, as this is just become a monthly event hosted on Trailhead Live. In fact, the first session had just finished 15 minutes before our event started!
You can view the recording of the Global Gathering Here.
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