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I found Scott Dorman's "Tech·Ed For Novices" post very helpful when planning for Tech·Ed Developers, and wanted to add some tips of my own before I forget what I learned last week. I hope you find them useful if you're going to IT Pros week, or if you're googling next year about planning for Tech·Ed 2009:

Interactive Theater: Get There Early

Scott advised to get there early for Interactive Theater sessions because they fill up quickly. They fill up very quickly. I arrived at 1:30 for a 1:45 Ron Jacobs session to find that the room was already overflowing with people, and the session had already started (Hey, if the room's full, why not?).

The back walls of the theaters are glass, so I hope in the future they'll consider piping the sound to speakers outside the room, so those who couldn't get in can still hear.

Don't Expect To Lounge at the "Wireless Lounge"

...unless your idea of "lounging" is standing in front of a small round table. (It does have plenty of places to plug in, though). If you want to sit down and use your laptop after breakfast and before the sessions start and the Technical Learning Center (TLC) opens, your choices are: staying at the breakfast table, sitting on the floor, or the "Blogger's Lounge", which is not very "loungy" either, but at least it has chairs.

Breakfast & Lunch

The food was... OK. You can get it "to go" if you want to take it to a lunch session, but the "to-go boxes" weren't on all of the buffet tables. You may have to ask someone to help you find one.

Don't Be Afraid to Talk to the "Celebrities"

The Microsoft people and the speakers are there to help you. I asked some pretty stupid questions, and nobody told me to buzz off. I'm a pretty shy guy, but I talked to some big names: Carl Franklin, Richard Campbell, Mark Dunn (guess what's my favorite podcast), Ron Jacobs, Udi Dihan, Daniel Moth, Ron Jacobs, Scott Cate, Glenn Block... and nobody told me to buzz off. Posted on Sunday, June 8, 2008 8:34 AM Tech·Ed | Back to top


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Glad you found the post useful. I like the additions as well...mind if I incorporate them into next years post?
Left by Scott on Jun 08, 2008 11:38 AM

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I'm honored to be listed with such names. I'm glad you had a great teched.
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