I'm a geekette who enjoys playing with new technology for software developers. I work as a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft. My current focus is on machine learning and big data on Azure.
The Professional Developers Conference (PDC) is one of my favorite conferences. But it is an investment, especially when you factor in the cost of airfare and a week in a downtown LA hotel, in addition to the cost of the conference. In today's unstable economy, some people missed out on a lot of cool technical content.
But, the MSDN Developer Conference (MDC) is bringing the PDC to you! The MDC is a day-long conference with three parallel tracks, summarizing the essentials of the PDC, for only $99. These events will be held in 11 major cities across the US. Hear all of the exciting announcements around the Azure Services Platform, Windows 7, and Visual Studio 2010 - the session lineup is pretty compelling.
And of course, there are great giveaways and swag! The most exciting thing is that all attendees will receive a Windows 7 Beta DVD. If the Windows 7 Beta is not available at the time of the event, the DVD will be shipped to you when it becomes available.
There are other worthwhile gatherings happening at the MDC:
Community Courtyard: Perhaps you've seen the PDC content already, but want a chance to discuss it? Maybe you have questions or still just don't get what the excitement around Azure is all about. The Community Courtyard is an Open-Space-like environment, where attendees can propose topics to discuss and convene their own sessions! Leaders in the development community as well as Microsoft employees will be hanging around to answer questions and participate in the conversations.
WomenBuild: This interactive workshop is open to both men and women. Participants utilize Lego bricks to explore different solutions to the same problem, and celebrate the true meaning of diversity.
And for those who read to the end:
The first person to answer this fun fact will win a free ticket (worth $99) to the Detroit MDC! What was the codename for Windows Azure?