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  • Blog Post: TechEd NZ is in full swing

    The event is going well and we are into day 2. TechEd Live ( www.techedlive.co.nz ) is the place to go to see what's happening... Blogs, photos and videos...
  • Blog Post: TechEd It's Happening

    Well we are in full flow for TechEd - I spent the entire day on the event and visited the venue it's looking great. I also visited the .NET User Group AGM ( www.dot.net.nz ) and they had a great meeting but I should let them break any news from that. There is a good interview of Darryl on GeekZone that...
  • Blog Post: Developer Virtual Labs

    This is a good list of links for developer virtual labs (which let you try the software in a remotely hosted virtual machine) we have these sort of labs hosted at TechEd and are regularly asked how to get access to them: ASP.NET 2.0 ASP.NET BizTalk Server Commerce Server Connected Systems Data Access...
  • Blog Post: TechED NZ is a SELL OUT

    No real supprise here but as of tonight TechEd NZ has effectively sold out we are leaving the site open for a few more days to let the last few individual registrations to go, so rush over there is you have not done so already. The TechEd US event has a virtual TechEd site you might also want...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Registration Opens

    We have set-up the registration site for TechEd 2007 earlier than ever this year. The event plannng is going well and we have a number of great changes to the lineup (e.g. the addition of a 'voice of the customer' track and major changed to the TechFest party to name just two :)) We won't be promoting...
  • Blog Post: TechEd ‘Live’ is live

    With TechEd NZ selling out 8 weeks early one of my challenges has been to work out how to get the TechEd message out to more people. To assist with this we have launched a new site called TechEd ‘Live’ – www.techedlive.co.nz . On this site you will get: A broadcast of the keynote Daily...
  • Blog Post: TechEd New Zealand is a sell-out

    It’s been a manic few weeks here at Microsoft – a lot is going on and today we closed our financial year. I might do a post over the next few weeks as I think we have had an amazing year in terms of products and achievements… But I digress – lets get back to the reason for this post … Today...
  • Blog Post: TechEd – Selling Fast

    Today 1 week after opening earlybird ticket sales we have hit our 260 th registration (yes two hundred and sixty people already!). This is unprecedented demand for this event – it’s great news for the event and shows the level of passion out there. If you have not registered yet, then get a move...
  • Blog Post: NZ TechEd 2006 - Good Points Peter

    Peter, I want you to know I read your blog , this response is a little late however - sorry ;) First an add – we care about Security – I know you do as well register for the Secuirty Seminar in Auckland on March 17 at the Hyatt and hear from international and local speakers… Click here to...
  • Blog Post: NZ TechED 2005 – TechFest – Videos

    So my little Pentax Optio S4 camera does video and I though I would post two clips which I liked: Venus (6Mb) Stand Up (4Mb) They turned out really well and near the close of Venus you can really see how the crowd got into the Feelers!
  • Blog Post: New Zealand TechEd 2005 - TechFest Pictures...

    TechFest was last night and I had a great time, the event was huge - I'm a little short on time but wanted to get these shots out there... This is a view of the main bar area - you can get a feel for the number of people there, pretty much 2,000! We had Ewan McGregor a local comedians...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Student Day 2005 – See a few pictures…

    So I wanted to post a few pictures of Student Day…. Looking back at the crowd in the Theatre… Students love food…. Just a shot of people milling round in one of the breaks… NavMan giving there grad recruit session – yup they sure are growing…
  • Blog Post: TechEd – It’s Started – Student Day Rocked!!!

    We had over 700 students in on Friday to hear 15 (yes 15) sessions. I was just blown away by the whole day and Paul Lo my Academic Developer Advisor (Evangelist) did an awesome job. I helped do the event intr, ask the industy and the prize-giving session (Paul knows how to get prizes!). I really...
  • Blog Post: TechEd – Early Keynote 8-9am SkyCity Theatre

    We will be running a second (actually in order first) keynote from 8-9am in the Sky City Theatre with some light food afterwards I’d love to see you there – feel free to join us . It is the same content as the main keynote but with a smaller room so a little more intimate and close up to the action....
  • Blog Post: TechED – It’s keeping me busy...

    It’s my first TechEd since I came back to NZ – I’ve been to US and Europe events but not an NZ one. So I’ve been given the sink or swim treatment and my team is responsible for the entire event – it’s a huge undertaking! Some quick stats: 2700+ attendees (incl. 700 for Student day) 400...
  • Blog Post: NZ TechED 2005 – DRAFT Schedule

    Nigel has put up a draft version of the event schedule for TechEd 2005 here in NZ. We have had lots of questions on this so here you go. I’ve already mentioned that we are over 70% full to capacity for registrations so I’d encourage you to register while you still can.
  • Blog Post: NZ TechED 2005 – It’s going to rock – 70% Capacity Reached

    Well TechEd has been taking up a lot of my time and also my teams time over the last few weeks. We are getting close to the [ New Zealand ’s biggest IT] event and we are now only 7 weeks out . It’s been an incredible year for events since I’ve been on board, every single technical event we have...
  • Blog Post: First Major Corporate Account - Gen-i send 150 to NZ TechEd

    Gen-i have committed to sending 120 attendees to TechEd this year. There is a brief article in Reseller News About this. I can confirm that we have 400 people already registered for the event, so we are already at 20% capacity due to the advance demand for Earlybirds and pre-booked corporate registrations...
  • Blog Post: TechEd NZ Earlybird Registration goes Live

    Go get your earlybird… click here . Let me start by saying that TechEd US sold out 9 weeks before there event! While I won’t be bullish enough to say we will have the same result in NZ I’m certainly aiming to make NZ TechED 2005 a sellout event. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again ...
  • Blog Post: NZ TechED 2005 – Date, Venue and Prices Announced

    I’m the NZ executive sponsor to TechED 2005 in New Zealand – we have now announced the dates for the event on our corporate site: http://www.microsoft.com/nz/presscentre/articles/2005/mar_14_teched.aspx Abstract: Microsoft once again will be hosting the largest annual training event for developers and...
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