AzureFest

Finding the time to learn about the Cloud and how to extend your skills to build solutions for the Cloud can be a challenge when your schedule is defined by application build, test, and deployment milestones. With this type of schedule, chances are you find learning new concepts in one condensed sprint much easier than trying to squeeze some learning into an hour here and an hour, between your other tasks. If that’s the case for you, you’ll want to check out AzureFest, a hands-on educational event designed by Canada’s own MVPs Cory Fowler (@SyntaxC4) and Barry Gervin (@bgervin) from ObjectSharp. At AzureFest, you’ll see how developing and deploying applications to Windows Azure is fast and easy, leveraging the skills you already have (.NET, Java, PHP, or Ruby) and the tools you already know (Visual Studio, Eclipse, etc.).

AzureFest sessions are delivered with examples using .NET and Visual Studio, but the concepts are the same regardless of the language and tools. You’ll learn everything to you need to know to get up and running with Windows Azure quickly including:

  • Overview of Cloud Computing and Windows Azure
  • Setting up the Windows Azure SDK and Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio
  • Setting up your Windows Azure account
  • Migrating a traditional on-premise ASP.NET MVC application to the Cloud
  • Deploying solutions to Windows Azure

AzureFest is a hands-on event. This means that you’ll be following along in your own development environment and actually deploying your solution during the event. In order to get the most out of the experience, you’ll need to bring a laptop with you that is running Windows Vista SP1 or Windows 7 and has the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio installed.

You’ll also need to bring a credit card. Windows Azure activations require a credit card even for the trial period, but don’t worry, nothing will be charged to your credit card as the last part of the event shows you how to take down all of your Windows Azure instances.

We’re taking AzureFest across Canada, and will be coming to a city near you. Check out the listings below to get all the information you need about each of the cities. Don’t see a city that’s near you? Keep checking back as we will be adding more cities and dates as we confirm them. If you’d like to help organize an AzureFest in your city or at your user group, please contact me via email, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

Where and When

Downtown Toronto
Microsoft Canada
Ernst & Young Tower
222 Bay Street, 12th floor
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 6:00PM – 9;00PM
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Presenters: Cory Fowler (@SyntaxC4), Barry Gervin (@bgervin)

Mississauga
Microsoft Canada
1950 Meadowvale Boulevard
Thursday, March 31, 2011 6:00PM - 9:00PM 
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Presenters: Cory Fowler (@SyntaxC4), Barry Gervin (@bgervin)

Vancouver
BCIT, Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
6:00PM – 9:00PM
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Presenters: Jonathan Rozenblit (@jrozenblit)

Ottawa
Algonquin College Campus
1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa
Saturday, April 16, 2011 12:45PM – 1:30PM
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Presenters: Christian Beauclair (@cbeauclair)

Calgary
University of Calgary, Rm 121 ICT Building
2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB
Saturday, April 30, 2011 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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Presenters: Michael Diehl (@MikeDiehl_Wpg) and Tyler Doerksen (@Tyler_gd)
Moncton
Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce Board Room – First Floor
1273 Main Street, Suite 200, Moncton, NB
Friday, May 6, 2011 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Presenters: Cory Fowler (@SyntaxC4)

Fredericton
UNB Campus
Room 317, ITC
Saturday, May 7, 2011 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Presenters: Cory Fowler (@SyntaxC4)

Halifax
The Hub
1673 Barrington St., 2nd Floor, Halifax, NS
Sunday, May 8, 2011 1:30PM – 4:30 PM
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Presenters: Cory Fowler (@SyntaxC4)

Quebec City
l'École National d'Administration Publique (ENAP), salle 4114
555, boul.Charest Est, Québec, QC
Thursday, May 12, 2011 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
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Presenters: Frédéric Harper (@fharper)

Montreal
Microsoft Canada
2000 McGill College, Montreal, QC
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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Presenters: Frédéric Harper (@fharper)
Winnipeg
Online Business Systems, Assiniboine Room, 2nd Floor
200-115 Bannatyne Ave., Winnipeg, MB
Thursday, May 19, 2011 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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Presenters: John Bristowe (@jbristowe)
Kitchener
Holiday Inn - Kitchener
30 Fairway Road South, Kitchener, ON
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
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Presenters: Jonathan Rozenblit (@jrozenblit)
Virtual Lunch and Learn Series
Online
Part 1: Thursday, May 19, 2011 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST, CST, MST, PST
Part 2: Thursday, May 26, 2011 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST, CST, MST, PST
Part 3: Thursday, June 2, 2011 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST, CST, MST, PST
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Presenters: Jonathan Rozenblit (@jrozenblit)

Make sure you register early as space is limited. Make sure to find me when you’re are the event – it will be an opportunity for us to chat about what you’re working on, possible projects to move to the Cloud, and how I can help you grow your skills and career.