Speaker Idol was a contest that ran before and during TechEd:Developers in Barcelona and was open to all delegates. During the contest, the contestants demonstrated their exceptional presentation skills and were judged by several professional presenters and developer guru's.
We now know the first speaker of the next TechEd:Developers... As winner of this contest, Bart will be offered the opportunity to deliver a technical presentation next year. But this year Bart was Speaker Idol's Rock Star!
It was amazing to see how much the Belgian developer community was there to support Bart and to congratulate him with the result. From a personal point and as the developer audience manager for Belgium & Luxembourg, I must say I'm pretty proud that - yet again - someone of our local community stood out!
Update: additional links
- Bart De Smet's own impression on Speaker Idol + his presentation and demo code
- Grégory "Rédo" Renard taped the Speaker Idol award ceremony. (Click on the Tech-Ed Tab at the right hand and choose the 9 November interview.)
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