Developer Night in Canada (DNIC) -No, not Hockey...
I love this stuff.
A bit of history why...
During the last MVP/AspInsiders summit I had a chance to talk to a few of my peers (Wally, Ambrose, Jason, Plip, to name a few) about their community efforts and contributions. One thing I discovered is how many of them are really focused on their local community. And I mean LOCAL, which is quite different than what Microsoft defines as “Regional” (nothing to do with geographical region –that’s a story for another day).
This is such a great idea.
So since then, I have really focused my efforts locally here in Vancouver BC. For example, I’m sure many of you noticed all of my chatter about the Vancouver Code Camp back in March. I also started to work (Part Time, evenings) at BCIT helping with a few course on Beginners level ASP.NET and this semester it is the advanced course for ASP.NET and .NET itself. Next semester I plan on taking over as instructor for the advanced course. I started to attend local events like .NET BC, AgileVancouver, and the local SqlPass chapter. The list goes on.
One of my “Regional” community points of contact that we have in Canada that actually works for Microsoft is John Bristowe. He lives (Calgary, Alberta) about 14 hours drive away from Vancouver but I consider him my Most Valuable Canadian contact from MSFT. He pulled through with a solid presentation for the Code Camp and has always been very open and honest with me since day one. A great guy all around.
He recently contacted me with an idea about featuring Canadian developers via podcasting. Literally his idea, at that time, was to podcast Canadian developers in the community and do an interview style discussion about recent events which they are doing. I was very humbled that he chose my as his guinea pig for the podcast and my experiences with the Code Camp.
Today he announced the podcasting project, named Developer Night in Canada. Check it out and subscribe.