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Inspire Las Vegas, June 5 th -7 th , 2017
User Groups, on your mark, get set, GO!
Last year, Alteryx User Groups had the honor of participating in the 2016 Alteryx Grand Prix at Inspire San Diego. This resulted in the crowning of Peter Muller (Amsterdam User Group) as champion.
For those of you who are just joining us, you may be wondering, what is the Grand Prix? Traditionally, the Alteryx Grand Prix was a data analytics “racing” competition, where constants (drivers) armed with Alteryx Designer and wit solved a series of typical data analytics challenges faster than their competitors in front of a crowd at Inspire. Sounds exciting, right?
In 2017, the Grand Prix is receiving a makeover with a new format. Instead of one driver, three drivers will form one super racing team! As the old saying goes, “Two (errr…three) heads are better than one.”
Each driver will select 1 of 3 specialty topics: Favorites Categories, Spatial, and Predictive. Each person will contribute by completing a portion of a project. The project will be presented and judged by Alteryx users at Inspire Las Vegas. Be prepared for some hairpin turns, burn outs, and (maybe) crashes!
Information and Rules
Lap 1: Assemble the Alteryx User Group Racing Team
In your first lap, you will select your Racing Team! Accelerate forward to see an example of how to organize selecting a team at your meeting!
If there is more than one User Group racing team submitted, teams can present reasons why they should represent their local Alteryx User Group at Alteryx Grand Prix. Fun Ways to Present:
Demo your Alteryx skills using a weekly challenge solution
Demo your awesome presentation skills
Develop Top 5 Reasons Our Team is the Dream Racing Team
Describe your years of experience using Alteryx and being a part of the Community
Describe how it’s been your childhood dream to compete in the Alteryx Grand Prix…
Build your Racing Team at the User Group meeting and pedal to the metal towards Lap 2!
Lap 2: Submit your Racing Team pick to the Customer Experience Team by March 31st
Email CX Team contact info for racing team:
Name, Company, Specialty, Email, User Group
We’ll send further instructions on how the qualifying round will be conducted
Lap 3: Compete in the Qualifying Round (Duration 30 minutes)
Completing different workflows performed by three teammates via WebEx which will be judged and tallied by Alteryx Grand Prix Refs – Week of April 3rd
Top 3 scoring teams will move on to present a project in person in Las Vegas!
Lap 4: Race to the Finish Line – Present Project at Inspire
The 3 final teams will be asked to write a blog on the Community and present at Inspire for the final competition. Attending Inspire? Cool! Tailgate and cheer on your local Alteryx User Group at Inspire!
Blog due May 29th
The racing team who ranks supreme in the final round of the Grand Prix will receive bragging rights and a prize to bring home to your User Group!!!! Break out the champagne, you did it!
Racing Team must be comprised of:
Members who represent the diversity of your User Group
At least two different companies represented
No more than one Alteryx Partner
At least one team member attending Inspire Las Vegas
1 expert in Favorites, 1 expert in Spatial, 1 expert in Predictive
Americas User Groups can compete in Las Vegas
EMEA User Groups can compete in London
ROW User Groups can choose
Top 5 Reasons to Attend Inspire
Submit your story for a chance to speak at Inspire 2017
Udacity Information & Trial
DataRobot, Alteryx Connector for SAP & CARTO Overview Recording
User Group Meeting Deck
Local use case sharing and content generating isn’t just limited to your user groups. Did you know that community.alteryx.com is chock full of content?
Here are some suggested blogs and workflows that you can share with your User Group via the User Group page or during your meetings.
Check out the blogs section on community.alteryx.com
In the blogs section explore the Read More Section or the Engine Works Blog.
The Engine Works Blog is a great place for the most current and up to date tips and tricks created by our in house Alteryx experts!
Under the Read More section, you will find great content from our friends, users just like you! Here are some cool blogs to get you started:
Invisio Blog with Daniel Brun
Interworks Blog with Michael Treadwell
VizWiz Blog with Andy Kriebel
Posting and Sharing an Article:
Once you find an article that you like, simply copy and paste the URL to a new message on your User Group page. Don’t forget to write a quick summary of that article! A summary can simply be, “why did you find this article interesting?” or “how does this article relate to a past or current user group meeting”
Want to build a workflow in person at your next meeting? Look no further, simply search “Weekly Exercises” and you find many different exercises that were hand crafted by our Solutions Engineers. Take some of these exercises and share at your next meeting or even on your User Group page.
Want to have a fun icebreaker at your next meeting? Look no further!
Attached you will find some fun Alteryx trivia questions attached to this post that will have your members scratching at their heads!
Great job, you just completed your meeting! But we aren’t finished! A successful user group takes time and dedication.
We encourage that you periodically update your User Group page with discussions, upload meeting minutes, and answer any questions to help keep your members engaged between User Group Meetings.
Connect with other Alteryx User Group Leaders like you! Contribute to our User Group Leader Forum. Contact UserGroups@Alteryx.com if you need to get access to the forum.
Don’t forget that Alteryx can help you promote your event. Alteryx will contact users in the area of your User Group Meetings to Events @ Alteryx.
Feedback Surveys are a great way to check in with your User Group members. Surveys are usually sent out at least once a year, but if you would like, there is nothing wrong with sending one out after every meeting!
Draft up questions you would like to ask your members and set up a SurveyMonkey. Once that is completed, Alteryx will promote it on your behalf. Please share your results with the Customer Experience Team once the results have been completed! We would like to see how you are doing!
A successful User Group takes some time and dedication to keep members old and new, engaged throughout the year. Below are expectations that are helpful in order to maintain a successful User Group.
Role of the Customer Experience Team: Serves are a resource to the success of your User Group. Provides resources and aid in the organizing of your meetings.
Remember your strengths! You do not have the run this User Group alone or be the expert. You are here to help facilitate discussion and sharing. Don’t forget to have fun! Make connections with like-minded individuals to come together, network, learn, and solve challenges that are faced in the workplace!
Divide and Conquer! You’re on a User Group Leadership Committee, divide the load and it will be easier! Let’s work as a team to support your growing community.
Tasks to be completed as a part of the User Group Leadership Committee:
Marketing of Events: Please submit event details 3 weeks in advance to the Customer Experience Team.
Keeping track of attendance at meetings
Show up early at meeting site
Coordinating and organizing presenters’ slides
Recognition of User Group Members
Coordinate a succession plan (Attached Doc)
Good luck, and let us know how it goes! Be sure to discuss the cadence you want for your User Group and set a date for the next User Group meeting at the end of your meeting.
Rewind and Repeat!
Follow the steps above for planning meetings two and beyond!
Don’t forget to thank everyone for attending the meeting! Post shout-outs on social media. A little recognition goes a loooong way! Check the Alteryx User Group Leaders Community for more tips and interaction with other leaders around the world!
Make sure to share minutes and take pictures to post on your User Group Page.
Running a User Group sometimes takes a few trial runs to see what fits the group the best. Don’t be afraid to play around with the formatting of the meeting to suit your members’ needs.
With the meeting theme and speakers decided, it’s time to schedule your meeting! You can create a user group meeting even on EventBrite.com, along with tracking attendance. Eventbrite allows you to share the meeting on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Meetup can also help with scheduling a meeting and tracking who will and won’t attend. In addition, it provides you with a group mailing list and a place to store shared files (such as presentations).
Email Announcement to current User Group Members
Alteryx owns the official User Group Roster because of confidentiality agreements. However, Alteryx wants to help promote your group! Once you have your event scheduled we’ll add your User Group meeting to Events @ Alteryx. Alteryx will also contact the users in your area announcing the User Group host and information. Please submit the Alteryx User Group Leaders Meeting Request Form with all the event details 3 weeks prior to your meeting.
Share, Share, Share!
Create a fun #hashtag for all your posts. Make promoting your User Group fun and memorable!
Almost there! Last steps are to make sure you are prepared for your meeting:
Have you efficiently marketed your event?
· Have you filled out your Alteryx User Group Leaders Meeting Request Form?
· Do you have a plan for reminders in place once the date gets closer?
Have you collected all of your presenters’ slides ahead of time?
· Collect slides to create a deck and email out to your presenters with a thank you confirmation.
Are name tags prepared to give out at your meeting?
· See page 4 for directions on name tags
Check-In set up
· Pull RSVP List from EventBrite or MeetUp and use for Check-In.
Show up at meeting site early to test A/V