Microsoft Ignite Spring 2021 is a wrap! Were you able to participate and tune in live this year? We hope you had a great experience! If you missed the sessions being played live, fret not as we've got you covered with this recap. Read on to all get caught up.
Technologists around the world once again virtually converged for a 48-hour event jam-packed with topics such as driving innovation with cloud, evolving into a new reality with mixed reality, adapting to hybrid work world, and more. The conference kicked off on a high note with Satya's keynote, which spotlighted organizations such as Mt Sinai Hospital and Kruger using Dynamics 365 Mixed Reality business application solutions like Remote Assist and Guides respectively. Mixed Reality was also prominently featured front and center in Alex Kipman's keynote on Microsoft Mesh that included impressive visuals that garnered strong enthusiasm from technologists and the press alike, gaining coverage on media including Forbes, The Verge, ZDNet and more.
Additionally, we hosted a slew of interactive D365 Mixed Reality Connection Zone live sessions which included topics like switching to a mixed reality career, exploring real-life applications in healthcare, and how mixed reality truly augments and enhances the way we work.
Microsoft Ignite: Day 1 (Tuesday, March 2)
Alex Kipman revealed how Microsoft is bringing mixed reality to collaboration through a first-of-its-kind immersive keynote experience, delivered through a new platform, Microsoft Mesh. Through an integration of Microsoft Mesh with other enterprise solutions such as Microsoft Teams and Dynamics 365, we can all envision a future that includes building a wide variety of new and exciting 3D experiences on Mesh.
Mixed Reality Connection Zone sessions proved to be highly popular as well, with thousands of attendees participating in real-time across both days. On Day 1, we kicked off with the So you want to switch to a career in Mixed Reality moderated by Mixed Reality BizApps Program Manager Amara Anigbo, who facilitated a meaningful dialog between four successful women in a variety of interesting MR-related roles across Microsoft. They shared tips and tricks on how to get started in switching to a career in mixed reality, in addition to sharing their own unique, personal journey into the MR world.
Speaker stories included:
Later in the evening, we were thrilled to hear from Xerxes Beharry, Niels Broekhaus, Alexander Meijers, and moderator Alexander Petty in the Blending Worlds: Empowering Humans through Mixed Reality. These speakers captivated the audience by explaining the power and potential of mixed reality changing the world. They share how they are leveraging mixed reality to solve complex problems, create positive social impact and empower humans.
Key highlights included:
Microsoft Ignite: Day 2 (Wednesday, March 3)
We continued the excitement on Day 2 with the session, Intro to Mixed Reality Business Apps + Real-Life Use Cases in Healthcare, featuring Katie Glerum, a Global Health Program Manager at Mount Sinai Health System, and Payge Winfield, a Mixed Reality solutions architect at Microsoft. Payge kicked off the conversation by sharing how you can get started infusing mixed reality into your everyday life and build confidence with Mixed Reality Business Apps like Remote Assist. She also walks us through core Mixed Reality deployment steps and best practices:
You can also read her comprehensive Remote Assist Best Practices Deployment Guide here.
Katie Glerum then shared about her first-hand experience of how Microsoft tech has helped enable global shared surgery across both the Mt. Sinai Hospital New York and their counterparts in Uganda. She shared the sobering statistic that currently over 5 billion people worldwide do not have access to safe and affordable surgery. In Uganda, 84% of the population lives in a rural area and over 75% must travel more than 2 hours for basic/essential surgical care. She shared about how Mt Sinai Hospital is using Microsoft technologies such as Dynamics 365 Remote Assist on HoloLens and Microsoft Teams to conduct critical, life-saving surgery and enabling real-time collaboration and knowledge sharing between New York City and Uganda:
Mixed Reality HoloLens + Dynamics 365 Remote Assist enables knowledge share from surgeon in NYC to surgeons in Uganda, making surgical care to accessible to their community.
To wrap up the event, we had an engaging community table talk on Mixed Reality Business Applications. This was an informal way to chat with technologists and MR enthusiasts about all things MR Biz Apps across Dynamics 365 and Power Platform with Business Applications MVPs Mary Angiela Cerbolles, Daniel Christian, and Microsoft Indonesia Mixed Reality consultant Adityo Setyonugroho.
We are truly humbled and excited to share the future of tech in the mixed reality space with thousands of attendees on a global scale. We hope you will join us at the next Microsoft Ignite event this fall!
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Can't wait till the next Microsoft Ignite? Join us at our next Mixed Reality x Microsoft Reactor session where we're bringing back Anj Cerbolles, Daniel Christian and Adityo Setyonugroho on March 18 @ 8am PT once again to chat about Mixed Reality in Dynamics 365 and Power Platform.
Register now (it's free!): https://aka.ms/LearnRA
We hope you enjoyed the Mixed Reality BizApps sessions @ Microsoft Ignite as much as we did.
See you in the fall!
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