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Topic # 143912 1-May-2014 10:19
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It's here now... Early bird registrations for Tech Ed are open.

I also just got an email with interesting news. This year's keynote is now being hosted at the Vector Arena so it can accommodate all delegates in what is, no questions, the largest tech conference in New Zealand.

In addition to all the interesting technical tracks frequent TechEd New Zealand attendees are used to, an empowering new track has be added this year called “Be more awesome” which focusses on teaching delegates how to develop teams, engage (e.g. via marketing or social media), manage projects, present, and sell.

Also, a new evening event will focus on women in technology and look to support women in the industry.

Who is attending?





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  Reply # 1034608 1-May-2014 10:24
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I probably should turn up yeah



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  Reply # 1034617 1-May-2014 10:31
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There could be a few Aussies coming over... http://delimiter.com.au/2014/04/30/microsoft-may-can-giant-teched-australia/ 

TechEd isn't quite specialist enough for me, I'm heading to this: http://www.devintersection.com/SQL-Conference 

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  Reply # 1034618 1-May-2014 10:31
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Has TechFest been turned into TechLive? Looks like it is after the keynote rather than a couple of days later.

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  Reply # 1034631 1-May-2014 10:44
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dont know if I need to go this year, my bag is still going strong from last year. Best TechEd bag ever imho.




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  Reply # 1034651 1-May-2014 10:55
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What no TechFest!!




 

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  Reply # 1034660 1-May-2014 11:11
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FishOfPrey: Has TechFest been turned into TechLive? Looks like it is after the keynote rather than a couple of days later.


yes its the evening before the 1st day of presentation sessions, at the Vector Arena after the keynote

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  Reply # 1034661 1-May-2014 11:11
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Tockly: What no TechFest!!


now called TechLive, at the start not the end

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  Reply # 1034664 1-May-2014 11:13
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So lots of hungover people on the first day then!!




 

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Coffee around SKYCITY:

1. Depot - next to Conference Centre Entry. Good Coffee, can get busy and take a little while
2. Rebo Pronto - inside the main building atrium. Coffee OK to good, service normally quicker and less busy than Depot
3. Kingston St cafe - down Federal St on corner by courts. Good Coffee, friendly service
4. Coffee Club - just around corner of Victoria St. Average coffee, expensive
5. Federal St Deli - near Depot - unlimited filter coffee
6. Chain Coffee - on the corner of Victoria and Federal - major mental blank can't remember name. Average Coffee, Expensive





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  Reply # 1089993 16-Jul-2014 14:36
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Confirming keynotes now:


Microsoft NZ announces keynote speakers for annual technology event

Futuristic insights into cloud, mobile and advanced device interaction will be top of the agenda for the keynote speakers presenting to the more than 2,500 people at the opening event for Microsoft’s annual TechEd New Zealand IT conference in September.

Microsoft announced today that James Whittaker, a distinguished Microsoft Corporation Technical Evangelist, and Steven Martin, General Manager for Cloud and Enterprise at Microsoft Corporation, will headline at the TechEd 2014 opening event, to be held at Vector Arena on September 9th from 4.00pm.

Nigel Parker, Microsoft New Zealand’s Director of Developer Experience, says that the company is thrilled to have secured such high-profile influencers from within Microsoft’s global technology development network to share their vision with a New Zealand audience.

“Both James and Steven are highly respected across the US technology industry for their thought-leadership and insight into where innovation is going and how technology can complement and enhance our lives, rather than overtake it,” says Parker.

“I am looking forward to their presentations providing an inspiring kick-off to a celebration of our industry in an exciting new way. TechEd 2014 is shaping up to be the biggest and best opening in the event’s 19 year history in New Zealand.”

James Whittaker
Since becoming the first ever computer science graduate to be hired by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), James Whittaker has worked for an impressive list of the world’s leading technology brands, including Google, IBM and Cisco to name a few.

Whittaker created a computer security start-up while teaching computer science at the Florida Institute of Technology which he eventually sold to Raytheon, a major American defense contractor. He has authored five award-winning technical books, including a bestselling series on how to break software code.

Now at Microsoft since 2012, he holds a vision for the future of technology getting smarter, with devices pushing information directly to the individual, rather than them having to search for it. For example, he sees a future where his devices such as Windows Phone and Xbox One can have a conversation and plan things around him, such as automatically recording his favourite TV programs because they know he is out for a run.

Steven Martin
Steven Martin has held a range of high level leadership positions at Microsoft since joining the company in 2002, ranging from Azure to .NET. He focuses on surveying real world data to identify key insights, trends and patterns that are used to direct the evolution of cloud and enterprise business strategy for Microsoft.

He says he joined Microsoft to focus on making businesses work better, and is passionate about finding ways that customers can use Microsoft technology to innovate and open up new business opportunities.

Following the keynote address, the official launch event for TechEd 2014 – TechLive – will be held at Vector Arena, with food, drinks, entertainment and live music.

Over the following three days - September 10th to 12th - Microsoft TechEd New Zealand 2014 will feature over 140 breakout sessions at SKYCITY Events Centre in Auckland city centre.




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  Reply # 1089994 16-Jul-2014 14:38
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freitasm: It's here now... Early bird registrations for Tech Ed are open.


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Yep I'm down to go again.  Have to use the training\conference budget :-)



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  Reply # 1090019 16-Jul-2014 14:56
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I'll be there; work finally confirmed my ticket a couple of weeks ago :)

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  Reply # 1090020 16-Jul-2014 14:58
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I am wondering about coming this year, though I'd only be hugely interested in a relatively small number of breakouts, one being the "be more awesome" one.


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