Dreamforce. It’s the must-attend tech conference of the year for anyone who’s anyone in the Salesforce Ecosystem. Salesforce hosted the first Dreamforce in 2003 with an attendance of 1,300 people. Ten years later, in 2013, Dreamforce was home to over 130,000 attendees, and now, in its 15th year, the event has sold out, with a rumored attendance closing in on 200,000. That’s more people than those who call Salt Lake City, Utah, home. That’s some phenomenal growth! Dreamforce has had some amazing speakers over the years too. People like Melinda Gates, will.i.am, Mark Cuban, Billy Jean King, General Colin Powell (two different years,) and the list goes on and on. At Apttus we might define “celebrity” a little differently, so we came up with a few questions to ask each of our celebrities.  So without further delay, allow us to introduce our fifth celebrity of Dreamforce 2017.

Celebrities of Dreamforce 2017: Introducing Justice Sikakane

Our fifth Dreamforce Celebrity for 2017, has been working with Salesforce since 2013, and yet only started attending Dreamforce 2 years ago. He’s incredibly knowledgeable, super passionate about making connections with people, and loves to share wisdom. Let’s meet Justice!
Oh the memories!

Apttus: What year was your first Dreamforce, and how many have you attended since then?

Justice Sikakane:

    • My first Dreamforce experience came in 2015. Since then I’ve attended Dreamforce on one other occasion and that was in 2016; in which I was honored to be featured as an Admin Theater Speaker. I will be attending this year as well.

Apttus: Who was your favorite speaker from Dreamforce 2016, and why?

Justice Sikakane:

    • My favorite speaker from Dreamforce 2016 was Leah McGowen-Hare. I appreciated and enjoyed her knowledge, conveyed expertise and inherent ability to deliver with a strong sense of energy and excitement.

Apttus: Which band was the most memorable?

Justice Sikakane:

    • Believe it or not, I haven’t attended any of the concerts at Dreamforce thus far.

Apttus: What’s your funniest Dreamforce memory?

Justice Sikakane:

    • My funniest Dreamforce memory was when my friend Hamza Abib and I were performing karaoke in front of our fellow Ohana and hearing Salesforce MVP Rebe de la Paz from the audience yell out: “You guys aren’t singing the right words!”
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Excuse me, Don’t I know you…

Apttus: Has anyone ever asked you for a selfie?

Justice Sikakane:

  • Yes. (Editors note: I’ve seen Justice in many selfies, and I think there’s even a few with me. His simple reply of “yes” cried out for more!)
Looking Forward

Apttus: What excites you most about going to Dreamforce 2017?

Justice Sikakane:

    • The opportunity to learn new features, meet new people; as well as embracing the opportunity to inspire many first timers at Dreamforce on why the Salesforce Community is the #1 Community in the Technology industry.

 

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Apttus: If you could offer any advice to Salesforce rookie, what would it be?

Justice Sikakane:

    • I’d say: immerse yourself and put yourself out there to meet new people. The Community is comprised of experienced Admins, Developers and Evangelists. These are individuals that were once where you are and would love nothing other than to help you in your journey through the Salesforce ecosystem.

 

 

Now you know more about Justice Sikakane, and perhaps even a little more about what to expect at Dreamforce. Be sure to follow Justice on Twitter so you can keep up with this mover and shaker!

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