You go to Tech Ed to learn about technology - developer tools, sysadmin tools, platforms like SharePoint or Windows Phone. But there's more to your work than the nuts and bolts of how to solve a technical problem. Do you use social media effectively? What would an effective use of Twitter or Facebook look like, anyway? Are jobs shifting because of technology? How important is cross-platform development? How important are new platforms? How do you react to big changes in your technical world and direct your own career?
Well, there's a Tech Ed precon Sunday evening
that covers that exact topic. And look who's involved: Stephen Rose
(Windows Community Manager), Zeus Kerravala
(Distinguished Research Fellow and Senior VP, Yankee Group), Richard Campbell
(Co-founder of Strangeloop Networks, co-host of .NET Rocks!, host of RunAsRadio, Microsoft MVP, Microsoft Regional Director),
(Senior Technical Director for Penton Media’s IT & developer publications, author of SQL Server Developer’s Guide series from Osborne-McGraw-Hill),
(Microsoft Regional Director, Founder of InterKnowlogy),
Michele Leroux Bustamante
(Chief Architect with iDesign, Microsoft Regional Director, Microsoft MVP, author of Learning WCF (O’Reilly)),
(Principal Developer Evangelist for Microsoft, Central Region),
(Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist), Sean Deuby
(Technical Director, Penton Media’s Windows IT Pro Magazine, Microsoft MVP),
(Senior Industry Analyst, Penton Media’s Windows IT Pro and Supersite for Windows; author of Windows Phone Secrets), John Willis
(VP of Training & Services, Opscode), Laura Hunter
(Principal Technology Architect for Microsoft IT’s Identity & Access Management team), Yung Chou
(Microsoft Senior IT Pro Evangelist, East Region) and Barbara Yamauchi
(Microsoft IT program manager for developer tools and IT lifecycle management). Wow! And this is an interactive panel discussion, so you can help to shape the conversation.
There is a small fee ($99) and you have to arrive Sunday afternoon so you'll be able to attend. But it looks like a heck of an evening! Glad to see so many RDs and MVPs on that list.