NOVA Code Camp 2015 Preview – Ed Snider

While scrolling through the Sessions for this coming weekends Northern Virginia Code Camp, I came across one session that caught my eye and me glance not once, but twice…

“Creating Apple Watch experiences with WatchKit and Xamarin”

I thought to myself, “What in the world?!?!” But then I remembered that Ed Snider is a genius when it comes to putting together clever solutions that bridge technological platforms, among a lot of other things. The session description looks pretty particularly awesome.

C# and Apple Watch… WHAT?!  Yes!  In this session I’ll show you how Xamarin lets you take your .NET skills to the Apple Watch!

First we’ll take a look at Apple’s WatchKit and the architecture of WatchKit apps.  We’ll also explore the core concepts of WatchKit apps and how they work with and extend iPhone apps, including Glances and Notifications.  And, of course, there will be plenty of code and live demos!”

So if you’re interested in the Apple Watch, and you’re a .NET developer then check this session out – I promise you won’t be disappointed and will walk away with a few more tools in your utility belt to innovate.

Northern Virginia Code Camp 2015

This coming weekend on 18 April 2015, the Northern Virginia Code Camp will be hosting it’s Spring event at the Reston Microsoft Technology Center with 30 speakers covering various aspects of development across several different technologies and platforms.

The session listing is available here: http://www.novacodecamp.org/Sessions.aspx

If you’re interested in registering for the event, you can do so by hoping over to the registration site here: http://www.nvite.com/novacc15/edda

If you’re interested in updates about the Northern Virginia Code Camp, follow their twitter handle yonder under the name of @novacodecamp

Definitely worth your time on a Saturday morning to learn something new, network with others in the technology community and gather perspective on different ways of approaching technology problems.

SharePoint Fest DC 2015

image003If you’re going to be in the Washington DC area in April of this year and you’re looking for some SharePoint and Office 365 training, then I would highly recommend coming on out to the SharePoint Fest that’s taking place in downtown Washington DC on 8-10 April.

There are a ton of sessions that will be going on being taught by Microsoft MVPs, Practitioners, Technologists and Experts from the community. More information about the event is available here: http://www.sharepointfest.com/dc

Speakers and their associated sessions are located here – http://www.sharepointfest.com/DC/speakers

And as far as discounts and such go, you can still save $200 if you use the code Usher200 at checkout – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sharepoint-fest-dc-2015-registration-13592729219?discount=USHER200

Spring Break 2014…

This year, I had the pleasure of spending Spring Break in Orlando, FL at the DevIntersections conference as a part of the SharePoint Intersection. It was nice to get back to Florida and connect with attendees and hear about their experiences as well as share some of the experiences I’ve had with SharePoint, Office 365 and the ever nebulous cloud.

For attendees (and anyone curious) I’ve uploaded the slides to SlideShare.

Definitely looking forward to the next event in Orlando next year, should be a great time of collaboration and sharing!

TechGate Conference 2012

If you live in the Northern Virginia / DC area – your weekends are valuable time that you probably don’t want to give up. However every so often an event pops up like a SharePoint Saturday or MADExpo that makes you turn your head and make plans to attend. In this case it’s the TechGate Conference in Reston taking place on 15 September.

It touts itself as the following:

Sessions in cloud computing, software development, system management and virtualization. Featuring top industry speakers from Amazon.com, Microsoft, Telerik, AIS and others. Many MVPs. Mingle with your peers at the Expo Hall with fun activities, prizes to win, food and beverages.

So if you’ve got the time and interested in cloud computing and virtualization, why not go ahead and register, cost is negligible since parking is free though mileage and wear and tear on your car aren’t covered by the sponsors of the event but nearly everything else is 🙂

AIIM Boot Camp – Washington DC

Looks like AIIM is going to have a free “Basic Training” for today’s information professionals on 16 October 2012 at the Capital Hilton in DC.

Looks like the plan is to provide 5 steps to success using social tech and how to leverage big data. All in all, should be an interesting morning.

More details available here:
http://www.aiim.org/events/seminars/schedule/Washington-DC-2012