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Many of you have been with us since TechDays kicked off in Canada in the fall of 2008. We’ve been fortunate to have you as a guest or a presenter in the past - many of you several times over. For those of you that haven’t been a part of TechDays, it was Microsoft Canada’s fall technical readiness conference providing technical professionals (developers and IT professionals) in various regions across Canada with the opportunity to gain technical knowledge of and grow their skills on the Microsoft platform.
From the great feedback we’ve received from you and your community leads, we saw two common requests: reach every region in Canada and do more hands-on training. With your feedback in mind, this year, we’ll be taking a different approach to do just that. Rather than a single conference, we’ll be coming to you with the technical content and hands-on training you’ve asked for through various Microsoft-led, partner-led, and community-led events and activities.
Moving forward, you’ll be able to take part in more in-person events than previous years and all brought to you by the same team that has delivered Microsoft Canada TechDays. The in –person events will be available in various learning formats including workshops, camps, hackathons and others, allowing you to gain those skills by learning and then applying through hands-on activities. In fact, if you attended an IT Camp, a Windows Phone Workshop, a Windows Azure DevCamp, or a Windows 8 Hackathon, you’ve already experienced some of what is coming your way. By partnering with the broader technical community, user groups, and other organizations, we’re able to connect with you in more cities more frequently than was possible with a once-a-year large-scale conference.
If you prefer to learn online, you’ll see those in-person and hands-on events being offered online, giving you the same experience virtually - tune in, learn, ask questions, apply with hands-on activities, and interact with us LIVE, as if you were right there in the room. If you won’t be able to make it to a desired event, many, if not all, of the virtual events will be available on-demand helping to ensure that you don’t miss a thing.
With the combination of in-person and online events and activities to choose from, you get to pick where, when, and how you learn.While we’re still finalizing the details of some of the events and activities, here are a few that you can already register for and plan to attend:
Windows Server 2012 Launch Tour
Toronto – September 5th
Vancouver – September 12th
Edmonton – September 20th
Ottawa – September 27th
Montreal – October 3rd
Windows Server 2012 IT Camps
o Halifax or Fredericton
o St. John’s, Newfoundland
AlignIT Manager Tech Talk video series (for Infrastructure and Development Managers)
· September 13th
· October 11th
· November 8th
· December 13th
· January 10th
· and more planned in February, March, April, May and June.
Windows Azure DevCamps and Windows Azure Online Workshops
App Building With Windows 8
· Ottawa – September 8th
· With more events to be confirmed for October
App Building With Windows Phone
· Events in multiple cities to be confirmed for October
24 and 48 Hour Hackathons for Students
· November – Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver
· Dates to be confirmed and posted to the GoDevmental Blog
Visual Studio 2012 Launch and ALM
· Virtual Launch – September 12
· Consumer Software Challenge tour – October (registration available September 13)
· .NET Rocks! Visual Studio 2012 Launch Road Trip - Vancouver Sep 19, Toronto Oct 13
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Thank you for all the support you’ve given TechDays over the past four years. We look forward to seeing you at conferences, camps, hackathons, workshops, etc. across the country and/or online – all brought to you by the same team that has delivered Microsoft TechDays Canada!
By the way, if you have or know of any local conferences or user groups you’d like us to be a part of, let us know! We’d be happy to evaluate the opportunity to participate. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sorry to hear that the big show is not running this year. Enjoyed every edition of the conference in Toronto. Already attended 1 Azure DevCamp and looking forward to other events in the future.