Remembering ReMix08 UK – 3 talks in Brighton, England last week


Last week, my career-long dream of becoming an international speaker came true. I had the opportunity to speak at ReMix08 UK in Brighton, England. Thanks to Dave Sussman and Phil Winstanley, who ran the Community Track session, for inviting me out to speak. Also thanks to Mike Ormond for fitting me into the Developer track to deliver the VS tips talk.

This was an amazing conference. The logistics, the setup, and the organization reminded me of a conference the size of TechEd or PDC, yet I was completely relaxed and comfortable as a speaker. Kudos to everyone on the ReMix UK event staff and all the track owners who put this together. Your hard work definitely showed.

I gave 3 talks and sat on 1 panel during the 2-day conference. You can view my CodePlex talk slides and photos over on the CodePlex team blog. But since you are reading my blog, here’s are pictures from my Visual Studio Tips and Tricks.

Apparently, i rocked the house with my 20/20 session on VS Tips. In a 20/20 talk, you have 20 slides, and have 20 seconds each slide, lasting 7 minutes. Being the classic overachiever that I am (this summer has taught me nothing), I volunteered to do a 20/20 but using VS to demo tips instead of using slides. In other words, i demo’ed 20 tips, 20 seconds each. Dave screamed “Next” every 20 seconds, forcing me to move to the next tip. I cannot wait to get the recording and post it here. (again, thanks to Dave and Phil for organizing these talks!)

Here are pictures from my Visual Studio Tips and Tricks talk. I am still amazed how great the room looked.

Showing off cowboy hat from blog photo

Demo'ing on stage

And i’ll throw in a CodePlex photo that doesn’t appear on the team blog:

CodePlex and me

And lastly, I spent Saturday sightseeing in London, before flying home. And here is a picture of “tower bridge” and not “London bridge.” I’m curious when do people learn this in schools?

Tower Bridge in England

and of course the codeplex flag in front of Big Ben. Thanks to Scott Guthrie for taking the photo.

CodePlex and Me in front of Big Ben

Comments (9)

  1. Catto says:

    Hey Now Sara,

    Those pix are really nice. I never knew da Gu was such a photographer. As always,

    Thx 4 the info,

    Catto

  2. Tim says:

    And I presume you were told that the old London Bridge was sold, dismantled, shipped to America, and reassembled in Arizona? :-)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Bridge#Sale_of_Rennie.27s_bridge_to_the_United_States

  3. saraford says:

    Yes, Guthrie did an excellent job not laughing at me when I told him I wanted to see the London bridge. he explained what happened to the bridge.

  4. John Lilburne says:

    Hey, Sara,

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news but your flag pic isn’t in front of Big Ben. The tower behind you is called the Clock Tower and Big Ben is the largest of the bells contained therein. Don’t worry though as 99% of my fellow Brits also make the same error :)

  5. saraford says:

    I’m 99% sure ScottGu told me what Big Ben was correctly. It was just hard to absorb that much history in a 6 hour tour! =)

  6. Andrew says:

    Glad to hear you had a good time – just sorry I couldn’t make it down to the conference. 😐

    keep up the good work on the tips!!

  7. The Remix UK 2008 conference was held in Brighton on the 18th and 19th of September and I was lucky enough

  8. MikeOrmond says:

    Sara – it was a pleasure to have you as part of the conference. You did a brilliant job and helped make ReMix UK a huge success. Thank you again! Mike

  9. John Lilburne says:

    Britain has a lot of history to take in during a lifetime, let alone six hours :)