Instructure, the Sandy-based education software maker, announced the addition of 1 million students through a deal with Cisco Systems at InstructureCon in Park City. The company gathered 600 customers and users to discuss educational software and had a lot of fun doing it. Pandas, the Sexy Sax Man and colorful comfy chairs were all included in the conference. Check out some photos of the event.
The Sexy Sax Man, the psuedo-musician made famous on YouTube, interrupted Instructure Chief Executive Josh Coates' presentation.
He was a welcomed guest because of his sweet saxophone rendition of "Careless Whisper" by George Michael.
You thought we were done with Sexy Sax Man?
Is anyone every truly done?
Nope. He kept playing, even with the instrument behind his back.
Here is another shot of the saxophonist's galant entry.
We're told the mullet isn't real.
We're not done.
Sergio Flores, otherwise known as The Sexy Sax Man, has a website in which you can download the official iPhone app.
You can also order a "saxogram" from the website and app, which means Sergio himself will surprise any friend, enemy, family member, coworker or anyone else in need of some saxophone.
Pandas are apparently a big thing for Instructure.
The company has a robot panda that can be programmed to speak.
Here we see some kind of panda pyramid.
Ladies love this obviously real panda bear.
The panda wandered the conference visiting with people just like a real-life panda should.
Instructure held its conference at The Canyons resort to host its more than 600 attendees.
These guys don't just work on software. They also innovate furniture.
Like this couch, for example.
It's strapped to a motorized wheelchair.
What more does a party need?
Probably pandas and the sexy sax man.
These chairs likely went on backorder over at Ikea after this conference.
The majority who are standing in the back don't look nearly as comfortable as those who were fast enough to snag a chair.
This may look like a wedding reception, but it's actually lunch at the base of the Canyons resort next to the gondola that heads up to Mid Mountain.
Lunch included hamburgers and BBQ. The hot sun melted the choccolate chip cookies perfectly.
You're jealous. It's OK.
Here is a little background on the company from a recent article in the Deseret News:
Instructure is growing rapidly since the company was founded in 2008 by Brian Whitmer and Devlin Dailey, two computer science graduates from BYU. Coates was an early investor in Instructure and became the company's CEO in 2010. Previously Coates founded Scale Eight, which developed computer storage software, and later founded Mozy.com, an online computer backup company, which was sold to EMC Corp. for $76 million in 2007.
To read more about Instructure's latest news, see this article.