Volunteering at Future Decoded Part II
Being such a huge event, here are a few more of the interns’ and apprentices’ highlights during their time at Future Decoded:
"My Future Decoded experience began on the Jubilee Line on the way to Excel London. I started to speak to woman sat next to me that was reading something Microsoft related. We spoke about Future Decoded and I mentioned how excited I was. We walked towards the venue, both wishing each other a great day.
"As I roamed around the venue, completely in awe of the sheer magnitude of the event, I recognised the woman from the train on one of the screens, it was Toni Townes-Whitley, the Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector. I caught up with her later in the day; she was impressed with the fact I just started speaking to her and how genuine I was. She is a very inspirational woman and without Future Decoded I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet her."
"I was fortunate enough to work with the Microsoft HoloLens team that had been sent over from Redmond in the United States. If you didn't know already, Microsoft HoloLens is the first self-contained, holographic computer, enabling you to engage with your digital content and interact with holograms in the world around you. I was able to demo it briefly, speak to some corporate clients about their experiences with the HoloLens, and talk about their vision for the product within their organizations."
Nicole and Grace
Nicole: "I was lucky enough to attend Future Decoded for the second year running! Seeing what was on offer amazed me... From the robotic bartender last year, to the HoloLens this year. I really enjoyed exploring the expo area, visiting each stand and learning loads. I cannot wait to see what Future Decoded has on offer next year!"
Grace: "Whilst working at Future Decoded I was on the Orange Theatre welcoming and helping guests for the talks. Although I was volunteering to work, I was able to learn from the presentations I was helping with. This was a real bonus for me because it meant I got so much from the day, Microsoft volunteers are really encouraged to take part and get as much out of the day as possible. It was an experience I felt very lucky to be a part of and really taught me how big corporate events operate."
"At Future Decoded I got to shadow the marketing manager for Public Sector, meaning I got to sit in on various sessions where Microsoft partners came in to discuss how they were undergoing their digital transformation process. It was my job to record notes during these sessions and create post event blogs that feature on the Public Sector page at Microsoft’s website. This was a great experience as I got to meet the extremely influential Microsoft employees from the US, and partners who use our products; giving me an insight into how we have life impact on organisations. I also got to spend time with the Microsoft social team who are were responsible for every social post about the event. This was another amazing experience as I got to see how Microsoft handles all their social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter during a huge event."