Enhancing Your TechDays 2010 Experience with Partners Offers & Giveaways

I have to admit that since we announced the abstracts for all the sessions at TechDays 2010, the main topic of emails I have been receiving has changed.  In fact, the number one question I get asked these days is “What else will I get by attending TechDays 2010?”.  Fair question.


One of the things that is really exciting about TechDays 2010 is the number of partners who have come forward to help with the development of content, providing speakers to present in many of the cities, as well as coming up with offers that help to enhance your experience at TechDays 2010.  Aside from our Sustaining Sponsor, Dell Canada, we have organizations like Telerik, Imaginet, Habanero, OnX, Macadamian, Thoughtcorp, Avepoint, Non-Linear Creations, Panorama Software, and many others who are all taking part to make your TechDays 2010 experience the best it can be.

Many of our Partners are providing special offers to TechDays 2010 attendees.  A number of these will be announced at the event itself, while others I can talk about now.  Here are just some of what will be available to every TechDays 2010 attendee:

  • A free copy of Telerik’s RAD Controls for Silverlight, a $799USD value. RadControls are built on Microsoft Silverlight and include 40+ UI controls for building rich line-of-business Silverlight applications. Sharing the same codebase with Telerik WPF controls, the Silverlight controls offer a clean and intuitive API, Expression Blend support, Visual Studio 2010 and SharePoint 2010 support,  and powerful theming capabilities that will radically improve your RIA development.
  • TechDays 2010 provides you with two days of technical learning.  To continue your learning after the event, PluralSight is offering each TechDays 2010 attendee with online training with free access to their entire on-demand course catalog for two weeks.  You can choose from courses on .NET development, Visual Studio, SharePoint, and more. 
  • One of the best ways to learn is often being able to try it yourself.  Having the infrastructure to install all of the software is not something all of us have access.  We have partnered with HynesITe to provide each TechDays 2010 attendee with access to 50 virtual labs with which you can try out the technologies you have learned about at TechDays 2010 at your leisure without investing in hardware or software to make it happen.  You can test out how to configure Exchange 2010, or go through the steps to create an image of Windows 7 and Office 2010 for your environment using a variety of tools, and much more.

Many of you asked about the TechNet Plus subscription you received for attending TechDays 2009, and if that will be continued at TechDays 2010.  As I blogged earlier in the TechDays 2010 FAQ, that subscription offer is no longer available and we will not be providing each TechDays 2010 attendee with a complimentary TechNet Plus subscription.  However, we have managed to secure 500 TechNet Plus subscriptions that we will be giving away as we travel across the country.  With 5,000 expected attendees Canada-wide, you have a 1 in 10 chance of walking away with a free subscription.

That’s not all.  We recognize that TechNet is a valuable resource in the IT Professional’s arsenal.  TechDays 2010 attendees will also be eligible for a special offer to acquire their own TechNet Plus subscription (assuming you don’t win one of the 500 we are giving away), at a reduced price.  Details on the offer will be available starting at TechDays 2010 in Vancouver on Sept 14 & 15.

There will also be other giveaways and prizes as well, including the chance to win one of 8 Dell Vostro V13 notebook computers (they’re sweet!!) valued at $1,018 by simply completing and handing in your evaluation form including your name and contact info. 

As Rick blogged a little while ago, we have extended the Early Bird price of $349.99+taxes (a 50% saving of the regular conference price of $699.99+tax) for those wanting to attend TechDays 2010 in Vancouver for another couple of weeks until August 20.  We recognize that summer is a time for vacations and to be with your family and loved ones, and not everyone may have had a chance to sign up as of yet.  I encourage you to register today to take advantage of these and other upcoming offers that will enhance your TechDays 2010 experience. 

Looking forward to seeing you at TechDays 2010!


Comments (13)

  1. Ramana says:

    I was expecting VS2010.

    To use Telerik's controls we have to buy VS2010, I don't have budget to buy VS2010 for this year.

    Pluralsight's course is really good, myself utilized Techdays 2009's One week on demand tutorials.

    Any way thanks for info and see you at Vancouver – Techdays 2010.


  2. Plazeor says:

    Have to agree with Ramana, Visual Studio 2010 would have been nice.  I mean for Visual Studio 2008 there was the Ready to Launch tour where you got the Professional version.

    Was really expecting the Technet subscription again so I signed up immediately as it makes it a tremendous value of getting some interesting sessions on top of the subscription.  I don't normally program in Silverlight, so while nice to have some extra controls, not really on par with last years value dollar for dollar for myself.

    This also makes me wonder, while these controls hold some value for developers, what about the IT tracks?  Are they getting Technet Subscriptions?  If so, I could see a revolt coming….

  3. Jenn says:

    Agreed with Plazeor.

  4. Sylvain says:

    That is sad… the Technet Plus subscription was and still is the best value we could get from MS. It helped me stay up to date on current MS technologies, and things that we know, we recommend after all. I hope you guys bring it back next year!

    Wish me luck (1 of of 10)


  5. Jeffrey says:

    The old Technet subscriptions for Toronto attendees will expire before the Vancouver announce date.  Will we get some kind of announcement before they expire?

  6. Jeff says:

    Agree with the other Jeff. Subscription for Toronto attendees last year will expire before Vancouver Announcement. I already have a renewal offer for $249.99 for the TechNet Pro, so will the offer be better than that? Will Toronto attendees know before their subscription expires?

  7. Ron says:

    Very disappointed in Microsoft. I will think twice before attending TechDays 2011.  The Technet Plus subscription made the conference a great value from MS and a chance for me to stay current with MS technologies.  That value makes it a easy sell, when your looking for dollars to be able to a attend the conference.

    Microsoft you blew it again.

  8. Jon says:

    My latest e-mail from Microsoft Canada says:

    "One of Canada’s premier skills development conference is back, with deep IT training and amazing offers for attendees. Register today to explore current and upcoming Microsoft technologies, tools, platforms and services in any of our 50+ sessions. Tech·Days attendees will be eligible for amazing offers, including a free one-year TechDays 2010 Special NFR Edition TechNet subscription, valued at approximately $299 USD! Act now before Early Bird pricing in your city ends, and save 50% off the regular $699.99 ticket price. Register Now. "

    To me, that sounds like we are indeed getting the Technet subscription, which is one of the main reasons I have not only registered for Techdays, but also covering airfair, meals, and accomodations costs to attend.

    Is this indeed included?  


  9. AJ says:

    I'm with Jon, I registered for Techdays 2010 because of an email that said:

    "In addition to the great technical learning you will receive, there are compelling offers that will be made available only to TechDays attendees, including:

    One-Year TechDays 2010 Special NFR Edition TechNet subscription "

  10. Eric says:

    I just finished attending your Techdays session in Halifax and I will think twice before attending another. I truely have to wonder about some of the  presenters integrity for one. To clarify, one presenter stated that unless the eval's had all top marks, they would "Not be included in Prize draws".Another example is at the end of the program, I over-heard a couple of other presenters discussing that they had (to paraphrase) "So many of the prize give aways left over that were meant for Halifax" attendees, they didn't know what they would do with them all'. As for the presentations themselves, I really enjoyed all but one (the last one). In that one, the presenter was unfamiliar with the DECs, seemed bored by it, didn't "know why that slide was put in there"….initially started with the wrong slide show, and was very condescending .I made a clarifying statement on the topic, and the presenter stated with a very patronizing tone, "No!, not at all"; then with the very next slide, said the exact same thing I did, in slightly more technical terms. Strangers around me looked at me smiling and shaking their heads along with me as if to say, "what an idiot he is", meaning the presenter, not me. It was at that point I left, along with a couple of others, one that was with me, the rest not….that was when I went to the lobby to incorrectly put great marks for him for at least maybe a chance at the draw (assuming the hosts aren't keeping the prizes for themselves as they appeared to be doing with the giveaways)…..at any rate, I'll think twice before attending voluntarily again

  11. Damir Bersinic says:

    Thanks so much for your input.  I have to admit that some of what you have reported taking place concerns me and the rest of the TechDays 2010 team.  Our focus is always to get the best local speakers to deliver each session, as well as quality speakers from outside when there is not a local speaker available.  We rely upon honest feedback from all attendees through the evals and respect for the audience from speakers by allowing the audience to provide their fair assessment of the topic, the speaker’s presentation and demonstration skills, and TechDays overall.  It sounds like in this case that did not happen and we apologize for that.  

    If you are amenable, I would like to discuss your feedback with you personally.  Please email me at damirb@microsoft.com with you contact information so that we may connect.  Your help in making TechDays better for you and your peers is greatly valued.

    Damir Bersinic

    TechDays 2010 Program and Skills Manager

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