While I do a weekly “events this week” post each week that highlights events coming from Community Megaphone, I want to take a few minutes to talk about some events you may not be aware of, and highlight why you should consider attending them:

Wintellect Azure Deep Dive (Reston, VA – 05/20/11) - REGISTER

Join Jeffrey Richter for a FREE full day of in-depth, live learning as he teaches architects & developers how to leverage Azure’s data storage and compute services. The day will start off with a whirlwind tour of the various independent services that make up the Windows Azure Service Platform consumable from both cloud and on-premise services. Then we will discuss Azure’s Data Storage services concentrating on blobs (for video, music, text, documents, etc.), tables (for non-relational data), and queues (for durable messaging between on-premise & cloud-based services). The day will continue with a focus on Azure’s compute services which allow you to deploy your own applications into Microsoft’s data centers. In this last section we’ll discuss deployment, configuration, management, tools, roles & how your roles interact with the Azure fabric controller.

A full day of Azure training from one of the founders of Wintellect…that’s a great deal, so you should sign up today!

Richmond Code Camp (Richmond, VA – 05/21/11) - REGISTER

One of the grand-daddies of the local code camp scene, with over 10 code camps under their belt, this spring, Richmond Code Camp has over 30 sessions on offer, at a great price (free!). I’ll be there, hopefully doing some podcasting for the Community Megaphone Podcast, and you should be there, too!

Windows Phone Garage (Malvern, PA – 05/24/11) – REGISTER
Windows Phone Garage (Chevy Chase, MD – 05/26/11) - REGISTER

If you want to get hands-on experience building apps for Windows Phone 7, with guidance from experts, these events are for you. These events are a full day, with hands-on labs and an opportunity to turn your ideas into real apps. These events will sell out, so do not wait to register!

Mid Atlantic Developer Expo (Hampton Roads, VA – 06/30/11-07/01/11) – REGISTER

MADExpo Every once in a while, something comes along with the potential to be really special, and I think that the Mid Atlantic Developer Expo (or MADExpo for short) is one of those events. I may be a little biased since I’m on the planning committee, but here’s what’s in store for you at MADExpo:

  • Opening keynote by Wintellect co-founder Jeff Prosise.
  • 2 full-day mini-conferences
    • HTML 5 Camp (sponsored by Microsoft) on Thursday
    • MADKidz on Friday
  • Day 2 keynote by James Ashley from Razorfish.
  • More than 60 breakout sessions across 2 days
  • Ongoing demos of hardware, microcontrollers, robotics, and natural user interface examples
  • Continental breakfast and lunch each day.

The goal of creating and organizing MADExpo has been to bring together talented speakers, interesting demos of hardware and hackery, and opportunities for networking with your peers to create a 2-day conference that will inspire and educate, and leave you energized to go and create. The cost of the conference is just $99 if you get in during the early bird period. This is going to be a great home-grown conference for the Mid-Atlantic developer community, so register now!