Category: Events

CommunityEvents

UofTHacks VI Recap

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This past weekend I got the opportunity and had the pleasure of participating in my first hackathon at the UofTHacks VI, which was at the University of Toronto campus from January 18th to the 20th at the Bahen Centre for Information Technology. The event consisted of over 500 hackers, and spanned 36 hours, and would ultimately prize 3 winners.

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An event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming. We look past this traditional definition of a hackathon and take it to new heights. UofTHacks is the University of Toronto’s annual hackathon. At UofTHacks, we bring people together to make new friends, learn new things, and bring new ideas to life.

I was participating as a Microsoft sponsor. This meant I was available to help mentor the students who had questions on Microsoft Azure or anything for that matter, and provide them with an insider perspective of how things work in the industry. I also then got to be a judge for the Microsoft prize which was based on projects that leverage Microsoft Azure services.

It was a lot of fun to work with these students as they had such drive and passion for what they worked on. The judging aspect was probably the best part as I got to take a look at over a dozen projects and see what they built, why they built it, how they built and then where would they take it next. Almost all the projects had real world applications and some even created business plans as part of their sales pitch.

Some of the big sponsors at the event were Microsoft, Google, IBM, Interact, Intel, Standard Library, ChainSafe, Lyft and SmartCar, plus many others.

As for the Microsoft prize, it was 4 Xbox One X 1TB consoles. This was presented to team Blink who created an application that would sit in your car and monitor the drivers eyes for signs of fatigue, drowsiness, or any other impairment. They leveraged the Microsoft Custom Vision Service and built their own data model that consisted over 250 images they gathered from the event of peoples eyes. They eyes were that of different ages, different skin colors, with and without glasses. They also retrained this model a number of times over the course of the 36 hour event, including the morning of judging session when the room had different lighting conditions. Their was a mobile and server components of the app that would send out SMS alerts to the registered emergency contact in the event impairment was detected and also alert emergency services. It was a well put together hack that had a clear application for issues we encounter today.

Here are some pictures of the event

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This might of been my first hackathon but it definitely won’t be my last. I will keep an eye out for something more suited for the working developer that is maybe limited to a day, otherwise I hope to come back next year and help these students out and see what they create.

Enjoy!

Resources

https://uofthacks.com/

Team Blink – A machine learning eye detection app which determines if the driver of a smartcar is impaired & alerts 1st responders

ArchitectureAzureEvents

BRK3341 – Architect your solution with queues, grids, and hubs: When to use which and for what

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Azure provides a lot of messaging solutions and it can become overwhelming for architects and developers to know when to use which server and for what use case. In this talk, Bahram Banisadr will show real life scenarios, code and discuss architecture patterns for messaging and events using Azure Event Hubs, Service Bus, Event Grid, and Storage Queues.

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Watch the session for more details.

Enjoy!

References

BRK3341 – Architect your solution with queues, grids, and hubs: When to use which and for what

Microsoft Ignite 2018

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Azure Event Hubs

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Azure Storage Queues

Events

Microsoft kicks off Ignite 2018 this week

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This week Microsoft is kicking off its Ignite 2018 conference in Orlando, Florida. Which is taking happening from September 24-29, 2018. If you’re like me and not there in person you can still watch all the keynotes and sessions live online or watch it later on-demand. Some of the expected big highlights will be around AI, Azure, IT, Microsoft 365, Data and so much more.

From high-level strategy and deep product dives to hands-on labs and immersive experiences—the insights and connections you’ll gain at Microsoft Ignite are great for your company and your career.

Join the conversation and follow along online with the Twitter hashtag #MSIgnite

Enjoy!

References

Microsoft Ignite 2018

DevelopmentEvents

Discover the world of .NET – .NET Conf 2018

Discover the world of .NET for free this September 12-14, 2018 by attending the .NET Conf virtual developer event, which is co-organized by Microsoft and the .NET community. Over the course of the three days, you will have a wide selection of live sessions from .NET community and the .NET product teams. This is a great chance for you to learn, ask questions and get inspired for your next great project.

You will learn to build for web, mobile, desktop, games, services, libraries and more for a variety of platforms and devices all with .NET. We have sessions for everyone, no matter if you are just beginning or are a seasoned engineer. We’ll have presentations on .NET Core and ASP.NET Core, C#, F#, Azure, Visual Studio, Xamarin, and much more.

Join your fellow developers in a city near you, and learn more about the world of .NET, Azure, and Xamarin. To watch the sessions from last year, take a look at the 2017 sessions on demand from Channel 9.

Agenda

Day 1 – September 12

8:00 – 9:30
Keynote broadcasted from Microsoft Channel 9 Studios

9:30 – 17:00
Sessions broadcasted from Microsoft Channel 9 Studios

17:00 – 18:30
Virtual Attendee Party! Engage with our partners on Twitter and win prizes!

Day 2 – September 13

9:00 – 17:00
Sessions broadcasted from Microsoft Channel 9 Studios

17:00 – 23:59
Community Sessions in local languages & time zones around the world

Day 3 – September 14

0:00 – 17:00
Community Sessions in local languages & time zones around the world

All times listed are in Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7).

Attend a Local .NET Conf

In addition to the three day virtual event being held from September 12-14, there will also be some local events you can attend. Take a look at this page for locations and to register. In Canada we will have 2 local events in Vancouver BC and Mississauga ON.

September 26, 2018
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Register Here

October 25, 2018
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Register Here

Run your own local event

If you’re interested in running your own .NET Conf take a look at this link for details.

Enjoy!

References

https://www.dotnetconf.net

https://www.dotnetconf.net/local-events/

https://github.com/dotnet-presentations/dotnetconf2018

Events

Power of the Cloud Conference

The Power of the Cloud conference is being held on June 22, 2018 at the Microsoft Canada office in Mississauga, Ontario

This conference is targeted towards power users of Microsoft Office 365 and Azure cloud.

Register now for free at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-power-of-the-cloud-ms-power-user-conference-registration-44538764644?aff=ws .

Enjoy!

References

https://powerofthecloud.net/

DevelopmentEvents

Insider Dev Tour coming to Toronto and a city near you

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The Insider Dev Tour is coming to Toronto on June 25, 2018 and will be held at the Microsoft Canada office in Mississauga, Ontario. This is a full day event where you can come and learn about Machine Learning (ML), Modern Desktop Apps, Fluent Design, Artificial Intelligence, Progressive Web Apps (PWA), Microsoft Graph, Teams, Mixed Reality, Extending Office 365, and so much more! For the Toronto event register for free at https://www.insiderdevtour.com/Toronto?ocid2=spark . For other locations see this link http://aka.ms/idevtour .

The Insider Dev Tour is for developers interested in building Microsoft 365 experiences today, using the latest developer technologies, as well as for those who want a peek into the future. If you can read code, this is for you, regardless if you are a beginner, expert, student, or hobbyist developer.

The tour is a great opportunity to connect directly with leads and engineers from Microsoft (Redmond), as well as regional industry leads and Microsoft Developer MVPs. If you missed out on attending the Microsoft Build 2018 conference then this is a great opportunity to follow up on some of that same content.

Register today for free at https://www.insiderdevtour.com/Toronto?ocid2=spark .

Enjoy and I hope to see you there.

References

https://insiderdevtour.com/

AIAzureDevelopmentEventsProductivity

Microsoft Build 2018–Day 2 Highlights

Today’s keynote by Joe Belfiore was focused on Multi-sense + Multi-device for Microsoft 365, which is Windows, Office and EMS

Image showing how Microsoft 365 brings together Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), a complete, intelligent, and secure solution to empower employees.

Announcements

  • Fluent Design System updates.
  • UWP XAML Islands, which lets you incorporate UWP into WinForms, WPF and Win32 applications. This also means you can start to bring in the Fluent Design System into these UI frameworks.
  • Windows UI Library, which brings native platform controls as NuGet packages instead of being tied to the OS version. This will work from the Windows Anniversary Update and newer.
  • .NET Core 3.0, which will support side-by-side runtimes, along with support for WinForms, WPF and UWP.
  • MSIX, which is dubbed the best technology for installing applications on Windows. This inherits the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) features, works across Enterprise or Store distributions, and supports all Windows applications.
  • Windows SDK Insider Preview – https://aka.ms/winsdk
  • New developer revenue sharing model. Developers will get 85% when their app is found in the Microsoft store, and 95% when you provide your customers to your app in the Microsoft store.
  • Microsoft Launcher on Android will support Timeline for cross-device application launching. On iOS this will be supported through Microsoft Edge.
  • A new “Your Phone” experience coming soon to Windows 10 that enables you to see your connected phone text messages, photos and notifications and then interact with them without having to use your phone. Really neat experience – now if only they support Windows Mobile 10 Smile
  • Microsoft Sets was officially shown and demonstrated how it can be used for an easier way to organize your work and allow you to get back to work where you left off when ready. This means not having to have 25+ tabs open in Chrome or Edge. Nice!
  • Adaptive Cards is being added to Microsoft 365, which will enable developers to create rich interactive content within conversations. They demonstrated a GitHub Adaptive Card for Outlook (365) where you could comment and close an issue. Another example shown was paying for your invoice from an email.
  • There was a lot of buzz for Microsoft Graph, which is core to the Microsoft 365 platform. Microsoft Graph helps developers connect the dots between people, schedules, conversations, and content within the Microsoft cloud.
  • Cortana and Alexa start speaking to one another. Sometime in the future you will be able to access your Alexa device through Windows 10 and likewise on an Amazon Echo you will ne able to speak to Cortana.

Enjoy!

References

https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/events/build

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