Last week, my career-long dream of becoming an international speaker came true. I had the opportunity to speak at ReMix08 UK in Brighton, England. Thanks to Dave Sussman and Phil Winstanley, who ran the Community Track session, for inviting me out to speak. Also thanks to Mike Ormond for fitting me into the Developer track to deliver the VS tips talk.

This was an amazing conference. The logistics, the setup, and the organization reminded me of a conference the size of TechEd or PDC, yet I was completely relaxed and comfortable as a speaker. Kudos to everyone on the ReMix UK event staff and all the track owners who put this together. Your hard work definitely showed.

I gave 3 talks and sat on 1 panel during the 2-day conference. You can view my CodePlex talk slides and photos over on the CodePlex team blog. But since you are reading my blog, here’s are pictures from my Visual Studio Tips and Tricks.

Apparently, i rocked the house with my 20/20 session on VS Tips. In a 20/20 talk, you have 20 slides, and have 20 seconds each slide, lasting 7 minutes. Being the classic overachiever that I am (this summer has taught me nothing), I volunteered to do a 20/20 but using VS to demo tips instead of using slides. In other words, i demo’ed 20 tips, 20 seconds each. Dave screamed “Next” every 20 seconds, forcing me to move to the next tip. I cannot wait to get the recording and post it here. (again, thanks to Dave and Phil for organizing these talks!)

Here are pictures from my Visual Studio Tips and Tricks talk. I am still amazed how great the room looked.

Showing off cowboy hat from blog photo

Demo'ing on stage

And i’ll throw in a CodePlex photo that doesn’t appear on the team blog:

CodePlex and me

And lastly, I spent Saturday sightseeing in London, before flying home. And here is a picture of “tower bridge” and not “London bridge.” I’m curious when do people learn this in schools?

Tower Bridge in England

and of course the codeplex flag in front of Big Ben. Thanks to Scott Guthrie for taking the photo.

CodePlex and Me in front of Big Ben