On the 4th day of TechEd, there’s always a rush to get of lot of things done: expo promotions and booth visits, final sessions, special offers and the closing party. Fortunately, I had my day planned to attend a few sessions and to visit the booths which had special promotions. As for the special offer of TechEd, I had already picked up my Surface earlier in the week.
To start the day, I visited the almuni lounge in the morning, to get some blogging done. Unlike earlier in the week, when I was using the seating area outside the lounge, I had discovered that there was an actual private lounge beyond the doors. There were round tables with extension cords and power outlets. There as an endless supply of snack and drinks, served all day long.
On Day 3, my sickness had finally caught up to me. I had started feeling sick on the Saturday before the conference, the same day I was at CMAP Code Camp in Maryland. I had flown to New Orleans on Sunday, and have been at TechEd for the past few days, while coughing throughout the day.
I was completely burned out by Wed morning, so I had to sleep in, and miss the morning sessions. No worries, because I needed the rest and made up for it later that day. Dayquil and cough drops were my new best friends.
I started Day 2 with breakfast and made some time to update my blog with Day 1’s post. I have been having wifi problems at the hotel, so I wasn’t able to get my day’s post published the night before. So, the next best thing was to publish it the morning after, at the Alumni Lounge.
The highlight of opening day is usually the keynote. And the highlight of the TechEd keynote was the Aston Martin. From the snazzy video clip of the fast and furious sports car, to the stage entrance of Brad Anderson in said vehicle, the exotic did not disappoint.
But enough about cars. What are we here for, again? Oh yeah, Microsoft TechEd.
I just flew into New Orleans on Sunday, a day before the conference begins. Day 0, if you will. During lunch, I met up with Matt Candler, CEO of 4.0 Schools, who I met through an introduction by fellow Excellian Matt Makai. We discussed the sights and sounds of the Big Easy, the importance of education and how software can be used to improve the educational system.
Panoramic shot of New Orleans from Loews Hotel
There was plenty of time to pick up my badge and backpack, after which I checked out the long line to get heavily discounted Microsoft Surface tablets.