August 5 by Dandrew Cruda
The following is a recap of the live broadcast provided by Salesforce entitled The Road to Dreamforce. The broadcast focuses on a different topic of discussion every week and for yesterday’s live episode on August 4, The Road to Dreamforce gave us more information on what to expect as a developer attending the conference. Be sure to tune in on Tuesdays at 11:00am to catch a new live broadcast every week to help you prepare for Dreamforce.
The Salesforce Developer Community has had quite a year so far. With dozens of programs that have been running over the course of 2015, the developer community is as strong as ever. 2.1 million people are registered developers and there are currently 130 developer user groups in the ecosystem. If you’re a developer set to go to Dreamforce 2015, you’re in for a treat – other than 220 overall sessions dedicated to the developer track, the following are the top things to expect for your Dreamforce experience:
Increase Your Skill Set with Trailhead
Trailhead, the learning platform that incorporates gamification, was first introduced at last year’s Dreamforce. For this year’s conference, Trailhead will play a major role in the DevZone and be a focused, recurring theme for developers. With Trailhead, developers will have the ability to engage in various learning modules and pick their own specific trails, reinforcing their “Choose Your Own Adventure” tagline. There will be hands-on training sessions, instructor led workshops, and a quick-start area to work on modules with experts at hand for assistance. Before Dreamforce even arrives, developers have the opportunity to earn a Get Ready for Dreamforce badge by completing the DF15Trail in Trailhead.
An Action Packed DevZone
Make your way to Moscone West because the DevZone is the place to be if you’re a developer. As mentioned earlier, the DevZone will provide hands-on training with the help of Trailhead, but will also offer a variety of other things. This year, the zone will have a dedicated area to apps for wear-ables, which includes version two of an Apple Wear Developer Pack that provides everything you need as a developer to connect your apps into the iOS software and to integrate into an Apple Watch.
In addition, the DevZone library has been remodeled and is new and improved. It will still contain great content that consists of books, cheat sheets, but will now incorporate interactive content with Trailhead. Other cool things going on at the DevZone is the Lynx Smart Grill that will be showcased in the Internet of Things section and the plethora of Heroku giveaways that will be at hand. Something else new this year is the ability to schedule personal code consultations – be able to set a one on one with a developer expert and they’ll walk through architecture, debugging, high level issues, and more.
The Secret Announcement on August 25
On August 25, Salesforce is set to deliver a special announcement – no other official details or information have been released elaborating what the announcement may be. Even though this is before the week of Dreamforce, whatever the special news is, it is expected to excite the hundreds of certified developers around the world. The announcement will be delivered through an online broadcast that you can register for in the Developer or Admin communities. Viewing parties will be hosted by 100 different user groups in local cities to watch the live announcement, so be sure attend one of them to hear the news first!
Special Appearances from the Golden State Warriors
Okay, not the entire team, but someone from the starting five of the NBA champs will be in attendance at Dreamforce 2015 this year and will be on stage to speak. It’s a secret on who exactly will it be, so guesses are out for debate. Other than one of the players, members from their head office will also be going to Dreamforce. Rick Welts, the President and Chief Operations Executive and Chip Bowers, CMO of the Golden State Warriors are set to be at the conference – considering the amazing basketball season their organization has had, it is only right for the home team to join us at the biggest tech event in the world.
Other Cool Additions for Developers
Of course, there will be networking opportunities and parties. On the first day of the week of Dreamforce, there will be a happy hour in the DevZone, as well as Developer keynotes featuring Senior Developer Evangelist, Samantha Ready, and much more.