I’m still more than happy that I have been selected to be part of Microsoft Ignite’s awesome speaker lineup for this year! The conference is sold out since mid of August and as of now more than 1.100 sessions have been published on Microsoft’s TechCommunity. If you want to make sure not to miss my theatre sessions about Azure Governance and Security you can simply filter the session scheduler by my surname or the session codes THR2102 and THR1068. You will only have access to the scheduler after you login with your registration account, though.
With a click on Add to Schedule you can add my sessions to your personal schedule so you won’t miss them.
Some tips for Microsoft Ignite first-timers
In order to get the best from a week full of sessions, talks, interviews, hands on labs and so on I’m used to have a plan before starting the trip. Microsoft Ignite Session Scheduler is the tool of your choice to have your week planned.
There are many things to learn at Microsoft Ignite and you won’t be able to attend to all sessions you are interested in. The following tips are what I’ve used to build my personal schedule:
Identify your personal must-see sessions
Microsoft Ignite sessions will be streamed into the Internet and made available as on-demand web sessions after the conference so you will be able to watch them at your own choice and at your own pace when you’re back home. Nevertheless, experience shows that most attendees won’t do so. While identifying your personal must-see sessions you will be sure not to miss any important sessions while you are onsite in Orlando. Sessions you are interested in but which are less important for you can be watched later on. Or never. It’s your decision. Make sure not to miss hand-on labs, certification testing or discussion groups as they are only available onsite.
Overload your schedule
I like it to be prepared for unexpected changes. So in my schedule you will find many time slots that are blocked several times. If my must-see ranking changes while being onsite I have spare sessions which I can attend to. Same is true for sessions that take place short time after each other but which are located and different ends of the venue.
Lunch at 12:00 pm
Remind yourself of having a break. Lunch time fits best for regaining energy and for networking. Eat something, have a chat or two, enjoy the day and you will be well prepared for the afternoon.
Make new contacts and network
What place on earth can be more suitable than the biggest Microsoft tech conference? Welcome Reception on Monday, The Expo Social Hours on Tuesday and Wednesday or attendee celebration on Thursday – there will be something for everyone. Have a beer, connect with peers and swap ideas!
Wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers!
Microsoft Ignite is a tech conference with more than 20.000 attendees. You can imagine that the venue is very large in scale and so you will walk about 10 to 15 kilometers every day to move between session rooms. Beyond that, the venue is fully air-conditioned. Make sure to wear several layers of t-shirts, sweatshirts, or so on so you make sure you always feel comfortable with the inhouse and outside temperatures in Florida.
Now, build your schedule and prepare for your trip. I’m looking forward to meeting you in Orlando!