I will be landing in Auckland on Sunday 31st August, and attending the speakers' dinner on that evening.
On Monday 1st September I wlll be attending the Bloggers' Dinner - I have no idea who else Microsoft has invited to attend this dinner, except that Scott Hanselman is speaking there, so I am really looking forward to attending this event.
I was told Student Day is not happening here in New Zealand this year. Instead Microsoft New Zealand is working on building student communities on campus around New Zealand, hoping to help these communities get better connected with the IT industry.
There's also a plan to encourage more IT Professionals to come on campus and talk to students and also talk about job prospects - the goal is to create a bridge between our IT students and the IT industry.
What about Dreamspark? Dreamspark is a programme that provides qualifying university students access to Microsoft's developer, designed and platform tools. These tools include Visual Studio, Windows Server, Expression Studio, SQL Server and more. Earlier this year we published an interview with Paul Lo explaining all about Dreamspark.
This is already in place for New Zealand students who can login to the Dreamspark website using a Live ID, verify they are eligible and start downloading the software for their use.
How is the verification? Currently students have to be registered and hold an ISIC id card. The card number is the way to verify your eligibility.
Microsoft New Zealand is also working with other institutions and the Ministry of Education to get their support in setting up Dreamspark. They are already working with Auckland University and the Canterbury University to put this in place, in the hope of having a number of institutes working with Dreamspark by the end of the academic year.
Another initiative is the Imagine Cup. The Imagine Cup 2009 competition has already begun - and this time the big finals will be in Egypt.
The 2008 installment of the Auckland Code Camp is set for 31 August 2008 (the day before TechEd). Registration is open!
Sign up now to learn all you need to know about WCF, .NET 3.5, Silverlight, and much more.
This year we will meet on 31 August 2008, the Sunday just before TechEd, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in central Auckland.
It is a free event, including the presentations, lunch and coffee breaks. This year the event is sponsored by Datacom, Olympic Software, Intergen, and the Microsoft MVP programme.
Make sure you visit the official page to learn more about the event and register.
Thanks to Thiago for the heads up!
What to do? Visit the Microsoft Tech Ed Australia 2008 website, select "Tech Ed 2008 only" registration and enter "NZT899" in the code customer field.
This will give you a reduce registration rate - down to AU$1,600 from AU$1,999.
See you there!