Tracking the tracks at Tech Ed New Zealand


John Key and David Cunliffe to keynote Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand 2008

, posted: 31-Aug-2008 08:29

It is going to be hard to beat last year's Lou Carbone Tech Ed Keynote, the best keynote delivery I've ever seen. Earlier on during the Tech Ed 2008 planning I've heard rumours of two politicians doing the keynote this time.

IT Brief is confirming that National Party leader John Key will share the stage with Communications Minister David Cunliffe:



The pair will each speak for 15 minutes during the keynote morning session about what is being done to get New Zealanders connected to each other and the rest of the world.

It is a further indication that technology is firmly on the election agenda and it will be Key’s first opportunity to duke it out with Cunliffe on this increasingly important policy area for both political parties.


As posted here before, this year's Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand headline keynote is Amit Mital, General Manager Live Mesh and Developer Platform.



Mindscape at Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand 2008

, posted: 31-Aug-2008 08:23

If you follow the folks at Mindscape, then here is a list of sessions they will be running at this year's Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand:


  • Overview of SQL Server 2008 (DAT302) – Monday 2:15pm
  • What’s New in WPF 3.5 and 3.5 SP1 (DEV345) – Tuesday 10:45am
  • Architectural Considerations for ASP.NET MVC (ARC402) – Wednesday 9am
  • Reactive Programming (DEV375) – Wednesday 9am
  • Productive WCF (SOA315) – Wednesday 10:45am
  • Architecting Scalable Web Applications Using Velocity (ARC308) – Wednesday 12:10pm
  • C# Tips and Tricks (DEV486) – Wednesday 3:45pm







The Official Tech Ed New Zealand drinking game

, posted: 31-Aug-2008 08:15

It is Sunday morning, and I slept twelve hours (went to bed at 7:30pm last night) just to be ready for this year's Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand - speakers' dinner planned for tonight, bloggers' dinner tomorrow, TechFest Tuesday - plus all sessions and walk around the marketplace.

And of course there's an "unofficial" official Tech Ed drinking game:



Every time a demo crashes: take 1 drink.

Every time a demo doesn't crash: take 2 drinks.

TechFest: take 6-10 drinks.  Be restrained: you will need to be up early tomorrow to find which first-session speakers are most hung-over and to ask them very complicated and demanding questions VERY LOUDLY.  (LATE BREAKING RULES CHANGE: Apparently I'm in the first-session slot the next morning. Therefore, the new rule for TechFest is: either (a) take 6-10 drinks and go to Kirk's session in the morning, or (b) take 20+ drinks and wake up in a bus station outside Otorohanga wearing nothing but your delegate pass, somebody else's socks and a strategically superglued trial DVD of SQL Server 2008.)

Every time a Microsoft speaker says "innovation," "community" or "super excited": take 1 drink.  After taking 5 such drinks in a row, shout "Bingo!"

Every time a 200 level presentation includes a demonstration containing the phrase "Hello world": take 1 drink and yell "I told you not to call me 'world'!"


Read more to find all the other rules (yes, there's more).

 



Microsoft Surface at Tech Ed Australia 2008

, posted: 29-Aug-2008 19:39

Oh! The Australians will have the chance to see - and touch - the Microsoft Surface table according to the TechNet Australia blog.

Lucky folks...



















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, posted: 28-Aug-2008 12:03

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Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand is a technology event run by Microsoft New Zealand. The Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand 2010 is happening in Auckland (New Zealand), 30th August - 1st September 2010, at the SkyCity Convention Centre. If you are attending the Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand 2010 and would like to contribute with stories, profiles, and feedback please contact us. This blog is written by Mauricio Freitas and published by Geekzone.



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