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Events

Microsoft Ignite 2019 book of news

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Microsoft Ignite is the largest tech event of the year with over 26,000 professionals in attendance. During the event there will be plenty of new services news and updates being announced. Microsoft publishes a “book of news” that lists all of the major announcements and links to related sources for more information.

You can download the Book of News for Microsoft Ignite 2019 from the official download location hosted by Microsoft.

Enjoy!

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Registration is now open for Microsoft Build

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Registration is now open for Microsoft’s premier developer conference, Microsoft Build, which is taking place May 6-8 in Seattle, WA. At Microsoft Build, you’ll get access to the latest product updates, hear about Microsoft’s strategy and product roadmaps, and get hands-on, ask questions, and learn the best practices.

Some of the benefits for attending Build are:

• Learning from real-world experiences on building, modernizing, and migrating cloud applications

• Add value to your new and/or existing applications with AI

• Collaborative coding with your peers using the latest development tools

• Increasing productivity for your business with DevOps automation, tooling, and processes

• Creating and deploying cross platform applications

• Discovering innovations across Mixed Reality, IoT, and Machine Learning

• Learning new ways to easily customize, build, and extend applications with minimal code

If you’re interested in the content from last year, here is complete listing of the 2018 sessions.

New this year is the ability to bring your student-aged family member (14-21 years old) to the conference for free! For details about this wonderful opportunity, click here. Space is limited, so register today. While attending the event last year, one of the Microsoft Executives brought his two daughters and it was awesome to see them take interest and engage with the speakers and product groups. I’m glad they made this available this year for all eligible students.

I went to Microsoft Build last year for the first time and loved the experience to see and try the latest technologies, to connect with peers, and discover new innovative solutions to build. I’m not able to attend this year but I’m hoping to go again in the near future. If you can’t attend, then you always have the option to watch it on demand.

If you’re interested in going, then Register for Microsoft Build now!

Enjoy!

References

Microsoft Build

Microsoft Build FAQ

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Ignite The Tour 2019 Toronto Recap

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This year I had the opportunity to attend and participate as a speaker at the Microsoft Ignite The Tour in Toronto. The event was held over two days from January 10-11, 2019 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and provided a venue for developers and tech professionals to continue learning alongside experts in developer tools and cloud technologies. It also provided an opportunity to connect with technical community and learn best practices and insights into cloud development, data, IT, AI, and business intelligence.

With events like this I usually attend as an attendee, but this year myself and two colleagues put through submissions for the call for speakers from the MVP community. For me this year has largely been about Azure DevOps and trying to connect with local developers, IT, and businesses and showing them up to take advantage of DevOps, specially with Azure DevOps. So it was only natural to focus my efforts around this. It also provided a great opportunity to connect with industry experts and other Microsoft MVP’s to further my education and career path.

Here are some morning pictures outside the contention centre. It was a nice clear day, but it was very cold.

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Getting Prepared for my Talk

Day 1 of the conference was our talk on Azure DevOps. After getting my badge I met up with my co-presenters Ehsan and Arlan in the speaker room. This is a relatively quiet place to get away from the crowd and do some preparation or just relax. The food here was great too!

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Presenting – Azure DevOps Community Meetup

Our talk was a community meetup on Azure DevOps with 146 people registered and we had great turnout of 130 or so. The presentation sparked many conversations with the attendees and other community MVPs. This later led to a conversation about coordinating a single Global Azure DevOps Bootcamp in the Great Toronto Area which was very exciting.

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Working the Microsoft Area – Demo Stations, Lounges and Meeting Pods

After the presentation was done we had arranged a Meeting Pod for both days to continue the Q&A discussions that sparked from the talk. This allowed attendees to come and talk with us afterwards since our time in the room was limited. I also got to work the Demo Station where anyone could walk up to me any ask me anything. I focused my demos on Azure DevOps, Azure Functions, Event Grid and Logic Apps.

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Networking, Socializing and Connecting with the Community

Of course you need to have fun and there was plenty of it throughout the two days. I had the opportunity to connect with other MVP’s in the local community and those that flew in for the event. I love this group and the passion we all share to learn and help others in the community.

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In the evening there was a MVP social dinner. The name tags for the event were a neat idea, 1.44” floppy disks on a lanyard. I wonder what rock those disks were dug up from? I’m sure I have a box of these somewhere in my basement “tech” museum.

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Wrap Up

Having the opportunity to participate at a conference like this was amazing. What was special about this event is that it was my first high profile conference to speak at. When I was younger public speaking was something I dreaded and tried to avoid at all cost. Speaking at conferences like this is nerve racking at first but does goes away as you get comfortable and relaxed. You get so much support from the tech community, whether its other speakers, colleagues or just the attendees wanting to engage with you and try to solve similar problems.

I had a blast at this event and I can’t wait for next year. I hope I once again get the opportunity to participate in this conference as a speaker, staffer or both.

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Enjoy!

Resources

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

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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.

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References

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

Microsoft Ignite 2018

Azure Event Grid

Azure Event Hubs

Azure Service Bus

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

Events

Microsoft Ignite 2018 book of news

Ignite2018-book-of-news

Microsoft Ignite is the largest tech event of the year with over 25,000 professionals in attendance. During the event there will be plenty of new services news and updates being announced. Microsoft publishes a “book of news” that lists all of the major announcements and links to related sources for more information.

You can download the Book of News for Microsoft Ignite 2018 from the official download location hosted by Microsoft.

Enjoy!