Friday, May 13, 2011

Lots of Phone and Cloud Goodness at TechEd 11 Next Week

Next week is TechEd 11 in Atlanta, and Windows Phone 7 and Windows Azure will feature prominently. In addition to the many sessions on these and other subjects, there are some special events going on (including a phone-cloud hack-a-thon) and the opportunity to network with insightful and influential people such as Microsoft product team members and community members.

Speaking of community members, I and many of my fellow Windows Azure MVPs will be there, including Michael Collier (who works with me at Neudesic), Sergejus Barinovas, Shy Cohen, Cory Fowler, Scott Klein, Jason Milgram, Bill Wilder, and Jim Zimmerman. There will be many impressive people on the phone front as well, including another Neudesic colleague of mine, Simon Guest. There will be a number of events where you can meet us, including several “Meet the Experts” sessions. There will be a lounge area for hanging out and having informal discussions.

There are several “Birds of a Feather” (BoF) sessions related to Windows Azure that I’m participating in: Migrating to Windows Azure, How the IT Role is Changing, and How to Design Scalable Cloud Applications.

A really big event on Monday evening will be the 5-hour “Windows Phone 7 Unleashed Hackathon” which goes from 6pm to 11pm on Monday. This will be an event for phone development or phone+cloud development. Microsoft and community volunteers will be there to help get you started with tools and information and answer questions. If you want to get a head start, install the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7. It should be a lot of fun. You’ll find the registration details at the end of this post.

Lastly, I’ll be doing a book signing of my recent book, The Windows Azure Handbook, Volume 1: Planning and Strategy.

Well, as you can probably tell it is going to be a jam-packed week… hopefully I can find some time to take in some of the sessions! I look forward to meeting some of you who read this blog in person next week at TechEd!

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Windows Phone 7 Unleashed Hackathon
Monday, May 16, 2011
6:00p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Don't miss this opportunity to get hands on help with your Windows Phone 7 app, from the experts!

This is a "hands on" hackathon where you will learn from Windows Phone 7, XNA and Azure experts how to build, scale and publish your Windows Phone 7 app or game. If you are just a beginner, or already have apps in the Marketplace this event should not be missed.

BYO Laptop!

RSVP early, space is limited to 300 attendees:

Food and refreshments will be provided.

Omni Hotel At CNN Center
Grand Ballroom (A,B, C)
100 CNN Center
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

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