Tag: Community

AzureCommunityEvents

Best of Build 2020 |Canada Community Edition | Virtual Event

Did you miss this year’s Microsoft Build 2020 virtual event? Do not worry at all!

Microsoft Canada and our community leaders are getting together to share some of the excitement with you – do join us on June 13th as we plan this Canada wide virtual event – delivered by some of the best we have, from East to the West of Canada!

I’ll be discussing Azure Static Web Apps – go from code to scale in minutes, plus other CI/CD announcements from Build.

Register TODAY !

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/best-of-build-2020-canada-community-edition-tickets-106182247962

Resources

https://lnkd.in/e9JCzFC

AzureCommunityEvents

Speaking at Global Azure Virtual 2020

The Global Azure event has expanded to cover 3 days, April 23-25 and will be an online virtual event due to the Covid-19.

This year I will be speaking at 2 Global Azure Virtual events. The first is with the Global Azure Virtual 2020 UK & Ireland, where I will be contributing a recorded session on Exposing services with Azure API Management. This virtual event will have 50+ sessions with 20 live sessions over the course of the 3 days. The second is with Azure Virtual Community Day – Canada Edition where I will be doing a live stream on Bringing serverless into the Enterprise. This event will have 2 live tracks on Apps + Infrastructure and Data + AI and will have 12 sessions and 2 keynotes.

My first session on Exposing services with Azure API Management is happening on Friday April 24 09:00-10:00 UTC and the link to watch it is https://bit.ly/3aClNGx/.

My second session on Bringing serverless into the Enterprise is happening on Saturday April 25 15:00-16:00 EDT (UTC -4) and the link to watch the live stream is https://aka.ms/AzureCan2020-Track1-Afternoon.

I’m very excited to be speaking at these awesome community events and I really appreciate the opportunity to be part of this global community and share my passion for Azure. So

I hope you will join us on these days these to learn all about Azure from your world community.

Enjoy!

Resources

Global Azure Virtual 2020 UK & Ireland

Azure Virtual Community Day – Canada Edition

Global Azure Virtual 2020

AzureCommunityEvents

Virtual Azure Community Day is today!

Today is Virtual Azure Community Day and if you missed the sessions, they’re available online here https://azureday.community/#schedule. There are a total of 4 tracks offering lots of content.

Where do all the sessions go when events and meetups are being cancelled all over the world? We thought it would be fun to create a platform where we, as a community, can virtually get together and enjoy those sessions you don’t want to miss out on.

Join us for the first ever Virtual Azure Community Day! No stickers or socks, but 8 hours of technical geekery. There’s multiple streams hosted from Belgium, France, The Netherlands and Central and Eastern European countries.

Enjoy!

Resources

https://azureday.community/

AzureCommunity

Azure Spring Clean 2020

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As the month of February 2020 is just around the corner, there will be an online community event promoting well managed Azure tenants.

Here is the scheduled list of articles which starts on February 3 2020:

03/02/20Azure RBAC – Best PracticesAlan KinaneAzure Foundations
04/02/20Azure Policy for AKSSam CoganAzure Policy
05/02/20Monitoring Containers on Azure with Windows Admin CenterDave RendónAzure Monitor
06/02/20How to use Tags to organize your Azure resourcesWim MatthyssenAzure Foundations
07/02/20Azure Governance – Best PractisesAmine CharotAzure Foundations
10/02/20Getting Started with Azure Monitor REST APIMartin EhrnstAzure Monitor
11/02/20Azure Cost Management – Best PractisesSarah LeanAzure Cost Management
12/02/20Protect your network resources with Azure FirewallLuis BeltranAzure Security Principles
13/02/20Monitoring Azure Site RecoveryKarel De WinterAzure Monitor
14/02/20Using Azure Advisor to baseline your platformSam HodgkinsonAzure Foundations
17/02/20Using Azure Resource Graph To Assess Your Azure Environment Quickly & EfficientlyJack TraceyAzure Foundations
18/02/20Azure Monitor – Best Practices for SanityKam SalisburyAzure Monitor
19/02/20Azure Storage and Backup Lifecycle Best PracticesDwayne NatwickAzure Foundations
20/02/20How to Use and Monitor Azure Update ManagementVukasin TerzicAzure Fundamentals
21/02/20Azure Security: my top 10 best practises to make your tenant secure as possibleShabaz DarrAzure Security Principles
24/02/20Simplify Large Scale Deployments with Azure BlueprintsIsham MohamedAzure Foundations
25/02/20Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) securing Clusters and ApplicationsAdil TouatiAzure Security Principles
26/02/20Azure Monitor – Autoscaling Resources Based on PerformanceAnthony MashfordAzure Monitor
27/02/20How to Avoid a Billing Shock With Azure Serverless SolutionsStanislav LebedenkoAzure Cost Management
28/02/20Securing Your Azure Platform Web ApplicationsTidjani BelmansourAzure Security Principles

Check out https://www.azurespringclean.com for all the details and keep an eye on the Twitter hashtag #AzureSpringClean.

Enjoy!

Resources

https://azurespringclean.com/

AzureEvents

Global Azure Bootcamp changes to become Global Azure!

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Back at Microsoft Ignite, it was announced that the Global Azure Bootcamp was going to be rebranded to Global Azure and run across 3 days from Thursday April 23 to Saturday April 25.

This is the same great event but only better. Organizers now have the freedom to host one or more events across the 3 days. All around the world user groups and communities want to learn about Azure and Cloud Computing and providing the community flexibility in terms of when they can host an event or how many events is a win.

Global Azure is the biggest community event about the Microsoft Azure platform.

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The hashtag remains the same #globalazure, and be sure to checkout the new website at https://globalazure.net and keep an eye out for more details.

Enjoy!

Resources

https://globalazure.net/

https://globalazure.net/Blog/Post/172/Global-Azure-Bootcamp-is-dead-Long-live-Global-Azure/

AzureCommunityEvents

Hack the North Recap (2019)

Last week was Canada’s biggest hackathon called Hack the North, where 1,500 students from all around the world at the University of Waterloo to build something amazing over 36 hours. I had the opportunity to be a mentor and help these smart kids out with their creations.

This is my second hackathon, the first being the UofTHacks VI from earlier in the year. Both are very different from one another but had the same drive and passion from the students and it was amazing to see what they were building.

Here is a gallery of the day.

Hanging out in the mentor hub to share all things Azure, AI, and anything to help with this event.
Just hanging out with the gang. I love events like this!

That’s a wrap. I look forward to my next hackathon in 2020.

Resources

https://hackthenorth.com/

MVPPersonal Development

Callon Campbell Awarded 2019-2020 Microsoft MVP in Azure

This week I received notification from Microsoft that I was re-awarded for a second year now the 2019-2020 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in Azure.

Since becoming a Microsoft MVP, I’ve learned a lot about the community and continued to share my passion, knowledge and experience within the community around Architecture and Development in Azure, DevOps and Serverless technologies. I also keep a keen eye on what’s happening on the data technologies like Cosmos DB and Azure SQL.

Receiving the Microsoft MVP award is a humbling and exciting experience and it means you’re a member of this “elite” group of roughly 3000 Microsoft MVPs from around the world.

Earlier this year I attended my first MVP Global Summit and it was an amazing experience. I got to meet so many people in person that I only knew from online experiences. I also got to meet and interact with the various product teams and provide valuable feedback, and see what’s coming on the roadmap. I’m looking forward to attending next years MVP Global Summit and connecting with fellow MVPs.

If you’re interested in learning about the Microsoft MVP program and seeing what it takes to become a Microsoft MVP, or how to get awarded, I encourage you to take a look at the Microsoft MVP website and also the following article on “How to become a Microsoft MVP” where they explain some of the details of the program.

To wrap up this post I would like to congratulate all the other newly awarded, or renewed Microsoft MVP’s all over the world! You truly are an amazing community and I’m truly humbled to be part of this community.

Enjoy!

References

Microsoft MVP Award

How to become a Microsoft MVP

Callon Campbell MVP Profile

AzureEventsMVP

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

CommunityMVP

Callon Campbell Awarded Microsoft MVP – Azure

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On June 1, 2018 I received notification from Microsoft that I was awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in the category of Azure for 2018-2019. This is my first MVP award and I feel truly honored, excited and thankful. I could not have got here without all the support from the community, so thank you! I look forward to continuing my work with the community and working towards my renewal next year.

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In case the above image doesn’t load, here is what the letter states…

Dear Callon Campbell,

Congratulations! We’re pleased to present you with the 2018-2019 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in recognition of your exceptional technical community leadership. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in the following technical communities during the past year:

· Microsoft Azure

    

Congratulations to all the other newly awarded, or renewed Microsoft MVP’s all over the world! You truly are an amazing community

Enjoy!

References

Microsoft MVP Award

Callon Campbell MVP Profile