The MSDN Developer Conference in Boston is literally right around the corner - Thursday, January 22nd at the Sheraton Boston!

Have you registered yet?  If not, time's running out - you can sign up right here.  In addition to three tracks of four technical sessions each, there's a number of other events going on at the conference - take a look below.  Oh yeah, there's some cool giveaways too!

 

Lego SeriousPlay WomenBuild Workshop

Open to all, the workshop makes use of Lego blocks in a series of interactive exercises to foster discussions on gender diversity in the workplace and to brainstorm actionable solutions for enhancing diversity in the software industry.  Check out the clip below in which the ever-dynamic Asli Bilgin talks with Telerik's Stephen Forte about the program.

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These workshops have proved quite popular at other MDC events, and there's two opportunities to participate, making it a bit easier to work into your schedule.

 

 Community Courtyard

Running in tandem with the presentations, Community Courtyard is an open discussion area where you choose the subjects and the participants. Whether you want to mingle with the presenters, talk about an MDC session, discuss a related subject, or just network, you have the opportunity - this area is yours.

 

Partner Area

Thanks to our platinum, gold, and silver partners for their support as well.  Be sure to stop by and visit their booths when you're at the event!

 

     Platinum Sponsors PreEmptive Solutions
    SoftLayer Technology
  Gold Sponsors InnerWorkings
    Sybase
    Novell
    O'Reilly
    Microsoft Visual Studio Team
    Microsoft Partner Team
  Silver Sponsors Pluralsight
    Telerik

 

Gaming Area

All work and no play... not at the MDC.  We'll have an XBox gaming area set up with Halo, Gears of War, and other favorites.  Stop by for a few minutes (or longer) and show your stuff (don't worry, we won't tell your boss!).

 

MDC Session Agenda

8:30 - 10:00 Keynote - Amanda Silver
10:15-11:30 A Lap Around Windows Azure and the Azure Services Platform
Michael Stiefel

ASP.NET and JQuery
Chris Bowen

The Future of Managed Languages: C# and Visual Basic
Richard Hale Shaw
12:30-1:45 Developing and Deploying Your First Azure Service
Ben Day

Developing Data-Centric Applications Using the WPF DataGrid and Ribbon Controls
Allan Da Costa Pinto

A Lap Around "Oslo"
Michael Cummings
2:00-3:15 A Lap Around the Live Framework and Mesh Services
Griffith Townsend

Building Business-Focused Applications Using Silverlight 2
Jesse Liberty

A Lap Around VSTS 2010
Todd Mancini
3:30-4:45 Developing Applications Using Microsoft SQL Data Services
Jim O'Neil

ASP.NET 4.0 Roadmap
Fritz Onion

An Introduction to Microsoft F#
Talbott Crowell
Chris Bowen

 
Giveaways


Everyone, and I mean everyone, will get a Windows 7 Beta DVD mailed to them when the media is ready.  It's hot of the presses, so unfortunately we weren't able to  have the DVDs on hand.  You'll also get a SWAG bag, including the ubiquitous Microsoft gel pen, 2 free Microsoft Press e-books on CD, and a few other surprises.

A lucky thirteen of the attendees will walk away with one of: