It’s all over. After 4 days with 2520 attendees, everyone from Microsoft and Jack Morton needs a big hug and a million thanks. TechEd is the only technology event I’ve been to, but it has set the standards pretty high. I went in thinking TechEd Australia was going to be the forgotten child of the big TechEd family, but it turned out to be a rather special.
Having no major announcements or any product launches with most of the technology showcased already been on the market for quite some time, nothing really “wow”ed me, but didn’t suck either.
The most interesting part of TechEd for me was Student Day. Not because I got the opportunity to present something to an audience, but because when you try to compact all of Microsoft into a 6 hour event, you end up with the very best.
I think TechEd could be better with the following improvements:
- Kinder security guards
- More varieties of food (or rotational daily menus)
- Bigger venue for closing party
- Closer distance between expo and session rooms
- More product showcases
- More freebies
- More chairs
Here’s a bunch of very cool people who I enjoyed TechEd with, in a very particular order: Frank Arrigo, Bernard Oh, Scott Savage, Alex Shamis, Ken Soedjatmiko, Sarah Hatton, Jeza Ann Mancenido, Marty Gnanananthan, David Burela, Susan Grant, Jeff Alexander, Hugo Ortega, Neil Roodyn, Paul Woods, Chris Boulton, and everyone else who thinks they should be here.
Maybe (*cough* *wink* *nudge*) I’ll see everyone there at the post-Vista and post-Office07 TechEd Australia 2007 on the Gold Coast.