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2 Day Azure Tech Summit in Chicago Next Week

by Angela 11. January 2017 15:20

Just found out about a great event coming to Chicago next week, which lasts two full days and will be held at McCormick Place. If you’re not local, be sure to check out their schedule as they are hitting a number of other cities in the US and across the globe!

This is a free, two-day technical training for IT professionals and developers delivered by the experts who build the cloud services across Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Windows 10. There are 70+ technical sessions, you’ll get a chance to pick the brains of Microsoft engineers, and there are even hands-on-labs available on-site, so lots of opportunities to get your hands dirty at this one! Alas, I will not be able to attend this event, but hopefully you can. Get registered today to secure your spot!

More details below…

 

Keynote

Hear how Microsoft’s enterprise solutions can help you be more successful, more productive and add value to your IT organization in today’s digital transformation landscape. In Chicago, the Keynote is being given by Jason Zander, the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Azure, Cloud + Enterprise!

 
Sessions

Over 70 technical training sessions covering a range of topics across Microsoft Azure and the hybrid platform including security, networking, data, storage, identity, mobile, cloud infrastructure, management, DevOps, app platform, productivity, collaboration and more.

 
Ask the experts

Access hundreds of Microsoft engineers and tech leaders ready to help you tackle your toughest dilemmas—they’re up for the challenge.

 
Hands-on labs

Go beyond the sessions, take a test drive of the latest technology with cloud services across Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Windows 10.

 

The agenda is far too robust to put in a blog post but here is the high level snapshot of what you can expect:

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A FAR more detailed agenda can be found on the event website: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/techsummit/chicago.aspx

Tags:

Azure | Cloud Computing | DevOps | Windows 10 | Office 365

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Chicago Code Camp Call for Speakers is Open

by Angela 17. February 2016 08:52

In case you haven’t heard, Chicago Code Camp call for speakers opened last week and we need you! Not heard of Chicago Code Camp? Well, grab a cup of coffee and pull up a chair because we have a great story! This is our 8th year, and once again we’ll be staying in downtown Chicago at the Illinois Institute of Technology to make sure we are centrally located and easy to get to by car, train, or subway. It is a day to learn from the community. It is a day to contribute to the community. Please join us by sponsoring, attending, speaking, or all three! We cannot be successful without you. 

The mission of Chicago Code Camp is to provide a credible resource within the IT industry. Our goal is to offer a wide range of opportunities to learn about advancements in our field, to share knowledge from our experiences, and to develop valued relationships with our peers. To that end, Chicago Code Camp is a FREE, day-long event. We are here to connect the talent and expertise within the Developer community of the Windy City, and that includes YOU. Discussions for the day have previously included development and trending topics in .net, java, open sourced frameworks, web, mobile, cloud, robotics, testing, soft skills, and more.

So what ideas, technologies, or strategies do you want to share with us? Everyone has something to contribute, whether its information on a new JavaScript framework, teaching us how to leverage Docker to strengthen our DevOps practices, sharing experiences adopting scrum, or how to handle ourselves better in job interviews. We are looking for a broad set of experiences across just about any topic related to being a technology professional.

Note on our selection process: In order to be fair towards all the speakers who submit for sessions for the Code Camp, the speakers are chosen via a blind voting process by the Chicago Code Camp Advisory Council (CCCAC). The advisory council is made up of various local and regional user group leaders and industry experts. The council will only see the topic title, abstract, and level of difficulty of the talk when voting for the abstract. The council does not have access to the presenter's information. The abstracts with highest votes are then placed into tracks and presenters are notified.

So take a few minutes to absorb some caffeine, think about some topics you’d be willing to share with the rest of the tech community in Chicago, then submit your ideas here: http://www.chicagocodecamp.com/Submissions/WantToShare

 

Hope to see you at Chicago Code Camp this April!  Oh, and general registration is not open yet, but stay tuned for news on that Smile

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Chicagoland IT Community - January Events

by Angela 13. January 2016 11:55

It’s a busy month for the Chicagoland IT community. I’ve seen a lot of really great talks just in the next week, and wanted to spread the word! If you’ve never attended events with LCNUG, CNUG, or the Fox Valley Computing Professionals, I highly recommend checking them out.  No matter where you work or live, one of them is bound to be nearby Smile

I’ll be adding to this list as I uncover more, so feel free to let me know if there are some great events that I missed!

Windows 10, IoT, Raspberry Pi 2 with Greg Levenhagen

Lake County .NET Users Group

College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL - Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 7:00 PM

The Internet of Things has been buzzing for a while. Let's get a little hands on with devices and take away some of the mystery about IoT and Windows 10 IoT Core. We will get a Rasberry Pi 2 running Windows 10 IoT Core and running a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app to do something that we desire.

We want you to bring your Rasberry Pi 2's and let's get them working with Windows 10 IoT Core. Don't have a device, no problem. Greg will be going through things for everyone and you can follow along or maybe join up with another attendee. If you want to follow along on your own hardware instead of observing,

  • Required: Windows 10 on a laptop/surface
  • Required: Visual Studio 2015 on that laptop/surface
  • Required: An ethernet cable to connect the Pi directly to your laptop/surface. You may need to have an adapter to plug the ethernet cable into your laptop.
  • Optional: An HDMI cable and a Monitor if you want to display the UWP app. You don't need this to get things working.

The other pieces are not time consuming to download/install and they will be available on USB sticks.

Greg Levenhagen

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/windows-10-iot-raspberry-pi-2-greg-levenhagen-tickets-20542021740

 

Microsoft 10 Universal Apps

Fox Valley Computing Professionals

201 W State St, Geneva, IL (map) - Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Our first presentation will be an Overview of Windows 10 Universal Apps - presented by Robin Schroeder

• Windows 10 Universal Apps (UWP) apps are designed to run on all Windows devices, from IoT (Internet of Things), Mobile, PC, Xbox to Surface Hub. They can be authored in a number of different programming languages, including Visual C++ with DirectX or XAML, C# or VB with XAML, or JavaScript with HTML.

• Brief History

• High level introduction to Windows 10 Universal Apps

• Device Families

• Data Storage

• Adaptive UI

• Windows Store

• MVVM

• A demo of a UWP written in C#/XAML with short code tour

Following intermission, Paul Schroeder will present Agile process basics and detail how motivated and collaborative individuals are the true key to project success.

Social hour starts at 6pm, presentations start at 7pm and should end about 9pm.

Be gracious and buy dinner and drinks, Old Towne let's us use this place for free so it's only right!

http://www.meetup.com/foxvalleycp/events/227841439/

 

An Introduction to mobile development using Xamarin 4

CNUG 

Microsoft, Downers Grove - Thursday, January 21st, 2016 @ 7PM

The Xamarin platform enables you to build and create native cross-platform mobile apps. Recently, Xamarin released a set of new features and major enhancements collectively known as Xamarin 4. Join Florin Ciobanu to find out what this popular mobile development platform has to offer. Florin will go over the major enhancements and new features in the recently released Xamarin 4, some of which include Xamarin.Forms 2.0, Xamarin.UITest 1.0, Xamarin Test Recorder (preview), and Xamarin Insights (real-time app monitoring service). He will also cover everything you need to know in order to start building your own mobile apps today.

http://www.meetup.com/The-Chicago-NET-Users-Group/events/227506041/

Tags:

Xamarin | Agile | Windows 10 | Raspberry Pi | IoT

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