Monthly Archives: November 2010

Tech Ed North America 2011 Call for Topics now open

Planning for Tech·Ed North America 2011 has begun! TechEd will take place in Atlanta, GA on May 16-19, 2011, with Pre-Conference sessions occurring on May 15.

Your work with Community groups is a key component of the event’s success. We would like to invite this participation again, so please forward this invitation as soon as possible so that people can submit breakout session proposals before the December 9, 2010 deadline.

Steps for submitting a proposal:

  1. Go to:
  2. Enter RSVP Code: CODE*8925
  3. Complete all the fields and submit the proposal/s.

When returning to the Call for Content site, use the e-mail address and password you entered when creating your Call for Content profile.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions are the primary vehicle for delivering content to Tech·Ed attendees. These are lecture-style, 75-minute presentations that are held in rooms seating anywhere from 200-1,200 people. Speakers take 60 minutes to instruct, walk through product demos and show PowerPoint slides, with 10-15 minutes reserved for Q&A. The PowerPoint files are collected 2 weeks in advance of the event and published for attendees both before and after the event. Breakout sessions are recorded and are also available after the event at Tech·Ed Online.

Event Information

Tech·Ed is Microsoft’s premiere global conference designed to provide developers and IT professionals with the technical education, product information and community resources they need to design, develop, manage, secure, and mobilize state-of-the-art software solutions for a connected enterprise. Content focuses on Microsoft’s current and soon-to-released products, technologies and services.

Last year, roughly 70% of Tech·Ed attendees were IT professionals with the majority being Infrastructure Managers (48%) and IT Managers (28%). They were interested in the best ways to plan, design, deploy, manage and secure connected enterprise systems. The remaining attendees were Developers — programmers (41%), architects (28%), designers (20%), and developer managers (12%) — who wanted to dive deeper into the latest enterprise development solutions using Microsoft’s developer tools, frameworks, and platforms. 

Review of Proposals, Selection and Notification

· Session selection is based on a review of all proposals to determine which meet the needs of the audience, align with the Track focus, and fulfill the messaging requirements of the product groups. 

· Session selection notification will be sent via e-mail by March 2011.

If you have questions about TechEd, contact

Thank you for your continued support of TechEd. We look forward to seeing you again in 2011!

Congratulations Q3 2010 INETA Community Champions

Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the Q3 2010 INETA Community Champion Award!

  • James Eggers, Kansas City, MO
  • John Hopkins, Southfield, MI
  • Lance Larsen, Madison, WI
  • Philip Japikse, Cincinnati, OH
  • Michael Blumenthal, Chicago, IL
  • Slava Kokaev, Norwood, MA
  • Brian Boatright, Gainesville, FL
  • Sam Nasr, Cleveland, OH
  • Dennis Bottjer, Tulsa, OK
  • Latish Sehgal, Dallas, TX
Community Champions

The purpose of the INETA Community Champion Award program is to recognize individuals with the highest levels of contributions. Those exceptional leaders and volunteers who devote innumerable hours towards hosting user group meetings, organizing Code Camps and special events, mentoring and supporting their members, publishing newsletters, updating web sites, and the list goes on and on. The Community Champion program provides INETA with an opportunity to showcase the efforts of our user group communities as a whole as well as provide individual recognition. Recognition that we hope will open doors to networking opportunities, potential sponsors, future employers or partnerships.

Special thanks to everyone who took the time and energy to participate in this program. Keep contributing to your local developer community and submit your activities through the Champs program. This is your chance to show the world what community leadership is all about and to gain some of the recognition that you deserve! For additional information and to view past winners, please go to the Community Champions site.

Give Camps

GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where technology professionals from designers, developers and database administrators to marketers and web strategists donate their time to provide solutions for non-profit organizations. Since its inception in 2007, the GiveCamp program has provided benefits to over 150 charities, with a value of developer and designer time exceeding $100,000 in services. If you have already been involved in a GiveCamp, you also know what a rich, rewarding experience this is personally and for the community. For more information on scheduled GiveCamps or to learn more about having one of your own, visit and

Project Phoenix

About three months ago, MVP Arne Rowland started an effort to give MSDN Ultimate Subscriptions, training, books, and tools to unemployed developers who would take on a project for a non-profit, school, or church. The total value of the award package is about $17,000. To date, 27 Microsoft MVPs around the USA and Canada have contributed to the effort. So far, we have selected 10 proposals to receive awards. The project continues until the end of the year. Please help get the word out to unemployed developers and invite eligible non-profit organizations, schools and churches to submit a project that could be matched to an eligible developer. Please see for full details.