Introducing Shafina Hassam - Microsoft Ignite Community Reporter

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1.       Please introduce yourself!

I’m Shafina – My mission in life is to ignite passion and confidence in each earthling to discover how technology can positively impact lives, break borders and connect the world.

 

2.       Where can we find you on social?

Follow me in the Twitterverse @atShafina or on LinkedIn.

 

3.       If you could give one piece of advice to someone just starting their career in tech, what would you tell them?

My advice to someone starting their career and tech would be comfortable being uncomfortable. You don’t need to know all the answers, just ask questions with an open mind. Make the possible possible.

 

4.       How do you stay up to date with changing technologies and updates?

My secret to staying up to date with changing technologies and updates is to set aside 15 minutes of my morning scrolling through my Twitter feed, engaging in conversations, and attending all the free meetups I can!

 

5.       How has technology changed since you first started your career?

Once I realized Y2K was only the beginning, not the end – I began to understand the importance technology would have in our lives.  Technology has changed every facet of life, to name only a few:

  • The way we communicate with family and friends – from sending physical letters in the mail to pressing a button to speak to anyone at any time of the day.
  • The way we do business – from sending faxes to finalizing transactions in moments.
  • The way we learn – from reading encyclopedias to finding knowledge with a single click.

And the list goes on.

 

6.       What advice would you give to a first-time Microsoft Ignite attendee?

First time Microsoft Ignite attendees will naturally feel overwhelmed the moment they arrive. My advice to you is to stay hydrated! Apart from scheduling your sessions in advance, build in some time to meet new people, engage in conversations, wear your comfiest shoes, and visit vendors for all the free swag. Lastly, follow me on Twitter to see my location and say hi!

 

7.       What are you packing for Microsoft Ignite?

I will be packing my smile of course, and all the flavours of Extra Dessert Delight chewing gum I can find! Chewing gum helps to freshen breath, burn calories, fight drowsiness, and clean your teeth for the long days at Ignite. Sharing is caring, so I will have plenty of gum to go around.

 

8.       Why should people follow you for Microsoft Ignite coverage?

Follow me for Microsoft Ignite coverage so you don’t miss a beat, and when you are feeling beat, I will be your saviour!

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