The last day of Accelerate 2013 began with Doers controlling robots in a Mario Kart-style showdown in the product showcase arena. The battle bots were controlled by ThinkPad Tablet 2s. After some breakout tracks and a Distribution open house, it was time to wrap things up with the final General Session meeting. The special guest speaker today was former head of training of Disney University, Doug Lipp. Doug’s energy on stage was infectious as he delivered his powerful message of providing great customer experience. To close the show, we gave away some great products to those in attendance including a ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch and the brand new ThinkPad Helix. We hope you’ve enjoyed your time with us. We’d also like to express thanks to our many sponsors who helped us pull off another successful event and support us in partnership throughout the year . We appreciate everyone who was able to attend Accelerate 2013 as well as those of you who stayed connected through social media. The presentations you saw during the event will be made available on the blog soon. Thanks, and to those traveling, I wish you a safe trip home! Annabelle Thuan NA Channel Marketing Manager
Last night's Arrrgh-celerate Beach Bash was a big hit. Did I include enough "r's"? Anyway, the weather was perfect, the food was fantastic and the DJ was spinning some great music. Partners enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere after a couple long days of workshops, breakout sessions and general session meetings. And a pirate themed party would not be complete without an appearance by Captain Jack Sparrow himself. Jack and his sword-wielding assistants made for some great photo opportunities. Don't worry, no partners were harmed during the picture taking. You can find all of the pictures from the Beach Bash as well as other parts of the event by following the link below. Lenovo Accelerate 2013 Image Gallery The final General Session meeting just finished. We will have an update to you soon to put a wrap on Lenovo Accelerate 2013. Landon Fitzgerald Channel Marketing Creative Manager
General Session featured a MythBuster and an innovative DJ
Tuesday morning began with the first General Session meeting of Accelerate 2013 and the beat-dropping styles of DJ Mike Tompkins got things started off right. If you aren’t familiar with Mike’s work, he’s become a YouTube sensation for his ability to produce music by combining his singing, rapping, pre-recorded scratching, beat-boxing and self-generated sounds to recreate Top 40 hits. For today’s show, he built an app on Lenovo’s IdeaCentre Horizon 27” table with multi-touch display technology. Sammy Kinlaw, Lenovo’s Director of Channel Sales, kicked off the General Session meeting and introduced a mix of presenters from Lenovo, Microsoft and Intel, plus a special myth busting guest speaker. Lenovo’s President of North America, Jay Parker, presented his five priorities for FY14 - Re-define the Lenovo Customer Experience, Grow PC+, Sustainable Consumer Growth, Aggressively Acquire Commercial Accounts, Enterprise and Around the Box. Chris Frey, North America’s Channel Chief, followed with his Hand to Hand Combat strategy that will help develop an independent Channel, increase sales velocity and produce higher partner profitability. Dilip Bhatia, Vice President for ThinkPad, spoke about Lenovo's market share success. ThinkPad is the #1 commercial notebook worldwide along with our ThinkCentre all-in-one PC offerings. Bhatia also unveiled the new ThinkPad S431...
MIX Lounge @ Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
Lenovo has taken over the ultra-hip MIX Lounge on the 64th floor at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay to wrap up day one. The lounge is packed and folks are enjoying the spectacular view of the Vegas strip from the balcony. This is the ultimate way to welcome partners to Vegas and encourage mingling between all of the attendees. The energy is high as we’re all anticipating tomorrow’s kickoff. Photos from MIX Lounge as well as the rest of the event can be found here. Check back each day as we will continue to upload more images. Annabelle Thuan NA Channel Marketing Manager
The workshops just let out, and I was lucky enough to catch Stephen Miller’s session on ‘How to Win in a Consumerized, Touch World.' Did you know that North America SMB spend on mobility-related products and services is predicted grow by 18% over the next five years? Or that 92% of the world is already using a Windows OS? Stephen’s really dynamic and he covers everything from how the rise of bring your own device culture (BYOD) has caused new logistical and budget constraints on SMBs to how they can protect themselves with proper mobile device management (MDM) when a workforce has a multi-platform ecosystem. In addition, Stephen introduces real world applications for Lenovo’s Windows 8 Touch product portfolio and winning strategies to migrate SMBs from Windows 7 all the way to Windows 8 Touch with Lenovo solutions. The other workshops included: Sales Efficiency: Leveraging Resources Competitive Deep Dive Winning Solutions with Lenovo Servers, Workstations and LenovoEMC Storage Selling Into Verticals You can learn more about each workshop here. We will make the presentations from each of these workshops available after Accelerate on this blog. So please check back!