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Wrapping Up Microsoft Ignite 2021

Written by 
Sarah Parker
March 9, 2021

Microsoft Ignite 2021 has wrapped!

Last week MURAL took part in Microsoft Ignite 2021, an event that is “for anyone who is motivated to be on the frontier of innovation and tech.” That includes a wide range of IT-related roles — and all of us interested in the future of work and the tools that will take us there.

We’re sharing our highlights from Ignite 2021 and we’d love to hear yours! (You can always find us on Twitter @MURAL.)

A new “reality” at work

During the Ignite 2021 keynote on Tuesday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella shared that, “When you change the way you see the world, you change the world you see.” This idea was a central theme of the keynote as Microsoft took the opportunity to introduce Microsoft Mesh, a new mixed reality platform for helping teams work together from anywhere. Teasing the new platform, Microsoft shared an incredible vision for a future made possible by Mesh — check it out by way of this short video:

Alex Kipman, Technical Fellow at Microsoft, explored many amazing new possibilities with Mesh, bringing on surprise guest James Cameron (of The Abyss and Avatar). Cameron and Kipman discussed the potential of virtual reality, which included imagining what it would be like to experience a giant squid through a mixed reality headset.

The virtual giant squid from the MS Ignite 2021 keynote with Alex Kipman and James Cameron.

Cameron also imagined an exciting future made possible through mixed reality technology saying, “I see us transcending our bodies and our borders … we all love and want the same things. We're all one unified team — a team of seven billion. And we've got to crack the code. We need this sense of collaboration, of togetherness."

While mixed reality and augmented reality (AR) headsets like the Hololens 2 inspire awe and excitement, when it comes to work, the goal is to improve our ability to connect with our teammates so that we can do great work together. As Kipman shared, AR ultimately needs to be grounded in the real world to work.

During the keynote, MURAL Expert Keith Tatum live scribed all of this and more from the Ignite 2021 keynote right in MURAL. You can check out that mural here.

A scribing of the Microsoft Ignite 2021 Keynote on March 2, 2021. Explore this mural here.

Meet Microsoft Viva

Our very own Head of Customer Experience, Jim Kalbach, shared that insight as he tuned into the Meet Microsoft Viva session at Ignite last week along with us. During the Meet Microsoft Viva session, Chuck Friedman, Corporate VP of Employee Experience Platform at Microsoft shared that:

  • Employees spend an average of 7 weeks a year searching for or recreating information
  • 50% of people say they feel less connected to their teammates while remote
  • 76% of employees are experiencing burnout

There is no magical quick fix to any of these issues. It takes sustained work to stay connected and to make work fun, imaginative, and productive — while keeping burnout at bay. For that, the right collaboration technology and practices can go a long way.

MURAL Expert Keith Tatum live scribed the content of the Viva session and you can explore that mural here.

Find the completed mural from the Viva session here

Take your next meeting in MURAL

Leading up to Ignite 2021, MURAL’s Head of Strategic Partnerships, Richard Borenstein shared how, “It is a massive struggle for enterprise teams to recreate the human element of in-person collaboration.” That’s why, as part of the event, we shared how teams can bring fun, imagination, and productive creativity to meetings — all in our session Turn “Let’s Meet” into “Let’s Collaborate.” The session explore, which you can watch below, explores how visual collaboration helps teams get away from boring and dry meetings. It also shares how teams are evolving how they work and think through working together in MURAL.

Watch the session below:

Thanks for everything Ignite!

Now, if you haven’t yet collaborated visually with your team in MURAL, sign up today (it's free forever!) and see where it takes you. And if your team uses Microsoft Teams, there’s a MURAL integration for that — add MURAL to Teams and bring a new dimension of engagement and imaginative collaboration to your next meeting or workshop.

A big thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth and followed along with our live-tweeting and live-scribing (and participated in our giveaway — note the winner has been announced).

That’s a wrap! 🎬

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Sarah Parker

Social Media Manager
Large dog enthusiast | Runs social media at MURAL

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