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Success Story – 1 Month Salesforce Trailhead Journey of College Students

I was at Trailheadathon event on this Saturday, 10th Sept’16 in Gurgaon. From meet-up standpoint it was good, but something else was very unique about it, i.e.

  1. Salesforce sponsored 3 college students (Maneesha Kandala, Subhashini, & Sri Ramya Pratha) to fly for this event, from Vizianagaram to Gurgaon.  These students were from MVGR College of Engineering, Vizianagaram, India.

  2. Mr. Satya Reddy UNIX professor from the same college, joined them as well. Its quite interesting that despite of being a UNIX expert and teacher himself, he is quite excited about Salesforce, and he was one of the driving force, which pulled up students to achieve this kind of milestone.  

  3. Naga Kiran from Salesforce India Developer relations team, visited their college nearly a month before Trailheadathon, and conducted a two days workshop with his team of 21 guys.

  4. After that workshop from Salesforce, it was enthusiasm of these college students, which made them work together as a team after college hours. They compromised their fun and sleep time, and spent the same after studies to learn Salesforce on their own (via Trailhead). 

  5. Within a month from this workshop, these college students completed nearly 8000 badges and 8 super badges. #WOW

  6. Maneesha Kandala a student from same college, completed all 4 super badges and 100 badges in a month

  7. This college now has a 100 badges club, aka Century Club for Trailhead badges. Women power from college i.e. Likitha, Subhashini, Ravali, and Sri Ramya are proud members of this club. 

  8. These college students were helping Salesforce professionals and developers at Trailheadathon complete badges, I was blown away by their attitude, confidence and dedication. I was with students from 8 AM in morning, till 10 PM (nearly 14 hours, and they were all over the event for the whole day)

I salute this women power from Vizianagaram, and I am sure this young blood/generation, will keep competition and their seniors on toes in any organisation 🙂 

I was very excited by all this, and can’t resist shooting a video interview with these bright students. I hope this video and post will motivate young developers, freshers and students everywhere to step up there game and start learning Salesforce. 

I am a developer at heart, and taking videos/interviews is not best of my skill. Motivation was to bring and highlight this awesome success story with the world. Please excuse and video/audio issues in above youtube embed. 

My favourite moments via Twitter  

Women power who Completed 100 badges & 4 super badges in 1 month #mindblowing #wit #Trailheadathon kudos to them!

— Abhinv Gupta (@abhinavguptas) September 10, 2016

#mvgrcea students @Manu_Maneesha @sashsubbu @sriramyapv briefing the #Trailheadathon #trailhead super badges

— Naga Kiran Manyala (@SfdcKiran) September 10, 2016

@Manu_Maneesha on stage, she started with salesforce a month ago, all 4 super badges done. #bravo #Trailheadathon

— Abhinv Gupta (@abhinavguptas) September 10, 2016

Thanks @sriramyapv for guiding with super badges at #trailheadathon @newdelhisfdcdug @NagarroSFDC @Nagarro

— Nitin Gupta (@nitinsfdc) September 10, 2016

Thanks @charlieisaacs For sending video on such a short note. You made #trailheadathon more Awesome!!! #trailhead

— Nitin Gupta (@nitinsfdc) September 12, 2016

Thanks for awesome knowledge sharing @ReginaWalton at #trailheadathon

— Nitin Gupta (@nitinsfdc) September 10, 2016

Sneak peak on @TheChrisDuarte shoes she will be wearing at #DF16 #Trailheadathon

— Atul Gupta (@atul31gupta) September 10, 2016

@SalesforceAmy sharing and Inspiring developers at #Trailheadathon

— Atul Gupta (@atul31gupta) September 10, 2016

At Nagarro 😀 #Trailheadathon #Nagarroevents @newdelhisfdcdug @NagarroSFDC @rajdeepdua

— Subhashini (@sashsubbu) September 10, 2016

Fun at #trailheadathon @Nagarro

— Nitin Gupta (@nitinsfdc) September 12, 2016

Thank you @forceguru @gauravkheterpal for being at the first ever #Trailheadathon #Salesforce @trailhead

— New Delhi SFDC DUG (@newdelhisfdcdug) September 11, 2016

Thanks @jenwlee for encouraging us at #trailheadathon

— Nitin Gupta (@nitinsfdc) September 10, 2016

@adam17amo It was nice to hear from you

— Nitin Gupta (@nitinsfdc) September 10, 2016

Thanks @forceguru sir for guiding us at #trailheadathon its a real pleasure to have you with us

— Nitin Gupta (@nitinsfdc) September 10, 2016

Thanks @gauravkheterpal sir for sharing your experience and encouraging @newdelhisfdcdug at #trailheadathon

— Nitin Gupta (@nitinsfdc) September 10, 2016

#Trailheadathon #Nagarroevents @newdelhisfdcdug Astro as a prize

— Nitesh Mishra ☁ (@niteshsfdcm) September 10, 2016

Rules, prizes and swag #Trailheadathon

— Abhinv Gupta (@abhinavguptas) September 10, 2016

WIT leader#Amazing girl#Thanx for your time #Trailheadathon @NimishaBhatnag1

— Maneesha Kandala (@Manu_Maneesha) September 10, 2016

Here the final score for #Trailheadathon of today. But let’s not end here, why not make a #Trailheadathon week??? 😎

— Durgesh Dhoot (@ddurgesh28) September 10, 2016

Rachit is winner, he completed 3 super badges and 52 badges in #Trailheadathon

— Abhinv Gupta (@abhinavguptas) September 10, 2016

More Swag for winners #Trailheadathon

— Abhinv Gupta (@abhinavguptas) September 10, 2016

LOVED seeing all the #Trailheadathon Tweets on my feed this morning!! Now I’m LATE to my own #SalesforceSaturday 😳

— Stephanie Herrera (@steph_herrera_) September 10, 2016

#Trailheadathon kicked off by @atul31gupta, thanks @NagarroSFDC for logistics and space.

— Abhinv Gupta (@abhinavguptas) September 10, 2016

Guys all the way from #Chandigarh Developer Group came to attend #Trailheadathon
Thank you guys 🙂

— Atul Gupta (@atul31gupta) September 10, 2016

Awesome @SFDC_UG_Noida At #trailheadathon thanks guys

— Nitin Gupta (@nitinsfdc) September 10, 2016

Winners of #trailheadathon trivia awesome!!!

— Nitin Gupta (@nitinsfdc) September 10, 2016

#trailheadathon went awesome. @newdelhisfdcdug made history this time

— Nitin Gupta (@nitinsfdc) September 10, 2016


Sincere thanks to: 

  1. Atul Gupta for organising this event, he is very regular in making sure we have good meet-ups in Gurgaon. 

  2. Nagarro: For sharing the office space, and other logistics. Thanks to Mr. Viyom and his team for all the support. 

  3. Durgesh Dhoot: For providing this leaderboard platform powered by Heroku + Also, a big thanks for your patience while we shot the above video, you’re awesome 🙂

  4. Last but not least, Salesforce Developer Relations team, specially Rajdeep Dua, and Naga Kiran from India, their support was backbone to success for an event of this scale. I am sure it was a long day for Naga Kiran, to fly over to Gurgaon, and stay with us in full enthusiasm for full 14+ hours 🙂

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