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CTTDNUG’s Mobile + Cloud App Workshop–Wrap Up

Monday, March 5, 2012 10:46 PM

After months of plotting and planning and organizing the logistics to host a full day workshop for the local area .NET developers/enthusiasts (refer to my post, Trials and Tribulations of Running a Full Day Workshop), CTTDNUG's Mobile + Cloud App Workshop went off without a hitch! Not without some minor bumps along the way, believe you me.

In the 24 hours leading up to that event, I had my fair share of concerns. Mainly the weather. Environment Canada had issued a severe weather alert that resembled the likes of Dooms Day. Knowing that the area in which the workshop was to be hosted had already suffered a major power outage during a mild rain storm only a few days before, had added to my cause for concern. Needless to say, I didn’t sleep well on the night leading up to the event. I don’t know how many times I got up in the middle of the night to peer out the window and will the storm away, like I thought I was a Jedi or something. Desperate times called for desperate measures. And it didn’t hurt to try.

Much to my dismay, the storm was still in force at 7:30am, the time that I needed to head out to make it to the venue in time to set up. Correction: the time that I needed to head to Tim Horton’s, grab my cup of sanity, THEN head to the venue to set up.

At the venue, I did have some projector-related difficulties. It didn’t seem to pick up my laptop at all, and using the Windows+P key didn’t work either. “Just reboot your laptop while it’s plugged into the projector”, said the facilities tech guy. I did. It didn’t work. Here’s a pic or two of me fighting with the projector:


Jedi mind tricks clearly don’t work on projectors


When all else fails, stand around looking confused with hands on hips

After a few moments of being frustrated and changing positions from crouched over keyboard to standing with hands on hips, I figured that restarting the projector might help. That seemed to resolve the problem. But restarting that thing took forever and a day. Once that obstacle subsided, and Atley Hunter arrived on scene, everything else was smooth sailing for the remainder of the day.

I’m happy to say that we had a great turnout for the event and we received positive feedback from those that attended.

Thanks to….

Thanks to my user group volunteers, Steve Karnis and Jaime Robinson, for helping out with registration, set up and clean up.

Thanks to everyone that attended and participated.

Thanks to our Windows Phone and Azure expert Atley Hunter (http://atleyhunter.com) for making time in his busy schedule to be part of our event!

Thanks to Jeffrey Hornby for travelling from Toronto to assist Atley during the event and answer questions on Azure!

The event was a huge success because of the active participation from our members and the support we received from our sponsors.

Special thanks to our event sponsors for supporting CTTDNUG and helping us to make this the event of the year for our members: Microsoft Canada, Xceed, Telerik, Red Gate, Pluralsight, Ian Martin IT, and O'Reilly.


Here are a few of the responses we received regarding the event via our online survey on SurveyMonkey.com:

“All well-deserved 5's! I am anxious for Atley to come back and do another presentation! Having a presenter who is so enthusiastic about the technology they're presenting makes a huge difference!”

“Nice room, good chairs, good lunch. Good job!”

“It was a great day and there was lots of great information.”

Last but not least…

Attending a workshop, code camp, webinar, or developer event is not the final step in your career development or professional development. It’s only the beginning. If you want to continue on the road to web, mobile, and/or Azure mastery, check out the following upcoming events:

Make Web Not War is hosting a series of online webinar sessions on March 8th. Register at: http://www.devcamps.ms/web/schedule

The North Toronto User Group is hosting a Mobile + Cloud Application Workshop on March 17th. Details can be found on their site: http://northtoronotug.com

Last but not least, don’t forget to take the “Learn, then Drink to Celebrate Challenge” and get an introduction to Azure in the process: http://azurecamp.ca/acchallenge. Be sure to mention that you’re a member of the CTTDNUG when submitting your entry!

Always check out the EventBrite site, your local User Group sites, and the Microsoft site to stay informed about upcoming events that are relevant to your career or area of interest. If you haven’t been to one before, I know that attending may seem intimidating, but once you try it out, you may have such a good time that you’re already making room in your schedule for the next one Smile