New Zealand’s largest technology conference, Microsoft Tech.Ed, is due to kick off on Wednesday 24 August, and tickets are selling fast.
More than 2,500 IT professionals and software developers will descend upon Auckland for the three day conference, to listen to more than 140 international and local technology experts, who will present at 170 sessions and 30 ‘Hands on Labs’ over three days.
Microsoft has secured some rock star speakers this year, including Norm Judah, Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer of Worldwide Services and David Kirk, former All Black captain and business leader, who will be speaking at the keynote session, along with the Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Hon Steven Joyce. In addition, several key businesses will be sharing their technology journeys over the past year, including the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Auckland Council, IAG, Carter Holt Harvey and Silver Fern Farms.
“Tech.Ed is New Zealand’s largest training event for the local IT community. Tech.Ed brings some of the world’s best technology and solution specialists to the tech community – and having the opportunity to see and hear what these experts are doing and creating is hugely valuable to attendees,” says Paul Muckleston, Microsoft New Zealand’s Managing Director.
“We hope delegates will come away from the event inspired to create innovative solutions for their businesses and customers. Microsoft sees the development of our local IT professionals and software developers as critical to the future success of both the individuals and their businesses. The flow on effect to New Zealand in terms of innovation and productivity is of huge importance.”
In addition to the goodie bag, there is a plethora of freebies from those who consider Tech.Ed one of the most valuable IT training events for the county.
“Tech.Ed plays a huge role in the continued training and education of IT professionals in New Zealand,” says Brett O’Riley, CEO of NZICT
“The IT industry is continuously reinventing itself, meaning IT professionals must continue to up-skill and reshape the way they work. Tech.Ed allows IT professionals to learn and share knowledge, fostering the growth of technology and innovation within the New Zealand industry.”
Sponsors this year include HP, Fuji Xerox, Intergen, JOOB (Jade Software), Appsense, CommVault, Telerik, Veeam Software and Thycotic Software.
The popular event includes the much anticipated TechFest extravaganza, where all delegates will be partying up a storm in the Auckland Town Hall – entertained by comedian Dai Henwood, and getting down to home-grown Fat Freddy’s Drop and world-class covers band The Kingpins.
Tech.Ed will be held at the SkyCity Convention Centre, and is New Zealand’s premier technology event.
Some Tech.Ed facts:
· This will be the 16th year for TechEd – it started up in 1996
· Four kilometres of Ethernet cabling used to link all the tech gear up
· Last year only 10 percent of attendees were women
· It takes seven people three days to set everything up, and four hours to dismantle
This year Hands-on Labs will be available online throughout the event, and a selection of Tech.Ed sessions will be available online after the event concludes at www.microsoft.co.nz/teched, for those in the IT field who are unable to attend. Tech.Ed Online will also be the place to go for PowerPoint decks, interviews with speakers and attendees, photos from the event, and much more after the conference.