It’s nearly that time of the year again! Well, actually, it’s a happening a little later this year thanks to a few guys running and kicking a ball around a couple of months ago – something about 2010 and a World Cup – my memory’s a little hazy.

Anyhow, TechEd is back! And it’s going to rock! Coming at you from 17 to 20 October 2010 at the Durban ICC. We’ve got a fantastic lineup of speakers and sessions (as always) featuring some of the best international and local speakers and lots of new content to sink your teeth into.

Name Dropping (a.k.a. Speaker Highlights)

Tim HuckabyTim Huckaby, founder of InterKnowlogy, renowned speaker and all ‘round WPF and Silverlight guru (amongst other things). If it has a user interface he knows how to make it work, make it beautiful and make it work beautifully. Tim will be sharing his knowledge on all things interface: Rich Internet Applications, Silverlight, WPF and Natural User Interfaces (NUI). This will be Tim’s very first time in South Africa and we look forward to giving him a very warm welcome.

Bart De SmetBart De Smet joins us once again to wow us with the new things that he’s working on. He’ll give us a special pre-PDC 10 scoop on work that he’s doing on the SQL Cloud Programmability team, share the latest on the Reactive Extensions and explain what the big deal is with functional programming in .NET. Don’t miss Bart’s fantastic insights, his great energy and quirky sense of humour!

Katrien De GraeveAnother newcomer to our shores, Katrien De Graeve hails from Belgium where she works for Microsoft as a Developer Evangelist. Katrien has done a lot of work with Windows Phone 7 and will be showing some great demos of the new device and development platform. She’ll help take us from start to finish in the process of building a fully featured phone application. I also here she might be bringing along some cool giveaways! Winking smile

Rudi GroblerRudi Grobler our local WPF MVP, gadget geek and all around good guy will be back with us once again and giving developers a heads up on using Silverlight in the real-world, how to secure it and shining a light on how to use the MVVM pattern in Visual Studio 2010. Rudi is always great to learn from and we’re looking forward to seeing what he has in store for us this year.

 

We’ll be highlighting more of our fantastic speakers in the build-up to the big event, so this is just a starter to whet your appetite.

We’re looking to running our biggest TechEd ever this year and we have some great surprises in store! If you haven’t yet registered for TechEd, what are you waiting for?

Want to go for free?

The Port Elizabeth .NET Community is giving away a free ticket to the event. Check out their competition page for details and snap up the last available ticket before 24 September 2010!