The beautiful city of Mostar, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, held the Microsoft Network 2.0 event April 4th and 5th. The conference presented a great opportunity for all local IT-orientated people to get together, connect with each other and also attend many interesting technical quality sessions. Although this conference is pretty young (this is the second year), it is very well organized and it has much to offer.
In the Country Manager Layla Zukic-Krivdic’s own words:
“Like last year, Microsoft Network 2.0 gathered a respectable representation of the BiH private and public sectors, as well as local and International IT professionals with the aim of presenting the latest Microsoft and Partner solutions and their use for business efficiency. With a large number of presentations and case studies for IT professionals, developers and managers in the field of business productivity, infrastructure and security, and application development platform, Microsoft Network 2.0 is the conference not be missed. It is a unique event where you get to know the current Microsoft and partner solutions and IT trends, be able to exchange experiences, enhance knowledge and create new business contacts.
With 40 speakers (of which 13 are MVPs!), 50 technical sessions, 4 different tracks (including a Community one for community peers only), Microsoft Network 2.0 is the biggest annual eventever held in Bosnia and will probably have 25% more attendees compared to last year.
Here are some pictures and quotes from the local MVPs attending as speakers:
Adis Jugo “The first Microsoft NetWork conference, which was held the last year in Banja Luka, was the first Microsoft technology, business and communityconference in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Impressions and outcome of NetWork 1.0were actually much higher than anyone has expected, and the praise was coming from all sides. Awareness about Microsoft technologies, Microsoft partners and Microsoft Community has strongly increased in Bosnia and Herzegovina after thatconference.
I expect from Microsoft NetWork 2.0 to continue to impact the awareness growth, this year especially with Community Track being equally positioned as the other three tracks (Business, Development, IT Pro). Since six MVPs had their sessions in this year’s community track, we have good chances to meet that goal: to present Microsoft Community as a pool of talented, enthusiastic people, who are creating some great things on Microsoft technologies, sharing knowledge, having fun and enjoying being a part of the community.
For me, personally, this conference has a special importance. One year ago, on Microsoft NetWork 1.0, we have created SharePoint User Group Bosnia and Herzegovina. This year, 12 months, 6 meetings and 10tech-sessions later, we have an established group of people, meeting on regular basis on premise and online. Microsoft NetWork 2.0 is SharePoint User Group’s anniversary, but also an opportunity to look back at 12 months which lay behind us, and especially to look forward into the future. My session at the community track (“Why is SharePoint community such a cool thing?”) served also as a SharePoint User Group meeting, where we discussed the group activities, lessons learned from the last year, and set someexpectations for the coming year. We wanted to give an opportunity to the group members to tell what kind of SharePoint user group they would like to have, what kind of sessions they want to hear, and where we should go in the future.
All four Microsoft MVPs from Bosnia and Herzegovina presented their sessions on Microsoft NetWork, as well as numerous MVPs from the region (Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Slovenia, Germany). First of all, it was great to see the support of local and regional MVPs to such a conference, and of course, it guaranteed high quality. This definitively was a “who-is-who,” top-level conference in our region.”
And have a look here to see which other Microsoft MVPs attended the Conference as speakers this year: it was a memorable event!About the Author:
Alessandro Teglia is a Community Program Manager responsible for the MVPAward for Central, Eastern Europe & Italy for Microsoft.
You can find him on Twitter at @alead or his blog at http://belead.me
It was great experience, great people, super content and the best speakers :-)
But we miss only Alessandro. Nex year you must definitely come.