We had a blast at last week’s TrailheaDX conference. The event drew in many developers from all over the world eager to get a taste of the unique learning opportunities Salesforce events are known for. From the developer forest, to the plethora of learning sessions, to the packed keynote, the theme was undoubtedly one of learning and discovery. The event drew in over 20,000 people — including those tuning in remotely from London, New York, and Paris.
Our own booth attendance was also high: For the entire two days, we had flurries of developers and IT administrators stopping by to learn more about DocuSign for Salesforce, watching demos, and gleaning recipes from DocuSign experts. Our raffle also drew in a significant crowd: We offered TrailheaDX attendees the opportunity to win one of two Amazon Echo Shows. The crowd gathered in anticipation of the raffle at the end of each day.
We also held a session titled “eSignatures: Extending DocuSign for Salesforce with Lightning and Apex.” It provided attendees with the skills to execute sales contracts with greater efficiency, and covered recipes designed to integrate Salesforce and DocuSign, send a DocuSign request from an Apex controller class, set up a “Signing Request” custom object, and more.
One of the highlights of the conference was the keynote speech by Salesforce CTO and co-founder Parker Harris. He discussed Salesforce’s growth, and one of the key reasons behind it: trailblazers — aka, any individual committed to empowering their organization through learning and leveraging the Salesforce technology.
He also discussed the company’s commitment to giving back using the 1-1-1 model, which dictates 1% of Salesforce’s time, equity, and product, respectively, be devoted to philanthropic causes. In total, the 1-1-1 model has led to 2.1 million volunteer hours and $160 million in grants raised to assist over 31,000 nonprofits. Salesforce also encourages other organizations to take the 1-1-1 pledge. Harris also merged the organization’s commitment to both learning and philanthropy into one by announcing Salesforce would donate $10 to The Sierra Club for every Trailhead badge earned.
The keynote also highlighted nonprofit PepUpTech — a nonprofit devoted to “enabling community-based organizations to offer computer science and technology programs to underrepresented people.” Harris brought two representatives from the organization onstage, Rebe De La Paz and Stephanie Herrera to present them both with a Salesforce Equality award and to hear them share about PepUpTech.
“For us, the key to success is community,” said Herrera. “We need volunteers, donations, internships from the whole salesforce ecosystem. At some point we’ve all had doors opened for us — now it’s our turn to open doors on a massive scale. And we’re truly going to see the needle on diversity stats move. It’s going to require action from all of us working together. We hope all of you will partner with PepUp Tech in our efforts.”
Harris went on to discuss the personalized learning opportunities offered by Trailhead: Attendees earn badges based on the amount they learn, and the more they learn, the more likely they are to become “trailblazers.” On the trailblazer movement, he said: “This momentum is incredible. So incredible that in the past three years, all of you in our community have earned 2.5 million badges.” “Trailhead continues to evolve,” he continued. “There are new ways to learn with Trailhead. If you’re a developer or an admin on our platform you probably are using other tools as well as part of your job. You might be using tools from Atlassian…from Github. How do you learn those? We’ve opened up our platform to support these other tools. To teach these tools that are part of the tool chest that you need to be successful.”
“I’m so proud of what we’ve done together, “ Harris closed.
Didn’t get a chance to attend TrailheaDX? We made sure to snap plenty of photos from the event. Take a look at our gallery below.