Tracking the tracks at Tech Ed New Zealand

Microsoft MVP presence at Tech Ed New Zealand 2007

, posted: 3-Aug-2007 20:05

At least six New Zealand MVPs and five Australian MVPs are lined up to present at Tech Ed New Zealand 2007.

Sessions currently scheduled including MVP presenters are:

OFC304 - Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services and Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Upgrade and Migration
OFC316 - Branding and Customizing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Sites
OFC418 - Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies 2007: Deployment and Advanced Administration Topics
OFC338 - Anatomy of an Office Business Application
OFC313 - Document and Records Management Using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Clients

VOC302 - Software Plus Services on the Microsoft Platform: How We Built ActionThis
VOC305 - Fronde Debate – Architecture? Don’t Waste your Time!

DAT314 - SQL Server 2008 for Developers
DAT305 - Analysis Services Best Practices: Design, Storage, Multidimentional Expressions (MDX) and Calculations
DAT302 - Database Schema Versioning: How to Use Microsoft Visual Studio Team System for Database Professionals and Team Foundation Server to Version and Deploy Your Databases

WEB309 - Building BackgroundMotion – Scalable Web Fast by using the Composite Web Block

SVR308 - Windows PowerShell: The Future of Server Administration
SVR310 - Up-close and personal with Virtual Machines and SCVMM

DEV309 - Best Practices for Team-Based Software Development
DEV346 - Next Generation Team Foundation Server

CLI317 - Windows Vista: The Top 10 Reasons to deploy now (or why change what works for me now?)

Note that schedules may change. Delegates should login to Comnet for latest scheduling in all cases.

Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) are technical community leaders from around the world who are awarded for voluntarily sharing their high quality, real world expertise in offline and online technical communities. Microsoft MVPs are a highly select group of experts that represents the technical community's best and brightest, and they share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others.

MVPs represent a broad spectrum of Microsoft product users. They occupy many different professions including accountants, teachers, artists, engineers and technologists. MVPs reside in over 90 countries, represent 30 different languages, and cover more than 90 Microsoft technologies.

Roseanne Stamell (pictured), MVP Lead for Australia & New Zealand, will also be at Tech Ed New Zealand 2007 throughout the day Monday and some of Tuesday, so feel free to talk to Rose (or her Manager Karen Young, who will also be attending) about the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award. You might find them at the stand, or watching MVPs present any of these listed sessions.

Tech Ed Profile: Chris Auld

, posted: 3-Aug-2007 14:24

Chris Auld (blog) works at Intergen as Director, Strategy and Innovation. His appointment was the result of Intergen’s acquisition in February 2007 of Kognition, a small but world-class team of specialists in Mobility and Smart Client development.

Chris established Kognition in Dunedin in 2003 and has worked with high-level national and multinational clients such as Microsoft and Telecom New Zealand. Kognition has worked on a number of significant projects in early stage technology including developing sample code and training material for .NET 3.0.

You will see Chris speaking on a session on Microsoft Office Application development and later on a session on how Intergen is building a new Software + Services application using the Microsoft Platform and in particular the office suite.

Intergen will be announcing a little more about this new application, called ActionThis, during the Tech Ed New Zealand 2007 (and we might have more details on this project during the event).

Tech Ed Profile: Intergen

, posted: 3-Aug-2007 14:01

As usual Intergen will be showing a rather large group at Tech Ed New Zealand 2007. The company is bringing at least twenty of their developers, designers, and managers to this event. Look for the guys dressed in yellow!

This year Intergen's speakers Chris J. T. Auld, Mark Orange and Andrew ‘Tokes’ Tokeley.

Intergen also runs all of the Tech Ed Hands-on Labs each year. The company put together a big team of lab proctors who will be there looking after people and helping to answer their technical questions.

They even built a .NET 3.0 launcher application that controls the lab virtual machines. This year the launcher was upgraded to give a new Windows Presentation Foundation interface. Tim Epps is the guy responsible for the labs....

Tagging Tech Ed New Zealand 2007

, posted: 2-Aug-2007 16:38

If you are blogging the Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand 2007, tag your blog posts with "TechEdNZ07"... This was requested by Darryl.

Also, if you are posting about the event, contact him so you can get some link love from the official website.

Women in Technology dinner details

, posted: 31-Jul-2007 16:42

We now have more information about the Women in Technology dinner at Tech Ed New Zealand 2007, thanks to Darryl Burling's blog.

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, 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

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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