I got my badge (tagged as MEDIA), but didn't have a roll-on bag for me - apparently the "media" people get one after the keynote in the press room.
I walked around, checking out the hands-on lab room - almost empty, but again it was Sunday almost 8pm... The MarketPlace is empty, except for the crews working on their stands. I had a chance to met a couple of Microsoft New Zealand guys, Mabode's Jay Templeton, and the Provoke crew preparing their stand for the Provoke Carnival.
After this quick tour I walked to a restaurant nearby to catch the .Net user group leaders and some of the folks who participated in today's .Net Dev Code Camp 2007. Everyone in good form, ready for tomorrow's start.
The SKYCITY Convention Centre is a great venue, and it is interesting to see the Marketplace empty - it will be more interesting to see it tomorrow buzzing with 2,300 people going around this place.
The advantage here is that tagging works on Flickr, unlike Technorati, which has a broken search engine at the moment, returning half a dozen posts with TechEdNZ07, when we know there are lots more...
I'm going to be giving away some prizes for the first 50 people to complete the Threat Modeling HOL. It's just a small token of my appreciation for you taking the time out to do SEC08 Threat Modeling Hands On Lab! The first 50 people ( 50 in Australia and 50 in New Zealand). will get a prize.
Also, if you are posting about the event, contact him so you can get some link love from the official website.
As we posted before, this event is being organized in conjunction with Tech Ed so if you have a ticket for Tech Ed - this is a free event. You need only to login to Comnet to add the event to your list.
If you don't have a ticket to Tech Ed you are still welcome to attend. You need to register by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, and each ticket will cost you $80.
The evening will be hosted by Helen Robinson the General Manager of Microsoft New Zealand and our keynote Speaker will be Eileen Brown who has conducted research around Women in Technology which has been presented at Tech Ed in Orlando. After the keynote there will be a panel discussion which offers attendees the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the panel. This will be followed by discussion and networking for the remainder of the evening.
The agenda for the evening is:
7:30pm – registration and room opens – Entree’s on table with drinks
8:00pm - Evening Introduction – Helen Robinson
8:05pm – Keynote – Eileen Brown
8:25pm – dinner served
9:00pm - Panelist introductions
9:15pm – Q&A Hosted by Eileen
9:45pm – Drinks and networking
10:00pm - Official close (aka head over to Bar3 for further discussion)
There will be a wide variety of women at the event from deep technical to marketing and management. The evening is not intended to silo your career aspirations but to broaden your thinking about what is possible for women in the technology industry today.
I'm still confirming one panelist, but here are the panelists we do know about:
Hayley Smith - .Net User Group leader Hamilton
Eileen Brown - Messaging and Mobility Evangelist, Microsoft UK
Sonia Yoshioka-Carroll - Technology Marketing, Eloquent Communications
Helen Robinson - General Manager, Microsoft New Zealand