TechStylers … November 2020

TechStylers monthly inspirational session on Saturday the 28th November was hosted by Foyin who welcomed 3 amazing speakers to the group.

The first of those was a TechStylers member, who though new to Power Apps, has created a number of apps, one of which she was going to share with the group.  Toyin Bolajako currently works as a Corporate Account Manager with a diagnostics company, and although Toyin has a background in anatomy, Toyin met Foyin while working in the Financial Sector and was inspired by the success Foyin had achieved with Power Apps.

Having enrolled in TechStylers classes, Toyin has learned about many of the applications in the Microsoft Stack, including the Power Platform and has used her knowledge to develop a great app, called ‘The Room App’, that helps people get connected to the appropriate chat rooms depending on their interests.

Our second speaker of the evening was Heather Newman, a Principal Program Manager in the Power Platform Community Success Team at Microsoft.  Heather’s first tip to the group was a gem ….  it was to start Teams meetings in ‘together’ mode to harness more togetherness, oddly I hadn’t really considered using ‘together’mode in that way before, but it really does make sense!  Heather shared her ‘why’ of bringing joy to others, and explained how most of her career had been spent trying to achieve that, culminating in co-hosting the Power Platform Community Conference.  Heather then went on to talk about how Humans of IT, her love of Doctor Who quotes and the importance of positive storytelling combine, saying “We are all stories in the end, just make it a good one”.

An image showing May Alhajri TechStylers November 2021

Our last speaker for the November meetup was May Alhajri, a digital analyst with Schlumberger.  May, otherwise known as ‘Agent 008’ is a student of Alan Chai, and shared with the group how she got started with the Power Platform.  Using Yammer at first, May began to share her knowledge within her company on things like Office 365, SharePoint and InfoPath and then came across Power BI.  Having discovered the Power Platform, May was encouraged by Alan to learn how to link Power Apps, Power Automate and Teams and to share that knowledge with the Community.  May has since created many awesome apps within Schlumberger and kindly shared those with the group.