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Microsoft New Zealand Ignite back for 2016

Posted on 8-Jun-2016 09:40 | Filed under: News



Microsoft New Zealand’s annual technical training event for the Kiwi IT sector, Microsoft Ignite NZ, is set to light up Auckland again this year, just at a slightly later date. 


Early bird registrations for Microsoft Ignite NZ 2016 opened last week. This year the event will run from 25 – 28 October at SKYCITY. Microsoft Ignite NZ is expected to sell out, as it has done in previous years, so developers and IT professionals are encouraged to get in quick to secure their spot at the event.


Nigel Parker, Director of Developer Experience for Microsoft New Zealand, says the date for Microsoft Ignite NZ – usually held in early September – has shifted to late October to align it with the Microsoft Ignite event in the US.


“The first Microsoft Ignite NZ last year, following the name change from TechEd, was a resounding success, and we are grateful to the IT industry for coming onboard with us to make it so,” says Parker.


“This year will have a renewed emphasis on technical training, which has been the core focus for the 21 years Microsoft New Zealand has run this event.”


Microsoft Ignite NZ 2016 will open at SKYCITY with a distinguished line-up of international keynote speakers to be announced soon, then continue at the SKYCITY convention centre.


A selection of leading local and international presenters will deliver more than 140 sessions to the anticipated audience of more than 2,500 attendees on a wide range of topics including cloud infrastructure and management, IoT (Internet of Things), unified communications, mobility and more.


“Microsoft’s mission – as articulated by our CEO Satya Nadella – is to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more. We will achieve this by reinventing productivity and business processes, building the intelligent cloud platform and by creating more personal computing,” says Parker.


“In a world where we have finite time and attention we need technology that is more natural, works the way that we do and moves us towards the goal of making us more productive. Human language is the new UI (user-interface) and bots are the new apps. It is about the mobility of the person and not the device.


“With a variety of sessions on these and similar topics coming off the back of the Microsoft Ignite event in the US, Microsoft Ignite NZ is the time and place for Kiwi developers and IT professionals to see these latest technologies from Microsoft and to hear first-hand where the company is heading,” says Parker.


Another notable change to the agenda will be the return of the popular party event to the Thursday evening, prior to the final day of sessions.


“We’ve listened to the feedback from attendees, who always looked forward to this traditional celebration and networking event, and are bringing it back to this preferred time slot.”


As usual, Microsoft Ignite NZ sponsors and exhibitors will be on display at The Hub, and a “Hub Happy Hour” will take place between 5.30-6.30pm Wednesday to provide a chance for attendees to mingle and enjoy a drink to round off the day.