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Newsletter - August 2008  
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TechEd 2008: Be part of the experience!

TechEd 2008 Early Bird Save €300

Accelerate productivity, learn new solutions and stand out!

Don’t miss the excitement this year as we kick off with five days of deep dive technical training, information and community resources allowing for countless opportunities to learn about the latest cutting-edge Microsoft technologies.

Get deeper content than ever before and personalize your own agenda with five full days of the latest and soon to launch Microsoft developer content. Take a sneak preview of the latest tools. Meet with top Microsoft and industry experts. Gain hands-on experience with the latest development products. Network with peers. Get face time with Microsoft partners. Or socialise at one of the many structured or informal Tech•Ed Developers community gatherings.

See the Website for registration information. Register before 31 July 2008 - save €300 plus receive value add benefits.

 http://www.microsoft.com/emea/teched2008/developer/

See you in Barcelona!

Damir Tomicic
President INETA Europe

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Prepare your brains: Next webcasts & online sessions to come

INETA is glad to announce that Surfray is preparing some training resources in the form of online sessions and/or webcasts, being dedicated to the SharePoint platform and how to expand its search capabilities, based on its Ontolica Search Solution.

These sessions will be celebrated through Europe by specialists and also SharePoint MVP's.

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Dutch Codecam is ready to go: don't miss this event!
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TechEd BannerThe Dutch Code Camp 2008 is scheduled for September 6. This Code Camp is a joint effort of the three .NET user groups in the Netherlands:

The day will be filled with 15 sessions on various topics like WPF, Spec#, Rosario and software architecture. In addition, hands-on labs are available so anyone can be in the driver's seat and have a go at Domain Specific Languages, Workflow Foundation or the new features of .NET 3.5.

If you are using either C#, VB.NET, ASP.NET, DotNetNuke or Delphi, you cannot miss this event.

Not only are these topics suggested by the community, it's the members of the community that will host these sessions. Naturally, the event is free to attend. More information (in Dutch) can be found at www.codecamp.nl.

CODECAMP 2008 is a opportunity for every developer / User Group member to participate and learn from the real life examples presented by "people from the Community, for the Community".

The basic idea in the background of the event is to organize a one day event through which people of various profiles (developers, students and others) in our IT Community would meet and share experiences and knowledge in a pleasant atmosphere of a weekend day.

The event will be structured according to the manifesto of well known CodeCamp events, which are based on 6 principles:

  • By and For the Developer Community.
  • Always Free.
  • Community Developed Material.
  • No Fluff only Code.
  • Community Ownership.
  • Never occur during work hours.

Sander Gerz,
Vice President Technology INETA Europe

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New CodeCamps, and announcements of the events
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Tomislav Bronzin PhotoAlong with the Dutch CodeCamp (that we hope that will be only one of the many!) here are announcements of this event supported by INETA:



MobilityDay 2008 – mobilize your workforce and get the competitive advantage!

MobililtyDay Conference aimed at IT professionals that are involved in Microsoft mobile technologies – business aspect, applications development, infrastructure and maintenance.

We invite you to save the date September 9th, 2008 and join us at the Mobility Day 2008 Conference www.mobilityday.com business.

Sessions will be delivered by leading local and regional experts in mobile development and mobile, as well as expert coming directly from Microsoft corporation.

During the conference it will be organized a round table conducted by famous experts with topic: How mobile solutions enable employees to be mobile and give companies competitive advantage?

Until September the 1st, you can take advantage of Early Bird pricing (30% off) and special offer to the INETA User Group members – additional 10% discount. Register for the event here.

Tomislav Bronzin PhotoJoin us for DevReach 2008 and be a part of the excitement!

Backed by an all-star crew of speakers, DevReach 2008 (www.devreach.com) is promising to be one of the best .NET developer events in Europe this year. Inspired by the continuously evolving Microsoft technologies, DevReach will give you the unique opportunity to gain valuable practical knowledge directly from the industry experts.

Boost your productivity and maximize your progress, while taking advantage of numerous formal and informal networking opportunities.

Until September 15, you can take advantage of Early Bird pricing (20% off ) and get the standard DevReach Pass for just 80 EUR (saving 20 EUR per pass). Register for the event go here.


Tomislav Bronzin,
Vice President Community Activities INETA Europe

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European Silverlight Challenge - we did it, thanks to all!
Jose Luis Latorre Photo1st European Silverlight Challenge Banner






A Challenge


It would be a shame not to thank everybody who supported this initiative, that was the past European Silverlight challenge, held during the last few months of 2007 and the start of 2008. The entire marketing effort was a grass roots campaign organized by a relatively small group of INETA volunteers and the community altogether (that means us). The contest did not have a marketing budget or the structure in place that an experienced marketing organization would have. The overriding incentive for participation was the prizes, being its main prizes three tickets to the Mix'08 conference, and the possibility of talking at the MIX.

I have to say, that as INETA being a volunteer organization, the contest was only possible due to dedicated personal effort, being estimated in 100 hours per participating country and around 400 hours of central coordination. That makes a total of 2,100 hours!!! As for prizes we get $240.000 (mostly in products, market price) from different INETA sponsors who provided the different prizes. I can't just have been able to say many times thanks for these time dedicated, so I take the opportunity to do exactly that on this newsletter: thanks for your dedication, your time and also thanks to the ones that participated. you made this possible and are engaging us into doing even greater things.

Some Statistics..

As for the main site, we had over 100.000 Page Views, for the country sites, we had 467.000 page views during the contest duration.
Search engine stats returned approximately:

  • One million (or 1,010,000 exactly) results for the term "Silverlight Challenge",
  • 1,110 direct references linking to the websites of the contest.
  • 160 Blog entries

So many thanks again to those who helped us communicate and throw the word about the contest.

Jose Luis Latorre
Vice President Sponsorship & Contest manager INETA Europe

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