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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 Grand Prize 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 Suggestions: 1 expert in Favorites, 1 expert in Spatial, 1 expert in Predictive Regulations: Americas User Groups can compete in Las Vegas EMEA User Groups can compete in London ROW User Groups can choose No ACEs  
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     Links:   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
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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.   Blogs: 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”   Weekly Exercises: 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.
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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!   
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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.   Follow up! Rewind and Repeat! Follow the steps above for planning meetings two and beyond!   Tips: 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.
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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  
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