Marc Benioff! Sir Richard Branson! Colin Powell! Tony Robbins! Red Hot Chili Peppers! Hard to believe last week’s Dreamforce fun is all just a distant memory now. Or wait, was it all a dream… ?

As many of you may “totally recall”, thousands upon thousands — ok, about 90,000 to be (somewhat) exact — descended upon San Francisco’s Moscone and Civic Centers to witness incredible presentations and performances from the aforementioned figures, as well as countless others. Somewhere within the masses were 87 starry-eyed students who came from various universities to partake in the Cloud U. “DF12 scholarship” program. The students had a jam-packed week of activities which included:

  • Mini-hacks, Breakout Sessions, Hands-on Workshops at the Developer Zone
  • Volunteer activities with the Red Cross
  • Tweet competition and prizes
  • And of course, attending the signature keynotes, product keynotes, and concerts which made hands raise and jaws drop
Click here to see some more pics the students took of their DF12 experience
This week, many of the students reached out to say thanks. Here are some thoughts they shared about their experiences:

“Wanted to quickly thank you for the invitation to the Dreamforce event. It was amazing and I enjoyed myself to the fullest.”
Pramit Choudhary
Graduate student at the University of California-Irvine

“One of the best experiences I have ever had. Made some life long friends and gained a ton of inspiration”.
– Devin Patel
Undergraduate student at James Madison University

“A big thank you to Eddy Perez (Developer Relations), Kelsey Platt (University Recruiting), and all the other people that made this an experience of a lifetime!”
– Thomas Vanhove
PhD candidate at Ghent University (Belgium)

As a member of the Developer Relations team, I can say it was truly a blast connecting with so many bright and interesting folks from so many different backgrounds and schools. I need to give a quick shout-out to all the schools that participated in this year’s program:
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Cornell
  • Emory
  • Ghent University (Belgium)
  • Indiana
  • James Madison
  • Louisiana-Lafayette
  • Northeastern
  • NYU
  • UPenn
  • Rice
  • San Francisco State
  • San Jose State
  • Santa Clara
  • Stanford
  • Syracuse
  • Tufts
  • UMass-Boston
  • UC-Berkeley
  • UC-Irvine
  • USC
  • Williams College
Many thanks again to all those students who came out. I hope DF’12 was better than you expected. See you at DF13!

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