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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

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

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

AzureEvents

Global Azure Bootcamp 2018

This coming weekend will be the 6th Global Azure Bootcamp, which is a worldwide series of one day technical learning events for Azure. This event is created and hosted by the leaders from the global cloud developer community.

This will be my first year attending the event and I’m honored to be one of the presenters at not one but two events in Mississauga and Kitchener/Waterloo region in Ontario, Canada. I’ll be speaking about Azure Event Grid and how it can be used in a serverless architecture in the cloud.

“The Global Azure Bootcamp is community at its finest. We are incredibly excited to see community leaders around the world rise up and help developers build the skills they need in today’s cloud-driven business environment. We’re here to help each of these community led events be a success and can’t wait to continue our decades-long commitment to the worldwide developer community,” says Jeff Sandquist, General Manager of the Azure Platform Experiences Group at Microsoft.

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I hope you’re able to attend one of the events happening this weekend around the world and learn something new about Azure.

Enjoy!

Resources

https://global.azurebootcamp.net/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-ca/blog/globalazure-bootcamp-2018/

Development

Microsoft Adaptive Cards 1.0 is now Available

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During the Windows Developer Day 2018 keynote, Kevin Gallo talked about Adaptive Cards and how they can be used to provide a flexible way to present your content and your data.

Adaptive Cards gives you the tools to create scale across any engagement surface.

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Adaptive Cards was first announced at the Microsoft Build 2017 conference and has now come out of preview and is generally available as a 1.0 product. When Windows 10 Spring Creators Update is released, you will be able to use Adaptive Cards on the Windows Timeline along with other experiences like a bot, Skype, Notifications, Teams and so much more.

Enjoy!

References

Windows Developer Day 2018 Keynote

http://adaptivecards.io/

https://github.com/Microsoft/AdaptiveCards/releases/tag/v1.0

AzureCloudProductivity

Build your cloud skills at Microsoft Tech Summit

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Microsoft is hosting another Microsoft Tech Summit this March and April 2018 across additional Canadian cities. 

The cloud is changing expectations – and transforming the way we live and work. At the Microsoft Tech Summit you will learn how Microsoft’s cloud platform can help you lead your organization through real digital transformation – and shape your future. This one-day event is a free technical learning event focused on Azure and Microsoft 365. Whether you’re developing innovative apps or delivering optimized solutions, Microsoft Tech Summit can help evolve your skills, deepen your expertise, and grow your career.

The day will kick off with a keynote and following the keynote, you will have a number of sessions to choose from including Cloud Infrastructure, Cloud Apps Innovation, Data + AI or the Modern Workplace. Each session offers a learning opportunity to be hands on with Microsoft technology.

Whether you’re developing innovative apps or delivering optimized solutions, Microsoft Tech Summit can help you evolve your skills, deepen your expertise, and grow your career.

  • Connect with experts from Microsoft and the community, and learn how to get the most from the cloud. Ask your toughest questions, learn best practices, and share strategies.
  • Choose from a variety of learning opportunities to deepen your cloud expertise, from keynotes and breakout sessions, to hands-on labs.
  • Customize your learning – whether you’re already cloud-savvy or just getting started – Microsoft Tech Summit has something for everyone.
  • Discover the latest trends, tools, and product roadmaps through 4 unique sessions covering a range of topics across multiple tracks.

I was fortunate to attend the Microsoft Tech Summit in Toronto in December 2017 and it was a great 2-day event – I highly recommend attending if you can.This is a great event to build your cloud skills, connect with experts and get inspired.

Here is a listing of the Canadian cities and date. Click on the city closet to you to learn more and register:

CALGARY – 20 MARCH 2018

VANCOUVER – 5 APRIL 2018

OTTAWA – 17 APRIL 2018

MONTREAL – 25 APRIL 2018

Enjoy!