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August, 2008

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    TechEd Fever – Guess the number of paying attendees at TechEd Australia and Win!


    Now for a bit of TechEd fun.

    Maybe I’ve been on too many aeroplanes recently (in fact, I know I’ve been on too many aeroplanes recently), but after chatting with Ben, I’ve come up with a little competition (open to folks living in Australia only).

    Guess how many people will be at TechEd Australia this year (paying attendees) and I’ll send you a prize (probably some Microsoft Hardware).

    Use the Email link on this blog and let me know how many you think it’ll be (hint, it’ll probably be more than 2000 and less than 3500).

    The person who gets closest without going over will win the prize. If more than one person picks the same number, I’ll use the first one I receive as the winner. If you enter more than once, I’ll use your first guess as your answer. I won’t use your contact details for anything other than notifying you if you’ve won. I’ll contact the winner by email and announce the winner here on my blog some time in the week after TechEd Australia.

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    VSTO/OBA Thought Leadership and Clarity from Craig Bailey


    Craig’s been doing some great work around OBA and VSTO on his blog lately. As well as his recent presentation at SBTUG, he’s posted

    All I can say is Bravo and Amen.

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    Find like-minded folk at Tech.Ed



    One of the three key themes at Tech.Ed in Sydney this year is Connect (the other two are Learn and Explore). Connecting with like-minded people is a huge benefit at an event like this and you could set yourself up a complex contact management system, with lists of people and their interests and so on. Of course, to save you the effort, you could login to CommNet and use the Connect tool. You bung in info about yourself using both a structured taxonomy and a freeform section and then you can search for others at Tech.Ed using a similar set of fields.

    Once you find people, you can book meetings with them (brokered by the system so you don’t reveal emails) and we’ve set aside meeting areas on the Tech.Ed expo hall floor you can book along with the meeting. All this gets integrated in with your Tech.Ed schedule.

    Look for Tech.Ed connect under the community tab after you login to Commnet.

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    He’s Arrived! Andrew Parsons has Entered the Building


    Long time community guy, author, gamer and geek Andrew Parsons has finally come onboard as our Academic Developer Evangelist, a role that’s been sorely missed since Tyson’s departure a few years back. What’s more, not only has he arrived, he’s already blogging. Drop by and leave him a welcome note, and make sure you say g’day at Tech.Ed. Subscribed.

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    Demos Happen { Here } – State finals starting in Sydney tonight.


    This evening (Monday 11 Aug) is the first of the Demos Happen { Here } state finals. We’ll be kicking off at 6pm at Microsoft HQ in North Ryde.

    Subsequently we’ll be holding finals in the MS offices in

    • Canberra - Aug 12 6pm
    • Melbourne – Aug 13 6:30pm
    • Brisbane – Aug 18 6pm
    • Adelaide – Aug 20 6pm

    Come and see some great demos and cheer on the finalists as they vie for a place at the national finals at TechEd in Sydney.

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