The Uptake with Anna Chu is a new show on all things tech and community. Host Anna Chu will be traveling and introducing you to people all over the world as she follows the path of Microsoft Ignite The Tour. The show covers topics in the world of tech, as well as uncovers people’s journeys - and how-tos - of professional learning, development and community building. You will meet inspiring people in the community of tech and get inspired to be a part of a vast and expanding community in your area and beyond.
Transcripts provided with each episode.
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Accidentally in Tech
Anna talks with two powerhouse women at Microsoft and in the Tech Community, Dona Sarkar and April Speight. Both are passionate about empowering others, whether in the workplace or in the community - and both have extensive experience working in fashion and tech. We discuss changing careers, re-evaluating ourselves and our work, being women of color in tech, imposter syndrome, learning styles, and tips for creating opportunities for others. You don't want to miss this episode.
Accessibility awareness and benefits for all
In celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, we discuss hidden accessibility needs and unexpected benefits for all when accessibility is made a priority in software development. Guests include two of our champion MVPS, Bill Ayers, Microsoft 365 solution architect and developer, and Andy Talbot, Microsoft 365 consultant. "If your applications and web sites aren’t accessible, then you’re creating software that doesn’t work well for anybody. It makes no commercial sense not to do it." Bill Ayers
Neurodiversity as a Superpower
Anna talks with neurodiversity advocates, Chris Gill and Paul Warren, about the relevance and value of being vulnerable and authentic, mentorship, self-advocacy in the workplace, sharing personal experiences, following orders when you're voluntold to do something, letting your kids teach you, and so much more. Learn tips about talking with your coworkers and management about neurodiversity needs such as anxiety and ADHD. And take on the challenge to find your textable tribe.
The Sketchnote Challenge
You might think, "I cannot draw" or "I don't have talent." And maybe you're right. However, the good news is: sketchnoting is not about art. It's not about performing as an artist or comparing yourself to famous artists. It's not about perfection. It is about communication. Sketchnotes help people better remember what they heard, regardless of their drawing skills. Anna talks with two of our Tech Community's celebrated sketchnoters, Luise Freese and Rebecca Jackson - and Frank the bunny.
Community, Career and Transformation
Hear about how community can play a transformative role in your career – taking it in directions you never expected! Anna talks with Brian Dang, Program Manager for Microsoft PowerApps, and Samit Saini, IT Devops and Office 365 Solutions Specialist for London Heathrow Airport. Both have unique career journeys, which also showcase the transformative power of the Tech Community and of PowerApps. Hear their passion about empowering others, whether in the workplace, in Education, or in personal connection.
Microsoft Ignite The Tour Sydney
Microsoft Ignite The Tour is in Sydney! Anna is in her home country talking with Australia-based Microsoft Cloud Advocate Sonia Cuff and Microsoft Office MVP Loryan Strant. Both Loryan and Sonia have delivered workshops about mental health and awareness in the workplace, how to address individual behavioral differences, and steps to avoid employee burnout. You’ll learn various ways to take full advantage of your local tech community events and network. And a surprise visit by Dundee the Down Under Dino.
Fun to listen to, and has tons of great information. Interesting to see how things are so different and the same in different geos