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Link Tech·Ed North America 2010 - Birds of a Feather
Link Tech·Ed North America 2010 - Leadership Summit
Link DevConnections Special offer for INETA Members
Link INETA Board Member Election Results
Link Community Champions
Link Conference Announcements
Link Upcoming Speaker Bureau Events
Link Contact INETA
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 Keeping Up with INETA
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 Tech·Ed North America 2010 - Birds of a Feather
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Tech·Ed Birds of a Feather

Tech·Ed 2010 Birds-of-a-Feather Session Proposals Now Being Accepted!

Once again INETA along with volunteers from the community will be organizing the Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions. The sessions are open informal discussions on any technology topic. Session will be held during the day paralleling the technical breakout sessions. The deadline for submitting a proposal to be a discussion leader on a topic is Monday, April 12th. Visit http://northamerica.msteched.com/Birds-of-a-Feather to learn more. Also help spread the word on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

Tech·Ed 2010
 

We are looking for volunteers that are going to be at TechEd to help out with the BOF sessions. You must already be registered for TechEd or going to register in the near future. If you can help out for a session please contact Shawn Weisfeld.

Birds of a Feather
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Tech·Ed North America 2010 - Leadership Summit

INETA Community Leadership Summit will be taking place on Sunday June 6th at 1PM at Tech·Ed North America in New Orleans.

INETA is hosting a free Community Leadership Summit in New Orleans at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Saturday June 6th at 1:00 PM prior to the start of Tech·Ed 2010. The summit is open to Community Leaders from the area, as well as those attending Tech·Ed from across the country and around the world. It is an excellent opportunity for exchanging information and ideas.

If you are a user group leader, or are involved in the leadership, planning, promotion, or day-to-day operations of a user group community, this event is for YOU! The summit is an open forum to share ideas, discuss common challenges, and gain from the experience of other leaders. INETA Community Leadership summits are part of an ongoing effort by INETA to create, improve and share resources designed to strengthen individual user groups and the community. This meeting will be the perfect opportunity to meet leaders from other groups, benefit from their success stories, and expand your network of contacts. For more information, including registration please visit http://ineta.org/Summit2010.

Summit 2010

Here is what the summit schedule is looking like (subject to change of course :) ).

Title

Abstract

Need

Growing your membership

You've got great speakers, content, volunteers, now get some more members.

2 group leaders

Sponsor relations

Hear from the sponsors themselves about how to make the most of your relationship with them so it is mutually beneficial.

1 sponsor, 1 MS DPE, 1 group leader

Crash Course in planning big events

Want to do a code camp?  Day of .NET?  Where to start?  Learn from those out their doing it, then have your own success story to tell.

2 group leaders

Effective use of social networking for your group

Yes, social networking seems to be the most overused buzz words of the year.  But what can you do to use this powerful and free resource?

2 group leaders

Who/What is INETA anyway?

Open Q/A with INETA NORAM Board

all board members

Anything goes

What did we forget?  Got a topic that's too small for a whole session?  Let's get that covered.

1 board member, 1 group leader

To SIG or not to SIG?

At some point in the life-cycle of your group it seems like you might want to spilt off to have a special interest group.  Does it make sense?  How do I do it?

2 group leaders, at least one from a SIG

GITCA/PASS/UGSS who are they?  Do I need them?

You hear about these other organizations, now come hear FROM them and see if maybe there's a missed opportunity for your groups.

1 GITCA, 1 PASS, 1 UGSS, 1 INETA

How to find content for your meetings

With so many new technologies coming out all the time, how and where do we find the reliable content?

2 group leaders

Herding cats, aka managing your volunteers

Managing volunteers is a tough task, but necessary for any user group leader, how do you manage the group and the tasks?

2 group leaders, 1 board member


We need a few volunteers leaders/facilities for the sessions. Interested? Contact julie.yack@ineta.org.

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Microsoft Visual Studio Launch Conference & Expo Special offer for INETA Members

Join us for the Launch of both Visual Studio 2010 and Silverlight 4! And get three days of get in-depth sessions from the best speakers in the industry!

On April 12-14, Microsoft will launch both Visual Studio 2010 and Silverlight 4, and by joining us in Las Vegas, you will not only experience the launches alongside the Visual Studio and Silverlight teams and industry legends - you'll get three days of sessions by the best speakers in the industry on the latest and greatest technologies, such as ASP.NET and .NET 4.0.

You can be a part of this exciting event while you enjoy one of the most stunning hotels on the Las Vegas Strip at a great conference rate! INETA members receive a $200 discount off the registration fee by entering the code INETA10 during the online registration process. Register today!

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 INETA Board Member Election Results
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INETA NorAm is pleased to announce the election of the following individuals to the Board of Directors for the term beginning April 3, 2010. This team of people has significant experience in the community as user group leaders and volunteers. Congratulations to the new board and to all of the highly qualified candidates.

  • Rob Zelt, President
  • Mike Vincent, Vice President
  • Scott Spradlin, Secretary
  • Paul Comeau, Treasurer
  • Lori McKinney, Director of Technology
  • Joseph Guadagno, Director of Marketing
  • Chris G. Williams, Director of Speakers
  • Shawn Weisfeld, Director of Community Activities
  • Julie Yack, Director of Membership
  • Robin Edwards, Director
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 Conference Announcements
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devscovery

Register for Devscovery 2010 Today!

Plan to attend Devscovery 2010 in New York April 27th-29th and/or Redmond September 14th -16th and get 3 days of in-depth .NET content from industry experts like Jeffrey Richter, Jeff Prosise, and John Robbins. Plus, register by April 15th and receive $100 off the $900 conference fee - simply use registration code IDC. For more information or to register visit www.devscovery.com.

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 Community Champion Award Winners for Q1 2010 Announced
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INETA Community Champion Award Winners

Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the Q1 2010 INETA Community Champion Annual Award!

NameLocation
KarlaLandrumPensacola, FL
BrianHendersonSeattle, WA
RobVettorDallas, TX
RyanDuclosLower Alabama
BrianBlanchardSt. Louis, MO
BillWolffPhilly, PA
JoeWilsonHighlands Ranch, CO
GregMulertDubuque, IA
JamesJohnsonRiverside, CA
MarkWilsonCharlotte, NC

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 Community Champions Award section of the INETA web site.

INETA Community Excellence Award Nominations

We are currently accepting nominations for the Community Excellence Awards. This is given to those who have made a significant and prolonged impact within the developer community. These lifetime awards are presented semi-annually and use a nomination process to select the key individuals who represent the true spirit of community leadership and vision that INETA strives to represent and support. Log in to view past recipients, learn more, and nominate someone by going to the Community Excellence Award section of the INETA web site.

Please contact us with any comments and feedback.

INETA Community Champions Team
noram.champs@ineta.org

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 Community Events
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Upcoming Conferences

DevConnectionsLas VegasNV04/12-14/10
SharePoint Pro SummitLas VegasNV04/16-19/10
Tech·Ed North America 2010New OrleansLA06/07-10/10
devLink 2010NashvilleTN08/05-07/10

SharePoint Saturdays

SharePoint Saturday CharlotteCharlotteNC04/10/10
SharePoint Saturday AtlantaAtlantaGA04/17/10
SharePoint Saturday HuntsvilleHuntsvilleAL05/01/10
SharePoint Saturday HoustonHoustonTX05/01/10
SharePoint Saturday PhillyPhiladelphiaPA05/08/10
SharePoint Saturday DCDCDC05/15/10

Code Camps and Other Events

Code Camp 2010.1PhiladelphiaPA4/10/10
Code Camp 2010.1PittsburghPA4/17/10
BarCamp SarasotaSarasotaFL4/17 - 18/10
Desert Code CampPhoenixAZ5/15/10
Central Coast Code CampSan Luis ObispoCA5/15/10
Your Code Camp not listed? Send it to us at marketing@ineta.org
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 Upcoming Speaker Bureau Events
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Northern Colorado .NET Special Interest GroupFort CollinsCOStuart Celarier04/12/10
Florida .NET - MiramarMiramarFLScott Cate04/13/10
Central Florida .NET User GroupLakelandFLScott Cate04/14/10
Orlando .NET User GroupOrlandoFLScott Cate04/15/10
Hawaii Dot NET Users GroupHonoluluHIKathleen Dollard04/21/10
Lincoln .NET Users GroupLincolnNEKathleen Dollard04/28/10
Wichita Developers .NETWichitaKSKathleen Dollard04/29/10
Cedar Valley .NET User Group (CVINETA)Cedar FallsIAWally McClure05/05/10
CINCYSQLMasonOHJim Wooley05/13/10
Lower Alabama .NET User GroupMobileALJim Wooley05/18/10
Capital Area .NET Users GroupViennaVAJason Bock05/25/10
Omaha Microsoft Technology GroupOmahaNEBrian Noyes05/27/10
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 Contacting INETA North America
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noram.communityactivities@ineta.org The community activities team which coordinates all events and program with the community like launch events, user group leaders summits, etc.
noram.marketing@ineta.org The marketing team responsible for all external correspondence like this newsletter and emails to user group leaders.
noram.membership@ineta.org The membership team responsible for membership applications and member relations.
noram.president@ineta.org Any ideas, concerns, praise, etc. you want to send or if you do not get a response from another email address.
noram.speakers@ineta.org The speakers team responsible for scheduling and coordinating INETA expert speakers.
noram.sponsorship@ineta.org The sponsorship team responsible for acquiring and maintaining sponsors.
noram.technology@ineta.org The technology team responsible for infrastructure and email.
noram.volunteers@ineta.org Inquiries about becoming an INETA NorAm volunteer.
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