Below you see Helen saying the welcome to all those women (click for a larger version):
You can see all other pictures in my Tech Ed New Zealand 2007 Flickr set or just my WomenInTechnology Flickr tag.
All you have to do is buy Visual Studio 2005 with an MSDN Premium or MSDN Professional to get this discount. This is valid from 1st September 2007 through 30 November 2007.
Visit microsoft.co.nz/visualstudio from 1st September for details.
Back to the swag...
During my walk around the Marketplace today I got to talk to a lot of people, put faces to names and in general have a great deal of networking. What an incredible day it was.
I also heard someone from Unisys being called three times - he won an Xbox 360... But I think he didn't show up, because they then proceeded to call another name. Unlucky for one, lucky for another.
I stopped to talk to the guys at the Double-Take stand. I found this software a few months ago when investigating alternatives to keep the Geekzone SQL Server database up during a disaster, if needed. I forgot about it for a while, and just last week I was looking for the software again - I couldn't remember the name!
Today I was looking through the stands at the Tech Ed Marketplace, and here it was! I got a very good explanation on how it works, replicating MS SQL data and transaction logs, how it performs the failover and failback, and other fine features.
I also had a good insight into Content Beamer, a server printing solution that works with mobile devices and laptops.
Cheryl and Keith at Hyro gave me some of her time explaining their mobile capabilities.
And the coffee (thanks Ace!) was great!
The Keynote for this year's Tech Ed New Zealand was delivered by Lou Carbone. I had the opportunity to chat with Lou about his keynote afterwards in the media room and I was as impressed with him after the keynote as during.
It was in my opinion the most interesting keynote I have ever attended. I have been to International CES, Microsoft MVP Summit. I've seen Bill Gates three times already (twice at International CES, once at Microsoft MVP Summit), I have seen Steve Ballmer, and numerours other people.
But Lou delivered a great message - about user experiences. About emotional experiences and how companies fail at delivering those, and how companies who succeed in doing this do so well in the marketplace.
He had the right visual support at the right time, his voice, and most importantly the content were right on the mark.
I bet many of the technical people present there today didn't realise, until now, the impact of their contributions. I hope they do now.
Lou Carbone also authored the book "Clued In: How to Keep Customers Coming Back Again and Again" (Amazon link). If you are attending the Tech Ed, look for a discount voucher in your swag bag!
I am not the only one impressed. Kev Dally liked it too. And Nigel has posted a "behind the scenes" story about this keynote.