I am just about to complete my first day at the Georgia World Convention Center in Atlanta, GA where this year’s TechEd is being held. For those of you who have never heard of TechEd, this is Microsoft’s premier technical education event focused on current and soon to be released products by Microsoft or using Microsoft technologies. If you are an IT professional that focuses on one or more of Microsoft technologies, then you have to attend this event. For more information about TechEd click [HERE]. Today there were a few pre-conferences and some events in preparation to the actual conference that starts tomorrow.
This year’s TechEd focuses on Cloud Computing, Virtualization (supporting cloud computing), Windows Phone development, and all other Microsoft products. Every product has at least a conference or two. Some side-events are scheduled to happen off-site and off regular conference hours. Such is the case of the “Windows Phone 7 Unleashed Hackathon” held at the Omni Hotel. This is expected to be a hands-on lab where attendees will be able to learn about Windows Phone 7, XNA, Azure interaction with WP7 and how to build, scale and publish their WP7 app or game to the WP7 Marketplace. People who attend this side-event will be eligible for a chance o win a Samsung Focus phone.
Today I attended a very interesting conference on Cloud computing and strategies for deploying solutions to the clouds.