Microsoft Mobile US approached us a few weeks before Thanksgiving to see if we would like to participate in the #MakeItHappen Activation event in Los Angeles, CA. What interested me the most is that we would be working with kids to improve their lifestyles with health, food tweaks and technology (Lumia 635 and fitbit zip). Lenny and I would act as Lumia mentors and use our knowledge of the products to help them with any questions that may arise.
Lenny and I each received the AT&T exclusive Lumia 830 and fitbit Flex to prepare the activations to get ourselves familiar with the recently released fitbit app for Windows Phone. Prior to Windows Phone 8.1, users were unable to wirelessly sync their fitbit device with a Windows Phone. The app is integrated with Cortana and has a live tile where many of your activities can be displayed.
During the planning stage, I reached out to the Microsoft Mobile team and told them I would be interested in creating a setup/instruction video for the Lumia 635 and the fitbit zip that each student will receive. You can watch the video in it’s entirety below.
Day One – Activations
Club Nokia in LA Live was the iconic venue where we would have our first session. Microsoft team setup an area in the VIP lounge where over 200 Latino students received their Lumia 635 and fitbit zip along with soccer supplies for a two day clinic which was scheduled on day two and three.
I also prepared a PowerPoint presentation for our Lumia 635 and fitbit zip walk through and installation session on my Lumia 830. We were unable to use the HD-10 to stream the content from my Lumia 830 to the projector and found the work around by pairing a Microsoft Surface with the HD-10. Erika demonstrated healthy eating tricks and tips. The Fitmomdiet duo (Shannon and Kim) closed the first day session by going over fitness best practices.
Day Two – Soccer clinic
Microsoft Mobile reached out to a soccer legend, Mia Hamm, who has agreed to spend some time with the students during the soccer clinic. She gave a motivational speech and spent the rest of her time coaching the students. One of our highlights is that Lenny and I got our gears signed by Mia.
The #MakeItHappen pledge station is an area where the students would go to submit their pledges. The Microsoft team and influencers would help them if they have questions about their Lumia 635 & wireless activity tracker.
Lizzy gave an exceptional motivational speech to the students that they can achieve with technology and follow their dreams. There was one girl who dreaded to be at the pledging station became very energetic after Lizzy’s speech. She even asked me if she could go chat with Lizzy.
Day Three – Soccer competition
Soccer matches were planned on last day and the students were divided into groups named after MLS teams (Philadelphia Unions, LA Galaxy, etc.). Teams played timed matches and eliminated if they lost and their opponent advanced to the next round. Beside the matches students were participating in exercises, games where some cool prizes were up for grabs. Lenny an I were available for those who still needed help with their pledges, Lumia or fitbit zip.
Microsoft started the #MakeItHappen campaign early this month which make someone pledge happen every day throughout the month of December. You still have two more days left submit your resolution or pledge.
Microsoft Mobile created a super cool video of the #MakeItHappen event that features Kim and Shannon from FItmomdiet and can be seen below:
My pledge can be seen here:
If you like to see Lenny’s pledge click on the link below:
Here is a list of some of the influencers #MakeItHappen pledges:
- Pete Halverson: http://lumia.ly/
- Kim Miller: http://lumia.ly/6MbImL
- Erika Kendall: http://lumia.ly/
- Yolanda Machado: http://lumia.ly/
- Ted Nguyen: http://lumia.ly/JEVvEJ
- Kim Militello: http://lumia.ly/
- Shannon Dougherty: http://lumia.ly/
- Trisha Hershberger: http://lumia.ly/
- Curtis Harkness: http://lumia.ly/
I would like to thank Microsoft Mobile US for giving Lenny and I the opportunity to mentor these marvelous group of students and be part of this #MakeItHappen Activations campaign. I have spoke to many bright minds and have seen countless smiles from the students, their coaches, facilitators and the entire Microsoft Mobile team. I have made new friends and got reacquainted with my #TeamLumia Boston buddies.
This experience will truly be my best Christmas present ever.
Hope you enjoyed reading about our magnificent time in LA and would definitely do it all over again.