Monthly Archives: January 2011

INETA Component Code Challenge

Want to win a trip to TechEd?

INETA NorAm is hosting a contest with our partners to see who can build an .NET application making effective use of reusable components to solve a problem.

The Rules:

Any .NET Application (WinForms, ASP.NET, WPF, Silverlight, Windows Phone 7, etc.) built in the last year (since 1/1/2010) using at least 1 component from at least 1 approved vendor. Then make a 3 – 5 minute Camtasia video showing your entry and describing what component(s) you used and why your application is cool. Our judges will review the submissions and the best two will win a scholarship to Tech·Ed 2011, May 16-19 in Atlanta GA including air fare, hotel, and conference pass.


The Judging:

Entries will be judged on four criteria:

  1. Effective use of a component to solve a problem/display data
  2. Innovative use of components
  3. Impact using components (i.e. reduction in lines of code written, increased productivity, etc.)
  4. Most creative use of a component.


Hurry! The submission deadline is March 15, 2011 at Midnight Eastern Standard Time.

More information, can be found on the INETA Component Code Challenge page.

GiveCamp Weekend

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 $1,000,000 in services!

In an effort to make the organizer’s job easier, Microsoft is stepping up to the plate in a big way with something we’re calling the National Day of GiveCamp. Scheduled for January 14-16, 2011, to coincide with the MLK National Holiday, the National Day of GiveCamp will be a single day where GiveCamp events will be run simultaneously in multiple cities all over the US.

Here is a list of GiveCamp’s happening that weekend. Why don’t you sign up to help?

Nomination Now Being Accepted for INETA North American Board of Directors

The INETA NorAm Board of Directors is now accepting nominations for following positions. General commitment is around 15-20 hours/month including regular bi-weekly Board conference calls and up to two expense-paid in-person weekend Board meetings per year.


The four Officer positions

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

are two (2) year terms and are the individuals responsible for running the not-for-profit corporation.


There are five (5) Director positions which have a one (1) year term. Directors are responsible for overseeing the operation of various projects undertaken by INETA.

The current Board of Director positions are as follows:

  • Community (Speakers & Champs)
  • Technology (website)
  • Marketing (Conferences & Newsletter)
  • Membership
  • Project Management

Nominations must be submitted by any user group leader of a user group that is a member of INETA or a current Board member. Nominations should include the individual’s name, email address, phone number, description of why the individual is qualified for the position, as well as any supporting materials. Candidates are then interviewed by and voted on by the current Board members.

Send nominations to no later than Sunday 2/13/2011. Voting will take place on Tuesday 3/1/2011.

Please direct any questions to