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140+ technical sessions for Ignite NZ!
In a few short weeks SKYCITY transforms into Ignite and becomes the epicentre of technology in NZ. There will be some amazing keynote speakers, plenty of networking amongst peers, a couple of coffee carts to keep you going and, of course, some swag.

The main reason we all gather for this event is the sessions. The chance to catch up on all the new tools, find better ways of building apps and software, get a glimpse of what the future might look like - and how we get there. We’ll have 140+ sessions this year, covering a range of topics – including the return of our highly popular “make yourself more awesome” style sessions.

This is a big year for Microsoft – a number of new products are being unleashed. This week saw the release of Visual Studio 2015 - the best IDE for running on Windows – and Visual Studio Code – which is fast becoming the best free modern editor across multiple platforms. Next week is the “RTM” of Windows 10 for the desktop, bringing with it a huge opportunity for software developers to build for the next generation of devices.

We’ll have sessions to cover these new tools and platforms. We’ll take a closer look at ASP.NET 5 and the unification of MVC and Web API. We’ll be showing you how to build the Internet of Things, and how to hack it. You’ll be speaking in Node.js, Angular, TypeScript, and you’ll learn how to torment your colleagues by taking advantage of Roslyn. With so many different data platform choices now, a session on data patterns for the cloud coupled with a drill down into next-gen web applications and patterns for high availability + scalability might be just what you’re looking for. Shipping that code will be covered too, with deep dives into DevOps and continuous delivery. Of course a major component of any good app or website is the UX. Be sure to catch one of the sessions on how to identify and avoid bad UX, or how to craft unique, immersive, experiences for your LOB or consumer audiences.

If you want to take a ‘deep dive’ into the session catalogue catch the session release on the Ignite website!

Regan Murphy
Regan Murphy
Technical Evangelist
Microsoft New Zealand
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Are you FIT to be a Dev/IT Pro?
The best Devs are always learning. This week, we started a competition that gives you the chance to win one of five FitBit Flexes or fifty snazzy Microsoft Virtual Academy tees. Check out @MSDevNZ next Monday morning to answer the question and to be in to win! Each week will be a new chance to win until they're all gone!
Bring a friend to see Joe Belfiore at Ignite Kick-Off, for FREE!
Did you have a shot at this week’s question? On Monday our ‘Bring a friend to Kick-Off’ competition got rolling. Every week, for four weeks, Ignite NZ attendees will get a chance to win a free ticket for a freebie-loving friend to attend the Ignite Kick-Off event at Vector Arena. Stay tuned for the next question from @IgniteNZ. Check out the full Ts&Cs.
New in the world of Visual Studio
The final release of Visual Studio 2015 is now available and it’s easier to use regardless of platform or what app you're building. See the Q&A sessions and technical details on Channel9. @BizSparkNZ startups have had their Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN subscription become Visual Studio Enterprise 2015. All startups will now need to sign in to Visual Studio 2013 and 2015 with the Microsoft account associated their active MSDN subscription, meaning startups will need to renew their MSDN subscriptions for each user running Visual Studio after graduation.
Develop with Windows 10
Windows 10, arriving next week, will empower you to build a single universal app experience that can reach every device running Windows 10—every phone, tablet, PC, and soon Xbox. Take a look at building Windows 10 Universal Apps. And if you haven't already, make sure you check out the //build/ videos for announcements, sessions, and demos to learn more about advances across all Microsoft platforms, including Windows 10 and the Universal Windows Platform.
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Upcoming Events
Auckland .NET User Group
28 July (Auckland)
Kevin Isom is giving presentation on React.js and ASP.Net MVC. React has been receiving a lot of attention lately and with good reason. In this talk he will introduce React, what makes it different to a lot of the other frameworks and libraries out there and how you can take advantage of it in your ASP.Net MVC apps.

Ellerslie .NET User Group
29 July (Auckland)
In this session you will learn practical techniques for real world database development and deployment. This session will be presented by Darren Hall aka @nakedgeek, he is a senior .Net developer focussing on database development and the data access layer in enterprise systems.

Ignite NZ
1-4 September (Auckland)
The Kick-Off event begins with the keynote lineup featuring four Titans of Tech: Joe Belfiore, Laura Butler, James Staten and Chris Ford. Attendees are then invited to a fully themed entertainment and networking event with refreshments and live music. This is just where is begins. The 140+ technical sessions which make up the meaty filling of Ignite NZ are coming next week!

AgileNZ Conference 2015
1-2 September (Wellington)
The focus for AgileNZ Conference 2015 is transformation. Lean|Agile approaches are not only continuing to transform software delivery, they're being adopted outside of software to transform entire businesses. The event will explore the latest thinking in Agile, the development of the 'Agile Enterprise' and what might be learnt from New Zealand's digital transformation.

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Skill Up With Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) and Channel9
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Join Azure Fridays!
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Visual Studio 2015 release event
Watch the keynote 'Any app, any Developer' as well as on demand videos to learn about the latest features and technologies. See the Visual Studio developer team create an end-to-end solution for an open-source project and see how they tackled problems along the way.

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