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Ascend NY Metro: Microsoft Tools and Technology Event Recap

Friday, February 13, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Ascend NY Metro Chapter and Microsoft co-sponsored a technology & tools showcase event on Thursday, November 6.

Christine Park, Board member of Ascend’s New York Metro chapter, provided the opening remarks where she shared Ascend’s core mission and encouraged all participants to volunteer their time and skills to help advance initiatives that contribute to diversity in our communities. Tina Shah-Dave, Microsoft Director of Sales, welcomed the group to Microsoft’s New York office and expressed her excitement with Microsoft’s partnership with Ascend in the New York Metro area.

The attendees had an opportunity to see first-hand the powerful technology available today from Microsoft. One session featured various gadgets at Microsoft’s Device Bar, where the participants were able to see a user’s ability to fully integrate various technological applications on different devices, and they were provided the opportunity to try the newest Surface Pro. Microsoft’s device specialist demonstrated that the technology is able to create multi-faceted analytical output from raw data downloaded from the internet. The participants were fascinated with the visual display of data in the form of maps, charts and various other layers of information, where the data came to life in a matter of seconds. Another session took participants through a demonstration in “A Day in the Life…” within Microsoft’s Envisioning Center, where the participants were shown how files could be shared through both OneDrive and a newly designed SharePoint site, and how the various Microsoft Office applications can work together and be uploaded seamlessly onto the cloud. The event concluded with a very successful interactive networking session for all participants.

We would like to thank Microsoft for collaborating with Ascend and for hosting such a wonderful event! We would also like to thank Christine del Rosario, Ascend NYM’s Co-VP of Events, and all the volunteers for making this event a great success.

Total attendees: 35 (including 2 from Microsoft)

Participant quotes:
  • Judging by the turnout and the quality of professionals in attendance I can definitely see why registration was filled within the first hour. I learned a lot about the vision Microsoft has for the future in regards to BI and Data Visualization and it served to reignite my passion for data analysis.

  • Thanks for inviting/organizing. It was an awesome event last night, taking a tour in the office of Microsoft, experiencing their cutting-edge technology, and networking with great crowd.

  • I had a wonderful time learning about the devices and business intelligence Microsoft has to offer as well as being able to network with peers within the financial services industry. Thank you for organizing this event!

  • Congratulations! Excellent evening! I hope NY Chapter will keep this energy and momentum building.





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