On August 10th and 11th, the CleanSlate team attended Midwest Dreamin’: a regional conference in Chicago that brings together the best of the Midwestern Salesforce community. Midwest Dreamin’ is two days of networking, continuing education, training, and meeting with vendors and partners—and this year, CleanSlate was a Silver Sponsor for the event along with CheckMarx.

If you’re familiar with Salesforce, you’ve probably already heard of Dreamforce in San Francisco. Midwest Dreamin was inspired by this annual event, giving people the opportunity to attend a similar conference on a smaller, more affordable scale.

What we learned.

The training seminars offered at Midwest Dreamin’ this year covered lots of subjects that are key to the Salesforce platform. They included:

  • Automation
  • Conversion to Lightning User Interface (UI)
  • Apex development
  • Data migration
  • Data management and security
  • AppExchange tools

Why we sponsor Midwest Dreamin’.

As a Silver Sponsor for Midwest Dreamin’ 17, we were able to meet vendors and people from within the Salesforce community who showed us lots of new products and services that can benefit our customers. We also got the chance to introduce ourselves—and our company—to other people using Salesforce.

But the reason for our sponsorship goes beyond networking—because we think it’s important to support our local community of Salesforce users however we can. And sponsoring Midwest Dreamin’ is one of the best ways we can do that.

Two inspiring nonprofits.

Indianapolis faces the challenge of not having enough technical talent to meet current job demand. We met two inspiring nonprofit organizations at Midwest Dreamin’ that are helping close the gap between talented young adults without access to higher learning and jobs requiring post-secondary education.

The first nonprofit we met was Year Up, an organization whose mission is to empower low-income adults in making the transition from poverty to rewarding careers. Year Up provides one-year, intensive training programs for young adults with an emphasis on hands-on skills development, coursework eligible for college credit, corporate internships, and wraparound support. We believe in their mission—and if you do too, you can support them here.

The other nonprofit that caught our attention was Pep up Tech, an organization dedicated to enabling community-based groups with technology programs for underserved people. Their goal is to inspire others with computer science and technology—and we think that’s pretty cool. If you feel inspired, you can help support their good work.

Our team at CleanSlate had a great time at Midwest Dreamin’ 17, and we’re excited to go back next year. If your company is using Salesforce and you need help getting the most out of the platform, we can help. Contact us today to learn more.