Competition: How to convince your boss to send you to TechEd?

I remember when I was a developer (yes I really was!!!!) and it came round to TechEd and I ALWAYS wanted to go.  Eventually I did manage to persuade my boss to let me go, I actually went twice and it was one of my best conference experiences.  What has this got to do with me you're thinking. Well, it's come back round to that time of year and tickets are now available to purchase.  Your boss isn't sure about whether to send you or not and you are trying to put together a business case for them sending you.

We thought it might be a nice and quite fun idea to create a competition with the opportunity for you to win a place at TechEd Europe or a range of prizes that could help you expand your knowledge of Microsoft tools and technologies.

What do you have to do?

  1. Write how you would convince your boss to send you to TechEd Europe in the comments (please use the same name and email address for both parts of your entry so that we can easily identify your entry)
  2. Sign up to Microsoft Virtual Academy between 14th March and 16th April 2012 and redeem your voucher using the voucher code:MVAUKTECHNET. (You can redeem your voucher by clicking on the Redeem your MVA Voucher link which is found on your dashboard, underneath the accumulated points. Or by using this link when logged in: )

Remember to tell your friends about your competition entry by Tweeting: "I've just submitted my top tip to convince my boss to send me to TechEd Europe #technetuk"

The deadline for this competition is 11am 16th April 2012 and then all entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges.

The prize list is as follows:

  • First Prize - 1 x Ticket to TechEd Europe, excluding flights & accommodation and all other costs.
  • Second Prize -1 x Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone
  • Third Prize - 1 x Microsoft Branded camp bag (red) containing a Win 7 Resource Kit & Windows Server Resource Kit & some additional surprises!

We will announce the winner by 26th April 2012 on the TechNet Blog.

Terms & Conditions

1. ELIGIBILITY: This competition is open to any person resident in the UK who is 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees of Microsoft or its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotion agencies are not eligible, nor are members of these employees’ families (defined as parents, children, siblings, spouse and life partners).

2. TO ENTER: Entry into this competition is by response to the question posed by Microsoft on the TechNet UK Blog. The entry to this competition is by:

1. Leave a response on the TechNet UK Blog against this post.

2. Register on the MVA website.

You must complete both parts of the entry process in order to be eligible for this competition.

Incomplete, damaged, defaced or illegible entries may be deemed invalid at the sole discretion of Microsoft. Entry constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. Microsoft reserve the right to disqualify anyone in breach of these Terms and Conditions.

3. TIMING: This competition runs from 10.00:00 am GMT on 14 March 2012 until 11.00:00 am BST on 16 April 2012 (inclusive) (The “Competition Period”).

4. USE OF DATA: Personal data which you provide when you enter this competition shall be used for the purposes of this competition only.

5. SELECTION OF WINNERS: The competition winners will be determined by a panel of 3 judges within five (5) working days of the close of the Competition Period. The panel of judges will include at least one independent member.

The judges will evaluate the entries based on the following criteria ("Criteria"):
- The clarity and relevance of the response to the question;
- The likelihood that the advice given would result in a manager sending an employee to TechEd Europe;.
- The creativity shown through the response.

The winners will be notified within ten (10) working days of the close of the Competition Period. Entrants submitting written responses will be contacted through the forum messaging system. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, through no fault of Microsoft, within 5 days after the first attempt, an alternative winner will be selected. The winner may be required to become involved in further publicity or advertising, including but not limited to the use of winning answers in Microsoft publications.


Prizes may consist of more than one item, where more than one item is shown they are combined and treated as a single prize. There will be a maximum of One (1) prize per person. There are Three (3) best response prizes are available for this competition :

– First Prize       1 x Ticket to TechEd Europe, excluding flights & accommodation and all other costs.

- Second Prize  1 x Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone

- Third Prize      1 x Microsoft Branded camp bag (red) containing a Win 7 Resource Kit & Windows Server Resource Kit & some additional surprises!

All responses that meet the entry criteria will be entered into the competition for best answer.

Prizes as stated and non-transferable. No cash or other alternatives available. Microsoft reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. The prizes will be sent by 16 May 2012. If no entries are received or the received entries are not deemed to meet the Criteria, the prize will be retained by Microsoft. Prizes may be considered a taxable benefit and winners will be directly responsible for accounting for any tax liability arising on their prize.

7. WINNERS LIST: The winner consents to their first name and surname being made publicly available. The winner’s surnames will be available for a period of 30 days after the end of the Entry Period by emailing Sarah Lamb at

8. OTHER: No correspondence will be entered into regarding either this competition or these Terms and Conditions. In the unlikely event of a dispute, Microsoft’s decision shall be final. Microsoft reserves the right to amend, modify, cancel or withdraw this competition at any time without notice.

9. Microsoft cannot guarantee the performance of any third party and shall not be liable for any act or default by a third party. Participants in this promotion agree that Microsoft will have no liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses, costs, damage or disappointment of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly from acceptance, misuse or use of a prize, or from participation in this promotion. Nothing in this clause shall limit Microsoft’s liability in respect of death or personal injury arising out of its own negligence or arising out of fraud.

Promoter: Microsoft Limited, Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park, Reading, RG6 1WG, England

Comments (24)

  1. says:

    As we're a small IT solution provider whose customers are mostly on the various versions of SBS, it's easy to become complacent and think we don't need to take a serious look at Hyper-V & the cloud in general. Unfortunately, sometimes it's easy to think cloud solutions like Office 365 aren't relevant for our small clients. However, my boss' interest in persuing cloud solutions began to change not only when one of our clients (though one we didn't mind losing) switched providers in favour of a cloud solution but also when he received an unexpected cheque in the mail for being the Partner on record for an Office 365 client I set up! Surprise!

    Today, I'm at a Microsoft IT Pro Camp showcasing Hyper-V, SCVMM and other virtualisation solutions and realising just how many tools Microsoft has out there to make creating and managing VMs so much easier, efficient and flexible. Tools such as the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target and other remote management tools either built into Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7, or readily available and free from Microsoft online.

    When I get back to the office tomorrow and show the boss some of the things we can do with Microsoft tools to make our jobs easier and cut down on time spent on the phone with client issues, he'll have to send me to Microsoft Tech Ed. Maybe this would be a good time to get another client up and running on Office 365 so he gets another [surprise] cheque in the mail! 🙂

  2. Ed Baker says:

    My employer is a large Learning Partner and the technologies being showcased on ITCamps and at events like TechEd will form major parts of our business as thousands flock to the cloud and need training and certifying On these market leading solutions such as System Center 2012, SQL Server 2012, and all the interconnecting cloud solutions, Office 365 Azure etc. The boss is bound to send me to Tech Ed!

  3. Stuart Pearson says:

    As I work for a small business justifying any time out of the office is difficult, however based on the last two days that I have spent at the UK IT Camp in Birmingham, this time it is going to be easy. I would simply explain that the last two days have most likely lead not only to significant savings for our business but also many potential sales opportunities. I would add that is that can be attached to two days think what can be achieved in four at TechEd Europe? And if that failed, I guess I would have to resort to begging!

  4. Tim Rogers says:

    I'd just tell my employer to look at the opportunities of Windows 8 and how things are progressing into the future. New skills and technologies are going to become entirely necessary and attending TechEd will be the best way to be up to date and to stay relevant. You only have to look at the big changes with touch screens, full screen apps, developing in HTML/JS and using Metro UI to see that learning will be imperative, and going to TechEd will be the best and most complete way to find out the latest right from the horse's mouth: Microsoft itself.

  5. says:

    Tech Ed or my resignation!


    After solving a really difficult Server/Virtual Server issue( like i usually do) and every other Administrator(including my Boss) asks, "how did you do it and how did u know what to do?", i'l just say "Send me and others to TechEd and we would definitely spend less time troubleshooting our client's server and virtualization issues and we'd be at the forefront of driving Microsoft technologies and implementation in Nigeria and Africa" …and if he asks me how to convinve  "non techie" management, then i'l get on office 365 and create a presentation with statistics as to how knowlege gleaned from attendees of Teched has helped in solving problems and introducing products with true business value

  7. Martin Milne says:

    My employer has just moved from Lotus Notes to the Microsoft Platform. I would use the sense of unease with the technology and simply advise them of the benefits of TechEd. Complete immersion in MS technologies that would provide the starting point for building fantastic solutions with the product suite.

    Failing that the Christmas office party photo's may be used as leverage. Let's hope it doesn't come to that….

  8. Russell Lilley says:

    what i would do to convince my boss that teched is a good show to go to is to show him what i have learnt at the free microsoft camp and tell him that this would be more enthusiasm to the work.

  9. Kev Riley says:

    As a self employed IT Pro, I have the hardest time winning over my boss!  I might just have to let him go with me.

  10. says:

    I don’t want Salary hike!!! I am not interested in Yearly Bonus too!!!

    “Be the Leader in futuristic technology” – is our company motto.

    To be a leader we need to have the skillset in the latest products, technologies & technology trends, tools & solutions and services & future challenges.

    It would be really nourishing if we get a chance to meet and interact with the subject experts directly and get their views in all the latest developments, technology and technology trends.

    Even if we can meet, meeting all technology leaders from different places under one roof is next to impossible thing……

    But in TechEd we can achieve all the above things exceeding to our expectations – So help me to achieve our company motto by preparing the right skills for the future by sending me to attend the Microsoft TechEd 2012 conference.

    As I am the program manager in mobile application development, I am really expecting to get more insight from this conference to build all our software as per the futuristic technology trends – especially in the integration and consumption of OData on the web in our mobile Banking.

    If cost is the criteria for you then you have my options to adjust on my salary hike and bonus as per the first line of this mail.

  11. A Lander says:

    I am fortunate to have been to Tech-Ed twice, and both times I came back very motivated and full of ideas that can help us move things forward!  If you have any good MS contacts it's also worth getting them to have "a word" on your behalf! 😉

  12. Randy Perkins says:

    Being a contractor means I am my own boss. When justifying training I have to not only think of the cost of the course but the lost income if I attend one. So I would convince myself by saying it is one of the best IT related networking and training events in the world. One that will enable me not only to learn about a wide range of products but understand the vendor space that helps fill the gaps. Also I will able to discuss challenges with likeminded people who may have been in my position.

  13. Muhammed Arif Hussain says:

    I have spend my whole life to work in Microsoft Products and visited almost all Open Door events in Pakistan and wish to visit TechEd Europe and try to convince my boss. We are using Dynamics GP in our company and planning to go for Cloud Computing.

  14. PJ Henry says:

    My boss always wants us to do more for less, including less training budget  >:/  

    Well I say to him that, same as in previous years, attending TechEd means I can do lots more for much less as a week spent at TechEd is worth at least two weeks spent in more traditional classroom environments. The event format enables me to pick & choose the content relevant to my/our business needs and interests, as well as providing access to a unique combination of Microsoft & industry experts, interactive sessions and hands-on labs.

    On top of this, the location means it makes economic sense as well (MMS being in Vegas does stretch credibility a bit 😉

    Besides, I can still be productive while I'm there as it'll be a perfect opportunity to prove our upcoming DirectAccess implementation!

  15. Being an international graduate and recently starting a new job I would use this as an opportunity to make as many as possible contacts and build the knowledge to quickly progress in my career.  

  16. Liboro Lazarte says:

    I will tell him that I am ill and cannot do the same job at all. But he can transfer me to IT Department and my training is provided by a reputable organisation. Flight to go there is free because they believe in my ability to improve our system.

  17. says:

    – Be able to drink loads of beer

    – Produce great code

    – Deliver on time

  18. says:

    I would convince my boss with two reasons:

    1. My girlfriend would never let me alone to Amsterdam for any other reasons except TechEd.

    2. I would would like to partcipate Visual Studio and ASP.NET related sessions with hope to hear news that would say "Web Forms in ASP.NET are not dead and MVC will not be the only choice in the future."

  19. Jangid says:

    Everyone knows we are working in cutting edge technology and leader in our business.

    To keep ahead in technology business we should attend Microsoft TechEd Europe 2012. There are so many reasons to attend this conference some of them are-

    1. We can learn about the future of Microsoft’s products, technologies, solutions and services directly from Microsoft’s leaders with news, announcements, and demos.

    2. We can attend technical sessions delivered by Microsoft engineers and industry experts.

    3. We can participate in hands-on labs and technical learning with the latest tools and technologies.

    4. We will be able to talk directly with experts about our specific issues and get answers to your questions in real-time.

    5. We can plan the features and architecture to support our product and business goals and to prepare our skills for the future.

    6. Networking with Microsoft and industry thought leaders, and fellow delegates to share technology interests and business challenges.

    There are more than 400 sessions in following area

    Security & Identity – This should be on top priority and we can learn more about security.

    Developer Tools, Languages & Frameworks – I don’t think you have any question about this, this is our core area.

    Architecture & Practices – We can learn about best practice and right at first time approach.

    Windows Server – Huge range of product line

    Management (System Center Suite) – Our client’s expectations are very high in this area. This is right technology what they want.

    If you’re thinking about budget than no need to panic because we can save huge money after implementing new tools & technology in our IT, Management and Development department and our clients also save money with these tools & Technology.

  20. says:

    TechEd is a big event for technology professionals involved in building, deploying or maintaining IT solutions using Microsoft technologies. There are four days of more than 1,000 education opportunities and hands-on training across the full range of Microsoft products and solutions. understanding in-depth about the latest technology trends and how to leverage these effectively in our business. TechEd is the forum to gain the expertise, connections, and insights that will help our company to get the most from your existing IT investments.

    I want to go to Microsoft TechEd Europe event, understanding the latest technologies and IT solutions for our company.

    In my vision this is very important thing. As we all know in this globalization era each company's business and the markets began to apply the latest technology to support its activities, it cannot be denied, the more advanced technology. Our company may not continue to enjoy these profits without the support of the latest technology. We must keep up with technology (especially for business and IT solutions) if we want to maintain or even increase the success and higher profits of this company.

  21. Untung Waluyo says:

    How to Redeem MVA Voucher, I didn't redeem my MVA Voucher ?? Please help….

  22. Alex Guy says:

    Hi Untung,

    This video here ( explains how to redeem an MVA Voucher.

    Many thanks,


  23. Dave says:

    Have you announce the winner for this competition?

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