#NerdforceCon – the Planning Phase

We at Nerdforce would like to hold a special event this year at Dreamforce and would like to get your input.  ExtraLife is a foundation that supports Children’s Miracle Network through gaming.  As this is the first time I personally have ever tackled something this large, I am sinking my toe in the water to get feedback and ideas from a community that I have come to trust.   Here are a few ideas I have to make this an amazing event.  I hope to hear back from many of you with input.  Of course, I would be totally open to talking to potential sponsors and co-organizers.  I truly believe that #NerdforceCon can become something that is not only best party in town, but also a great way to help some courageous kids.


Our one and only Mark Ross will don his Dungeon Master Cloak and lead a troupe through a Salesforce Themed adventure.  For those of you who are brave enough to roll a 20 sided die, you can join an elite team to defeat the vile Dragon Usery Adoptionous.  Of course, you are also welcome to observe the adventure from the safer realm of San Francisco.

Cosplay Contest

So many of you daydream of being an #AwesomeAdmin Super Hero or Trailhead Ranger or even the System Administrator for Temporal Ministry of Gallifrey.  Now is your chance to dress the part and win fun prizes.

Silent Auction

There are so many fun toys that we can compile that would be better than any Schwag we lug home from the Cloud Expo.  If I can find it, I wouldn’t mind putting on the block my vinyl copy of the soundtrack to “Plan 9 from Outer Space”.  I would love to see one of you DoodleBugs draw up a Comic book called #WhyAdminsDrink.  I’m betting with the help of some of you, we could have a nice collection up for bid.

Dramatic Reading of #AdminFiction

Again, we would need some people daring enough to participate, but this time of year tends to bring out the best of us.  I may have a few scripts to read and those of you skilled with the written word are welcome to submit as well.

So this could just be the tip of the iceberg.  If #NerdforceCon goes well, imagine how awesome it will be for DF17!  Help me out by letting me know your thoughts.  Is there an amazing idea that I completely missed?  I hope to find out the volume of folks interested in coming.  This tends to be important when booking a room in San Francisco.  I would be ecstatic to talk to anyone willing to help me organize the event or even have you act as an adviser.  Do any of you know potential Sponsors?  A good sponsor could really make or break the whole shebang.

I’ll be honest with you, tackling a project like this can seem like a young farm boy attempting to blow up a giant battle station by shooting at a hole not much bigger than a Womp-Rat.  I have determined though, to not be intimidated by my grand ambitions.  Through the greater power of the Salesforce Community and the Nerdforce Nation, I believe we can come together and make magic.

I look forward to hearing from you.

John w Graf

2 thoughts on “#NerdforceCon – the Planning Phase”

  1. Hi! I’m from NYC, and I’m actually president of the Extra Life Guild out in NYC & LI. I love that you’re planning this event as a fundraiser for Extra Life! This is the first Dreamforce I’m attending, so I’ll try to stop by! I wanted to mention that you should get in touch with your local Extra Life Guild as they can help with ideas, planning, and even volunteers to run the event if you need them.

    The Extra Life Oakland-San Francisco Guild plays in support of the kids at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. The Guild’s homepage: http://community.extra-life.org/bayarea

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