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Microsoft Ignite the Tour: Johannesburg

The Uptake with Anna Chu

Release Date: 01/27/2020

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The Uptake with Anna Chu

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The Uptake with Anna Chu

In celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, we discuss hidden accessibility needs and unexpected benefits for all when accessibility is made a priority in software development. Guests include two of our champion MVPS, Bill Ayers, Microsoft 365 solution architect and developer, and Andy Talbot, Microsoft 365 consultant. "If your applications and web sites aren’t accessible, then you’re creating software that doesn’t work well for anybody. It makes no commercial sense not to do it." Bill Ayers

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Anna talks with neurodiversity advocates, Chris Gill and Paul Warren, about the relevance and value of being vulnerable and authentic, mentorship, self-advocacy in the workplace, sharing personal experiences, following orders when you're voluntold to do something, letting your kids teach you, and so much more. Learn tips about talking with your coworkers and management about neurodiversity needs such as anxiety and ADHD. And take on the challenge to find your textable tribe.

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You might think, "I cannot draw" or "I don't have talent." And maybe you're right. However, the good news is: sketchnoting is not about art. It's not about performing as an artist or comparing yourself to famous artists. It's not about perfection. It is about communication. Sketchnotes help people better remember what they heard, regardless of their drawing skills. Anna talks with two of our Tech Community's celebrated sketchnoters, Luise Freese and Rebecca Jackson - and Frank the bunny. 

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Hear about how community can play a transformative role in your career – taking it in directions you never expected! Anna talks with Brian Dang, Program Manager for Microsoft PowerApps, and Samit Saini, IT Devops and Office 365 Solutions Specialist for London Heathrow Airport. Both have unique career journeys, which also showcase the transformative power of the Tech Community and of PowerApps. Hear their passion about empowering others, whether in the workplace, in Education, or in personal connection.

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The Uptake with Anna Chu

Microsoft Ignite The Tour is in Sydney! Anna is in her home country talking with Australia-based Microsoft Cloud Advocate Sonia Cuff and Microsoft Office MVP Loryan Strant. Both Loryan and Sonia have delivered workshops about mental health and awareness in the workplace, how to address individual behavioral differences, and steps to avoid employee burnout. You’ll learn various ways to take full advantage of your local tech community events and network. And a surprise visit by Dundee the Down Under Dino.

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The Uptake with Anna Chu

Microsoft Ignite The Tour is in Johannesburg! Anna talks with two of Microsoft’s most passionate MVPs, Nicolas Blank and Tracy van der Schyff, both based in South Africa. We talk about tattoos, dinosaurs, the South African word Ubuntu, optimizing for comfort when attending Ignite events, impostor syndrome, and creative ways to inspire personal growth and authenticity.

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The Uptake with Anna Chu

Microsoft Ignite The Tour is in London! Anna talks with UK-based Microsoft MVP guests Simon Denton and Chris Hoard, two people whose career paths have taken impressive turns from civil engineering and education to tech. You’ll learn about how to get certified, what it means and how it boosts your proven experience for your career, to your organization and peers. Also, join the debate of marmite versus vegemite, what’s your choice?

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The Uptake with Anna Chu

The Uptake is a new show on all things tech and community. Host Anna Chu will be traveling and introducing you to people all over the world as she follows the path of Microsoft Ignite The Tour. The show covers topics in the world of tech, as well as people’s journeys - and how-tos - of professional learning, development and community building. Meet inspiring people and get inspired to be part of a vast and expanding community in your area and beyond. Subscribe, follow and stay tuned for new episodes!

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Microsoft Ignite The Tour is in Johannesburg! Anna talks with two of Microsoft’s most passionate MVPs, Nicolas Blank and Tracy van der Schyff, both based in South Africa. We talk about tattoos, dinosaurs, the South African word Ubuntu, optimizing for comfort when attending Ignite events, impostor syndrome, and creative ways to inspire personal growth and authenticity.

 

Social and Info Links:

Anna Chu | @_achu

Nicolas Blank | @NicolasBlank

Tracy van der Schyff | @tracyvds

Microsoft Tech Community | @MSTCommunity

Microsoft Ignite The Tour | @MS_Ignite

Humans of IT Community

AvePoint

Luise Freese sketchnote artist | @LuiseFreese

 

Resources:

Microsoft Ignite The Tour Johannesburg

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) 

What is Ubuntu?” Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation

You’ve got this: how to befriend your inner imposter,” Microsoft Life

Why 58% of tech employees suffer from imposter syndrome,” TechRepublic

Japan Power Apps Orchestra by Taichi Nakamura

ShiftHappens podcast

 

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