MBAS 2019

Hi Everyone!

Last week I was in Atlanta attending the Microsoft Business Applications Summit as well as Hack4Good, and I wanted to share my experiences with you all ๐Ÿ˜Š

Hack4Good – Sunday 9th June 2019

This event was organised by TDG and consisted of 9 teams involved in a hackathon.

My Team, Team PINK chose the American Red Cross use case, and we developed a Power App to help request and distribute inventory stock to a disaster region.

Our solution also involved using Microsoft Flow to get a push notification once inventory stock fell below a set threshold. We then produced a Power Bi report to show current requests on a map.

This was a great opportunity to learn, have fun and network with the community.

Here is a sneak preview of the app & Power Bi Report we developed:


Using the new AI builder in Power Apps ๐Ÿ™‚
Power Bi Report with Maps and tooltips

MBAS -Monday 10th โ€“ Tuesday 11th June 2019

The event was held at Georgia World Congress Centre. Microsoft took over a large proportion of the centre. The centre was so large (I definately got my steps in!)

Day 1 of MBAS, saw us welcomed into the keynote with this DJ Queen. This picture echoes the atmosphere of the opening keynote, keeping us engaged throughout.  We saw various members of Microsoft and clients bought out onto stage, as well as a demo of mixed reality, which was super cool!

I attended the Power Bi road map session, which involved a lot of clapping and cheering. Among the many features involved, I wanted to share this image with you. Data limits are really being stretched. One thing that struck me about this session was the energy in the room.

At the Power Apps road map session, the one takeaway I took which is sure to revolutionize the way we interact with PowerApps is the PowerApps portal โ€“ a portal for external and anonymous users!  

One of the best sessions I attended was the Power Bi Hour, where the absolute spirit of the PowerBi community really came alive. We had โ€˜My little Ponyโ€™, a Paginated report bear on stage and the infamous Guy in the Cube battling it out to see who is best. That will make more sense for those who were in the room ๐Ÿ˜›

James Dales โ€“ from Altius gave a talk about Maps in Power Bi. I especially loved how he used tooltips (within yet another map) to drill into the map as well as his demo of whatโ€™s new on the Icon Map Visual.

I found the closing keynote particularly engaging, with the founder of Reddit (Alexis Ohanian) on stage, speaking of his wife and daughter bringing the human element into the data driven tech summit.

In Summary, the event was a great way to network and learn. The hands-on sessions were especially great, as we were given computers and breakout rooms to use. I attended sessions on Power Bi, Power Apps and Microsoft Flow, really stretching myself across the platform.

Here is a summary of the sessions I was able to attend (I really wanted to clone myself a few times to attend everything).

Day 1

  • Opening Keynote (various)
  • Microsoft Power Bi: The future of modern Bi โ€“ roadmap and vision (various)
  • Microsoft Power Apps โ€“ Deliver Higher quality apps with Powerapps checkers (Evan Chaki)
  • Microsoft Flow Workshop (Sunay Vaishnav)
  • How Microsoft Flow makes bots and cards easy for everyone (Audrie Gordon)
  • Power Apps Vision and Roadmap (Charles Lamanna, Ryan Cunningham)
  • Microsoft Power Apps: whatโ€™s new with Power Bi Integration with Power Apps (Daniel Christian)

Day 2

  • Build a model-driven app in 10 minutes (Praveen Kumar Singh)
  • Power Apps โ€“ whatโ€™s new with Power Apps controls (Filip Karadzic)
  • Mapping with Power Bi (James Dale)
  • Microsoft Flow โ€“ approvals in 60 minutes (Scott Shearer)
  • Build amazing model-driven forms (Anees Ansari)
  • Troubleshooting Power Bi refresh failures (Chris Web)
  • Power Bi Hour (Various)
  • Closing Keynote (Various)

I loved that sessions are recorded, meaning I can go and check out all the ones I wasnโ€™t able to attend.

Thanks to Microsoft, for an amazing couple of days ๐Ÿ˜Š

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