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We catch up with the 23-year-old polytechnic student, who hails from Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore, to find out more about him and what makes him tick.
In three days, I'll be in the air headed to San Francisco to TechWorld 2016 with the MotoMakers Advocate team! I'm looking forward to meeting new friends, and reconnecting with friends traveling with the Lenovo INsiders Advocate team!
It's always a challenge to figure out just exactly what to pack in the tech backpack. This time I'm switching things up a bit and won't be taking ThinkPad laptop with me. Shocking, I know!
This is a fast trip, so I'm planning to travel UltraLight!
Of late, I've become quite enamoured with my Yoga 900S. It's very light, very well suited to its use cases, and it turns heads everywhere I take it. So it will be my principal machine on this trip.
I'll also have my ThinkPad Stack power bank and external hard drive since one can never have enough power or storage space. Beyond that, I'll have a couple nondescript tablets with me, for backup, and my IEMs to drown out jet engine noise. So, why is the Yoga 3 Pro in the picture? Well, that nice piece of kit will be on the first leg of its journey to a new home. It's being gifted forward, and I'll report on that in a future Spotlight article.
TechWorld is going to be great!
Tune in on the 9th, and watch Facebook and Twitter: @lenovo, @Moto_USA, @lenovoUS and @lenovoforums, along with the #LenovoTechWorld, #MotoMakers and #LenovoIN hashtags for all the stories as they unfold!
More soon from San Francisco!
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Over the past year, our product design and engineering teams have been using your feedback from the Lenovo Product Ownership Survey to help make our products better. In return for this valuable insight, we have chosen at random one lucky winner, Chang-Eun Lee, to receive a brand new YOGA 900 just for completing this 10-minute survey!Read more...
A couple months ago I received an email inviting me to be Lenovo's and Forums' guest at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. I think it may have taken all of two nanoseconds to send off my reply of "Yes! Thank You!"
The following weeks were filled with briefings, schedules and logistics planning, and with very much anticipation! I've been to CES a number of times, previously, but this year was especially exciting as I would be meeting up with fellow forum supermoderators, bananaman and JaneL (who was traveling with the Lenovo INsiders advocacy group). bananaman and I commented on our preparations here: https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Community-Spotlight/C
I've put this account together in chrono-journal style. While it may seem to jump around, I think it conveys the vast quantity of access to people, products and projects to which we were given access.
Travel & Welcome day... Tuesday, 5 January
I didn't sleep much the night before as there was much too much to do.
Air travel check in... check! Laundry... check! Bag packed... check! Laptops & assorted bits sorted... check! Backpack packed... check!
A quick nap and the alarm rang at 0300. I was off on my first leg by 0330, a ~90min drive to the airport. Just about the only good thing about a 0645 flight is that the bag check and security lines are usually short! As we taxied for take-off, the horizon was just starting to light up!
A few hours, a bunch of text messages, numerous tweets, and an hour ground-hold in Atlanta later, and I'm in Las Vegas! And on time, no less. The pilot made up all of the delay!
Baggage collection was a breeze this year, compared with past years and, amazingly, the cab line was nonexistent! Within a short while, JaneL and two INsiders program invitees, Kris M. and Scott B., landed and we met up in the baggage area for first-time introductions. As bananaman was still a ways out, I stayed behind to meet him and share a cab to the hotel. After a quick settling-in at the hotel, he and I met up to walk over to the venue space in the Venetian on Restaurant Row, and to take in the sights of CES getting geared up.
In the process, we found a place able to repair bananaman's glasses, and to celebrate that we stopped for a refreshment before joining the rest of the invitees and our host, Taylor W., for our Welcome Dinner in the Mirage.
Left-to-right and around the horn: Dan A., Scott B. Taylor W., Kris M., Dave K., bananaman, JaneL. Lizza M. and Arthur W. joined us a bit later. We had a great time getting to know one another! After a great dinner, and going over the schedule for the next few days' events, we split up. Some, back to the hotel, while a few of us walked around the general area helping Taylor W. get some pictures for Lenovo. Since the rain had stopped, it was a great way to end a very long day! We needed to be up early and ready for the start of the show, so we ended the day.
The Lenovo Exhibitions officially open, Day 1... Wednesday, 6 January
Since this was the day that the product exhibition in AquaKnox opened, after a quick breakfast, I took a spin through to get a feel for the coming days. It was getting busy quite early!
This is also the first day we were able to get into a new addition to Lenovo's venue setup - The X1 Lounge! It was to become my favorite of all the spaces!
Around the outer perimeter of the space above, there was a Legacy Wall. On display were eight laptops that span the evolution of ThinkPad, and culminating in today's state with the 4th generation X1 Carbon, and the 1st generations of the X1 Yoga and the X1 Tablet.
(Image 1, top and left-to-right: 700c, 560, 240, X20; Image 2, top and left-to-right: 701c, X41, x60, x300)
Our first event in the venue was a keynote presentation by Luis Hernandez, Vice President and General Manager of ThinkPad, entitled: What is Customer Centric engineering? He focused on the evolution and expansion of the X1 family of products.
Following this we headed back to Public House, the main meeting venue, for Product Review sessions with Steve Gilbert (Commercial Portfolio) & Andrew Barrow (Consumer Portfolio). We were offered an overview of the new and exciting products in each portfolio, and had the opportunity to ask questions and offer feedback. Of course, of particular interest were the expansion of the X1 family on the commercial side, and the Yoga 900s Ultrabook & Y900 gaming laptop on the consumer side.
Next up was our executive discussion session with Dilip Bhatia, VP Global Marketing and User Experience for PC and EBG Lenovo. Our discussion spanned a number of topics including, of course, favorites at CES 2016. (Video may be available at a later date)
Two Lenovo INsiders conducted interviews with Lenovo product managers. Kris M. chatted with Jonathan Calkins about the YOGA 900 and YOGA 900s, and Dan A. chatted with Mattney Beck about the newest additions to the ThinkPad Stack:
Towards the end of the afternoon we returned to the X1 Lounge for a keynote presentation by Dilip Bhatia, VP Global Marketing and User Experience for PC and EBG Lenovo, entitled: Addressing the needs of "Progressives". A key point from his talk is that Lenovo, clearly, listens to and responds to customer feedback.
A bit later, Lenovo INsider Arthur W. chatted with Teddy Lee about the Y900 gaming laptop:
Following dinner, we headed back to the X1 Lounge for a keynote presentation by Peter Hortensius, Chief Technology Officer and Senior VP Lenovo, entitled: Insights to Technology of Tomorrow. Key messages included focusing on "Right and relevant innovation" and "Solving real problems".
The evening concluded with a party sponsored by Intel. It was a good opportunity to relax from the day's activities, indulge in more food & drink, and share notes with other attendees.
So much to see & do, and so little time, Day 2... Thursday, 7 January
The morning started on a high note! Lenovo's Chairman and CEO, Yang Yuanqing, was in the AquaKnox showcase for a walkthrough. Lizza M. did a Periscope session with him, and we were able to get a group picture with him, too!
Our next stop was the X1 Lounge for a keynote presentation by David Hill, Chief Design Officer and VP Lenovo, entitled: ThinkPad Design and Heritage. His phrases, "Purposeful evolution" and "Intersection of form, function and emotion", are very resonant concepts for any ThinkPad lover.
We returned to Public House for our executive discussion session with Peter Hortensius, Chief Technology Officer and Senior VP Lenovo. Once again, the discussion began around favorites at CES 2016, and progressed afield from there. Amazing access to the most senior people at Lenovo! (Video may be available at a later date)
Back in the X1 Lounge, next we had an INsiders Q&A session with David Hill, Chief Design Officer and VP Lenovo. Topics ranged from challenges in the design process, to time from inception to implementation, to favorites ThinkPads along the way, and we even touched on the Retro ThinkPad.
Then we were back to Public House for our final executive discussion session with David Roman, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior VP Lenovo. I can't stress enough how unique it is to be afforded access to the company's highest executives, and to know that our voices are heard! (Video may be available at a later date)
Just before dinner, we received a good overview of the Lenovo Apps: WRITEit, SHAREit and REACHit, followed by a live, hands-on demonstration in the AquaKnox exhibition venue.
The evening activities kicked off with exclusive access to the press event to announce and detail the Project Tango collaboration between Google and Lenovo.
Following that, we headed over to the X1 venue, where we were given the opportunity to learn more about Project Tango and to play with prototype developer kit Tango devices.
The evening concluded with a party sponsored by Microsoft. Once again, it was a good opportunity to relax from the day's activities, partake of refreshments, and share notes with other attendees. I caught up with David Hill, and bananaman & I were able to spend some time chatting with him. A great pleasure!
Winding down, catching up & farewells, Day 3... Friday, 8 January
Following two very busy days, we now had an opportunity to catch up with all we'd experienced. We had some time to start curating pictures, writing up reports & blogs, and preparing for homeward travel.
During the day, though, INsiders had opportunities to interview two product managers. Scott B. chatted with Tim Bass about the X1 Tablet, and JaneL chatted with Sachin Pathak about the X1 Yoga and X1 Carbon:
To celebrate a successful CES and our participation with Lenovo, we took a nice evening walk south on the Strip to the Bellagio where we had a great dinner!
(Photo courtesy of Chris F.)
From there it was a short walk to the "O" Theater to see the Cirque du Soleil show of the same name. Truly a great one!
Then it was back to the AquaKnox for the last part of the Social Media Party. All of the hard-working Lenovo folks who make CES such a success were finally able to relax a bit before shutting down and returning home. It was our chance to say our farewells and express our gratitude to our hosts (especially Taylor W.), and farewells to our fellow advocates.
The road home... Saturday, 9 January
As it began, so it ends.
After a short nap, the alarm sounded at 0300. My bags were packed and I was headed to the airport at 0400 for the journey home.
Thank You, Lenovo, for inviting me to be a part of your CES 2016!