I've attended or worked at most major Microsoft shows over the past few years and am often asked "Which show is best and why?" Having just returned from attending a terrific week-long show (TechReady - it's for internal MS employees only), I've been thinking a bit about this. First here's my non-inclusive list of shows
Now I know you may be saying, "Hey, where's <insert your favorite show name here>?" And, to be fair, I haven't attended every conference there is. I've heard good things about WinHec, FlashForward, SQL Pass and others.
Here are my top 10 tips for getting the most out of shows:
I'd be interested to know which conferences you like best, why and what tips you have for getting the most from a technical conference.
Oh, and in case you are wondering, if I could pick only one show, I'd attend PDC every time. Why? The show's focus on the future. Attending this show may not make the most business sense for everyone, but, if you can manage it, and, if you are a curious person, then you'll really enjoy it.