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TechEd 2013, Day 4: Scrum in Waterfall, DirectX and Tina Turner

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.

Alumni Lounge

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TechEd 2013, Day 1: Keynote, Surface and Reception

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.

Brand Anderson exiting the Aston Martin

But enough about cars. What are we here for, again? Oh yeah, Microsoft TechEd.

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TechEd 2013, Day 0: Registration and Planning

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

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.

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Microsoft TechEd 2013: Intro

Once again, I’ll be heading to Microsoft’s annual TechEd conference for a week, with my colleague from Excella Consulting. Last year, I attended TechEd in Orlando, Florida. This year, it’s down in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Morial Convention Center.

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center


Stay tuned to WakeUpAndCode.com as I plan to blog about my experience throughout the week, from June 2 through June 7.

This is the introductory post for a series of posts about TechEd. You can see the index page at:

Shahed :-)

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