Ayonija Shatakshi, a seasoned senior consultant at Improving, Ohio, is a passionate advocate for M365, SharePoint, Power Platform, and Azure, recognizing how they synergize to deliver top-notch solutions. Recently, we asked Ayonija to share her journey as a user group leader, shedding light on her motivations and the benefits she's reaped from her community involvement. Ayonija embarked on her role as a user group leader in December 2022, driven by a desire to explore how the community leveraged various Power Platform components. When she couldn't find a suitable local group, she decided to create one herself! Speaking about the impact of the community on her professional and personal growth, Ayonija says, "It's fascinating to witness how everyone navigates the world of Power Platform, dealing with license constraints and keeping up with new features. There's so much to learn from their experiences. Her favorite aspect of being a user group leader is the opportunity to network and engage in face-to-face discussions with fellow enthusiasts, fostering deeper connections within the community. Offering advice to budding user group leaders, Ayonija emphasized the importance of communication and consistency, two pillars that sustain any successful community initiative. When asked why she encourages others to become user group leaders, Ayonija said, "Being part of a user group is one of the best ways to connect with experienced professionals in the same field and glean knowledge from them. If there isn't a local group, consider starting one; you'll soon find like-minded individuals." Her highlight from the past year as a user group leader was witnessing consistent growth within the group, a testament to the thriving community she has nurtured. Advocating for user group participation, Ayonija stated, "It's the fastest route to learning from the community, gaining insights, and staying updated on industry trends." Check out her group: Cleveland Power Platform User Group
Hack Together: The Power Platform AI Global Hack Are you ready to unleash your creativity and build amazing solutions with Microsoft Power Platform and AI? If so, join us for Hack Together: Power Platform AI Global Hack, a virtual event where you can learn, experiment, and hack together with the new Copilot and AI features in the Power Platform. Check out the new forum today in Power Apps: Hack Together: Power Platform AI Global Hack What is Hack Together? Hack Together is a global online hackathon running September 14th to 28th, 2023. It’s open to anyone who wants to explore the possibilities of using AI in the Power Platform. Whether you are a beginner, advanced maker, admin, or a professional developer – all are welcome! You can join solo or hack together as a team of up to 3 people. The goal of Hack Together is to build solutions in Power Platform that leverage 1 or more Copilot and AI features. You can use any of the AI features available in Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Virtual Agents, Power Pages and AI Builder, such as: Power Apps Copilot: Create apps faster and easier by generating app components based on natural language inputs.Power Automate Copilot: Create flows faster and easier by generating flow steps based on natural language inputs.Power Virtual Agents Copilot: Create bot topics with natural language and connect your bot to your websites to pull answers with GPT.Power Pages Copilot: Leverage AI to create business grade websites and write content for your websites with GPT.AI Builder Create Text with GPT model: Generate text content based on natural language inputs, powered by Azure OpenAI Service.AI Builder Form Processing: Extract data from forms and documents with AI. How to participate To participate in Hack Together, you need to register for the event at https://aka.ms/hacktogether/powerplatform-ai/register.You will also need to have access to a Microsoft 365 account with a Power Platform license. If you don’t have one, you can see how to get one here.Once you have registered and have access to the Power Platform, you can start building your solution! We’ve created a Learn Collection to help you get started: https://aka.ms/hacktogether/powerplatform-ai/learnYou can also join the Hack Together community here to ask questions, share ideas, and get feedback from Microsoft experts and other participants. Drop a comment in the forum and introduce yourself so you can get to know your fellow hackers!You can submit your solution any time before September 28th, 2023 at 11:59 PM PST. You'll need to provide a short video demo of your solution, a brief description of the problem statement, the solution overview, and the AI features used. You can submit your solution here. Looking for more info about the event? Check out our site for all the details: https://aka.ms/hacktogether/powerplatform-ai What are the prizes? The best solutions will be selected by a panel of judges based on the following criteria: Innovation: How original and creative is the solution?Impact: How well does the solution address a real-world problem or opportunity?Usability: How easy and intuitive is the solution to use?Technical Quality: How well does the solution leverage the AI features in the Power Platform? Prizes will be awarded by the Power Platform Advocacy team. Join the fun! Are you ready to hack? You will learn new skills, meet new people, and have fun along the way. We’ll have livestreams every week for you to learn more about the Power Platform and all the Copilot and AI features. We have a great lineup of Microsoft executives like Ryan Cunningham, VP of Power Apps and Stephen Siciliano, VP of Power Automate as well as our Power Platform Advocacy team and MVP’s that are ready to help you get up to speed so you can start hacking! So, what are you waiting for? Register now and start hacking! We can’t wait to see what you create!