Tracking the tracks at Tech Ed New Zealand


The technology behind Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009

, posted: 17-Sep-2009 10:01

I just received an interesting set of stats that I want to share with anyone interested in what goes on behind the scenes of a technology show as big as Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009:

Tech Ed content
• 11 tracks, 4 virtual tracks
• 128 sessions including 1 panel discussion
• 98 speakers
• 43 Microsoft speakers, 3 Regional Directors, 22 partner, 6 customer, 9 Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals
• Most common speaker name Michael followed by Andrew

Tech Ed Core Infrastructure
• 6 guys, 3 day pack in, 3 hour pack out
• 4kms of Ethernet cabling set up in Sky City
• 24 CPU cores, 48GB memory, 3.5TB disk
• 45 desktops, 43 laptops
• 20 plasma screens
• 38 HP ProCurve 24 port switches
• 100Mbit internet bandwidth + redundancy
• Expecting ~120GB of traffic
• 18 wireless access points around SkyCity

Hands on Labs
• ~200 different labs
• HP Hardware
• 64 cores, 522GB, 5.5 TB
• 80 Windows 7 desktops
• Dual head display - Green
• Hyper-V R2 & Citrix Xen Server



Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009 Mobility Smackdown

, posted: 16-Sep-2009 19:33

One popular session at Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009 was the "Mobility Smackdown". It's a 100% demo-based session, fast-paced, where delegates can see lots of Windows Mobile-based features - new mobile OS versions, third party software (this year SPB Mobile Shell was the highlight with some time spent covering Twitter clients) and win some prizes doing silly things. Sorry for the video quality (this was from my camera phone, and no it wasn't a Windows Mobile device this time). "Hula hoop" to win some Bluetooth headsets: The best haircut gets to win a Windows Mobile device (the winner was a Geekzone user, Paul Spain):



Drummers at Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009

, posted: 16-Sep-2009 11:34

This is the drummers playing some good music before the Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009 keynote:



The sucky side of Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009: the wi-fi access

, posted: 16-Sep-2009 10:52

Seriously folks... I haven't been to a single conference that had ever offered a consistently good Internet access experience. 

Enough said on this...



Thanks for the mention, Scott Wylie

, posted: 16-Sep-2009 00:24

I feel honoured our small Geekzone at Tech.Ed gathering was mentioned by Scott Wylie (pictured), Microsoft NZ Director of Developer and Platform Strategy, along other events that marked the first day of Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009.

First because Scott Wylie is the person responsible by the whole event. Second because he put our event in the spotlight.

I have to say thanks to Microsoft for making it possible to happen by sponsoring our dinner. We had a great time with a small group of Geekzone users that were here coming from all over New Zealand and hope to make it again next year.

Now back to work gathering more material - tomorrow is going to be full of posts here.





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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