Microsoft TechEd Australia 2011 kicks off with two keynotes and geek stories

Finally, developers and IT professionals no longer have to argue about the focus of the TechEd Australia keynote.

This year, Microsoft Australia trialed an interesting new hybrid keynote format where IT pros and developers take separate keynotes first and come together for a combined “general” keynote later. From early impressions, it seemed to satisfied both crowds.

The theme for this year’s event is showing “geek” pride. To set the tone, Australian comedian Adam Spencer introduced a host of interesting speakers from a range of backgrounds – film maker, maker of Cochlear implants, children’s book writer and the managing director of Microsoft Australia to share their personal geek stories.

The most memorable of which was Adam writing incorrect answers to a surprise maths test in grade 2 which a popular kid in class copied, only to erase and correct it after the kid handed the results in. Little did the other kid know the answers were all off by 20.

Does anyone else have an interesting geek origin story?

3 insightful thoughts

  1. After reading this article, I am truly beginning to see Microsoft’s lighter side to things and hope that anybody else who reads this article will easily be able to see Microsoft’s ligher side too. :)

  2. Why are Microsoft using QR codes? Why not their own Microsoft Tag, seems counter productive towards their own products?

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