TechED Europe is Microsoft’s premier European technology conference, well actually it is more than a conference – it’s a social networking event with a huge helping of Microsoft technology thrown in.
This year TechED Europe returns to Berlin, Germany from 8th to 12th November (not the 1st to 5th November as originally advertised). Last year’s event was a sell-out attracting attendee’s from all over Europe and further afield.
If you can attend, I would highly recommend doing so – not just for the learning experience but for the opportunity to network with your peers. I personally have attended TechED since the mid-nineties and have found each year a worthwhile experience – I miss having them in the summer and watching the football (European and World Cups) with an international audience as this is always entertaining but there are plenty of other activities to do.
The conference usually has a theme for the week and is usually around the technology that is current or they think you should need to know; without having any inside knowledge, I expect this year will focus around “Wave 14” and associated technologies such as Office 2010, Exchange 2010, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
The Exhibitor area is usually worth a visit too, you can review the latest hardware with Dell and HP; review Storage with EMC and Hitachi and meet the application vendors such as Quest and McAfee. Over the years I have noticed that all the vendors share one thing in common; in that they are all genuinely interested in you and not just the corporation that you represent.
Registration is not live yet but will be soon but until then check out what happened last year, oh and if you are wondering – TechED Europe 2011 will not be in Berlin.
Oh and if you do attend – tell them Mark sent you.
** UPDATE** See TechED Europe 2010 Update.