An Apprentice at UC EXPO
By Sean Phelps, Microsoft apprentice
What is UC EXPO?
Being part of the Office marketing team allows me to participate in a wide range of activities and events such as UC EXPO. UC EXPO is the largest Unified Communications event in Europe, so it was really amazing to be a part of! Unified communications is used to describe a communication system that uses a range of different applications and technologies that work together to optimise business processes. Microsoft had a large presence at the event promoting the Modern Workplace which encompasses Office 365, Skype for Business and Microsoft devices such as the Surface Hub. We were also surrounded by companies from Microsoft’s partner network which really gave me a sense of the size of the organisation!
Before the Event
My role before the event included contacting our partners in order to get their headset and roundtable devices on our stand. I was also in charge of managing and contacting Microsoft employees from a wide range of roles to help out on the stand. The partner’s devices were delivered to me before I shipped them off to the event.
After helping set up the stand and devices on the Monday everything was ready to go for the event. The doors opened to attendees at 9:30 and they flooded in making it the largest attended UC EXPO ever with around 7,000 people expected. Over the two days my main roles included giving demos on Office 365, continuum and the Surface Hub to attendees (which I really enjoyed!), as well as ensuring that everything was running smoothly. I also got the opportunity to film interviews with exhibitors from our partner network which I again really enjoyed.
After a tiring but fun two days the event drew to a close. I think events are a great opportunity to meet new people from other parts of the business but also to increase your confidence in talking to people you wouldn’t usually get the chance to. I really enjoy demoing products and am looking forward to taking part in even more events in the future.