Tracking the tracks at Tech Ed New Zealand


Geekzone dinner at Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009

, posted: 1-Sep-2009 11:43

I am very happy to confirm we have secured Microsoft sponsorship for a small gathering during the Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009.

While the Tech Girls Dinner is happening in the convention centre we will be meeting for dinner at The New Orient (Strand Arcade). This is happening from 8pm Monday 14th September after the Tech.Ed welcome drinks.

Registrations are essential - we have only a small number of seats available. Dinner will be sponsored, and we will open a bar tab to start (you will pay for your drinks after the tab runs out!).

Register here for the Geekzone dinner at Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009.




Geekzone dinner at Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009

, posted: 19-Aug-2009 17:32

Seeing that Microsoft is planning the TechFest 2009 for Tuesday 15th September evening, and the Tech Girls Dinner is on Monday 14th September we managed to secure a modest budget for a Geekzone dinner on Monday 14th September - while the girls are out!

This would be a small gathering for Geekzone users attending the Microsoft TechEd New Zealand 2009 - probably limited to 40 seats, so pizza is more likely to be the ticket.

We are currently measuring interest in our forums - reply here if you would be interested and if we have enough numbers then we will open a formal registration page.

Note that if this goes ahead it will be open to TechEd attendees only, so you will need to show your TechEd badge at the door.




HP Mini 5101 offer to Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009 attendees

, posted: 19-Aug-2009 10:10

HP and Microsoft joined forces to offer the new HP Mini 5101 loaded with Windows 7 Ultimate, at $699 (incl GST). Also on the system is a copy of Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview.

This is about $500 off retail price on a new system - which still comes with Windows XP.

The HP Mini 5101 spec includes:
  • Intel Atom N280 processor, 1.66GHz
  • 2GB RAM
  • 320GB 7200 rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 10.1 inch LED-backlit HD 16:9 display screen (1366x768)
  • Wi-fi a/b/g/draft-n, Bluetooth 2.1

There will be 500 units available and orders have to be sent in by 4th September. It's only available to Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009 attendees and the NFR licence key will be provided during the event.

Full details here - and I am told there are still tickets available for this year's Tech.Ed New Zealand.



Tech Girls Dinner at Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009

, posted: 18-Aug-2009 12:28

Another event happening parallel to Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009 is the Tech Girls Dinner. This is happening from 8pm Monday 14th September.

Now in its third yearcelebrating women working within the IT industry, Tech Girls Dinner will follow the theme of‘inspire’, ‘engage’ and ‘empower’. The keynote will be delivered by Julia Raue (pictured), CIO of Air New Zealand and attendees will also have the opportunity to see Michele A’Court, NZ’s Best Female Comedian 2002-2007.

Seats are limited so register now! The event is complimentary for Tech.Ed attendees, but extra tickets are available at $99+GST.

UPDATE: I got confirmation this event is not girl-exclusive...



Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009 TechFest 2009 lineup confirmed

, posted: 18-Aug-2009 12:18

The folks at Microsoft have now confirmed the lineup for the TechFest 2009, a traditional event happening with the Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand.

This year the TechFest 2009 is back at the Auckland Town Hall, happening from 6:30pm on Tuesday 15th September.

The crew is inviting people for an "island" themed party. Every Tech.Ed attendee automatically receives a ticket for this party, and additional tickets are available at $150+GST.

People attending the event will see Elemeno P, Katchafire, Ben Hurley, Oscar Kightley and The Septembers performing live on stage.

(Picture from last year's TechFest courtesy of the official Tech.Ed site)










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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