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While I guess the surprise is out. TechDays is real and no longer just a dream. We’ve been working hard over the last year to bring a similar experience as TechED across Canada. Yes, not just in Toronto …..our pilot experience is also in six other cities across the country. This was not easy, we had many challenges and while we not 100% there…. It will happen! We are passionate about this conference series, as you’ve told us that this type of experience is very important. From the many focus groups, your comments in our surveys and direct conversations, you’ve made it clear….. less marketing and more focus on your skills growth. Our technical events and programs should be about learning, connecting and supporting you! Oh yeah…. and it has to be local. We had hoped to do this conference series in more cities and with your help in making this year’s pilot successful, sharing your ideas then perhaps next year we can.
TechDays 2008 is our largest technical education conference series for IT Professionals and Developers in Canada ever. It focuses on providing you with skills development through deep technical training, a place to connect with your peers and the opportunity to learn and evaluate across a wide range of technical sessions. The broad technical education at TechDays is delivered by Microsoft, Partners, and industry experts.
You can get an great overview and perspective at Darcys and Miguel blogs. I think they have expressed the overall experience in their words very well.
I’m excited about this as our hope is for the technical sessions and onsite experiences combined with the TechDays learning kit to help you grow your skills, share best practices and build connections. We also want to see if we can support you with more learning tools as continue your learning journey after the conference.
I know that there is so much to learn, so little time and given that we made the commitment to take on this big challenge to increase supporting your development…..
I’m really glad that with your support and the teams passion to announce....
TechDays 2008 is real!
Over the course of the next few days the team will be sharing many more details on this experience here and at our other blogs as I’m sure (and hope) you have lots of questions. The registration site will be up soon and watch for some early birds specials….:-)
Please get engaged, enjoy your journey and reach out to share your experiences. You can connect directly to me or my team via our blogs or please don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tech days Tech days! Sis boom bah!
Tech days Tech days! Rah rah rah!
Finally something in Canada (no poke to Energize IT!)
Up until this point, cool technology meant a trip to the states, and border hassle.
But HERE IN CANADA! Thanks to Microsoft, John Oxley and his amazing team. WE HAVE TECHDAYS!
*and it's affordable too!*
As part of being open and transparent – and wanting to have some fun, the Microsoft Canada Audience
I am sure that we will never know the amount of thought, work and "agonizing" that went into TechDays. It is a huge, and potentially very risky, leap forward for Micrsoft Canada and hats off to them for having the guts to put this together to respond to the feedback that they have received.
They have done their part. Now it is up to the community to support them by showing our support. I defy anybody to find better overall value than what is being offered not just in terms of the high quality of technical content but the other "goodies" that are on offer. The extras alone are more than worth the price of admission. However, we know that's not what this about. It is an oustanding opportunity to extend your technical skills and hence your career prospects. Don't miss out on this golden opportunity to better yourself at a very affordable cost.