If you’ve not been sourcing for a while then you may not know about the SourceCon Challenge. So, take a seat and let me fill you in…
For a long time, SourceCon was the only conference especially for Sourcing professionals. It was held for the first time in Atlanta in 2007. Along with the event, they held a challenge to find the best of the best in Sourcing. The Challenge consisted of 3 qualifying rounds (like online treasure hunts) ahead of the event and then another challenge at the conference for the winners of the those three rounds to compete for the title of GrandMaster.
Mike Notaro won the title in 2007 and again in 2008. There was no SourceCon in 2009 (*sad face*) but both the event and the challenge were back in 2010 and I went on to take the title of Grand Master in San Diego in March of that year. The Challenge returned again in October 2011, this time Jim Schnyder took the title.
This week – the SourceCon Challenge is back. I find myself asking if it might be possible to have another Grand Master from the UK? In putting together the Discover Sourcing event, I’ve found a lot of great sourcing talent on our little islands.
I would definitely recommend taking part if you care about developing as a sourcer. Despite getting nowhere in the challenges that I tried in 2008, they really pushed me to try new things and explore the web in a way I hadn’t considered before. The Challenges definitely made me a better and more confident sourcer. If that isn’t reason enough – you could win a MacBook Pro Air!
If you’d like to take part then I recommend reading SourceCon’s Challenge Announcement, they recommend catching up with their “Source The Web” series of articles ahead of the challenges. They also recommend checking out the stories of, past winner, Jim Schnyder and, challenge qualifier, Irina Shamaeva. Could this next challenge be similar to those they had to solve? I’ve no idea… but it’s always worth doing your homework before a challenge starts – anything could be a clue!
The Challenge begins this Thursday, 29th August, at 7pm BST. They will be giving out the first clue in a Google Hangout via their Google+ Page. If you’ve never taken part in a Hangout before, dont let that put you off. Simply visit the page on the day at the right time.
Good Luck! 🙂