A bit late in the telling, but the Australian TechEd conference is well and truly over. It was a great conference, and I picked learnt a great deal. Of particular value to me was the Hands on Labs. I was actually assisting in the running of the labs, but I did get a chance to have a play, and did some of the SQL Server 2005 ("Yukon") labs which I normally dont get a chance to play with. The labs were very good and apart from some minor problems, went very smoothly.It was also great to be on the "other side" of the event, in that I was part of the organisation and was able to help out, instead of just attending. I found it very cool and enjoyed helping people in the labsm as well as helping attendees while at the MVP stand.
The 2nd official day of TechEd here in Oz (1st real content day) went very well and the Team System/Team Foundation presentations were very well received. The room was packed beyond capacity so it goes to show the amount of interest this particular line of products has generated.
I managed to get some time in the MSDN connections lounge and got by butt kicked playing Top Spin on the XBox, but it was well worth the fun. I managed to get myself a funky red beanie, a cool minature football and spent some time at the MVP stand answering some questions which was a great experience.
I am back manning the hands on labs tomorrow morning, then some more sessions, and then the all important techEd party. Cant wait for that one. I'll try and snap some pictures.... hopefully of someone doing something really embarrasing.
P.S. TechEd was featured on the Channel 9 late news in Canberra tonight (Wednessday). Pretty brief, but it was cool seeing the event on the news.Tony Ward from Microsoft had the speaking honours and some cameos by attendees.
Well, TechEd 2004 has finally begun here in Australia. I have been a proctor in the hands on labs for the entire first day and its been very interesting to say the least. The Developer labs were very popular and I was overwhelmed with requests for help and some really in-depth questions. Its really good to be on the “other” side of the fence when it comes to these events and see what goes into the organisation and preparations, as well as being able to play my part.
From my initial observations, the ASP.NET whidbey, SQL Server yukon, and Windows security labs are very popular indeed. If you are in Australia, and currently attending TechEd, please drop into the Hands on Labs and have a play, or go down to the MVP stand and say hello. I should be down there trying to look intelligent...