Hi Everyone,

Thanks for your all your emails.  After my announcement on Monday we’ve had many inquiries from those that need to gain approval, want to get the dates booked in their calendar or just want more information.  I’m sure you understand there is a process we have to follow to get such broad announcements to you, yet from your feedback….it’s going too slow to meet your needs..  While we don’t have anything public as of yet and the plan is for that to go live on the 1st July, I I think we need to share something now.   Given that there is so much interest show, and it’s no real secret -  I’ve just cut and pasted our internal communication (see below) that  Barnaby Jeans (TechDays overall lead) sent to our team yesterday..

Hope this helps, brings some clarity and supports you in getting to TechDays.

To make sure we keep supporting you, going forward the key individuals that are your primary contacts for TechDays are:

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Rodney Buike

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Damir Besinic

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John Bristowe

 Please feel free to share this where you see fit.

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Thanks.

John

John Oxley

Director Technical Audience Marketing and ICT Evangelism
Microsoft Canada | Direct (905) 363- 8589|Messenger
joxley@microsoft.com | twitter:joxley


From: Barnaby Jeans
Sent: June-02-09 1:54 PM

Hi Everyone,

Earlier today John posted the announcement of our expanded schedule for TechDays 2009 and it’s great to see the impact that a community can have.  This year’s schedule looks like the following:

  • Vancouver – September 14 & 15, 2009
  • Toronto – September 29 & 30, 2009
  • Halifax – November 2 & 3, 2009
  • Calgary – November 17 & 18, 2009
  • Montreal – December 2 & 3, 2009
  • Ottawa – December 9 & 10, 2009
  • Winnipeg – December 15 & 16, 2009

In addition to the dates, we want to share with you the official track names for TechDays 2009:

  • Developing for the Microsoft-Based Platform
  • Developer Fundamentals and Best Practices
  • Windows Client
  • Servers, Security, and Management
  • Communications and Collaboration

The community team is looking to what sessions fit the needs of the audience and are sifting through many possible session.  We’ve gotten and continue to reach out across the country to build this out as we want to lock on the sessions for mid-July. It would great to get a good list and gain as much input as we can as the TechDays team puts together the tracks.  If you have ideas or suggestions, please let me know.

Finally, the pricing for this year is locked and as follows:

Early bird pricing of $299.99 with the full conference price of $599.99.  Early bird pricing and registration will go live on July 1st.  We are also working on a pre-reg price for those that attended last year, however to show our respect to those that invested last year we will also give them the opportunity to share it with who they want (anyone and anyway) during a limited timeframe ~ June 15th to July 1st

Just want to keep everyone informed on how we are all tracking.

This is exciting - I look forward to how we are going to better serve our audience grow their skills with an awesome TechDays2009.

Regards,

Barnaby