On October 17th, I wrote a blog post about upcoming TechNet Events taking place in the West Region in the November and December time frame (http://blogs.technet.com/b/haroldwong/archive/2011/10/17/upcoming-west-region-technet-events-in-november-2011.aspx). 

I am now writing a follow up post to make everyone aware of another set of events that will be taking place in conjunction with our TechNet Events.  The TechNet Event runs from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM.  We will take an hour break and then start a second event that runs from 1 PM – 5 PM.  We are calling these afternoon events IT Camps.

The format of the IT Camp is totally different than any other Microsoft Event.  At the beginning of the IT Camp, we will have everyone put forth a few topics for discussion / presentation.  Once we’ve collected the topics, we will have everyone vote for the ones that are of the most interest to them and then we will do our darn best to cover as many of them as possible in the 4 hour window.  This format allows everyone to have a say in the topics and also fosters great discussions amongst all the attendees.  If all goes well, we will have “experts” in different technologies present to help answer and discuss all the different topics.  These “experts” won’t necessarily work for Microsoft, but may be MVPs or other knowledgeable folks in the community.

In case you are wondering what topics are valid, let me just list a few to get your thinking going.
Active Directory, Cloud Computing, Certification, Exchange Server, Lync Server, Group Policy, Hyper-V, Virtualization in general, System Center, Office 365, Windows Azure, PowerShell, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Phone 7, Forefront Threat Management Gateway, Security, Upgrading, Migrations, etc.

Even if you can’t make the morning TechNet Event, I hope you can make it to the afternoon event.  If you would like, bring your laptops and we can try to do some hands-on stuff too.

Following is a list of all the cities, dates, locations and registration links: 

Date

Location

Registration Link

Main Faciliator

November 14, 2011

Microsoft Civica Office

Bellevue Registration

Chris Avis

November 14, 2011

Microsoft Los Angeles Office

Los Angeles Registration

Harold Wong

November 15, 2011

Microsoft Denver Office

Denver Registration

Chris Henley

November 17, 2011

Microsoft Tempe Office

Tempe Registration

Harold Wong

November 18, 2011

Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus

Silicon Valley Registration

Chris Henley

November 18, 2011

Microsoft Portland Office

Portland Registration

Chris Avis

December 6, 2011

Microsoft Lehi Office

Lehi Registration

Chris Henley

Harold Wong