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  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal interview Bart de Smet and Mwansa Lumpa at TechEd Africa 2009

    Enjoy - (can you tell I was a bit jet lagged?) first Bart on his work with .NET 4.0 Framework then Mwansa on his work developing SmartCare in Zambia
  • Blog Post: Report from TechEd – WomenBuild 2.0 SeriousPlay with LEGOs

    Happy to have led the Women in Technology event at TechEd last week.  Asli Bilgin and I have been working with a team at Microsoft to build this event brand for a year now.  Microsoft has hosted WomenBuild events across the US and Australia already and intends to host more in the future. ...
  • Blog Post: Report from TechEd – Jam on IT Community Party

    Thursday was community party night at TechEd.  In addition to the attendee party, we in SoCal were able to invite around 300 people from the local tech community (who weren’t registered to attend TechEd).  It was really cool to see who turned out for our free food and drink, and then hung around...
  • Blog Post: Report from TechEd – Windows Mobile Applications Update

    People ask me ‘how do you keep up?’ Well, sometimes I don’t.  I am horribly ‘behind’ in the world of Windows Mobile applications, development, etc…So I decided to spend a bit of time at TechEd trying to remedy that situation.  First I attended the (in)famous Windows Mobile Smackdown session...
  • Blog Post: Report from TechEd – ITPros know how to throw a great party!

    Well it wouldn’t be TechEd, if there weren’t one or more fun parties to attend, but I have to hand it to our corporate ITPro team this year.  Their Windows 7 SpringBoard party at the StandardLA was really great. The atmosphere was great – Stephen Rose (Sr. Community Manager Windows Client ITPro...
  • Blog Post: Report from TechEd – What’s new with SQL Server BI?

    During the day, whenever I could I hung out in the SQL Server Business Intelligence world (another main site – here ) – sessions, floor booth, also I did a book signing for my BI book .  I was also fortunate enough to have a long lunch with Gemini PM Donald Farmer .  So, what did I see? 1....
  • Blog Post: Report from TechEd – MVP pre-show summit

    Sunday before TechEd I represented local evangelists at the TechEd MVP pre-summit.  In addition to meeting several MVPs for the first time, I got a chance to plan new events with key SoCal MVPs (most of whom also lead or actively participate in local User Groups as well) -- James Johnson , Denny...
  • Blog Post: Report from TechEd – What is Oslo? What is M? What is Intellipad?

    All week at TechEd I worked in the Oslo booth in the SOA area.  I worked with Kris Horrocks , Miguel Llopis and Shy Cohen .  Kris and Miguel are on the Oslo product team and Shy is an architect and trainer, who recently left Microsoft after over 10 years in Redmond.  Working with Softies...
  • Blog Post: Post TechEd SoCal Tech Events

    There are worse problems to have, but a person really needs stamina to keep up with all of the possible tech events in SoCal.  I had fun at TechEd, working in the Oslo booth with the team (finally met Don Box in person!), leading the WiT event, attending sessions (mostly BI or Windows Mobile), and...
  • Blog Post: Going to TechEd in LA next week? – find SoCalDevGal there

    TechEd starts for me on Sunday, May 10. Here’s where to find me day-by-day – if you can’t find me send me mail via this blog with your number and I’ll text you back. Sunday day - MVP event at LACC -and- OSLO booth prep night – SharePoint by Night Party -and- MCT ‘foodie’ meet up Monday morning...
  • Blog Post: Want to go to Tech-Ed 2009 in Los Angeles for free? Volunteer to work there

      Submit your name via the Call for Staff tool. You will then be considered for a staff position helping at one of the product demo stations in the Technical Learning Center (TLC). Upon completing the required fields and clicking on the “Submit” button, your information will be reviewed...
  • Blog Post: Hey, look I'm in the Fishbowl at Virtual TechEd

    Here in Barcelona, there is activity going on everywhere. One area is the 'fish bowl' which looks like a ' great glass elevator '. Catch me talking about Business Intelligence .
  • Blog Post: Virtual TechEd from Barcelona starts Nov 5

    Many of you have sent mail saying you 'wished you were here too'. Now you can be, kind of - starting tomorrow (well, today where I am - jet lag is really got me!), you can catch some of the conference on Virtual TechEd . I am scheduled to record on Tuesday and Wednesday - so, check it out!
  • Blog Post: I'm in NorCal next week == busy!

    Monday / Tuesday, I am scheduled to do something really different for me - attend a technical conference where 'no boys are allowed' - it's called She's Geeky and will be held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. The attendee list is pretty darn interesting. I think I'm going to have...
  • Blog Post: Shows, shows, shows - which one should I go to?

    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...
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