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For those of you attending TechDays Vancouver (or those of you who are just curious), I’ve put together a schedule (with actual times, rooms and maps) as well as some other information that you might find useful. Enjoy!

Venue

Vancouver Cinvention Centre

TechDays Vancouver takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre, located right on the waterfront. If you’re taking the SkyTrain, it’s right by Waterfront Station.

Map picture

Schedule

TechDays Vancouver takes place on Monday, September 14th and Tuesday, September 15th. There’s a complimentary breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on both days, and the session start running at 9:00 a.m.. There’s an introductory session for each track on both days that runs from 9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., where the track leads provide an overview of the day’s sessions.

Each track has two morning sessions spaced out by a 15-minute break, followed by 75-minute break for lunch.

Monday is the longer of the two days, as it has three afternoon sessions spaced out by 15-minute breaks; the third session is a bonus session. Demo Ignite Camp will take place Monday evening.

Tuesday has just two afternoon sessions, spaced out by a 15-minute break and will conclude at 4:00 p.m.

Day 1 (Monday, September 14th)

Time

Track 1:
Developer Fundamentals and Best Practices

Track 2:
Developing for the Microsoft-based Platform

Track 3:
Windows Client

Track 4:
Servers, Security, and Management

Track 5:
Communication and Collaboration

Track 6:
Developer Foundations

Room

Rooms 1-3

Ballroom A

Ballroom C

Ballroom B

Rooms 11 - 12

Rooms 8 and 15

8:00am to 9:00am

Breakfast

9:00am to 9:15am

Track Introduction

9:15am to 10:30am

Tips and Tricks for Visual Studio

What’s New in Silverlight 3

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010: The Next Generation

From Zero to Live Migration: How to Set Up a Live Migration

Deploying Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 in a Virtual World

S-O-L-I-D : The Five OO Principles that will Change your Life Forever

10:30am to 10:45am

Break

10:45am to 12:00pm

Test Driven Development Techniques

Expression Blend for Developers

A Geek's Guide to Windows User State Migration Tool 4.0

SCVMM 2008: Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) and Management Integration

Versioning and Upgrade of SharePoint-based Solutions

Going from 0 to 100 Dollars per Hour with the .NET You Never Knew

12:00pm to 1:15pm

Lunch

1:15pm to 2:30pm

Patterns for the Rest of Us

Building Modular Applications Using Silverlight and WPF

Easing the Migration from Windows XP to Windows 7

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Virtualization Considerations and Best Practices

Comprehensive Security for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

Layers, the Secret Language of Architects

2:30pm to 2:45pm

Break

2:45pm to 4:00pm

A Strategic Comparison of Data Access Technologies from Microsoft

Optimizing Your Apps for the Windows 7 User Experience

Working the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE)

Monitoring UNIX/Linux with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2

Using Microsoft Dashboards, Scorecards, and Analytics to Monitor the Health of your IT Infrastructure

Refactoring for Fun and Profit

4:00pm to 4:15pm

Break

Bonus sessions

4:15pm to 5:30pm

How ISVs can strengthen their business by Working with Microsoft

Taking Your Application on the Road with Windows Mobile Software

Application-Aware Data Protection with Dell EqualLogic

Interoperable Web Platform: IIS7, Web Platform Installer and Web App Gallery

TBD

TBD

5:30pm

Day 1 ends

7:00pm to 9:00pm

Demo Ignite Camp
For details, see below or visit Demo Ignite Camp's event page.

 

Day 2 (Tuesday, September 15th)

Time

Track 1:
Developer Fundamentals and Best Practices

Track 2:
Developing for the Microsoft-based Platform

Track 3:
Windows Client

Track 4:
Servers, Security, and Management

Track 5:
Communication and Collaboration

Track 6:
Developer Foundations

Room

Rooms 1-3

Ballroom A

Ballroom C

Ballroom B

Rooms 11 - 12

Rooms 8 and 15

8:00am to 9:00am

Breakfast

9:00am to 9:15am

Track Introduction

9:15am to 10:30am

Practical Web Testing

Introducing ASP.NET MVC

Inside the Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.5

Reinventing Remote Access with DirectAccess

Architecture of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

S-O-L-I-D : The Five OO Principles that will Change your Life Forever

10:30am to 10:45am

Break

10:45am to 12:00pm

Better Software Change and Configuration Management Through TFS

SOLIDify Your ASP.NET MVC Applications

Solving Application Compatibility Issues Through Virtualization

BranchCache: Helping You Save on WAN Bandwidth Consumption at Branch Offices

Transition and Deployment of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

Going from 0 to 100 Dollars per Hour with the .NET You Never Knew

12:00pm to 1:15pm

Lunch

1:15pm to 2:30pm

Metrics That Matter: Using Team System for Process Improvement from Microsoft

Building RESTful Services with WCF

Windows-Based Application Readiness for Developers

Server Management Improvements in Windows Server 2008 R2

High Availability in Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

Layers, the Secret Language of Architects

2:30pm to 2:45pm

BREAK

2:45pm to 4:00pm

Database Change Management with Team System Developing and Consuming Services for SharePoint No Budget for Tools? No Problem! Hot Tools on a Limited IT Budget Best Practices in Architecting and Implementing Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Exchange Server 2010 Management Tools

Refactoring for Fun and Profit

4:00pm

Day 2 ends; conference wrap-up

Demo Ignite Camp

Demo Ignite Camp - Monday, September 14 - 7:00 p.m. - Vancouver Convention Centre

Since we had the venue for two days, it meant that we had these nice large conference rooms available to us on the night of Day 1. Rather than let them just sit there, we thought it might be fun to put one of them to good use with a community event. We got in touch with Boris Mann, and thus Demo Ignite Camp was born!

Demo Ignite Camp is a “show and tell” event for the Vancouver tech scene. It’s going to feature 8 short presentations, which can be one of two types:

  1. Demo: A demonstration of a project in action. You’re only allowed to show your working project on the big screen – no slides allowed!
  2. Ignite: An Ignite presentation is a slide presentation with a special constraint: you’re allowed only 20 slides, and they must auto-advance every 15 seconds!

We have 8 presentations, after which we’ll head to a nearby pub. Demo Ignite Camp is free to attend – just be at the Vancouver Convention Centre at 7:00 p.m.!

For more details about Demo Ignite Camp, see Demo Ignite Camp’s event page.

Other Things at TechDays Vancouver

Windows 7 Lounge

The Windows 7 Lounge is a place for you to chill out on a couch, play some XBox, get your email and take Windows 7 for a spin.

Bing Booth

Want to find out more about the best search engine in Canada? Head over to the Bing Booth!

MSDN/TechNet Booth

MSDN is Microsoft’s one-stop information place for developers; TechNet is the equivalent for IT pros. You can learn more about these valuable resources at the MSDN/TechNet booth.

Ford/Sync

Ford will have a car set up in Hall A showing off Microsoft’s Synch technology. No, you can’t the car as swag.

Internet Cafe Lounge

We’ll have two Internet Cafe Lounges set up with computers so you can check your mail, post some tweets, look at LOLcats or whatever else you need to do online.