TechDays advance information! – because you asked!

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for your all your emails.  After my announcement on Monday we’ve had many inquiries from those that need to gain approval, want to get the dates booked in their calendar or just want more information.  I’m sure you understand there is a process we have to follow to get such broad announcements to you, yet from your feedback….it’s going too slow to meet your needs..  While we don’t have anything public as of yet and the plan is for that to go live on the 1st July, I I think we need to share something now.   Given that there is so much interest show, and it’s no real secret -  I’ve just cut and pasted our internal communication (see below) that Barnaby Jeans (TechDays overall lead) sent to our team yesterday..

Hope this helps, brings some clarity and supports you in getting to TechDays.

To make sure we keep supporting you, going forward the key individuals that are your primary contacts for TechDays are:

Rodney Buike   Damir Bersinic John Bristowe 

John  Bristowe

Please feel free to share this where you see fit.




John Oxley

Director Technical Audience Marketing and ICT Evangelism
Microsoft Canada | Direct (905) 363- 8589|Messenger | twitter:joxley

From: Barnaby Jeans
Sent: June-04-09 1:54 PM

Hi Everyone,

Earlier today John posted the announcement of our expanded schedule for TechDays 2009 and it’s great to see the impact that a community can have.  This year’s schedule looks like the following:

  • Vancouver – September 14 & 15, 2009
  • Toronto – September 29 & 30, 2009
  • Halifax – November 2 & 3, 2009
  • Calgary – November 17 & 18, 2009
  • Montreal – December 2 & 3, 2009
  • Ottawa – December 9 & 10, 2009
  • Winnipeg – December 15 & 16, 2009

In addition to the dates, we want to share with you the official track names for TechDays 2009:

  • Developing for the Microsoft-Based Platform
  • Developer Fundamentals and Best Practices
  • Windows Client
  • Servers, Security, and Management
  • Communications and Collaboration

The community team is looking to what sessions fit the needs of the audience and are sifting through many possible session.  We’ve gotten and continue to reach out across the country to build this out as we want to lock on the sessions for mid-July. It would great to get a good list and gain as much input as we can as the TechDays team puts together the tracks.  If you have ideas or suggestions, please let me know.

Finally, the pricing for this year is locked and as follows:

Early bird pricing of $299.99 with the full conference price of $599.99.  Early bird pricing and registration will go live on July 1st.  We are also working on a pre-reg price for those that attended last year, however to show our respect to those that invested last year we will also give them the opportunity to share it with who they want (anyone and anyway) during a limited timeframe ~ June 15th to July 1st

Just want to keep everyone informed on how we are all tracking.

This is exciting - I look forward to how we are going to better serve our audience grow their skills with an awesome TechDays2009.



Comments (8)

  1. Sean Kearney says:

    And if you’re a person in the field wondering?  It’s worth the price!  EVEN at full pop.   You’re getting training in a HUGE cross section of areas.  It’s an amazing Cornucopea (sp?) of topics.

    I can say for a stated fact there is not ONE session I did not find useful in my present position as a Network Administrator.

    Ok well…er… except for "Developing in Windows Mobile"…. I’m an It Pro.  That one I just did for fun.

    Hey and the breakfast on the opening day was pretty good too!

    Beyond the training here’s a hidden bonus you might have not realized.


    …. That is unless your Boss happens to be presenting at Techdays 😉

    But well worth the cost.  I highly recommend investing in yourself.  And snag it quick to get the Early Bird price of 1/2 off!

  2. Edward Letendre says:

    What happened to the download content from last years event, that I was at.  I noticed that nothing was mentioned about the presentations that were recorded and might have been posted for our viewing pleasure.


  3. joxley says:

    Watch your inbox in late june as you will see we are "finally" going to be launching Techdays online. Many reason for the delay and I can comment on that at a later time.  It will include the recorded content, other content, forums and more.  We are really sorry for the delay and hope as we look to launch this – we can get your input to event make it better.

    thanks,  John

  4. Ramana Nagineni says:

    Nice event with huge Technie Crunch (free software like VS2008, Expression Web etc…). I attended this event (Techdays 2008) in Vancouver.

    I am expecting something new software in Techdays 2009 such as VS2010 (Microsoft may send this to attendees once product released) and Expression Blend.

    Awaiting your announcement soon….


  5. Heather Bulmer says:

    What happened to all the free product training sessions and conferences MS used to have 🙁

    Some of us techs work for non-profit agencies.

  6. Rob Swierczynski says:

    Hey guys what about the additional November 25/26 location? Is this still a go? Dying to get it in Edmonton d00ds.

  7. @heather Bulmer

    Don’t fret – we still have free conferences and activities planned for next year as well. We either did or sponsored a whole bunch last year (KaiAxford, EnergizeIT activities, Coffe&Codes, Hack&Defend, installFests, AlignIT, Ignite Your Career)and plan to have an expanded online presence this coming year as well. stay tuned for more details.

    @Rob Swierczynski

    You missed the post? Unfortunately Edmonton missed out and we’re going to the Atlantic Region this year with our stop out in Halifax. John’s got a blog post up about it here…

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