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Tech·Ed 2008 is coming...

Tech·Ed 2008 Become a SponsorINETA Europe currently serves 340 user groups, representing more than 103.400 developers in Europe!

One of the cool things about being an INETA volunteer is being involved in all kinds of community activities. Everything from helping out in a smaller user group to helping plan Tech·Ed EMEA 2008 Developers, which was really giving us an opportunity to put everybody together – board members, volunteers, the speakers, users who would actually go to meetings, user group leaders – and to relate with Microsoft and vendors as well.

Join us to kickoff the start of Tech•Ed 2008 preparations!
There are different ways you can get involved and help make our activities a success at Tech•Ed 2008. Here they are:


  1. Get the word out. Blog about the INETA, post about them in forums, tell all your friends, shout it to the world.
  2. Volunteer. You can lend a hand. We have some general assistance positions to help keep everything running smoothly. Contact our volunteer coordinator, Tomislav Bronzin (Tomislav.Bronzin@ineta-europe.org), to sign up today.
  3. Participate. If you've never managed to visit INETA community lounge in past years, this year you should! And when you get to the lounge, join in the conversation. It's amazing what happens when someone asks an interesting question. :-)
  4. Feedback. Past feedback has gone a long way to shape this year's activities, so make your voice heard this time around. We are eager to hear what you think of the innovations, the sessions, the moderators, the facilities, whatever is on your mind. Let us know what was good, what was not, and how it can be better. We're all ears.
  5. Take your challenge with Speaker Idol - demonstrate your exceptional presentation skills and become the rock star presenter of the future! Find more about this amazing opportunity soon.

See you in Barcelona!

Damir Tomicic
President INETA Europe

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Tech·Ed EMEA 2008 Developers: Be a part of the experience!
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Microsoft® Tech·Ed EMEA 2008 Developers
10 - 14 November, Barcelona (Spain): Be a part of the experience!

There are some exciting new updates that you can expect to see within the Exhibition Hall. This year the Exhibition Hall will become the hub of all conference activity and we have adopted new strategies to facilitate the growth of the Tech·Ed EMEA 2008 Developer community by placing Microsoft Product Groups, Sponsors and Exhibitors at the heart of the event. You will be in a better position than ever before to engage with the largest audience of Microsoft technology specialists that come together in EMEA, utilizing a number of platforms to connect with the delegates around your specific areas of interest and thus creating a better experience for all involved. Don’t delay and visit the TechEd EMEA 2008 Developer Website for further information about having a presence at the event!

Want to know more? > www.microsoft.com/emea/teched2008/developer/
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Sybase: Webinars Series for .NET Developers

Sybase Anywhere LogoWebinar Series for .Net Developers Join Edwin van der Voort, Principal Systems Consultant at Sybase iAnywhere, for an informative developer webcast series about development of applications for ADO.NET and Windows Mobile environments.

Most of the applications need to interact somehow with data from a database.The .NET Framework defined by Microsoft provides a rich set of objects to manage database interaction; these classes are collectively referred to as ADO.NET. Learn how SQL Anywhere fits perfectly in this environment, making development a lot easier.

  • High-Performance Platform for your Application Development: .NET and SQL Anywhere - September 3.
  • New .NET Capabilities in SQL Anywhere 11 - September 10.
  • .NET Realtime Mobile Solutions with SQL Anywhere - September 17

More information and registration www.sybase.co.uk/go/dotnet_webinars_emea

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Two new speakers are added to the INETA Speakers Bureau.
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Last couple of months INETA Europe welcomed two new INETA speakers! Last added are Oliver Sturm and Simon Sabin. We are more than happy to provide them, or one of our other great speakers, to your local event. Unfortunately we were forced to remove Alex Homer from the INETA Speakers Bureau.Alex is now an official Microsoft employee, that means you cannot be a part of the INETA Speakers Bureau. On behalf of the complete INETA Europe board we want to say a big Thank You! for his support over the last years.

Oliver Sturm PhotoOliver Sturm.
Oliver Sturm is an experienced software architect, developer, trainer and author, with a strong background in various different fields including system and framework architecture and design, process modeling and user interface design. He is a C# MVP and he works for Developer Express as a Technical Evangelist and Lead Program Manager for the Frameworks Division. Topics he specialized in – the C# language is always interesting. He did done many different sessions on C#. Lately he did doing quite a bit of F# as well, and also functional programming topics related to C# and F#. Apart from that, he tries to diversify a lot, and so he did done sessions on WPF, WCF, Silverlight, LINQ, dynamic languages including IronPython and IronRuby, the DLR, object/relational mapping, inversion of control and dependency injection, …


Simon Sabin PhotoSimon Sabin
Simon is Director of his own data consultancy company Onarc Consulting that specialises in data related systems. He is also a Developer Skills Partner with SQLSkills. He has a particular expertise in the world of search, distributed architectures, business intelligence and application development. He has worked with SQL Server since 1998 and has always focused on high performance reliable systems. Simon was awarded as an MVP in 2006. He founded the first free SQL Server conference in the UK SQLBits in 2007 along with other MVPs in the UK. He is a regular speaker at SQL Server events as well as writing his blog and writing for SQLServerCentral and Simple-Talk.com. He is married with children and lives in the UK. Topics he can cover: SQL Server, TSQL Development, Reporting, Business Intelligence, Data Access, Integration, Search

If you are interested in inviting one of our speakers to your user group event, please feel free to contact me.

André Obelink,
Vice President Speakers Bureau INETA Europe
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How to organize successful Community Events?
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Tomislav Bronzin PhotoRecently, one of the INETA User Groups leaders asked me that and I know now what to say: ask UG Leaders Dean Vitner (MVP) and Bernardin Katic (MVP) (send e-mail to the INETA VP for Community Activities if you want to contact them) us how to organize events like this: http://kulendayz.mscommunity.net.

INETA User Group MS Community Osijek together with Microsoft Croatia and with support from INETA organized the first regional community conference KulenDayz 2008 (it is not mistake – z is there instead of s). Conference brought together leading IT Experts from the region with local IT Community and giving them a chance to spend a weekend filled with 18 attractive sessions presented by top speakers and relaxing at Kopacki Rit Nature Park and enjoying unspoiled nature.

Content: Sessions in conference are organized in 3 parallel tracks: -

  • Advanced Development.
  • Databases.System.
  •  Infrastructure.

The idea was to make a conference "a little different", so together with traditional sessions presented in conference halls there was a number of unplugged Open Space/Chalk & Talk sessions presented at Gazebos in Ethno-Village. In Open Space sessions all participants are invited to co-create the agenda and pick the discussion topics. Chalk & Talk sessions are "unplugged", so without PowerPoint/laptops/beamers but with good-old flipcharts!

Sessions at the KulenDayz 2008 was very technically oriented, level 300+, with highlight on the new products and technologies (Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008, Hyper-V, ASP.NET MVC) Congartulations to Dean and Bernard!

Tomislav Bronzin
Vice President Community Activities INETA Europe

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The "1st European Silverlight Challenge" has ended and all of the participants did a pretty good job. But there can be only one who’s becoming Europeans best Silverlight Developer 2008. He or she will receive the ticket to Mix 08 in Las Vegas and also the second and third finalist will go there in addition to some cool prizes from the sponsors of this challenge.

20 Countries from all across Europe where involved in this 1st Challenge developing the best Rich Internet Application with Microsoft Silverlight. The creativity had no limitations and when we take look at the results that were designed and developed in this short period of time and in small teams we can imagine the potential of this new technology.  

The variety of projects went from Games to Multimedia over Tools and ended at real Business Applications, everything a unique piece of work.

After the announcement of this challenge every .NET Blogger on the European continent was excited and posted about the challenge to spread the news. And in addition all the European .NET User Group Leaders mobilized their members to participate this event.

At the end some words about the future of Silverlight. Read this is a great article about the strategy (not official)

As for the winners, just to congratulate them again:

  1. 1st: Dejan Anevski - Macedonia
  2. 2nd: Florian Krüsch - Germany
  3. 3rd: Radenko Zec – Bosnia & Herzegovina

They had already  their trip to Las Vegas and assisted the MIX, and here are some comments that they provided us:

"MIX'08" was one unrepeatable experience. From Bakedowns to Penals, from OpenSpace and Social parties, from top speakers to attendees everyone and everywhere are more than welcome to make new friendship, to approach you and share some geek ideas with you, or maybe to make some  business contacts, to find or offer some job opportunities. I've got myself face-to-face with all newest technologies that were promoted from Microsoft's TOP executives, program managers and architects, so I have chance to ask them about all issues and ideas that I had with all that new wave of tools and technologies that they provide.”
– Dejan Anevski

"I had a blast a MIX08. Meeting so many people finally in person was about the greatest thing for me, besides the spectacular keynotes. The European Silverlight Challenge has given me the great opportunity to present my work to a worldwide audience. Thank you INETA!”
– Florian Krüsch

 "Mix was great opportunity to me to talk with people from Microsoft about new technologies that will come in the future."
– Radenko Zec

Apart from this I would like to congratulate and give a very big Thank-you to all the country leaders and contest managers that have participated, thanks Lorenzo Barbieri,  Andrew Filev,  Roman Martynenko. Ireland - Paul Fallon, Andre Obelink, Dobrisa Adamec , George J. Capnias,  Branimir Giurov, Martin Kulov, Marcin Celej , Szymon Kobalczyk,  Daniel Tizon, Hardy Erlinger,  Gill Cleeren , Gregory Renard, Gaidar Magdanurov, Andrew Westgarth, Daniel Joskovski , Aurelian POPA, Tahir Javed,  Karl Davies, Nuno Gonçalves, Morten Jokumsen , Tor Einar Solli , Miha Markić.. Probably I am missing a lot of people that have helped a lot, INETA Country Leaders, INETA Supporters… Many thanks to those that have contributed!! As we now are in a time of heroes, just to say that these is the spirit that makes INETA great, empowering community and having fun learning together. Ah, well and getting some outrageous prizes too ;)

Also would like that something quite interesting could be coming in the next months…Silverlight colored and with global reach…  ;)

Jose Luis Latorre
Vice President Sponsorship & Contest manager INETA Europe

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User Groups TV

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Be sure to watch the latest episode of UGTV.  It covers the latest that is going on in the User Group Community including an interview with the leaders of INETA.  There is no shortage of corny jokes, but IMHO they keep getting funnier.

If you are new to User Group Television (UGTV pronounced YOU GEE TEE VEE). 

It is a monthly video show dedicated to bringing informative programming to User Groups worldwide while providing Microsoft the ability to introduce up and coming information to user group communities as well as highlight our engagement with them.

This episode includes more bad jokes from our anchors, interviews with UG leaders, a recap of April's MVP Summit and an interview with INETA. (INETA's mission is to offer assistance and resources to community groups that promote and educate their membership in Microsoft's .NET technologies).  And...the crème de la creme - introducing a new segment coming to UGTV.

Next Month's show will include a recap of TechEd (and more corny jokes).

UGTV is hosted by Michelle Fleming Toure and Alan le Marquand.

Got Feedback?  Email ugtvplan@microsoft.com.  Got Ideas?  Email ugtvidea@microsoft.com

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INETA Europe gets social!

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Ineta Europe has just started a new social initiative to share and communicate with the Ineta Community: http://community.ineta-europe.org.

So what is the purpose of community.ineta-europe.org?

For now, it is to share the Board thougths and actions and be a place in which we communicates and dialogate with all of you.

Each INETA member of the Board already haves a blog in which we will shoot off the different themes, some ineta related, other just thoughts and other directly related to certain actions. We think of it as a very open INETA Communication channel and expect to see you there and say "hi" or, even better, to provide us your opinion and thoughts. We do value this highly and is the main reason of this new Social channel.

We have some evolution plans for this tool, that will be clear if you are a bit curious there, ;)

Sander Gerz
Vice President Technology INETA Europe

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