Take Your Pick from the Goodie Bag!


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For the month of April, there is a mixed goodie bag of events with something for everyone in the tech scene. So put your Easter treats to good use and bring them along for a sugar-fuelled month of learning!

You may have noticed a presence on the interwebs recently, promoting our DevCamps. We still have a couple coming up in April with a few seats left, so register and come along to learn what’s new in the cloud from our oh-so-awesome, knowledgeable speakers! There are also camps targeted at IT Infrastructure Specialists; if that sounds like a bit of you or someone you know, check out the latest TechNet Flash Newsletter for more details. We also have an MSDN Events Calendar so you can stay on top of all of our events.

So what else is in your Easter goodie bag? Well, we have a couple of business lecture-style learning events. Azure Discovery Day provides you with demos, presentations and discussions on how different technologies come together through Azure to create solutions to common organisation problems and opportunities. Maybe your business needs a bit of extra help thinking out your cloud strategy? Road to the Cloud presents best practices and lessons learned in leveraging the benefits of the cloud, especially for all you independent software vendor (ISV) folk.

If you’re more interested in what’s going on with the bigger picture, The Project takes an exciting look into scaling innovation globally, with international and local presenters sharing their expertise on how New Zealand can continue to develop and export diverse and unique products and services to global markets.

Or, maybe you’re aspiring to become a mesmerising technical speaker. Dr James Whittaker and Dr Michelle Dickinson reveal their secrets behind confident public speaking and killer technical presentations in How to Rock the Stage!, with all money raised going to the OMGTech! charity, that teaches Kiwi children technical skills such as coding, 3D printing and robotics.

Last but not least, we have the magnificient Codemania 2015 coming up, which reaches out to all you passionate software developers for two days of brilliant workshops and lectures.

So, what are you waiting for? I’ve heard Easter eggs make great brain food… or was that real eggs? No matter, you can’t go wrong with learning something new, so get take your pick from the goodie bag and get involved!

Ashley Gilgrist
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Microsoft New Zealand
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Events

Azure Discovery Day.

8th April (AKL)
Join our featured speaker for a day of Azure Discovery. This session aim to provide you with an overview of the platform, outline some of the component services available, and through presentations, demos and discussion, describe how the different technologies come together to create solutions to common organisation problems and opportunities.

Startup Weekend.

10th - 12th April (WEL)
Startup Weekend is where entrepeneurs, developers, and designers get together to form new businesses in a 54-hour marathon of inspiration, perspiration, collaboration, and fun! We attract people with all skill levels in a friendly, welcoming, yet challenging environment. Full details on the event are available here.

Road to the Cloud.

16th April (AKL)
Business leaders of independent software vendor organisations (ISVs) face increasing challenges in today's software market. Join this event to learn from your peers in the industry that have leveraged the benefits of the cloud to build a successful business.
This event is focused on business strategy, and is not a technical learning event.

The Project.

16th - 17th April (AKL)
Project15 will focus on scaling New Zealand innovation globally. Over 1½ days, Thursday 16 and the morning of Friday 17 April 2015, more than a dozen international and local presenters will come together to share their knowledge and expertise around how New Zealand Inc can continue to develop and export diverse and unique products and services to global markets.

How to Rock the Stage!

17th April (AKL)
Dr James Whittaker Distinguished Technical Evangelist for Microsoft and Dr Michelle Dickinson winner of the Prime Ministers Science communication prize will combine their superpowers to deliver an interactive and informative session designed to reveal their secrets behind confident public speaking and killer technical presentations.

Microsoft Developer Cloud Essentials.

20th April (WEL), 29th April (AKL)
At this DevCamp you will learn about some of the best features and services of Microsoft Azure and how to build and move a variety of apps to the cloud. You will see how to build web sites, mobile applications, and enterprise-class applications.

Codemania.

24th April (AKL)
Codemania is for the passionate software developer. Get inspired by some amazing speakers at the conference, or attend their valuable workshops. There is plenty to see and learn!


Learn

Successful developers are always upgrading their skills. Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) offers online Microsoft training delivered by experts. Watch videos, download PowerPoint slides and test yourself as you learn at absolutely no cost. If you want to learn something different, head over to MVA here!

Don't forget, the MVA Lite app is now available, so you can now learn anywhere at anytime! Here are the courses your Microsoft Technical Evangelists recommend this week:

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Windows 10 Technical Preview Fundamentals.

Be prepared for Windows 10 by getting familiar with the fundamentals. Learn about new UI enhancements, find out how management and deployment is evolving, and hear about how new security enhancements in Windows 10 can help your organisation respond to the modern security threat landscape.

Microsoft Azure Fundamentals.

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