It was a beautiful mid-October week in Toronto, the perfect setting for the annual SOTI SYNC Conference. Mobile technology experts came together from far and wide to attend the industry-leading technology event, and NetMotion was no exception.
Our team was there in full force, eager to learn from successful SOTI customers and partners alike. The experience was one we won’t soon forget.
Now I know what you’re thinking, conferences these days all tend to look the same. Low energy, lacking breakout sessions and mildly interested attendees. What was so special about this one?
Our team was pleasantly surprised upon arrival. The event began on Monday evening with a welcome reception (one, if we’re honest, we weren’t exactly looking forward to). For those of you who frequent conferences, you know what I’m talking about. These “welcome parties” tend to be dead zones, with few individuals even showing up.
We arrived expecting a lackluster turn out and were blown away by an impressive crowd of excited conference-goers. The drinks and conversation were flowing. The first night alone yielded 30+ valuable interactions… and that was just the beginning.
Day 1 of SOTI SYNC
Carl Rodrigues, President and CEO of SOTI, kicked off Day 1 with his keynote speech Accelerate Your Business 10X. Carl gave insights into how technology, such as the SOTI ONE Platform, can be used to control costs and deliver innovation throughout the product lifecycle.
Throughout the day, attendees got to experience a large variety of partner, sponsor, technology and industry tracks. Deep diving into key verticals, our experts taught attendees best practices and how to implement successful mobility strategies.
One such event was the Ask the Experts: Public Safety Innovation Panel where Joel Windels, CMO at NetMotion, provided his insights, alongside other juggernauts in the public safety tech industry, including Terence Kuehn (CEO, Interdev), Jim Dempsey (Director EDGE Mobility Group, Panasonic), Pauline Martin (Industry Executive, Microsoft) and Ryan Bell (Senior Account Manager, SOTI). The interactive panel was focused on how technology is transforming the public safety sector with improvements to handheld devices, security equipment, smart infrastructure improvements, and more.
The day concluded with some casual networking on the conference floor. We all went to bed early, eagerly anticipating the next day’s sessions.
NetMotion had the privilege of hosting another talk at SYNC, this time about why mobile working is such a pain in the… erm… teeth.
Yours truly, Michelle Base-Bursey (Channel Marketing), examined the results of recent research undertaken to work out exactly how and why the work experience via mobile is negative for users working remotely.
Not to take away from that breakout session, but the last talk of the day was really something. Al Gore, former US Vice President and Special Keynote Speaker for SOTI SYNC gave a riveting speech on how technology is driving global change. A pioneering advocate of technology and combatting climate change, Al Gore is the cofounder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, and the founder and chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit devoted to solving our climate crisis. He is also a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and a member of Apple Inc.’s board of directors. Needless to say, we were impressed by what he had to say.
Al Gore’s talk was followed by the official SOTI after-party – which did not disappoint. It was a night of epic proportions, complete with real dinosaur bones, a violinist playing 90s hits and free flowing appetizers. Need I say more?
Well, by this point we were all pretty exhausted but excited to engage in some last day conversations. The attendees made our jobs easy, consistently engaging with us and offering us insight into their unique experiences.
It was sad to see such a great conference come to an end… But at the same time, we can’t wait to see what next year will bring. We don’t know how it can get much better than 2019.
Thanks, SOTI SYNC.