Events and Conferences

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October 23-26, 2017 – IT/DEV Connections – San Francisco, CA, USA

This year, IT/DEV Connections offers 5 technology tracks, 190 sessions, and full-day workshops. You’ll also get a chance to interact with peers and pick the brains of industry leaders on your toughest .NET dilemmas. Last year’s conference featured sessions on Windows Server 2016, Azure and Azure Services, Visual Studio, SharePoint, and many other topics.



September 25–29, 2017 – Microsoft Ignite – Orlando, FL, USA

Formerly known as TechEd, this conference is where big thinkers of the IT industry flock to connect with tech leaders and peers, get their hands on the newest product innovations from Microsoft and its partners, and get some hands-on experience on the technologies they use. This 5-day event includes 700+ sessions, multiple product demos, 100+ vendors, and even one-on-one discussions with industry experts. Azure, SQL Server, Visual Studio and Windows are only a few of Microsoft products that will be featured during the conference.


July 9-13, 2017 – Microsoft Inspire – Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Washington, D.C. 

Formerly known as the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, the newly named event offers a week packed full of networking, learning, and collaboration for current Microsoft partners, as well as those interested in building a partnership with the tech giant. At Microsoft Inspire, you’ll hear the latest insights from top Microsoft leaders, meet fellow Microsoft partners, and get plenty of opportunities for face-to-face conversations with industry’s trendsetters. Simply put, there’s no other event that offers the same quality of Microsoft partner experience that Microsoft Inspire does.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017  – 6:00 PM – Top 7 technologies you should learn in 2017 as a full stack developer – TBA

Full-Stack Web Development, according to the Stack Overflow 2016 Developer Survey, is the most popular developer occupation today. A Full-Stack Developer is someone who is comfortable to work on both the front-end and back-end portions of an application. In this session, you will be introduced to the most popular technical skills you should learn as a Full-Stack Developer.


May 21-24, 2017  –  DEVintersection  –  Walt Disney World Swan, Lake Buena Vista – FL, USA

DEVintersection will bring you your favorite industry experts including Microsoft Executive VP, Scott Guthrie. This exciting week-long conference will feature in-depth sessions and workshops on ASP.NET, Visual Studio, SQL Server, Azure, and loads of other tech. DEVintersection Europe, which took place on November 14-16, 2016 in Haarlem (Amsterdam), is another annual event to look forward to, though there’s no information on the location and the date for 2017 yet.


May 10-12, 2017 – Microsoft Build –  Washington State Convention Center – Seattle, WA, USA

Build is a major .NET event organized by Microsoft. This year’s program hasn’t been announced yet, but the organizers promise to fill the schedule with solid content and do their best to add plenty of surprises along the way. Make sure to put Build in your .NET event list, as this conference is always jammed with strong .NET sessions and opportunities to meet and learn from the industry’s best. And why not check out keynotes and select sessions from Build 2016 here?


Wednesday, May 3, 2017  – 6:30 PM – 9 Doable Tips on Making Social Media Work for You – Council Chambers, BCIT Burnaby Campus


Social Media is like a wildfire spreading fast, deep and wide! One viral post can make or break a person, or even a corporation. 94% of recruiters use LinkedIn to vet job candidates. Is your online presence helping or hindering your professional life? How can you leverage the power of social media in your job search and career development?


Thursday, April 13, 2017  – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM  – Exploring the ASP.NET Core Runtime Components – Microsoft Houston

You will go through the request lifecycle in the ASP.NET Core runtime, focusing on the key runtime and extensibility types that control request behavior. We will look in some detail at the Middleware architecture. We will learn about how Middleware components work and check out the built-in Middleware components. We’ll investigate how to set them up, leverage them in our apps, and build our own.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017  – 6:00 PM – JavaScript and The Rise of Functional Programming – iQmetrix, Vancouver, BC

There are so many things happening in the front-end world, so many frameworks, libraries, patterns, utilities, and even languages to choose from. It is so easy to get lost given that many choices. But if we look at all of them at a higher level and try to figure out the trend and the direction the whole industry is shifting towards, it might get a little bit easier on our choices. As long as we select something using the trending technology, even if the framework itself might fade away in 2, 3 years, the techniques, concepts, and patterns we learn from it will last longer, and it will make us switch to other frameworks easier.


March 13-17, 2017 – Visual Studio Live! – Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV, USA

This year, VSLive! is going on a campaign for a code starting in March and ending in November. The campaign will feature 7 events, all held in different cities throughout the US. The nearest one will take place in March in Las Vegas, where software developers will get the opportunity to hone their skills in ASP.NET, Visual Studio, Database Analytics, and other technologies.


Thursday, March 09, 2017  – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Code Reviews – Microsoft Houston

You will learn how to set up effective and kind code reviews. Talk about preparation and follow-up that would allow us to capture the most benefits. We will also consider how to ensure that the code review is helping to build and empower the team, not destroy it.


Thursday, February 09, 2017  – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM –  The Software Does Not Work? Rewrite it! – Microsoft Houston

Learn the different types of rewrites and techniques, what you can learn from it, and how it changes your way of approaching both software rewrites as well as greenfield projects.