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  • Blog Post: TE08: Community Input

    My last post, essentially thanking Readify for their involvement in TechEd08 caused a little bit of a stir :-) to the point of being reported in the press , not once, but twice . I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight all of the influencers whom committed time and effort at TechEd. So I caught...
  • Blog Post: TE08: Support from our partners

    TechEd is a huge undertaking, and there is no way we could be successful without the support of our partners. Today I got to see the impact of that again first hand. I was invited to address the Readify Annual Kick-off as their guest speaker. During my introduction, Darren Neimke asked how many Readify...
  • Blog Post: TE08: First Ever Australian Annual IT Demo Champion - Tatham Oddie

    Way back in March this year we kicked off the largest ever launch of a Microsoft product, with the Heroes Happen {Here} Launch of Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008. Since then we've been running a competition throughout the community of Microsoft technologists, at Usergroups...
  • Blog Post: TE08: The Smackdown Finale

    I'll do a fuller wrap-up of the Smackdown *SMACK!* "HooHa!" later, but I just had to get the little video of the finale competition out. We wrapped up the biggest, and loudest Smackdown "HooHa!" ever held at a public TechEd with a wheel-barrow race, and then 3 finalists eating Apple...
  • Blog Post: TE08: Coatsy’s Facebook Promise

    Andrew Coates , the initimable Developer Evangelist, has reiterated his promise to join Facebook, this time on video, if there are 250 members of the “Convince Andrew Coates to join Facebook” Facebook Group by the end of Friday 5 Sep 2008. Let’s hold him to his promise. :-) R 42 Technorati Tags: TEAU08...
  • Blog Post: TE08: Who will be crowned the 1st Annual Australian IT Demonstration Hero?

    Here at TechEd08 we’ve been working through the National Finalists of the Demos Happen {Here} competition. So far we’ve had 4 demo hero’s strut their stuff on the stage in the Expo hall, with another 3 to go. The competition is so successful that we decided to make this the inaugural event of what will...
  • Blog Post: TE08: Are Social Networks the new Usergroups?

    A session asking people “in the know,”about the future of communities. Those who meet in exotic locations, at late nights, and speak arcane languages; those who tweet, and blog, and (well some) Facebook! Do we need to gather together in the same place and time? Or should we just share pictures, and videos...
  • Blog Post: TE08: Joe Wilson on Mobility Smackdown

    Joe, Microsoft’s Senior Director for Academic Evangelism was downunder this week to keynote our hugely successful Student Day. We also managed to keep him around for a couple of days to catch up with our Student Partners, Deans from local universities, and local government. Whilst he was here, of course...
  • Blog Post: TE08: Smackdown – ONE MORE WAY TO WIN

    There is another way to win at the Smackdown!! *SMACK!!* If you’re not one of the 100 lucky dogtag winners. We’re running another across the whole conference, where people can take a photo of their Windows Mobile experience at TechEd08 . Email the photos with your TechEd ID to smackdown08@live.com.au...
  • Blog Post: First Video of Surface at TechEd08

    Here it is, the Surface ready for demo at TechEd08 down in the MSDN Lounge. Come and check it out. R 42 Technorati Tags: TEAU08 , TechEd08 , Cool Tech , Surface
  • Blog Post: First Pics of Surface at TechEd08

    It’s arrived, it’s here, and ready for unwrapping. If you want to check out and play with Surface, you need to get down to the MSDN Lounge. R 42 Technorati Tags: TechEd08 , Australia , Surface , Cool Tech
  • Blog Post: Embedded Development

    At Imagine Cup in Paris, for the first time, I had my eyes opened to the power of Embedded Development. Essentially, this is developing a software solution for a prescribed hardware function. Computers running particular functions without the traditional IO peripherals you would expect. Think ATM, or...
  • Blog Post: Winning at TechEd08

    This year, TechEd is bigger, more energetic, and delivers more choice than ever before. The more I work with Business Groups across Microsoft, the more I hear about their plans to Connect with delegates. There seem to be a lot of competitive games being planned for the conference. Whilst it’s great to...
  • Blog Post: Are you the Ultimate Expert?

    We’re on a quest this year for “The Ultimate Expert” at TechEd08. Is this you? Or do you know that ultimate geek? Perhaps you work with them. Check out Michael Kordahi’s blog for more details, and nominate your expert. R 42 Technorati Tags: TechEd08
  • Blog Post: Announcement: New Academic Evangelist in Australia!!

    It's been a little while in coming, but I'm very pleased to announce that we have a new Academic Developer Evangelist in Australia. After a rigorous recruiting process, on Monday I offered the role to Andrew Parsons , which he accepted. He popped into Microsoft this afternoon with his signed letter of...
  • Blog Post: TE08: Getting Tactile

    Hear it, See it, Play with it! TechEd as a conference is so much more than it used to be . I mean there's always been the Welcome Event, the Closing Party, and the Track Sessions. Sometimes there have been inspiring Keynotes, and sometimes, well frankly they've been a bit ordinary. As someone who's worked...
  • Blog Post: TechEd08 - Mobility Smackdown

    You've been there, or certainly heard all about it: The Mobility Smackdown ! The session where there are no limits, no noise control, and no PowerPoint! The session where a couple of passionate men (including myself) put a theme and fun into demonstrating their technology! The session where everyone...
  • Blog Post: Demo's Happen {Here}

    Are you worthy of the title Australian Demo God 2008 ? Do you have what it takes to demonstrate complex technical techniques simply, efficiently, enthusiastically? Do you want to be celebrated for your technical prowess at TechEd08 in Sydney later this year? Are you confident enough to win an all expenses...
  • Blog Post: Embarking on the Long Road to TechEd08

    For the last number of years, I've had a couple of points of input into TechEd in Australia. Primarily in the Mobility Track, and in the Microsoft Technology Showcase. 2 years ago, inspired by a similar session at our internal training conference, "TechReady" I worked with Rick Anderson to...
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