Tech Ed is a place where we connect with people. Being an Microsoft MVP, it is important for me to get in touch with other MVP's so that I could know the people who are experts in their respective field of interests. I am a bit nervous on the first day when I visited the Venue. Nice to see there is a special registration stall available only for us.
I thought, I would be all alone for the next 3 days, but there is somehow a hope and excitement that drive me crazy to know people in person. Just after I get in I saw Srawan Kumar. Its my wonder how he identified me but it is great to see him for the first time. Later, during the session, I meet with people like Pinal Dave, Anoop Madhusudan, Jacob Sabestian, Vinod Kumar, Lolith, Amit Bansal, Vijay Raj, Hima, and so on. The list is neverending. Connecting to people like them is a great achievement to me or even more.
Even if you are not an MVP, there is quite opportunity here to get in touch with people you admire the most, or to connect to industry leaders in person. Hence in terms of this, TechEd successfully does that in great extent.
The learning curve for the TechEd is sharp. You will get to know the latest technologies, from the best people you can. With the initial Registration kit, you will get the entire venue of all the sessions and tech - talks that will be available for you during all the three days ahead, and you can really follow these to know the things that interests you. The topics that I am keen to know and attended are HTML 5, Windows 7, Windows Phone 7, C#, or even Sharpoint. I really like most of the presenters who presented in front of me. The sessions are mostly interactive and with lots of demos and source code sharing.
For us being the MVPs, the learning curve is bit more sharp. We had an unique opportunity to get in touch with the Microsoft Product Teams in forms of Round Tables. Yes, I am now connected to people like Jason Zander, Yousef Khalidi, Brian Hall, Bharat Shyam, and so on. It is really a great achievement being a part of those sessions and talking with people like them.
I would like to thank Abhishek Kant and the whole Microsoft product Team to taking our feedback about their product and talking to us in person.
Not only the technical sessions and round tables, there are lot more for us. Microsoft being the huge production house runs numerous projects which we never come to know. There are workshop to showcase them to us. To name a few are Microsoft Robotics, Surface, Lync, Azure etc. You could discuss about the features available with these products or even talk about features, limits, feedback etc.
I can also see few 3rd party tools like Telerics, Pluralsight, Intel etc are also showcase in these events. Yes, these workshop also share goodies with us when we visit them. Isnt it cool by the way ?
Not only this, yet there are places for Free Microsoft Certifications available for all attendees.
There was nice food, arrangements etc for the huge number of people visited for the conference.
Evolution is a thing that is much more personal to you. The entire 3 days sessions will give you a lot of knowledge, which you can take back to your home and use in rest of your career.
It is true, you will find people who foster their anger towards such events, but those are very few. The majority of people likes this event as I did, and credit should be given to majority of Microsoft Guys for putting all their efforts to make the event a success.
Moreover, there are lot more to share with you. But as few of my friends already put their efforts to write a little on the event, lets not repeat the same here :
- Day 1 at TechEd 2011 by Hima
- Day 2 at TechEd 2011 by Hima
- Day 3 at TechEd 2011 by Hima
- Microsoft TechEd India 2011 - An event to Remember by Anoop Madhusudan
- Microsoft TechEd India 2011 - Day 1 by Abhishek Baxi
- Microsoft TechEd India 2011 - Day 2 by Abhishek Baxi
- Microsoft TechEd India 2011 - Day 3 by Abhishek Baxi
- My Experience with Microsoft TechEd 2011 by Abhijit Jana
The list would be neverending.
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